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Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Santiago - The Vatican's top investigator called Tuesday for justice for child sex abuse victims of Chile's Catholic Church as fresh cases involving pedophile priests came to light.

Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

Santiago - Police on Wednesday seized church files in raids in Santiago and Rancagua, as the Catholic Church scrambled to try to put a better face on a sex abuse scandal that has rocked Chile.

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Santiago - The Vatican's top abuse investigator arrived in Chile on Tuesday, a day after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of three bishops from the scandal-wracked Chilean Church.

Pope to Chileans: 'We did not react in time' on sex abuse

Santiago - Pope Francis voiced "shame" that the Catholic church failed "to listen and react in time" to allegations of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, in a letter to Chileans released Thursday.

Bishop steps down from anti-sex abuse board in Chile

Santiago - Chile's Catholic church took another blow on Saturday as the bishop leading the charge against sex abuse stepped down following more allegations of misconduct by priests.

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Santiago - Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday."Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties...

'No means no!': Chilean students condemn sexual violence

Santiago - Thousands of women chanted "No means no!" during a march in Santiago Wednesday called by students to protest sexual abuse and harassment, part of a new feminist wave sweeping Chile.

Chile bishops prepare for papal dressing down over abuse

Santiago - Around 30 Chilean bishops have begun arriving in Rome for what is widely expected to be a dressing-down by Pope Francis over years of sexual abuse within the Chilean Church.

Shaken by toddler's rape death, Chile seeks to alter law on sex crimes

Santiago - With the country in an uproar over the brutal rape and death of a toddler, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday backed plans to lift the statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors.

Chilean towns to fine men for street harassment of women

Santiago - Two Chilean municipalities have announced they will begin issuing fines of up to hundreds of dollars to anyone guilty of street harassment of women.

Sexual abuse scandals deepen Chile mistrust in Catholic church

Santiago - Despite a strong Catholic tradition, Chile is witnessing a growing rift between the people and the church, sharpened by a string of sexual abuse scandals that until recently had been ignored by the pope.

Chile court offers lifeline to controversial mine project

Santiago - A Chilean court on Friday offered a lifeline to a controversial billion-dollar mining project which had been put on hold over its planned location near a reserve which is home to a rare species of penguin.

German delegation visits Chile over Nazi pedophile sect

Santiago - A German delegation was in Chile on Tuesday to learn more about the ongoing investigation into Colonia Dignidad, a notorious Nazi pedophile sect founded by German immigrants in the 1960s.

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.
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