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Chile city in state of emergency over wildfires

Santiago - Chile on Saturday declared a local state of emergency over wildfires plaguing the landmark tourist-draw city of Valparaiso.

Fire in historic Chilean city 'practically' controlled

Santiago - A large fire that burned 150 homes in the historic port city of Valparaiso, Chile, has been "practically" brought under control, an official said Tuesday.

Huge wildfire burns homes in Valparaiso, Chile

Playa Ancha - A wildfire ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Monday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.

Strong Christmas Day quake alarms Chile, but no deaths reported

Santiago - A strong Christmas Day quake rattled southern Chile on Sunday, triggering initial tsunami fears and evacuations, but no deaths were reported and damage was minor.The quake registered 7.

Scans unveil secrets of world's oldest mummies

Santiago - The world's oldest mummies have just had an unusual check-up.

Pinochet agents apologize for Chile crimes

Santiago - Nine former agents of late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime asked forgiveness for their crimes Friday -- a first for Chile -- but victims' families rejected the gesture as a ploy.

Sex doll gift blows up into scandal for Chile minister

Santiago - A Twitter storm blew up Wednesday in Chile over a business association's Christmas gift to the economy minister: an inflatable sex doll "to stimulate the economy.

Chile judge quizzes Pinochet's widow in graft probe

Santiago - A judge in Chile questioned the 94-year-old widow of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet on Wednesday over charges she embezzled public funds through a women's non-profit group she ran.

Pinochet shadow looms over Chile 10 years after death

Santiago - Chile marks the 10th anniversary on Saturday of the death of late dictator Augusto Pinochet, who has gradually become a national pariah even as his legacy continues to dominate the country.

Bank regulators seek deal on crisis reforms

Santiago - World banking supervisors said Wednesday they were closing in on finalizing controversial new regulations to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

Chile's struggling president reshuffles government

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet launched her sixth cabinet reshuffle in less than three years in a bid to strengthen her government ahead of a general election next year.

Fiery protests against Chile's private pension funds

Santiago - Chilean police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest Friday against the country's privatized pension system, which opponents say is leaving many retirees in poverty.

Daughter of slain Chile leader says won't run for president

Santiago - Isabel Allende, daughter of Chile's martyred leader Salvador Allende, said she has decided not to stand for her nation's presidency, just weeks after announcing she was mulling a run.

Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

Santiago - Chile's opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power.

Chile's embattled president faces test in local polls

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet faces a test of strength Sunday in municipal elections that will serve as a political barometer with just over a year to go in her term.

Chile pardons president's late father four decades on

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court said Tuesday it has annulled a treason conviction against President Michelle Bachelet's father, who was jailed and tortured to death for opposing the country's 1973 coup.

Seven police injured, 49 arrested in Chile coup commemorations

Santiago - Seven officers were injured and 49 people arrested as protesters erected barricades and clashed with police on the 43rd anniversary of the military coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, the government said Monday.

Waste-besieged Easter Island slowly learns to recycle

Hanga Roa - Every Friday, a cargo plane loaded with three tonnes of waste cardboard takes off from wind-swept Easter Island, bound for the Chilean mainland thousands of miles away across the Pacific.

Mass march against Chile's private pension system

Santiago - Hundreds of thousands of people protested Sunday against Chile's privatized pension system, a legacy of late dictator Augusto Pinochet that opponents say is leaving many retirees destitute.

Campaigners demand Britain return Easter Island statue

Hanga Roa - Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for Britain to return a giant statue they say was stolen from the mystical Easter Island.
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