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Chile president Pinera sacks FM in cabinet shakeup

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sacked his foreign minister and announced a cabinet reshuffle Thursday as polls showed a dip in his popularity following an economic downturn.

More than 3,200 workers at Chile state-run miner Codelco to strike

Santiago - More than 3,200 workers at Chile's huge Chuquicamata copper mine plan to go on strike this week after union-management talks broke down, state-run miner Codelco -- the world's largest copper producer -- said Wednesday.

British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Victims of Chile Nazi sect says German compensation not enough

Santiago - Victims of a Chile-based Nazi pedophile sect said compensation offered by Germany was not enough to make up for decades of slavery and abuse.

Germany to pay $11,000 each to Chile Nazi sect victims

Berlin - Germany said Friday it would pay compensation of up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) each to victims of the former Nazi paedophile sect "Colonia Dignidad" in Chile.

South African woman makes landmark Everest summit

Kathmandu - A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world's highest mountain by a black African woman.

Chile's Valparaiso, an open air graffiti and mural art gallery

Valpara - Creating colorful pictures of surreal human faces, marine animals or even huge owls, hundreds of graffiti artists have turned the Chilean port of Valparaiso into a gigantic open-air art gallery.

Mapuche rappers fight for indigenous rights in Chile

Santiago - With songs like "We'll Beat the State," Chilean rappers Wechekeche Ni Trawun are on a mission to support the Mapuche indigenous people's fight for justice and land rights.

France promises trial over missing Japanese student

Besan - A Chilean national is to be tried in France for the suspected murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, with Paris to request his extradition later this year, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Chilean suspect in Japanese student disappearance faces prosecutors

Santiago - Chilean authorities on Wednesday questioned a man suspected of involvement in the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend in France.

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Peru on Saturday on the third-leg of a four-nation tour of Latin American allies focusing heavily on Venezuela and countering China's economic reach.

Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour

Asunci - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

Pompeo to visit Venezuela border on South America tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Venezuela border in Colombia to highlight the plight of refugees during a four-nation trip to Latin America, the State Department announced Monday.

Norway's Kon-Tiki museum agrees to return Easter Island items

Santiago - Norway agreed Thursday to hand back thousands of artefacts removed from Easter Island by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his trans-Pacific raft expeditions in the 1950s.

Chile orders Church to pay damages to ex-priest's victims

Santiago - A court in Chile on Wednesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around $440,000 to the victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

Chile agrees to French questioning of suspect in Japanese student's death

Besan - French investigators will travel to Chile next month to question a man suspected of killing his Japanese ex-girlfriend who went missing from her university residence in France in 2016, a prosecutor told AFP on Wednesday.

Bolsonaro says Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Santiago - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday said his country "does not owe the world anything" when it comes to the environment.

Right wing Latin American presidents launch new regional bloc

Santiago - Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Friday he had discussed with several Latin American counterparts the possibility of offering asylum to Venezuelan servicemen who desert President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Drought wipes popular Chilean lake from the map

Paine - The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map.

Chile's Pinera slams UN's Bachelet for failure to condemn Maduro

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sharply criticized his leftist predecessor and UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet Sunday for failing to condemn Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro for human rights violations.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to visit US, Chile, Israel

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will pay his first official visits to the United States, Chile and Israel this month, in a clear sign of the alliances the far-right leader wants to shore up, official sources said Friday.

Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

San Juan Bautista - For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe -- named for literature's most famous castaway -- have known that their island's fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife.

Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Police in Chile arrested a former army chief Thursday on charges of torturing 24 people in 1973, shortly after the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, officials said.

Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have detained five foreign journalists covering the standoff with opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Chile jails six Pinochet agents for ex-president's murder

Santiago - A court on Wednesday jailed six former agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime for involvement in the 1982 murder of ex-president Eduardo Frei.

Two dead from heart attacks as strong quake jolts Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with police reporting the deaths of two people from heart attacks.

Extreme poverty rises again in Latin America

Santiago - Extreme poverty in Latin America hit its highest level for nine years in 2017, according to a report by the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) published on Tuesday.Poverty remained stable at 30.

Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab to study climate change

Punta Arenas - In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.

Bus stop blast wounds five in Chilean capital

Santiago - A blast at a bus stop that wounded five people in the center of the Chilean capital on Friday was described as a "terrorist act" by the government.
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Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaot...
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaotic traffic. On this day the students of the University nearby had taken the day off from protesting against the government's limited educational funding.
Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and S...
Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and South America. The funds to build the library were donated by philanthropist don Santiago Severin Espina. The building was declared a National Monument in 1998. It was severely damaged by the 2010 earthquake and is still under repairs.
The landscape in the Chilean side has mountains with steep  heavily eroded cliffs  washed clean of s...
The landscape in the Chilean side has mountains with steep, heavily eroded cliffs, washed clean of sediments.
The building of the Chilean National Congress in Valparaíso. In the foreground is one of the old tr...
The building of the Chilean National Congress in Valparaíso. In the foreground is one of the old trolleybuses purchased second-hand from France. There are many of them still in operation in the city and are mostly used by anyone who is not in a hurry.
Marble sculpture in the park of  Francisco de Aguirre Avenue  La Serena  Chile.
Marble sculpture in the park of Francisco de Aguirre Avenue, La Serena, Chile.
Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera  the largest lake in Chile located in t...
Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile located in the Chilean Patagonia.
A picture of the historic La Moneda building in Chile. National pride has led to protests against wh...
A picture of the historic La Moneda building in Chile. National pride has led to protests against what they see as a tearing down of their rich history and natural beauty.
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The man wearing a red shirt is one of many  fish-cleaners  at the Fish Terminal. He works cleaning f...
The man wearing a red shirt is one of many "fish-cleaners" at the Fish Terminal. He works cleaning fish for customers in exchange of tips. Fish cleaners have "devoted followers" among the local marine birds.
 Gorda Bella  is recovering from burns and near death after a firefighter saved her life using rescu...
"Gorda Bella" is recovering from burns and near death after a firefighter saved her life using rescue breathing and chest compression procedures (CPR).
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Impressive views of the Lake from “Carretera Austral” (the “Southern Highway”)  which is a g...
Impressive views of the Lake from “Carretera Austral” (the “Southern Highway”), which is a gravel road running along the region.
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales  the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the...
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales, the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the colonization of The Lakes Region in the mid-19th Century through the immigration of German settlers.
Large resting house  trees and waterfowl reflect on the peaceful pond.
Large resting house, trees and waterfowl reflect on the peaceful pond.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; The grape strains  garden.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; The grape strains' garden.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The supervisor monitors the operation of the mac...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The supervisor monitors the operation of the machinery.
Endesa s Ralco Dam in the upper Bio-Bío River. Ancestral sacred land and a cemetery where Pehuenche...
Endesa's Ralco Dam in the upper Bio-Bío River. Ancestral sacred land and a cemetery where Pehuenche ancestors are buried were flooded under about 100 meter of water.
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Colourful wool garments and handicrafts at Angelmó market.
Colourful wool garments and handicrafts at Angelmó market.
Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
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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