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Clashes as Chile students step up demos

Santiago - Hooded protesters pelted stones at police who fired tear gas and water cannons in the Chilean capital Thursday, as thousands of students staged fresh street rallies demanding free university education.

One dead in Chile protests: Officials

Playa Ancha - A security guard died Saturday during protests here as President Michelle Bachelet was delivering an annual address to Chile's Congress, officials said.

New Pablo Neruda movie recounts poet's dramatic bid for freedom

Santiago - The poems that won Pablo Neruda the Nobel prize for literature may never have been seen if the writer had not been such a good horseman.

Chile irks Peru in old liquor dispute

Chile - Chilean liquor makers riled Peruvians with a new study Tuesday claiming the classic drink pisco was invented in Chile, fanning a tense cultural rivalry between the neighboring countries.

Chile fishing crisis traps tourists, empties markets

Chile - A fishing ban sparked by mass deaths of sea creatures in Chile has left tourists stranded and markets empty on an island cut off by protest blockades.

Small funeral held for Margot Honecker in Chile

Santiago - A small funeral was held in Chile Saturday for Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker.A steely politician in her own right, the 89-year-old died of cancer in the capital Santiago on Friday.

Margot Honecker, widow of former East German leader, dies at 89

Santiago - Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker and a steely politician in her own right, died Friday in Chile at the age of 89, her family said.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Santiago - Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

Chilean surfing star on quest to save hometown coast

El Valle - Ramon Navarro is one of the world's top big-wave surfers, but this fisherman's son still has a place in his heart for the spot where he learned his trade -- a stretch of Chilean coastline he is now fighting to save.

Chile ordered to pay $2.7 million to 2010 tsunami victims

Santiago - A Chilean court ordered the government Thursday to pay $2.7 million to the families of 20 people killed by a devastating tsunami in 2010.

India court rejects French woman's extradition challenge

New Delhi - India's top court on Thursday rejected a French woman's challenge against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted over the assassination of a key supporter of General Augusto Pinochet's military regime.

Germany opens files on Nazi paedophile sect in Chile

Berlin - Germany is declassifying its files on Colonia Dignidad, a sect in Chile run by a Nazi paedophile, Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday, admitting the diplomatic service's failure to stop the abuses.

Chile reburies Nobel-winning poet Pablo Neruda

Isla Negra - Chile reburied Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda's remains Tuesday after exhuming them to determine whether he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime -- a mystery that still lingers.

Chile honors poet Neruda before reburying body

Santiago - Chile paid homage to Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as it prepared to rebury him Tuesday after examining his body to determine whether he was assassinated by the country's former dictatorship.

South American floods kill 12, force mass evacuations

Buenos Aires - Severe storms and flooding across South America's "southern cone" have killed at least 12 people and forced thousands to evacuate, with more bad weather on the way.

Chile heavy rain leaves millions without water, closes copper mine

Santiago - Four million people in Santiago were without tap water Sunday after unusually heavy rain pounding central Chile triggered landslides that fouled the city's water supply and forced the closure of the world's biggest copper mine, officials said.

Storms leave three million without water in Chile capital

Santiago - Three million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water on Saturday after heavy rain caused landslides that fouled the rivers supplying the city, officials said.

Massive sardine die-off in Chile’s Queule River

A massive fish kill was reported last week in the Queule River Estuary in Chile, leaving over 1,000 tons of dead sardines covering the waters and beaches and creating a human health threat.

Bolivia to take Chile to court over water dispute

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country has decided to file suit against Chile at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a water dispute.

Chile lawmakers authorize abortion in limited cases

Santiago - Lawmakers in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved abortion in limited circumstances, the first step towards lifting a decades-old ban on the practice in the socially conservative South American country.

Leader of Chile's 'Death Caravan' dies

Santiago - A retired Chilean general who led an army death squad that killed 75 opponents of dictator Augusto Pinochet died Wednesday.

Alejandro Aravena: the star of social housing

London - Award-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has built a global reputation not by designing prestige buildings but by creating social housing, distancing his craft from purely aesthetic concerns.

Chile court orders poet Neruda's remains returned

Santiago - A Chilean court on Wednesday ordered poet Pablo Neruda's remains be returned to his tomb, three years after they were exhumed to determine whether the Nobel laureate was assassinated.

Turkey's Erdogan woos Latin America

Santiago - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he was in Latin America to pursue a "strategy of opening" as he kicked off a three-country regional tour in Chile."Chile is a key country for our opening in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erdogan eyes expanding Turkey influence on Latin America tour

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday embarks on a major tour of Latin American countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional sphere of influence.

Chile president tearful as daughter in law charged

Rancagua - A Chilean court Friday brought formal tax fraud charges against the daughter in law of President Michelle Bachelet in a scandal the leftist leader tearfully admitted was a "painful" ordeal.

Victims of German pedophile sect in Chile seek justice

It is 18 years since Winfried Hempel finally escaped from an abusive sect run by a pedophile ex-Nazi officer in Chile. He still has nightmares.

Pinochet regime victims' families get $1.3 mn in damages

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court ordered the state Tuesday to pay $1.3 million in damages to the families of four people who disappeared in the 1970s during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

British explorer dies trying to cross Antarctic solo

Santiago - British adventurer Henry Worsley died while trying to make history by crossing the Antarctic alone in a trip backed by members of the royal family, his wife said.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

New York - Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize Wednesday, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.
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Memorial ceremony at the Regiment in Los Angeles honoring the 45 victims of the Antuco tragedy.(Scre...
Memorial ceremony at the Regiment in Los Angeles honoring the 45 victims of the Antuco tragedy.(Screen capture from YouTube video).
Rodrigo Freeman
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come ...
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come to the market: there is abundance of fruits and prices are very reasonable.
Cathedral in Santiago  Chile
Cathedral in Santiago, Chile
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Spun yarns colored with natural or artificial dyes are sold at the market.
Spun yarns colored with natural or artificial dyes are sold at the market.
Shoreline of the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta region. These beaches were locations inhabited by...
Shoreline of the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta region. These beaches were locations inhabited by the aboriginals of the Chinchorro culture.
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
Inside the Marble Cathedral  one of the three marble caves in Lake General Carrera  Aysen  Chile.
Inside the Marble Cathedral, one of the three marble caves in Lake General Carrera, Aysen, Chile.
The fishing cove is protected from the wind and the waves of the Pacific Ocean by a long dock leavin...
The fishing cove is protected from the wind and the waves of the Pacific Ocean by a long dock leaving a channel between the red and green light signals for the boats to come in and out.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; The guide talks about Gewürztraminer  an aromatic wine grape va...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; The guide talks about Gewürztraminer, an aromatic wine grape variety, used in white wines which performs best in cooler climates.
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.
Quintay s Long Beach. A couple of hundred meters beyond the fishing cove there is a 1-Km long sandy ...
Quintay's Long Beach. A couple of hundred meters beyond the fishing cove there is a 1-Km long sandy beach where several residences have been built.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
The Center for Marine Research of Quintay belongs to Andres Bello University and studies the local m...
The Center for Marine Research of Quintay belongs to Andres Bello University and studies the local marine environment and alternative species for aquaculture.
A ring of telescopes at ESO s La Silla Observatory. La Silla is located in the southern part of the ...
A ring of telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory. La Silla is located in the southern part of the Atacama desert, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile,
Iztok Boncina/ESO
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Brunet Castle was built in 1926 by the Brunet brothers. It...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Brunet Castle was built in 1926 by the Brunet brothers. It sits atop Castle Hill overlooking the ocean. The summer residence of the Chilean presidents is one of the closest neighbours. The Brunet Castle has been the property of "Carabineros de Chile" (Chilean Police) since 1974 and it's mostly used for social functions and to receive illustrious visitors.
Firefighters battle wildfires in the Araunanía Region of Chile.(Screengrab from EMOL).
Firefighters battle wildfires in the Araunanía Region of Chile.(Screengrab from EMOL).
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Part of the ruins of the old Whale processing plant at Quintay Cove  near Valparaiso  Chile.
Part of the ruins of the old Whale processing plant at Quintay Cove, near Valparaiso, Chile.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. A tour guide describes de operation of ancient m...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. A tour guide describes de operation of ancient machinery used in wine-making.
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.
Jorge Galleguillos  55  becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near...
Jorge Galleguillos, 55, becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile