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Chile approves same-sex civil unions

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions of gay and lesbian couples.

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Caracas - Venezuela, which has accused a pair of Latin American ex-presidents of trying to spark a coup, on Sunday denied them permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Chile jails two for torturing president's father

Santiago - A Chilean judge jailed two retired colonels Friday for torturing President Michelle Bachelet's father, who was arrested for opposing the country's 1973 coup and died after repeated beatings and electrocutions.

Chilean president speaks of her torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made rare public remarks Thursday on her detention and torture by the country's former military regime, saying "maturity" had helped her reconcile with the past.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

'Piure' — Possibly the world’s most outlandish seafood Special

It looks like a bag of blood inside a stone. Some people compare its flavour to that of sea-urchin; others define it as “bitter and soapy,” and its smell as “sweaty underarms.” Loaded with iodine and iron, the taste of piure defies description.

Children’s book on homo-parental family causing debate in Chile

Santiago - "Nicolas has two dads" is the title of the first children's story-book about sexual diversity and homo-parental families in Chile. The book is currently being distributed to pre-school kids in 500 public kindergartens in Chile.

Former Pinochet bodyguard arrested for regime-era murders

Santiago - A former bodyguard of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested along with nine other former officials for the kidnapping and murder of 13 people during the military regime.

Irish-born priest found guilty of sexual abuse of minor in Chile

Santiago - A criminal court in Chile ruled that priest John O'Reilly is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a minor, a former student of an all-girls’ school. The child was five years old at the time the alleged abuses took place.

Chile police fire tear gas at indigenous protest

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day, after masked demonstrators began throwing stones.

Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

Man burned alive in latest Chile bombing

Santiago - A man was burned alive when a homemade bomb went off in Santiago on Thursday, law enforcement officials said, the latest in a series of explosions in Chile's usually safe capital.

Three suspects arrested in Chile subway bombing

Santiago - Two men and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a recent bombing in a subway station in the Chilean capital, police said.

Chile coup anniversary leaves 14 wounded, 179 arrested

Santiago - Fourteen people were wounded and 179 arrested during unrest that broke out on the 41st anniversary of the coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, police said Friday.

New Chile bombings hit resort city

Santiago - Two homemade bombs have exploded at a shopping center in the Chilean resort city of Vina del Mar, adding to panic after a subway bombing in Santiago wounded 14 people.

Bomb rips through packed Chile metro station, 14 hurt

Santiago - A homemade bomb wounded 14 people when it rocked a food court inside a packed Santiago metro station at lunch hour on Monday, with Chile's government calling it a "terrorist act.

Bomb rocks Chile metro, seven injured

Santiago - A bomb rocked a food court inside a Santiago metro station on Monday, wounding seven people in a blast Chile's government called a "terrorist act.

'Chinchineros' — Part of Chile’s intangible cultural heritage

Santiago - A true celebration of popular musical heritage was held on September 3 when 15 family groups performing traditional Chilean instruments exhibited their century-old skills in the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (GAM) in Santiago de Chile.

‘Chacarero’ — Probably the best sandwich you may ever eat

Boston - The Spanish word “Chacarero” means “small-scale farmer,” but it also stands for the name of a sandwich Chileans enjoy in restaurants or at home, and that surprises foreign visitors who describe it as "the best darn sandwich" they have ever had.

Chile navy officer makes history by announcing he is gay

Santiago - A navy officer became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay -- a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

'Chilean Schindler's List' saved leftists from regime

Santiago - During the darkest days of Chile's dictatorship, a man named Jorge Schindler saved dozens of leftist militants by employing them undercover at his pharmacies, risking his own life like a different Schindler during another of history's nightmares.

Chilean students take to the streets again in Santiago

Santiago - Students in Chile are out in force again protesting the slow pace of education reform as thousands of peaceful protesters marched through the capital Santiago yesterday, August 21.

From earliest human settlement in the Americas to modern city Special

Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile that thrives on salmon farming, trade and tourism. It is a port of call for international cruise ships and departure of vessels to Chiloé Island and the Patagonian Fjords in the far south of the continent.

Ferry runs aground in Chilean Fjords, 17 passengers rescued

Puerto Natales - A ferry carrying 17 passengers and a crew of 28 ran aground at Pass Kirke in the Chilean Fjords. All passengers and crew are unharmed but 40 tons of salmon were lost and more than 200 cattle drowned.

Review: 'Rosa Yagan', a Native American woman from the end of the world Special

Puerto Williams - Rosa Yagan, an aboriginal woman belonging to the southernmost ethnic group on the planet, spent her infancy and youth as her nomadic ancestors, with their language and ancient customs. Her story is told in the book "Rosa Yagan, the last link".

Catholic priest confesses: 'I am having twins; it's a blessing'

Cabildo - Father Ignacio Miranda of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in the town of Cabildo in Chile announced his resignation from the priesthood after admitting his relationship with a woman and confessing that he will be daddy of twins within a couple of months.

Photo Essay: Bird-watching at and near a Neotropical lagoon Special

Valparaiso - Variations in water levels in the “Lagoon of Light”, near Valparaiso, Chile, offer various aquatic environs, deep waters and muddy flats, attractive to diving cormorants and herons. In such locations, shorebirds find plenty of food in late winter.

Bones found near dictatorship torture chamber in Chile

Santiago - Human bones have been found near a military base in central Chile where political prisoners were tortured during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, officials said Friday.

Chile, Japan sign mining deals, share earthquake science

Santiago - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed a series of deals on a visit to Chile Thursday in areas ranging from mining to minimizing damage from earthquakes.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off northern Chile

Santiago - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile's coast on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.The agency said the quake hit at 4:54 pm (2054 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean 22 kilometers (14 miles) west of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 35.
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Decorative display of apples  pineapples  picked chilies  pearl onions and olives.
Decorative display of apples, pineapples, picked chilies, pearl onions and olives.
Many handicraft shops in Puerto Montt sell wicker baskets  wool garments and colourful yarns made by...
Many handicraft shops in Puerto Montt sell wicker baskets, wool garments and colourful yarns made by the people from the islands.
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco  Chile...
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco, Chile.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Building of the central library at Santa María Technical University in Valparaiso.
Building of the central library at Santa María Technical University in Valparaiso.
One of the entrances to the marble caves at General Carrera Lake  Aysén Region  Chile.
One of the entrances to the marble caves at General Carrera Lake, Aysén Region, Chile.
Juan Illanes  51  hugs his wife  becoming the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 3...
Juan Illanes, 51, hugs his wife, becoming the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 33 miners have been trapped since August 5th, near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Pelicans and several other species of marine birds make the cove of Quintay their home.
Pelicans and several other species of marine birds make the cove of Quintay their home.
Baker River  Aysén  Chile.
Baker River, Aysén, Chile.
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General view of the city of Puerto Montt  Chile. The Angelmó Cove Fishermen s market is about 2 kil...
General view of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. The Angelmó Cove Fishermen's market is about 2 kilometres from the downtown area of the city.
The man wearing a red shirt is one of many  fish-cleaners  at the Fish Terminal. He works cleaning f...
The man wearing a red shirt is one of many "fish-cleaners" at the Fish Terminal. He works cleaning fish for customers in exchange of tips. Fish cleaners have "devoted followers" among the local marine birds.
Dried-smoked shellfish  wicker items  garlic and seaweeds on sale at the market in Angelmó.
Dried-smoked shellfish, wicker items, garlic and seaweeds on sale at the market in Angelmó.
The Wrestlers — also known as The Uffizi Wrestlers. This is a replica by Lisipo of the famous Roma...
The Wrestlers — also known as The Uffizi Wrestlers. This is a replica by Lisipo of the famous Roman marble sculpture made after a lost Greek original of the third century BCE, now in the Uffizi collection in Florence, Italy.
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
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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 America without borders  in central part of the side rear window of Volksvagen belonging to the unk...
"America without borders" in central part of the side rear window of Volksvagen belonging to the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The wine-making shop needs some tidying up at th...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The wine-making shop needs some tidying up at the end of the day.
Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Laboures load grapes into a grinding machine.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Laboures load grapes into a grinding machine.

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