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Chilean cheats death at Paris concert, three others killed

Santiago - Three Chileans were among more than 80 people killed at a rock concert targeted in the Paris attacks, while a fourth described Saturday how a gunman pointed right at him before letting him go.

Despite film buzz, life grim for some of Chile's hero miners

Santiago - The Chilean miners who became celebrities after months trapped underground are now immortalized in a Hollywood film starring Antonio Banderas -- but for some, real life has had no happy ending.

Astronomers discover Venus-like planet 39 light-years away

A newly discovered planet, said to be a 'Venus twin', has caught the interest of astronomers. The planet has been coded GJ 1132b by the International Astronomical Union.

Strong 6.8-magnitude quake rocks Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries, seismologists said.

Flowers bloom in the Earth's driest place — The Atacama desert

Atacama - Something spectacular has happened in South America this year. The Atacama desert of Chile, known as the driest non-polar place in the world, erupted in bloom, not once, but twice over the past year, a phenomenon never before seen.

Nine Chilean 'miracle miners' sue lawyers

Santiago - Nine Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 in an ordeal that captured world attention sued their lawyers Monday, accusing them of cheating them out of the rights to their story.

Nicolas the alcoholic monkey, symbol of abuse in Chile

Santiago - Escaping the clutches of alcoholism is never easy, and it certainly wasn't for Nicolas, who had to go on anti-depressants to cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

Gays celebrate as civil unions become legal in Chile

Santiago - Gay couples kissed and danced in the streets of Chile's capital Santiago Thursday as the South American country's civil-union law recognizing same-sex couples took effect.

Chile approves extra payments for Pinochet victims

Santiago - Chile's congress on Tuesday approved one-time reparation payments for political prisoners and torture victims of the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.Regime victims already receive reparation payments of different types.

Chile promotes civil union law for gay couples

Santiago - The Chilean government launched a campaign Tuesday to promote a new civil union law that will go into effect Thursday and apply to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Two Germans, ex-official sentenced in Chile for enclave kidnappings

Santiago - A Chilean court on Monday sentenced an ex-intelligence official and two residents of a secretive German community in southern Chile of kidnapping 50 people in 1975.

Chile’s President signs bill regulating vote of Chileans abroad

Santiago - Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet signed Friday 16 the bill that allows the vote of Chileans living abroad, and establishes the procedures to vote in presidential elections and national referendums.

Pinochet regime tied to ex-Nazi medic's enclave: leaks

Santiago - Late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime had ties to a secretive enclave founded by an ex-Nazi corporal that has been accused of collaborating in human rights abuses, according to a leaked report.

CIA suspected Pinochet in 1976 assassination: U.S. files

Santiago - The CIA had evidence that Chile's military dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the brazen assassination in Washington of an exiled former Chilean foreign minister, the diplomat's son said Thursday.

Chile rocked by 6.0 magnitude quake, no injuries reported

Santiago - An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Moment magnitude scale shook central Chile Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the country's National Emergency Office said.

Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve

Miramar - Chile declared huge new marine reserves in the Pacific in water off Easter Island on Monday as it hosted a major conference on protecting the world's oceans and fisheries.

Pope Francis defends appointment of bishop accused of protecting priest

Santiago - Pope Francis called critics protesting the appointment of a new bishop in Chile, who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse crimes committed by priests, "lefties" in a video message Saturday.

Chile rattled by two earthquakes

Santiago - Two earthquakes, magnitude 6.0 and 6.1, hit northern and southern Chile Saturday, but caused no known injuries or significant damage, the government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said.

Chile refuses bilateral negotiations over Bolivia border dispute

Santiago - Chile ruled out bilateral negotiations with Bolivia regarding the territorial conflict between the two neighboring countries Friday after the International Court of Justice assumed jurisdiction over the dispute.

Bachelet says she won't resign Chilean presidency

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday she neither intends to nor should resign, despite rumors suggesting a possible resignation as her popularity has foundered following recent scandals.
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