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A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided

Copiap - A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert.

Chile hospitals ensure patients do not die alone despite pandemic

Santiago - All over the world, people are dying alone as relatives are barred from visiting them in hospital for fear of catching and spreading the coronavirus. But not in Chile.

Chile's Congress definitively approves pension reform law

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Thursday approved a law allowing citizens to withdraw up to 10 percent of their pension funds to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, delivering a political blow to President Sebastian Pinera, who opposed the measure.

Chile's Senate approves pension reform law

Santiago - Chile's Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing citizens to withdraw up to 10 percent of their pension funds to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile crosses 10,000 virus deaths as president announces aid package

Santiago - Chile recorded 10,159 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, as President Sebastian Pinera announced a $1.5 billion aid package to help the middle class, which has been battered by the economic crisis.

Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Santiago - During more than three decades of boom in Chile, the middle classes reaped the rewards, but just three months of the coronavirus pandemic has already reduced many to poverty.

Chile reports more than 7,000 virus deaths under new counting method

Santiago - Chile nearly doubled its coronavirus death toll Saturday to more than 7,000 under a new tallying method that includes probable fatalities from COVID-19.

LATAM announces suspension of Argentine subsidiary operations

Santiago - Latin America's largest airline announced on Wednesday that it is indefinitely ceasing operations at its Argentine subsidiary due to the financial hardship provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile to add 'probable' coronavirus deaths to official toll

Santiago - Chile's new health minister announced Sunday that the country's official death toll will include suspected cases, which could double the current figure.

Chile's health minister resigns as pandemic hits hard

Santiago - Chile's health minister resigned Saturday amid controversy over the country's official coronavirus death toll, as the pandemic hits the nation hard despite quarantine measures in the capital for more than a month.

Chile registers new daily record of COVID-19 deaths, cases

Santiago - Chile registered its worst daily figures for covonavirus fatalities on Friday, with 222 deaths and more than 6,700 new infections in the previous 24-hours, authorities said.

Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies

Santiago - It's as if the Earth has closed its eyes, some scientists say: the coronavirus pandemic has forced astronomers in northern Chile to shut down the world's most powerful telescopes, running the risk of missing out on supernovas and other spectacles in sp...

Surge in Latin America as global coronavirus toll pass 400,000

Santiago - Surging fatalities in Latin America helped push the global coronavirus death toll above 400,000 on Sunday, even as Europe emerged from its virus lockdown with infections increasingly under control there.

Chile prolongs Santiago lockdown as daily virus deaths rise

Santiago - Chile's government said Wednesday it was prolonging a three-week shutdown of the country's capital Santiago as the COVID-19 death toll reached a new daily record.

Chile suspect to remain free ahead of extraditon: court

Santiago - Chile's top court on Wednesday denied prosecutors' requests to jail a 29-year-old man awaiting extradition to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Shares in Latin America's biggest airline drop 35% after bankruptcy filing

Santiago - Shares in Latin America's largest airline plunged 35 percent on the Santiago stock exchange on Tuesday after LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Chile virus cases soar as soldiers deploy following unrest

Santiago - Coronavirus cases soared in Chile Tuesday as soldiers were deployed to back up riot police in Santiago following clashes with demonstrators angry about food shortages and job losses.

Chile prosecutor demands stricter controls of murder suspect

Santiago - Chile's public prosecutor on Tuesday requested tighter supervision of a 29-year-old man set to be extradited to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Santiago - Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santi...

Chile's court ratifies murder suspect's extradition to France

Santiago - Chile's supreme court on Monday confirmed the extradition to France of a Chilean accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in 2016 in the east of France.
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