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Pope Francis defends appointment of bishop accused of protecting priest

Santiago - Pope Francis called critics protesting the appointment of a new bishop in Chile, who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse crimes committed by priests, "lefties" in a video message Saturday.

Chile rattled by two earthquakes

Santiago - Two earthquakes, magnitude 6.0 and 6.1, hit northern and southern Chile Saturday, but caused no known injuries or significant damage, the government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said.

Chile refuses bilateral negotiations over Bolivia border dispute

Santiago - Chile ruled out bilateral negotiations with Bolivia regarding the territorial conflict between the two neighboring countries Friday after the International Court of Justice assumed jurisdiction over the dispute.

Bachelet says she won't resign Chilean presidency

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday she neither intends to nor should resign, despite rumors suggesting a possible resignation as her popularity has foundered following recent scandals.

Thousands left homeless by giant Chile quake

Santiago - More than 9,000 people were left homeless after a powerful earthquake hit northern and central Chile last week, officials said Sunday, dramatically increasing previous estimates.The death toll from the 8.

Lessons from 2010 quake saved lives in Chile: experts

Santiago - Lessons learned from a devastating quake five years ago when Chile's authorities were accused of failing the population helped limit the toll from this week's powerful earthquake, experts say.Thirteen people were killed in the 8.

Chileans deal with aftermath of 8.3 quake

Coquimbo - Hundreds of traumatized Chileans spent a second night out in the open or in shelters after an offshore 8.3 magnitude earthquake left 12 dead.

Powerful Chile quake sparks tsunami alert and panic

Santiago - A massive 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck the center of Chile, leaving at least two people dead and triggering the evacuation of coastal areas and warnings that tsunami waves could reach as far as Japan.

Strike at Chilean airports grounds tens of thousands

Santiago - Airport workers have staged a 24-hour strike in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for some 50,000 passengers.

Chile awards $6.6-mn damages to ex-political prisoners

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ruling ordering the state to pay $6.6 million in damages to 31 former political prisoners detained in a concentration camp during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Chileans honor Pinochet-era victims, demand prison closure

Santiago - Chileans took to the streets to honor the victims of Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 regime and to demand the closure of a special "luxury" prison for ex-dictatorship officials.

Chile's post-dictatorship 'luxury jail' nearly full

Metropolitana - Twenty years after it was built to hold those convicted of committing atrocities during Chile's dictatorship, Punta Peuco prison is nearly full and increasingly under attack as a "luxury jail.

Chile upholds conviction for dictatorship-era murders of Americans

Santiago - A judge upheld the murder convictions Saturday of a retired Chilean general for killing Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi in the days after the country's 1973 military coup.

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.
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