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Chile's Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

Santiago - Chile's socialist president Michelle Bachelet on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, ending a strict ban in effect for decades.

At 96, Chile's first female pilot recounts WWII perils

Santiago - Margot Duhalde lies awake scared when she remembers what she was doing over 70 years ago: flying fighter planes without a radar over England in World War II -- and sometimes crashing.

Chile economy, finance ministers quit

Santiago - Chile's finance and economy ministers resigned Thursday, plunging President Michelle Bachelet's government into crisis just three months before presidential elections which a conservative rival is tipped to win.

Chile president launches gay marriage bill

Santiago - Chile's socialist President Michelle Bachelet on Monday sent to congress a bill to legalize marriages and adoptions by same-sex couples.It is the latest in a wave of liberal reforms that she was determined to launch before ending her term next year.

Chile grants five Venezuelans diplomatic asylum

Santiago - Chile said Tuesday it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as President Nicolas Maduro moves to consolidate power.

Chile court clears way to ease abortion ban

Santiago - Chile's Constitutional Court on Monday approved a bill to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a move decried by conservative opponents but hailed by Socialist President Michelle Bachelet as a victory for women's rights.

Chile court clears way to ease abortion ban

Santiago - Chile's Constitutional Court Monday approved a measure to ease the country's strict abortion ban by decriminalizing the procedure in certain cases.The bill will allow abortion in cases of rape, threat to the mother's life or deadly birth defects.

US urges LatAm powers to isolate N.Korea

Santiago - US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American powers to break off economic and diplomatic ties with North Korea over Pyongyang's missile threats.

Chile eyes quake fault that could strike capital

Santiago - Earthquake-prone Chile may be one of the countries best prepared for seismic shocks, but officials are nervously watching a major fault line that could shift any time, threatening the capital.Long accustomed to quakes such as the 8.

Chile Congress lifts abortion ban

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Wednesday eased a strict ban on abortion in effect since the final days of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship nearly three decades ago.

70% in Chile back easing of abortion ban: poll

Santiago - A plan to ease a ban on abortion in Chile has the backing of 70 percent of the country, a new poll released on Monday suggested, as a government push to do so navigated legislative problems.

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.
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