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US gives Chile papers showing ex-dictator ordered 1976 assassination

Washington - The United States on Friday gave Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declassified CIA documents confirming that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet personally ordered the 1976 assassination of opposition leader Orlando Letelier.

Seven police injured, 49 arrested in Chile coup commemorations

Santiago - Seven officers were injured and 49 people arrested as protesters erected barricades and clashed with police on the 43rd anniversary of the military coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, the government said Monday.

Waste-besieged Easter Island slowly learns to recycle

Hanga Roa - Every Friday, a cargo plane loaded with three tonnes of waste cardboard takes off from wind-swept Easter Island, bound for the Chilean mainland thousands of miles away across the Pacific.

Mass march against Chile's private pension system

Santiago - Hundreds of thousands of people protested Sunday against Chile's privatized pension system, a legacy of late dictator Augusto Pinochet that opponents say is leaving many retirees destitute.

Campaigners demand Britain return Easter Island statue

Hanga Roa - Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for Britain to return a giant statue they say was stolen from the mystical Easter Island.

Chile ex-president denies Argentina bribes claim

Santiago - Chile's ex-president Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday denied accusations that he paid bribes to Argentine officials to help his former airline business.

Chile nixes Facebook, Twitter campaign bans after outcry

Santiago - Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.

Chile demands Bolivian officials have visa for entry

Santiago - Chile said all Bolivian government officials would need entry visas in passports to visit, amid a tense diplomatic standoff between the two neighbors.

Chile rejects Bolivia call for talks on sea access

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday submitted legal papers to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking to slap down persistent arguments from its landlocked neighbor Bolivia for negotiations on sea access.

Bolivia accuses Chile of racist treatment of FM

La Paz - Bolivia accused Chile of racism Tuesday in a dispute over treatment of La Paz's foreign minister, who is an Aymara Indian.

Chile ex-army chief held over 1973 massacre

Santiago - Police arrested an ex-head of the Chilean army to face charges over a 1973 massacre under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, the courts said.

Chile ex-military officer found liable in U.S. for singer's death

Orlando - A US federal jury on Monday found a former Chilean military officer liable for the 1973 murder of one of that country’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, and awarded $28 million in damages to his family.

Nazi sect doctor in Chile may face German jail

Berlin - A German doctor who was convicted in Chile for complicity in child sex abuse at a Nazi paedophile sect should serve out his sentence in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Bolivia to counter-sue Chile over disputed waters

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday his government will counter-sue Chile for the rights to the disputed Silala river, in an escalating row over water before the International Court of Justice.

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.
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The Baker River flows for about 200 kilometres in a south-west direction from Lake General Carrera a...
The Baker River flows for about 200 kilometres in a south-west direction from Lake General Carrera and Bertrand Lake towards the Pacific Ocean.
Mr. Pedro Tronche has been a fisherman since age 20; he worked at the whaling plant for two years  b...
Mr. Pedro Tronche has been a fisherman since age 20; he worked at the whaling plant for two years, but he left the job because the workers smelled so bad "it was impossible to keep a girlfriend".
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
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The fish loss from the volcanic eruption in Chile in April 2015 was serious.
The fish loss from the volcanic eruption in Chile in April 2015 was serious.
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Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake  Aysén Region  Chile.
Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake, Aysén Region, Chile.
Expocan 2012. The wide smile shows confidence on doing well in the competition.
Expocan 2012. The wide smile shows confidence on doing well in the competition.
Resting house  arbor and stone pagoda.
Resting house, arbor and stone pagoda.
The town of Puerto Williams  on Navarino Island  at the end of the South American continent.
The town of Puerto Williams, on Navarino Island, at the end of the South American continent.
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Fishermen arrive to the cove with their catch of smelts. Untangling the small fish from the nets is ...
Fishermen arrive to the cove with their catch of smelts. Untangling the small fish from the nets is hard, tedious work.
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.
View of the Pond  Teahouse and Crane Island.
View of the Pond, Teahouse and Crane Island.
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.
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Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
A group of foreign scientists discovered at least 20 dead sei whales beached along Chile s southern ...
A group of foreign scientists discovered at least 20 dead sei whales beached along Chile's southern coast.
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley. Wine-related decorations at the wine-tasting Hall.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley. Wine-related decorations at the wine-tasting Hall.
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On the Argentine side, the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and low vegetation, creating a beautiful contrast of colors.
Early morning at  La Luz  ( The Light ) Lagoon near Valparaiso  Chile.
Early morning at "La Luz" ("The Light") Lagoon near Valparaiso, Chile.
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.
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Volksvagen decorations of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver  Canada.
Volksvagen decorations of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.

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