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Abortion becomes legal in Argentina as Chile starts a debate

Buenos Aires - Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent.

More than 3,300 apply to rewrite Chile's constitution

Santiago - More than 3,300 hopefuls have applied for selection to the commission that will rewrite Chile's dictatorship-era constitution, the top electoral body said Monday.

Chilean judge dismisses police case against feminist singers

Santiago - A Chilean court on Monday dismissed a case brought by the military police against a group of feminist singers over a performance of a song that has become a global anthem against sexual violence.

Chile Congress reserves indigenous seats in constitution commission

Santiago - Chile's indigenous community will have 17 seats reserved for it in the commission charged with rewriting the South American country's constitution following a vote in parliament.

Solar eclipse plunges southern Chile, Argentina into darkness

Pucon - Thousands of people turned their heads to the sky to watch a solar eclipse that lasted around two minutes on Monday as southern Chile and Argentina were plunged into darkness.

Chile police chief resigns after officers shoot adolescents

Santiago - Chile's police chief resigned Thursday after officers shot two minors in an incident that sparked outrage across a country already alarmed at heavy handed security force tactics during months of social protests.

Hundreds protest in Santiago against Chilean president

Santiago - Hundreds of people protested in Chile's capital Santiago on Wednesday to demand the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera over police repression of the country's social protests.

Chile elite say facing 'uncertain' future after vote

Santiago - In Santiago's well-heeled suburbs, Chile's elite say they are facing uncertainty after the rest of the country voted to ditch the dictatorship-era constitution that has served them well for decades. For some, it's a bitter pill to swallow.

Chileans begin work on roadmap to new constitution

Santiago - Chile pressed ahead with the task of creating a roadmap to a new constitution Tuesday as Congress debated rules for choosing the body tasked with drafting the new charter.

Chileans look to future after referendum result

Santiago - Chileans gleefully ripped up their Pinochet-era constitution in a weekend referendum, but the focus turned Monday to the next chapter, as the country begins the tricky task of forging its replacement.

Sniffing the winds of change in Chile referendum

Santiago - Dashing around downtown Santiago, taxi driver Jose Gallardo had never seen so many people out voting, and he felt he could sniff change in the southern spring air. "For Chile, it's now or never," he said.

Chileans vote overwhelmingly for new constitution

Santiago - Chileans voted overwhelmingly in a landmark referendum Sunday to replace their dictatorship-era constitution, long seen as underpinning the nation's glaring economic and social inequalities.

Referendum choice not black and white, Chileans say

Santiago - One hopes for a "legitimate" constitution, the other believes Chile's problems can be resolved without a new one -- two voters on opposite sides lay out their arguments ahead of Sunday's referendum, and say the choice facing the country is a tricky one...

Chile surpasses 500,000 Covid-19 cases on eve of referendum

Santiago - Chile's coronavirus case total has now surpassed half a million, authorities said Saturday, as the country prepares to go to the polls for a referendum on whether to replace the Pinochet-era constitution.

How a dictatorship-era constitution endured in Chile

Santiago - Replacing Chile's dictatorship-era constitution was a pressing demand from the streets during months of social protests in Chile in 2019.

Mapuche people divided over benefits of Chile referendum

Santiago - As millions of Chileans have rallied over the last year against the government and for greater equality, the flag of the Mapuche indigenous people has often fluttered overhead.

Chileans set to call time on Pinochet-era constitution

Santiago - A year after the start of a mass wave of social unrest, Chileans vote Sunday in a referendum to change a dictatorship-era constitution seen as the bedrock of the nation's glaring inequalities.

Chileans set to call time on Pinochet-era constitution

Santiago - A year after the start of months of social unrest, Chileans vote Sunday in a referendum to change a dictatorship-era constitution seen as the bedrock of the nation's glaring inequalities.

Chile celebrates successful breeding of endangered frog

Santiago - A critically endangered species of frog seems to have a bright future after conservationists in Chile launched a rescue campaign that has produced 200 offspring.

Chile police arrest 600 after protests as referendum looms

Santiago - Police arrested nearly 600 people after demonstrations to mark the anniversary of Chile's social protests turned violent as rioters torched two Catholic churches, the government said Monday.

Churches burned as thousands mark Chile protest movement anniversary

Santiago - Two churches were torched as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.

Thousands take to Chile streets to mark protest movement anniversary

Santiago - Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.

Chile's wounded look to referendum a year on from start of protests

Santiago - Nothing will restore their sight, but a year after the start of Chile's tumultuous social protests and as the country prepares for a landmark referendum, several protesters who suffered eye injuries believe their loss will not be in vain.

Chile president condemns police violence against protesters

Santiago - Chile's conservative President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday condemned police violence against protesters in Santiago after an officer threw a young demonstrator from a bridge.

Antarctic Peninsula at warmest in decades: study

Santiago - The year 2020 is the hottest in the Antarctic Peninsula in the past three decades, a study by the University of Santiago de Chile out Friday found.Between January and August, temperatures reached between 2 and 3 degrees Celsius (35.6 and 37.

Millions in Chile capital emerge from lockdown

Santiago - Chile on Monday lifted strict coronavirus lockdown measures for millions of people in the capital Santiago, a month ahead of a key referendum to amend the dictatorship-era constitution.

Chile court shuts gold mine over environmental fears

Santiago - Chile's environmental court confirmed Thursday a final order to close Canadian company Barrick Gold's huge Pascua Lama mining project, on hold since 2013 over environmental concerns.

Police say 100 arrested as clashes mark Chile coup anniversary

Santiago - Chilean police said Saturday that more than 100 people were arrested after clashes marking the 47th anniversary of the coup d'etat that overthrew the leftist government of Salvador Allende.

Chile scraps law that discriminated against divorced women

Santiago - Chile's parliament has abolished a long-standing law that discriminated against divorced women, who unlike men, were forced to wait nine months for the right to remarry.

Chile unemployment hits new record of 13%

Santiago - Unemployment in Chile has reached a new record high of 13.1 percent, the national statistics institute said Friday.Unemployment rose by 5.6 percentage points in the rolling May-July quarter compared to the same period in 2019.
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Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Rockeries along the coastal route between Viña and Concon. In...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Rockeries along the coastal route between Viña and Concon. In the background is the town of Reñaca Beach, a preferred destination for Argentine tourists.
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. N...
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. Nearly all settlers died of cold and starvation.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and f...
Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and found to be the "purest waters on the planet".
Antuco volcano (2 973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
Antuco volcano (2,973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
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Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The road separates the impossing rockeries and the huge dunes.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The road separates the impossing rockeries and the huge dunes.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads:  Homage of ...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads: "Homage of the Chilean Navy to Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau fallen on defense of his country on 8 October, 1879"
A dish of raw piure with onion  coriander and lemon juice  as served at a seafood market in Valpara...
A dish of raw piure with onion, coriander and lemon juice, as served at a seafood market in Valparaíso, Chile.
Stéphane Batigne
It appears no one was crushed when this ceiling fell onto a bed but the danger to people inside buil...
It appears no one was crushed when this ceiling fell onto a bed but the danger to people inside buildings during a major quake is clear.
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Carved wood items in the nautical theme on sale at Angelmó market.
Carved wood items in the nautical theme on sale at Angelmó market.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Visitors have free access to the whole ship including decks and th...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Visitors have free access to the whole ship including decks and the various officer and crew quarters.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers  dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers' dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Overview of the main campus of Universidad Federico Santa María en Valparaiso  Chile.
Overview of the main campus of Universidad Federico Santa María en Valparaiso, Chile.
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The annual War of the Tomato in Quillón  Chile.
The annual War of the Tomato in Quillón, Chile.
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Man shelling seaurchin roe at Angelmó seafood market.
Man shelling seaurchin roe at Angelmó seafood market.
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
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Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.
Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.

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