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First Chilean police officer in court as protest flare anew

Santiago - A Chilean police officer appeared in court Friday in the first instance of prosecutors bringing charges over eye injuries blamed on security forces during Chile's months of unrest.

Chileans march against police repression of social unrest

Santiago - Hundreds of Chileans rallied Saturday night to protest what they call police repression during three months of the worst social unrest since democracy replaced the country's military dictatorship in 1990.

Chile's Pinera announces key pension fund reform after protests

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has announced plans to reform the country's pensions system, a key measure aimed at easing the South American country's three-month old social crisis.

Chile president launches health care reform project

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera launched on Sunday a reform project to create a "universal health plan" following months of protests against social inequality and his leadership.

Chile's economy contracts 3.3% in November after unrest

Santiago - Chile's economy contracted by 3.3 percent in November compared to 12 months earlier, due to the impact of the South American country's worst social unrest in decades, the central bank said on Thursday.Gross domestic product had already fallen by 3.

Chile authorities say forest fires deliberate

Santiago - Chilean authorities said Thursday that forest fires in the tourist port city of Valparaiso, which left dozens of families homeless at Christmas, were started deliberately.

Families homeless at Christmas after forest fire in Chilean port

Valpara - Dozens of families found themselves homeless over Christmas after a forest fire in the Chilean tourist port city of Valparaiso burned through two hillside neighborhoods.

Chile president signs off on constitutional change referendum

Santiago - Chile President Sebastian Pinera enacted a law on Monday that will allow the South American country to hold a referendum on April 26 to change its military dictatorship era constitution.

Chile police officer charged with reckless injury

Santiago - Chilean prosecutors filed charges of reckless injury against a military policeman at a Santiago court as the death toll from anti-government demonstrations rose to 26.

Over 1,000 women take feminist anthem to Chile's streets

Santiago - More than a thousand women have taken the feminist anthem "A Rapist In Your Way" into the streets of Chile's capital Santiago, performing the rallying cry sung in cities across the globe.

Once picture-perfect, Valparaiso bears scars of Chile protests

Valpara - Torched and looted shops, smashed windows, boarded up storefronts -- months of social unrest still rattling Chile has taken its toll on one of the country's most colorful tourist attractions, the port city of Valparaiso.

Crashed Chile plane had emergency in 2016: Air Force

Punta Arenas - The Chilean Hercules C-130 plane that crashed on its way to Antarctica, killing all 38 people on board, suffered an emergency three years ago on the same route, the Air Force said Saturday.

Chile starts identifying remains of plane crash victims

Punta Arenas - Remains of people killed in a military plane crash that claimed 38 lives were flown Friday to a military base in Chile for identification.

Chile police response to protests 'repressive': UN

Geneva - Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in a "fundamentally repressive manner," resulting in serious abuses including unlawful killings and torture, UN investigators said Friday.

Chile police response to protests 'repressive': UN

Geneva - Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in a "fundamentally repressive manner", resulting in serious abuses including unlawful killings and torture, UN investigators said Friday.

Chile's protest 'front line' — heroes or vandals?

Santiago - Armed with clubs and shields, the "frontline" youth of Chile's two-month-long protest movement are seen as heroes by some -- and vandals by others.

Rescuers search for Chilean plane missing near Antarctica

Punta Arenas - Rescue planes and ships on Tuesday searched the open sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica for a Chilean Air Force plane that went missing with 38 people aboard.

Chile military plane disappears with 38 aboard: Air Force

Santiago - A Chilean military plane with 38 people aboard has gone missing after taking off from the country's south for a base in Antarctica and is presumed to have crashed, authorities have said.

Protesters clash with police as Chile unrest enters 50th day

Santiago - Protesters clashed with police as thousands took to the streets of Chile's capital Friday for a demonstration that marked 50 days since the outbreak of the country's worst civil unrest in decades.

OAS rights commission calls on Chile to stop 'excessive force'

Washington - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Friday condemned Chile's use of "excessive force" in confronting protesters, and called on the government to immediately halt all repressive measures.

Thunberg urges climate action because 'people are dying'

Madrid - Teen activist Greta Thunberg on Friday urged world leaders gathered in Madrid for a UN climate conference to take urgent action to fight climate change, warning "we can't afford" more delays because "people are dying".

Activists to rally for mass climate march in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of activists from around the globe will simultaneously hit the streets of Madrid and Santiago on Friday to demand urgent action on the climate crisis from world leaders attending the COP25 summit.

Chile anthem against sexual violence goes viral

Santiago - From quiet beginnings just a few weeks ago, "The Rapist is You!" -- the creation of four performance artists from a Chilean feminist group -- has turned into a mighty global roar against sexual violence.

Chile unveils $5.5 bn stimulus plan as economy shrinks

Santiago - Chile launched a massive $5.5 billion stimulus package on Monday after data showed its economy contracted 3.4 percent in October -- the largest year-on-year drop in a decade -- amid widespread social unrest.

Rapper Tijoux gives the beat to Chile's street revolt

Paris - Chilean singer Ana Tijoux says she is scared of cameras. Yet it is hard to think of anything as fearless as her latest hit "Cacerolazo", which has become an anthem of the street revolt in her homeland against its billionaire president Sebastian Pinera....

Chile simmers after another night of unrest

Santiago - Looters sacked a hotel and several supermarkets in Chile in another night of unrest as tensions flared in the crisis-hit South American country.

'Serious' rights violations during Chile protests: Human Rights Watch

Santiago - Chile's national police committed "serious human rights violations" as weeks of violent demonstrations across the South American country claimed 25 lives, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a report calling for reform of the force.

'Serious' rights violations during Chile protests: Human Rights Watch

Santiago - Chile's national police committed "serious human rights violations" as weeks of violent demonstrations across the South American country claimed 25 lives, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a report calling for reform of the force.

23 dead as violent unrest in Chile enters fifth week

Santiago - The death toll from violent unrest in Chile rose to 23 on Friday as the country entered its fifth week of social unrest.

Chile's president says police may have violated protocols

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday that police may have broken protocols in responding to a month of protests, and prosecutors will investigate whether they violated human rights.
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There are some lodges near the lake catering mostly to foreign sport fishermen.
There are some lodges near the lake catering mostly to foreign sport fishermen.
There are many caves  cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
There are many caves, cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
The Peruvian pelican (Pelecanus thagus) lives along the coast of South America from Ecuador to south...
The Peruvian pelican (Pelecanus thagus) lives along the coast of South America from Ecuador to southern Chile. Since 2008, they are listed (IUCN Red List) as "Near threatened". Pelicans living in fishing coves become really tame and friendly.
Bolivian president Evo Morales takes a tour of the rescue operation with Chilean president Sebastian...
Bolivian president Evo Morales takes a tour of the rescue operation with Chilean president Sebastian Piñera as they bring up Jorge Galleguillos, 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
The landscape in the Chilean side has mountains with steep  heavily eroded cliffs  washed clean of s...
The landscape in the Chilean side has mountains with steep, heavily eroded cliffs, washed clean of sediments.
Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest  Malloco  Chile.
Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest, Malloco, Chile.
Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night 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
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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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".
View of the Pacific Ocean from the windows of L Incontro Restaurant  near Pichidangui.
View of the Pacific Ocean from the windows of L'Incontro Restaurant, near Pichidangui.
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.
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.
Military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1990.
Military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1990.
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Expocan 2012. The grooming session is almost finished.
Expocan 2012. The grooming session is almost finished.
Helhue Sukni taking care of business on behalf of her clients  reviews papers while taking a call at...
Helhue Sukni taking care of business on behalf of her clients, reviews papers while taking a call at an improvised "office" outside the court.
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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
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"America without borders" in central part of the side rear window of Volksvagen belonging to the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
Pacific Islands off the coast of Chile
Pacific Islands off the coast of Chile
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Helhue Sukni  criminal lawyer  in her office in downtown Santiago.
Helhue Sukni, criminal lawyer, in her office in downtown Santiago.
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