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A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided

Copiap - A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert.

Chile hospitals ensure patients do not die alone despite pandemic

Santiago - All over the world, people are dying alone as relatives are barred from visiting them in hospital for fear of catching and spreading the coronavirus. But not in Chile.

Chile's Congress definitively approves pension reform law

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Thursday approved a law allowing citizens to withdraw up to 10 percent of their pension funds to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, delivering a political blow to President Sebastian Pinera, who opposed the measure.

Chile's Senate approves pension reform law

Santiago - Chile's Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing citizens to withdraw up to 10 percent of their pension funds to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

France charges Chilean with murder of Japanese ex-girlfriend

Paris - Chilean Nicolas Zepeda was charged with murder shortly after his extradition to France over the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said on Friday.

Chile crosses 10,000 virus deaths as president announces aid package

Santiago - Chile recorded 10,159 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, as President Sebastian Pinera announced a $1.5 billion aid package to help the middle class, which has been battered by the economic crisis.

Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Santiago - During more than three decades of boom in Chile, the middle classes reaped the rewards, but just three months of the coronavirus pandemic has already reduced many to poverty.

Chile reports more than 7,000 virus deaths under new counting method

Santiago - Chile nearly doubled its coronavirus death toll Saturday to more than 7,000 under a new tallying method that includes probable fatalities from COVID-19.

LATAM announces suspension of Argentine subsidiary operations

Santiago - Latin America's largest airline announced on Wednesday that it is indefinitely ceasing operations at its Argentine subsidiary due to the financial hardship provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile to add 'probable' coronavirus deaths to official toll

Santiago - Chile's new health minister announced Sunday that the country's official death toll will include suspected cases, which could double the current figure.

Chile's health minister resigns as pandemic hits hard

Santiago - Chile's health minister resigned Saturday amid controversy over the country's official coronavirus death toll, as the pandemic hits the nation hard despite quarantine measures in the capital for more than a month.

Chile registers new daily record of COVID-19 deaths, cases

Santiago - Chile registered its worst daily figures for covonavirus fatalities on Friday, with 222 deaths and more than 6,700 new infections in the previous 24-hours, authorities said.

Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies

Santiago - It's as if the Earth has closed its eyes, some scientists say: the coronavirus pandemic has forced astronomers in northern Chile to shut down the world's most powerful telescopes, running the risk of missing out on supernovas and other spectacles in sp...

A world redrawn: Isabel Allende hopes pandemic will doom 'patriarchy'

Miami - Chilean writer Isabel Allende says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed stark inequalities that will continue to fuel protests in the United States and around the globe.

Chile prolongs Santiago lockdown as daily virus deaths rise

Santiago - Chile's government said Wednesday it was prolonging a three-week shutdown of the country's capital Santiago as the COVID-19 death toll reached a new daily record.

Chile, Peru secure credit lines from IMF amid pandemic

Washington - The IMF approved a two-year $24 billion credit line for Chile on Friday as the South American nation battles the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Latin America's slums facing losing battle against virus spread

Montevideo - As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Latin America's slum dwellers waited defenseless in its path. Now, with the region becoming the new epicenter of the crisis, the virus is unleashing destruction on its most vulnerable populations.

Chile suspect to remain free ahead of extraditon: court

Santiago - Chile's top court on Wednesday denied prosecutors' requests to jail a 29-year-old man awaiting extradition to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Shares in Latin America's biggest airline drop 35% after bankruptcy filing

Santiago - Shares in Latin America's largest airline plunged 35 percent on the Santiago stock exchange on Tuesday after LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Chile virus cases soar as soldiers deploy following unrest

Santiago - Coronavirus cases soared in Chile Tuesday as soldiers were deployed to back up riot police in Santiago following clashes with demonstrators angry about food shortages and job losses.

Chile prosecutor demands stricter controls of murder suspect

Santiago - Chile's public prosecutor on Tuesday requested tighter supervision of a 29-year-old man set to be extradited to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Santiago - Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santi...

Chile's court ratifies murder suspect's extradition to France

Santiago - Chile's supreme court on Monday confirmed the extradition to France of a Chilean accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in 2016 in the east of France.

Chile capital silenced amid lockdown over COVID-19 surge

Santiago - With near-deserted streets and police checks, the seven million people of Chile's capital, Santiago, began a strict quarantine Saturday after a sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases.

LATAM Airlines says cutting 1,400 jobs in South America

Santiago - LATAM Airlines said Friday it would lay off 1,400 employees in South America, blaming a drastic slump in business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile digs thousands of graves for COVID-19 surge

Santiago - Thousands of fresh graves are being dug in the Chilean capital's main cemetery amid a spike in the South American country's COVID-19 cases, authorities said Thursday.

Antarctica's splendid isolation keeps coronavirus at bay

Santiago - As the planet battles the seemingly inexorable spread of the coronavirus, Antarctica remains the only COVID-19-free continent -- thanks in the main to strict security and not a little luck.

'Total' lockdown for Chile capital after virus spike

Santiago - Chile ordered a mandatory total quarantine for the capital Santiago's seven million people Wednesday after authorities reported a 60 percent spike in coronavirus infections in 24 hours, dealing a stunning blow to hopes the economy would soon reopen.

Chile president names Pinochet relative as minister

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera waded into controversy Wednesday when he appointed a relative of former dictator Augusto Pinochet as minister for women and equality.

Chile police arrest dozens at Santiago May Day protest

Santiago - Chilean police on Friday arrested dozens of people, including press photographers, when they broke up a May Day demonstration in the capital Santiago.
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Large resting house, trees and waterfowl reflect on the peaceful pond.
Note the crack at the very top of the building that seems to indicate severe structural damage in wh...
Note the crack at the very top of the building that seems to indicate severe structural damage in what appears to be a very fine heritage building.
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Artist rendering of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
Artist rendering of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA),
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Dried-smoked shellfish  wicker items  garlic and seaweeds on sale at the market in Angelmó.
Dried-smoked shellfish, wicker items, garlic and seaweeds on sale at the market in Angelmó.
Giant yellow condom in La Florida district of Santiago  Chile.
Photo taken: May 15  2014.
Giant yellow condom in La Florida district of Santiago, Chile. Photo taken: May 15, 2014.
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Military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1990.
Military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1990.
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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 Marble Gate. Located at the entrance to the Francisco de Aguirre Sculpture Park; it was donated ...
The Marble Gate. Located at the entrance to the Francisco de Aguirre Sculpture Park; it was donated to the city by British residents on the occasion of the centennial celebration of Chile's independence from Spain.
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.
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 Severe-looking  personnel of Chile s Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to ...
"Severe-looking" personnel of Chile's Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to keep the peace and provide attention to "beer corpses".
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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The old wharf and the ramp used to bring the whales from the sea to the plant are part of the Whalin...
The old wharf and the ramp used to bring the whales from the sea to the plant are part of the Whaling Museum.
Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working ...
Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working long time ago.
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 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.
General view of the city of Puerto Montt  Chile. The Angelmó Cove Fishermen s market is about 2 kil...
General view of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. The Angelmó Cove Fishermen's market is about 2 kilometres from the downtown area of the city.
Bio-Bío River.
Bio-Bío River.
The study determined that glacial melt is currently occurring at a faster rate than at any other tim...
The study determined that glacial melt is currently occurring at a faster rate than at any other time in the last 350 years. On Glacier Grey, in Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, another glacial pool begins forming as the glacier retreats by more than 450 feet annually.
A view of Santiago in Chile
A view of Santiago in Chile
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