Unidentified assailants brutally beat a U.S. journalist investigating the eradication of cocaine-producing coca shrubs in the Peruvian jungle, the foreign press club said Wednesday. Sharon Stevenson, a freelance correspondent who has worked for Newsweek magazine, Voice of America, CNN and The Herald, was suffering from amnesia but was in stable condition and was expected to make a slow recovery, said Mary Powers, president of the Foreign Press Association of Peru. Stevenson, 57, was beaten and choked Dec. 10 after she went to meet with sources. She left her house around 5:30 p.m., telling her maid she was going to meet with one or two men, Powers said. She then drove to meet them in Lima’s middle class Surco neighborhood. Full Story
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