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Leftist surge throws Chile presidential race wide open

Santiago - A strong showing by the radical left threw Chile's presidential race wide open and left billionaire Sebastian Pinera with a fight on his hands to secure victory in a runoff, analysts said Monday.

Pinera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Santiago - Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera, who held a commanding lead in Chile's first round of presidential voting, and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month.Ex-president Pinera had a 36.

Pinochet casts long shadow over Chile vote

Santiago - He's been dead for 11 years, but Augusto Pinochet still casts a long shadow over Sunday's presidential election in conservative Chile, where the right is set to reclaim power.

Businessman Pinera closes in on Chile presidency

Santiago - After four years of socialist rule, Chile is expected to revert to the right in elections Sunday, with Sebastian Pinera set to return as president, confirming a shift to conservative leaders across Latin America.

Chile willing to grant asylum to Venezuelan opposition lawmaker

Santiago - Chile is prepared to grant political asylum to a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker who sought refuge at its embassy in Caracas claiming that his safety was in danger, the foreign minister said Monday.

Venezuelan opposition leader seeks refuge at Chilean embassy

Santiago - A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker on Saturday requested Chile's protection after Venezuela's high court announced he would be prosecuted on charges punishable by a decade in prison.

Pablo Neruda death probe finds cancer didn't kill him

Santiago - International experts announced Friday that Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, but could not conclusively determine if he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime.

Chile penguins win battle in war against mine

La Higuera - They may be less than a meter tall but they have conquered a Goliath: Chile's vulnerable Humboldt penguins have thwarted -- for now at least -- a billion dollar mining project in one of the country's most depressed regions.

Thousands march for Mapuche rights in Chile

Santiago - Chilean police used tear gas and water cannon in clashes with protestors on Monday as around 5,000 people marched in support of Mapuche rights.

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's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Indigenous people who live on Chile's Easter Island far out in the Pacific have voted to create a vast marine protection zone.

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.

India frees Frenchwoman wanted for Chile assassination

New Delhi - India on Thursday freed Frenchwoman Marie-Emmanuelle Verhoeven, wanted in Chile in connection with the assassination of a senator, and put her on a plane to France, sources told AFP.

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.

DR Congo may be linked to UN experts' murder: report

New York - UN experts say they are not ruling out the possible involvement of Democratic Republic of Congo state security forces in the murder of two of their colleagues.

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.
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Huasos  or Chilean cowboys  prepare to show their skills with th...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Huasos, or Chilean cowboys, prepare to show their skills with the horses.
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix...
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Explosive eruption from Láscar volcano in northern Chile on April 19  1993 produced an eruption col...
Explosive eruption from Láscar volcano in northern Chile on April 19, 1993 produced an eruption column that rose to a maximum of 17 km altitude.
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An ALMA 12-meter antenna en route from the Operations Support Facility to the plateau of Chajnantor ...
An ALMA 12-meter antenna en route from the Operations Support Facility to the plateau of Chajnantor, Atacama Desert, Chile.
ESO (European Southern Observatory).
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
The commemorative plaque reads:  To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa  Governor an...
The commemorative plaque reads: "To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Governor and Captain General of the Straits who on March 25, 1584, founded here the city of Rey Don Felipe, and to the unfortunate Spaniards who suffered and perished in the first attempt to colonize this land. A tribute of the Galician Center of Punta Arenas, 1961."
Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheet...
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheets.
General Juan Gonzalez and staff discussing alternatives for access to the location of the air ambula...
General Juan Gonzalez and staff discussing alternatives for access to the location of the air ambulance found near Puerto Aguirre, Chile.
Chilean Air Force
The beautiful 6-km-long Pichidangui Beach during the fall (Southern Hemisphere). Many visitors come ...
The beautiful 6-km-long Pichidangui Beach during the fall (Southern Hemisphere). Many visitors come to this beach during the summer months.
Chile s red tide woes are affecting aquaculture and the environment.
Chile's red tide woes are affecting aquaculture and the environment.
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Vacuum-packed frozen and smoked fish and shellfish are available for travelers and visitors to the A...
Vacuum-packed frozen and smoked fish and shellfish are available for travelers and visitors to the Angelmó fishermen's market.
The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
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.
Profile and anatomical view of Chilesaurus  showing some of the dinosaur s unusual features.
Profile and anatomical view of Chilesaurus, showing some of the dinosaur's unusual features.
Illustration by Gabriel Lio University of Birmingham
Moai facing inland at Ahu Tongariki. They were restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino in...
Moai facing inland at Ahu Tongariki. They were restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino in the 1990s. The second moai from the right has a pukao on its head. The fifth moai from the right is the tallest moai on the island.
Small rock water fountain next to the entrance to the Garden of the Heart.
Small rock water fountain next to the entrance to the Garden of the Heart.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers.
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