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Striking Chilean miners blockade themselves underground

Santiago - More than 70 Chilean miners striking over unpaid wages have blocked themselves inside a shaft deep underground and are refusing food and water in protest, their union says."They blocked off all the entrances.

Chile to try former secret police for diplomat's death

Santiago - Fifteen former members of Chile's dictatorship-era secret police must stand trial for the 1976 kidnapping and killing of a Spanish diplomat, the country's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Chile anti-smoking bill has tobacco industry on edge

Santiago - A tough anti-smoking bill is trying to get nicotine-hooked Chile to kick the habit, but has provoked a backlash from the powerful tobacco industry.

Chile tackles army silence on dictatorship crimes

Santiago - Chile launched a special unit within the army Monday to help investigate abuses committed by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime and uproot pacts of silence protecting perpetrators.

Chile jails 14 officers for death of Pinochet henchman

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court jailed a group of 14 Uruguayan and Chilean army officers Tuesday for kidnapping and killing a top agent of late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime in order to silence him.

Former head of Pinochet's secret police dead in Chile

Santiago - Manuel Contreras, the former head of Chile's feared intelligence service under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, has died. He was 86.Contreras died in a military hospital in Santiago, officials said.

Chilean Congress takes first step towards legal abortion

Santiago - Chile's Congress took its first step toward legalizing abortion in some cases, a practice that has been legally banned for decades in the socially conservative nation.

Chile charges five ex-military in youth's burning death

Santiago - Five former Chilean soldiers were indicted Thursday in the killing of a teenager who was burned to death after being picked up at a protest during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Chile burn victim files criminal complaint against Pinochet soldiers

Santiago - A woman who survived being set on fire by Chilean soldiers during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet filed a criminal complaint in the case Wednesday, nearly three decades after the disfiguring attack.

Five more arrested in Chile for Pinochet-era immolation

Santiago - A Chilean judge on Monday ordered the arrest of five more former soldiers for allegedly burning alive a teenage photographer seized at a protest against the late dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1986.

Chile's salmon fisheries using high levels of antibiotics

Chile is the world's second largest producer of salmon, behind Norway, putting out 895,000 thousand metric tons of the fish in 2014. But during that same period, Chilean salmon farmers used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics, up 13 percent from 2013.

Chile charges seven in Pinochet-era death of photographer

Santiago - Seven ex-military men were indicted Friday in Chile over the 1986 killing of a photographer reportedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze by soldiers during a protest against then-ruler Augusto Pinochet.

Chilean Congress in mea culpa over political corruption

Santiago - The Chilean Congress made an unprecedented mea culpa Tuesday for a series of corruption cases involving lawmakers that have eroded public confidence in the institution.

Gay couples in Chile sign up for first civil unions

Santiago - Gay couples flocked to civil registries in Chile on Thursday to pick a time to celebrate the first same-sex civil unions since their historic approval earlier this year.

Gay pride events in Latin America seek more rights

Santiago - Marchers in several Latin American nations including Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court's historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Chilean capital in first pollution emergency in 16 years

Santiago - Dangerously high pollution levels have Chile's capital on the brink of issuing an environmental emergency, the first such time the measure is to be implemented in 16 years.

Chilean police, students clash on eve of football fest

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up a large student protest that turned violent on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons Thursday to disperse stone-throwing students protesting what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

Clashes as Chile's Bachelet seeks to shift focus to reforms

Playa Ancha - Chile's embattled President Michelle Bachelet sought to get her reform agenda back on track in her annual address to Congress Thursday, as anti-government protests outside descended into clashes with police.
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