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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'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.

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.

Chile says $4.8-mn to be returned to Pinochet's family

Santiago - A Chilean appeals court has ruled that $4.8 million in cash and assets frozen during a legal investigation is to be returned to the family of late longtime dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in January, the Vatican said Monday, on a trip that will take the Catholic Church's first South American pontiff from Santiago to Lima.

Chances fade for rescuing trapped miners in Chile

Santiago - The chances of rescuing alive two miners trapped underground in southern Chile looked slim Saturday as the mine appeared to be flooded, officials said.

Mining brings Chile city riches — and fear of cancer

Antofagasta - Black dust stains the walls of the building where Jaqueline Jimenez and her children once lived in northern Chile.

At the end of the world in Chile, a culture on the brink

Puerto Williams - Just outside the southernmost settlement in the world, an 89-year-old woman is the last native speaker of her people's ancient language and struggling to ensure she does not take it to her grave.

Chile charges 16 military officials in Caravan of Death

Santiago - Sixteen retired Chilean military officers were charged Wednesday with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, officials said.

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

Santiago - A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso.It had a depth of 9.
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The South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens)  also known as the Patagonian sea lion  inhabits the...
The South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens), also known as the Patagonian sea lion, inhabits the coasts of Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and Southern Brazil. They are not very popular with fishermen because they damage nets and steal fish. Those living as families at the Antofagasta fishing cove are very tame.
Canadian field hockey players react when Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by...
Canadian field hockey players react when Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by Chilean player Sofia Filipek reaching a 5-4 victory in the shoot-out.,
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Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Father John O Reilly  influential member of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in Chile.
Father John O'Reilly, influential member of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in Chile.
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Family members of Claudio Yañez  34  cheer on as he becomes the eighth miner to leave the San Jose ...
Family members of Claudio Yañez, 34, cheer on as he becomes 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
Decorative display of apples  pineapples  picked chilies  pearl onions and olives.
Decorative display of apples, pineapples, picked chilies, pearl onions and olives.
Detail of the image of  Christ of the Agony . The wood-carved statue came from Spain in the XVI cent...
Detail of the image of "Christ of the Agony". The wood-carved statue came from Spain in the XVI century and has resisted almost intact several earthquakes that have damaged or destroyed the Parish.
The Atacama humanoid  a 6 inch body found in the Atacama desert in Chile.
The Atacama humanoid, a 6 inch body found in the Atacama desert in Chile.
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The lower section of the Baker River is wide and  in some sections  navigable.
The lower section of the Baker River is wide and, in some sections, navigable.
View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support t...
Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support the great rocks over the water of the lake.
People gather outside the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC to watch as the first miners emerge Octob...
People gather outside the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC to watch as the first miners emerge October 12, 2010.
Artist rendering of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
Artist rendering of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA),
ESO (European Southern Observatory).
Representatives of indigenous people at a gathering of elders in Casablanca  Chile  in 2010 (Screen ...
Representatives of indigenous people at a gathering of elders in Casablanca, Chile, in 2010 (Screen Capture from video).
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The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top  and beyond.
The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top, and beyond.
Bay of Valparaíso  Chile  showing port facilities.
Bay of Valparaíso, Chile, showing port facilities.
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The little fishing town of Lebu  by the Lebu River and the Pacific Ocean  birthplace of poet Gonzalo...
The little fishing town of Lebu, by the Lebu River and the Pacific Ocean, birthplace of poet Gonzalo Rojas.
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Seedlings  fresh herbs and potted plants are also on sale on the streets next to the market.
Seedlings, fresh herbs and potted plants are also on sale on the streets next to the market.
2012 Newport Beach Film Festival - Latino Showcase
2012 Newport Beach Film Festival - Latino Showcase
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport i...
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport is not far from the village.