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10,000 march in Chile against Pinochet-era pensions

Santiago - Some 10,000 people marched through the Chilean capital Sunday demanding an end to the privatized pension system created under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, demanding improved conditions.

In Chile, suspected Mapuche activists torch 16 trucks, diggers

Santiago - Sixteen trucks and diggers were torched overnight in southern Chile, police said Monday, in an area where indigenous Mapuche activists are demanding the return of their ancestral land.

Chile raises alert over eruption threat at the Chillan volcano

Chill - A column of white smoke and a string of tremors at the Nevados de Chillan have prompted officials to raise the level of alert ahead of a possible eruption at one of the most active volcanoes in Chile.

Pinera government says Chile immigrant numbers double estimate

Santiago - President Sebastian Pinera's new conservative government in Chile believes the number of foreigners living in the copper-rich South American country is likely over a million, more than double previous estimates.

Volvo Ocean Race: Chilean police investigate sailor's disappearance

Puerto Montt - Chilean police on Tuesday began investigating the disappearance of British round-the-world sailor John Fisher, who was lost overboard from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht SHK/Scallywag.

Chile court strikes down ban on for-profit universities

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court on Tuesday struck down a law that would have banned universities operating for profit, dealing a blow to free tuition reforms brought in by former leftwing president Michelle Bachelet.

Avocado town becomes symbol of Chile's water war

Petorca - Karina Torres has spent more than seven years without running water in her home in central Chile. Yet, across the road, water flows in abundance to irrigate thousands of hectares of avocados.

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Pinera, a conservative billionaire, is sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Without US, 11 Asia-Pacific states sign trade deal

Santiago - Eleven nations signed a slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement Thursday, moving to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump raised them after withdrawing from the deal.

Without US, 11 Asia-Pacific states to sign trade deal

Santiago - Eleven Asia-Pacific nations on Thursday are to sign a slimmed-down trade pact to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump seeks to raise them after withdrawing from the deal last year.

11 Pacific trade pact countries go it alone without US

Santiago - A year after an abrupt US withdrawal left a fledgling 12-nation Pacific trade pact for dead, the 11 remaining states will sign a re-vamped deal Thursday aimed at slashing tariffs.

Chile to use blockchain technology for its national grid

The Comisión Nacional de Energía de Chile, which manages the national grid throughout the South American country, is to implement blockchain technology to help authenticate information.

Chile's Bachelet unveils massive marine parks in legacy move

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has unveiled protections for a huge oceanic area home to incredibly diverse marine life, in a move to boost her legacy two weeks before leaving power.

Vatican sexual abuse envoy completes Chile visit

Santiago - A top Vatican investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, concluded a visit to Chile on Wednesday after meeting with sexual abuse victims in a case that created a major public controversy for Pope Francis.

Sex abuse at Chilean church school was an unending 'perverse game': victim

Vi - Sexual abuse at the hands of priests marked the childhood of Jaime Concha since the day when, at age 10, he entered a school run by the Marist Brothers religious order in Santiago.He is now 55 years old and a doctor.

Top Vatican abuse investigator has surgery in Chile

Santiago - The Vatican's top abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, had emergency surgery Wednesday shortly after his arrival in Chile to investigate a controversial bishop, the Catholic Church said.

Chile's first female fighter pilot, a WWII vet, dies at 97

Santiago - Margot Duhalde, who flew Spitfires in World War II as Chile's first female fighter pilot, has died at the age of 97, the government said Monday.Duhalde smashed gender tradition in Chile by learning to fly at age 16.

Chile boosts protected parkland with US philanthropist's donations

Santiago - Chile is greatly expanding protected parkland in its stunning southern Patagonia region under a decree signed Monday that will incorporate reserves owned by a late American philanthropist who founded the North Face label.

Influential Chilean 'anti-poet' Nicanor Parra dies

Santiago - Influential Chilean poet Nicanor Parra died Tuesday aged 103, leaving a legacy of "anti-poetry" with which he revolutionized Latin American literature and won the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
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