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Climate change forces Chile ski stations to make fake snow

Santiago - Once deep in powder this time of year, Chile's ski stations are fighting the ravages of climate change and pollution that have brought less and less snow to the central Andes.

Families' endless search for missing victims of Chile's dictatorship

Santiago - It has been 43 years since Cesar Cerda, a member of Chile's communist party, was dragged off by agents of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Latin America set for feeble growth of 0.5% in 2019: UN

Santiago - Hit by five years of "economic slowdown," Latin America's economy will grow by barely 0.5 percent this year, the United Nations economic commission for the region said on Wednesday, well below the 1.3 percent projected in April.

Chile's mining waste poses silent threat to humans on multiple fronts

Requinoa - From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbor an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country's mining industry, are ticking time bombs.

Chile bars entry to 'more than 100' Venezuelans linked to Maduro govt: president

Santiago - Chile will bar entry to anyone on a list of more than 100 Venezuelans linked to the "dictatorship" of President Nicolas Maduro following a damning UN report, President Sebastian Pinera announced Friday.

South Americans marvel at total solar eclipse

La Higuera - A rare total solar eclipse plunged a vast swath of Latin America's southern cone into darkness Tuesday, briefly turning day into night and enthralling huge crowds in much of Chile and Argentina.

Chilean copper mine strike continues after workers reject offer

Santiago - Striking workers employed by the world's top copper producer were set to continue their walkout on Saturday after voting down a management offer of better wages and compensation.

Chile president Pinera sacks FM in cabinet shakeup

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sacked his foreign minister and announced a cabinet reshuffle Thursday as polls showed a dip in his popularity following an economic downturn.

More than 3,200 workers at Chile state-run miner Codelco to strike

Santiago - More than 3,200 workers at Chile's huge Chuquicamata copper mine plan to go on strike this week after union-management talks broke down, state-run miner Codelco -- the world's largest copper producer -- said Wednesday.

British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Victims of Chile Nazi sect says German compensation not enough

Santiago - Victims of a Chile-based Nazi pedophile sect said compensation offered by Germany was not enough to make up for decades of slavery and abuse.

Germany to pay $11,000 each to Chile Nazi sect victims

Berlin - Germany said Friday it would pay compensation of up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) each to victims of the former Nazi paedophile sect "Colonia Dignidad" in Chile.

South African woman makes landmark Everest summit

Kathmandu - A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world's highest mountain by a black African woman.

Chile's Valparaiso, an open air graffiti and mural art gallery

Valpara - Creating colorful pictures of surreal human faces, marine animals or even huge owls, hundreds of graffiti artists have turned the Chilean port of Valparaiso into a gigantic open-air art gallery.

Mapuche rappers fight for indigenous rights in Chile

Santiago - With songs like "We'll Beat the State," Chilean rappers Wechekeche Ni Trawun are on a mission to support the Mapuche indigenous people's fight for justice and land rights.

France promises trial over missing Japanese student

Besan - A Chilean national is to be tried in France for the suspected murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, with Paris to request his extradition later this year, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Chilean suspect in Japanese student disappearance faces prosecutors

Santiago - Chilean authorities on Wednesday questioned a man suspected of involvement in the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend in France.

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Peru on Saturday on the third-leg of a four-nation tour of Latin American allies focusing heavily on Venezuela and countering China's economic reach.

Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour

Asunci - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

Pompeo to visit Venezuela border on South America tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Venezuela border in Colombia to highlight the plight of refugees during a four-nation trip to Latin America, the State Department announced Monday.

Norway's Kon-Tiki museum agrees to return Easter Island items

Santiago - Norway agreed Thursday to hand back thousands of artefacts removed from Easter Island by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his trans-Pacific raft expeditions in the 1950s.

Chile orders Church to pay damages to ex-priest's victims

Santiago - A court in Chile on Wednesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around $440,000 to the victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

Chile agrees to French questioning of suspect in Japanese student's death

Besan - French investigators will travel to Chile next month to question a man suspected of killing his Japanese ex-girlfriend who went missing from her university residence in France in 2016, a prosecutor told AFP on Wednesday.

Bolsonaro says Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Santiago - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday said his country "does not owe the world anything" when it comes to the environment.

Right wing Latin American presidents launch new regional bloc

Santiago - Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Friday he had discussed with several Latin American counterparts the possibility of offering asylum to Venezuelan servicemen who desert President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Drought wipes popular Chilean lake from the map

Paine - The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map.

Chile's Pinera slams UN's Bachelet for failure to condemn Maduro

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sharply criticized his leftist predecessor and UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet Sunday for failing to condemn Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro for human rights violations.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to visit US, Chile, Israel

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will pay his first official visits to the United States, Chile and Israel this month, in a clear sign of the alliances the far-right leader wants to shore up, official sources said Friday.

Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

San Juan Bautista - For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe -- named for literature's most famous castaway -- have known that their island's fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife.
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Expocan 2012. This fellow is not too happy about being behind bars.
Expocan 2012. This fellow is not too happy about being behind bars.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
Antuco volcano (2 973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
Antuco volcano (2,973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
Mono Andes
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
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.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers press the crushed grapes to extract th...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers press the crushed grapes to extract the grape juice.
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheet...
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheets.
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaot...
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaotic traffic. On this day the students of the University nearby had taken the day off from protesting against the government's limited educational funding.
Strings of dehydrated piure (center) sold at a market in Puerto Montt  Chile. Shallots and large gar...
Strings of dehydrated piure (center) sold at a market in Puerto Montt, Chile. Shallots and large garlic cloves from Chiloé Island are shown in the foreground. The strings at the left are smoked clams, and at the right of the picture there are strings of smoked mussels.
Over 20 endangered sei whales found washed up dead along coast of Chile.
Over 20 endangered sei whales found washed up dead along coast of Chile.
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Piure a.k.a. sea-squirts are tunicate shellfish that look like bags of blood inside a stone and tast...
Piure a.k.a. sea-squirts are tunicate shellfish that look like bags of blood inside a stone and taste...different...
Erin
View of the coastal town of Taltal  located 197 km south of Antofagasta  Chile.
View of the coastal town of Taltal, located 197 km south of Antofagasta, Chile.
Marialuna
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Reñaca Beach is one of the longest beaches in the area and a ...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Reñaca Beach is one of the longest beaches in the area and a prefered place for Argentine visitors to spend the afternoon. This picture was captured around mid-morning when most beach-goers are still recovering from the late night parties.
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.
Conycampos
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.
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds...
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds of beer drinkers.
Chilean president  Sebastián PIñera visits a fruit and vegetable public market to announce moderni...
Chilean president Sebastián PIñera visits a fruit and vegetable public market to announce modernization measures.
Gov't of Chile
Elegant black swan resting on the lawn.
Elegant black swan resting on the lawn.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. A lonely bather resting on the rocks admires the scenery along...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. A lonely bather resting on the rocks admires the scenery along the route between Concon and Viña del Mar.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine

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