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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.

6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

Santiago - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Chile students clash with police at demo

Santiago - Clashes erupted Tuesday as Chile's raucous student movement held its first protest of the year for free education, with students hurling stones and police firing tear gas.

Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal

Santiago - Chile and China launched negotiations Monday to expand trade ties in the face of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.

Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars

Antofagasta - Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand -- but scientists are busy searching here for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars.

Chile copper output plunges during strike

Santiago - Chile's mining output plunged in February because of a strike over pay at a major copper mine, an economic blow ahead of a presidential election in November, official data showed Thursday.

Chileans march to demand end to privatized pension system

Santiago - Thousands of people marched in major cities in Chile Sunday to demand an end to a privatized pension system put in place more than 35 years ago under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Bras - Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products.

World's top copper mine suspends projects over strike

Santiago - A lengthy strike at the world's largest copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, forced the Anglo-Australian mining giant to suspend plans Wednesday for two major investments there.BHP Billiton, which owns a 57.

Chile's ex-president Pinera joins primary race

Santiago - Former Chilean president Sebastian Pinera entered the presidential primary race, as polls show the conservative billionaire stands a solid chance for a comeback.Pinera, who led Chile from 2010-2014, had gone back to his business empire.

Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest

Santiago - Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America.

Chile gets huge land donation from North Face widow

Santiago - The Chilean government has received a giant donation of private land for national parks from the widow of US philanthropist Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the clothing brands Esprit and The North Face.

Chilean singer Angel Parra dies in Paris aged 73

Paris - Noted Chilean singer and guitarist Angel Parra died in Paris on Saturday aged 73 after a three-year battle with cancer, the Chilean ambassador said."It's a great loss for Chile and for art," Marcia Covarrubias told AFP.

Peru copper miners strike, adding to Chile stoppage

- Workers at a US-owned copper mine in Peru launched a wage strike Friday, heightening pressure on the market for the key commodity already hit by a similar stoppage in Chile.
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Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Radisson Hotel  Concon  offers accomodation right on the r...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Radisson Hotel, Concon, offers accomodation right on the rockeries.
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the bes...
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the best views of the city and the bay.
Large resting house  trees and waterfowl reflect on the peaceful pond.
Large resting house, trees and waterfowl reflect on the peaceful pond.
This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1 80.
This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1,80.
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the ba...
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the background.
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.
Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state  untouched by human development.
Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state, untouched by human development.
Some sections of the route are flat and wider  but the surrounding scenery is always breathtaking.
Some sections of the route are flat and wider, but the surrounding scenery is always breathtaking.
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.
A variety of fresh fish  including salmon  southern hake and conger eel are available at the market ...
A variety of fresh fish, including salmon, southern hake and conger eel are available at the market in Angelmó.
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.
The upper sections of the Baker River have many class I and II rapids  great for rafting and kayakin...
The upper sections of the Baker River have many class I and II rapids, great for rafting and kayaking.
Manuel Gonzalez  a rescue specialist from Codelco  will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix ...
Manuel Gonzalez, a rescue specialist from Codelco, will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley. Demonstration of Chilean Rodeo.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley. Demonstration of Chilean Rodeo.
A Drum Bridge links the walking path with the Crane Island.
A Drum Bridge links the walking path with the Crane Island.
Bio-Bío River.
Bio-Bío River.
One of the restaurants  PeZcadores  is right on the beach with excellent views of the rockeries and ...
One of the restaurants, PeZcadores, is right on the beach with excellent views of the rockeries and the open Pacific Ocean.
Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Overview of the main campus of Universidad Federico Santa María en Valparaiso  Chile.
Overview of the main campus of Universidad Federico Santa María en Valparaiso, Chile.
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