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British Golden Globe sailor rescued in Southern Ocean

Santiago - British Golden Globe Race sailor Susie Goodall was plucked from a stormy Southern Ocean by a Chinese ship on Friday, a day after her yacht was dismasted, rescuers told AFP.

Latin America and Caribbean is world's most violent region, study says

Santiago - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39 percent of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said in a study published on Thursday.That amounts to more than 2.

Latin America and Caribbean is world's most violent region, study says

Santiago - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39 percent of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said in a study published on Thursday.That amounts to more than 2.

Chile enacts law allowing sex change from 14 years of age

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday enacted a gender identity law that will allow people over 14 to change their name and gender on official identity documents.

Chile says attacks rising in wake of Mapuche killing by police

Santiago - The number of arson attacks and other "acts of violence" has soared in southern Chile's indigenous communities in the week since the killing by police of a young Mapuche man, the government said Tuesday.

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Santiago - El Salvador has earned a grim distinction: it is the country with the highest rate of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, with more than 10 killings for every 100,000 women.

Pinera pledges probe of Mapuche death amid protests

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday pledged an investigation into the police killing of a young Mapuche man that sparked protests and firebomb attacks and revived allegations of state persecution of indigenous people.

Chile to ask British Museum to return extinct mammal remains

Santiago - Chile announced on Sunday that it will ask the British Museum in London to return the remains of a mylodon, an extinct mammal that lived in Patagonia about 10,000 years ago.

Easter Islanders hope to swap a copy for iconic statue in UK museum

Santiago - For 150 years, the British Museum has housed one of the iconic, heavy-browed stone figures that Chile's Easter Island is famous for.Now the islanders are hoping desperately to get it back.

Chile denies a glacier spat has chilled ties to Argentina

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday insisted he had no problem with Argentina despite its claim to extensive Patagonian glaciers along the joint but unmarked border.

Chile archbishop remains silent over abuse cover-up claims

Rancagua - Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati on Wednesday went before a prosecutor investigating a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church in Chile but declined to answer questions about accusations he was involved in a cover-up.

'Justice done' by ICJ on Bolivia claim: Chile president

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Monday welcomed the rejection by the UN's top court of a bid by landlocked Bolivia to force his country to give it access to the Pacific Ocean.

World's biggest copper mine announces $1bn first semester profits

Santiago - The world's biggest copper mine by output, Chile's Escondida, announced on Friday profits of $1.086 billion for the first semester, just over a month after avoiding a strike by workers.

Chile launches immense scenic route connecting 17 national parks

Santiago - Chile is launching a huge scenic route through its Patagonian wilderness in a bid to attract tourism and highlight the need for conservationism in the sparsely-populated region.The Patagonian "Route of Parks" connects 17 national parks covering 11.

Chile rules out negotiating over Bolivian maritime passage claims

Santiago - Chile will not negotiate with Bolivia over the latter's territorial claims to land lost in a 19th century war between the two countries, foreign affairs minister Roberto Ampuero said on Friday.

Chile passes law allowing teens over 14 to change their legal sex

Valpara - Lawmakers in Chile on Wednesday passed legislation allowing people as young as 14 to legally change their name and gender identity.The Chamber of Deputies passed the Gender Identity Law by a vote of 95-46.

Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119

Santiago - Scores of new cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors have come to light in Chile, public prosecutors said Friday, deepening a crisis in the country's Catholic Church that has embroiled Pope Francis.

Chilean environmentalists fight to protect glaciers from mining dust

Santiago - Chile is home to four-fifths of South America's glaciers and has some of the largest ice fields in the world outside the polar regions, but they are coming under threat from mining industry dust.

Chile's Supreme Court to seize $1.6 mn of ex-dictator Pinochet's assets

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court ordered the seizure of $1.6 million of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's assets on Friday, at the close of a trial related to the Riggs Bank corruption scandal.

Argentina to resume gas exports to Chile next month: ministers

Santiago - Argentina will resume gas exports to neighboring Chile from next month after an 11-year hiatus, the energy ministers of both countries announced Wednesday.
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