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Easing of Chile abortion ban hits roadbump

Santiago - A plan to ease Chile's total ban on abortion hit a legislative roadblock Thursday when one deputy abstained from a vote, kicking the bill to a cross-party committee for review.

Chile moves to ease strict abortion laws

Valpara - Chile was poised to lift its total ban on abortion, after the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday weighed a measure to decriminalize the procedure in certain cases -- the last step before it would go to President Michelle Bachelet for her signature.

Chilean senate takes major step towards legalizing abortion

Valpara - Chile's senate early Wednesday took a major step towards legalizing abortion in the socially conservative country by agreeing to decriminalize the procedure in three specific cases.

Chilean capital shakes off rare snow storm

Santiago - The Chilean capital Monday shook off a rare snow storm that had left as many as 350,000 homes without power.The snowfall blanketed Santiago in white on Saturday, delighting children but wreaking havoc on the city's electricity grid.

One dead and blackouts in Chilean capital after rare snowfall

Santiago - One person died and tens of thousands were left in the dark and shivering in the southern hemisphere winter following a rare snowfall in the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday.

Clashes in Chile as right-wing Catholic group protests LGBT rights

Santiago - Police in Chile on Monday used tear gas and water cannon to separate rival protests sparked by a Spanish right-wing Catholic group that opposes gay and transgender rights.

Marchers call for same-sex marriage at Chile Gay Pride rally

Santiago - Tens of thousands of people packed the streets of Chile's capital Saturday for the city's Gay Pride march, calling for passage of a same-sex marriage bill that has been promised by President Michelle Bachelet.

Scampering dogs in Chile help restore burnt forests

Talca - Forest fires in Chile ravaged vast swathes of land this year, leaving patches once thick with sturdy old trees reduced to burnt landscapes. Now, three plucky dogs are helping replant it all.

Chile apologizes to tribe for historic 'horrors'

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet apologized on behalf of the nation Friday to the Mapuche indigenous tribe for the "horrors" of post-colonial abuse they suffered.

Chile says $4.8-mn to be returned to Pinochet's family

Santiago - A Chilean appeals court has ruled that $4.8 million in cash and assets frozen during a legal investigation is to be returned to the family of late longtime dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Chances fade for rescuing trapped miners in Chile

Santiago - The chances of rescuing alive two miners trapped underground in southern Chile looked slim Saturday as the mine appeared to be flooded, officials said.

Arturo Vidal, the humble road to football stardom in Chile

Santiago - In one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Santiago, Yvo and his friends lace up their boots and throw on their Rodelindo Roman club jerseys in the hope of emulating the path to stardom of Chile's Arturo Vidal.

Mining brings Chile city riches — and fear of cancer

Antofagasta - Black dust stains the walls of the building where Jaqueline Jimenez and her children once lived in northern Chile.

At the end of the world in Chile, a culture on the brink

Puerto Williams - Just outside the southernmost settlement in the world, an 89-year-old woman is the last native speaker of her people's ancient language and struggling to ensure she does not take it to her grave.

New lung cancer detection AI technology launched

A new artificial intelligence platform, tested out in China, allows radiologists to rapidly interpret CT scans and X-rays, for the detection of lung cancer. Earlier reads of patient conditions enables treatment to be given faster.

Chile charges 16 military officials in Caravan of Death

Santiago - Sixteen retired Chilean military officers were charged Wednesday with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, officials said.

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

Santiago - A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso.It had a depth of 9.

6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

Santiago - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Chile students clash with police at demo

Santiago - Clashes erupted Tuesday as Chile's raucous student movement held its first protest of the year for free education, with students hurling stones and police firing tear gas.

Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal

Santiago - Chile and China launched negotiations Monday to expand trade ties in the face of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.
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