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Bishop steps down from anti-sex abuse board in Chile

Santiago - Chile's Catholic church took another blow on Saturday as the bishop leading the charge against sex abuse stepped down following more allegations of misconduct by priests.

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Santiago - Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday."Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties...

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after paedophile scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

'No means no!': Chilean students condemn sexual violence

Santiago - Thousands of women chanted "No means no!" during a march in Santiago Wednesday called by students to protest sexual abuse and harassment, part of a new feminist wave sweeping Chile.

Pope receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis began receiving Chilean bishops at the Vatican on Tuesday in a bid to address a child abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt his papacy.

Chile bishops prepare for papal dressing down over abuse

Santiago - Around 30 Chilean bishops have begun arriving in Rome for what is widely expected to be a dressing-down by Pope Francis over years of sexual abuse within the Chilean Church.

Shaken by toddler's rape death, Chile seeks to alter law on sex crimes

Santiago - With the country in an uproar over the brutal rape and death of a toddler, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday backed plans to lift the statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors.

Chilean towns to fine men for street harassment of women

Santiago - Two Chilean municipalities have announced they will begin issuing fines of up to hundreds of dollars to anyone guilty of street harassment of women.

Pope receives victims of Chilean paedophile priest

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

Sexual abuse scandals deepen Chile mistrust in Catholic church

Santiago - Despite a strong Catholic tradition, Chile is witnessing a growing rift between the people and the church, sharpened by a string of sexual abuse scandals that until recently had been ignored by the pope.

Chile court offers lifeline to controversial mine project

Santiago - A Chilean court on Friday offered a lifeline to a controversial billion-dollar mining project which had been put on hold over its planned location near a reserve which is home to a rare species of penguin.

Papal audience for victims of paedophile priest

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest on Friday began a visit to the Vatican with one having a private audience with Pope Francis.

German delegation visits Chile over Nazi pedophile sect

Santiago - A German delegation was in Chile on Tuesday to learn more about the ongoing investigation into Colonia Dignidad, a notorious Nazi pedophile sect founded by German immigrants in the 1960s.

10,000 march in Chile against Pinochet-era pensions

Santiago - Some 10,000 people marched through the Chilean capital Sunday demanding an end to the privatized pension system created under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, demanding improved conditions.

Venezuelans swarm outside Chilean consulate seeking new visa

Caracas - Hundreds of Venezuelans swarmed outside the Chilean consulate Monday hoping to get a new visa created by Santiago to offer a new home for people desperate to leave the crisis-wracked country.

In Chile, suspected Mapuche activists torch 16 trucks, diggers

Santiago - Sixteen trucks and diggers were torched overnight in southern Chile, police said Monday, in an area where indigenous Mapuche activists are demanding the return of their ancestral land.

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes" in his handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile as he looks to quell the latest controversy to rock the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis admits 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation" in Chile after reading the findings of an investigation into sexual abuse committed by the clergy in the country.

Chile raises alert over eruption threat at the Chillan volcano

Chill - A column of white smoke and a string of tremors at the Nevados de Chillan have prompted officials to raise the level of alert ahead of a possible eruption at one of the most active volcanoes in Chile.

Pinera government says Chile immigrant numbers double estimate

Santiago - President Sebastian Pinera's new conservative government in Chile believes the number of foreigners living in the copper-rich South American country is likely over a million, more than double previous estimates.

Volvo Ocean Race: Chilean police investigate sailor's disappearance

Puerto Montt - Chilean police on Tuesday began investigating the disappearance of British round-the-world sailor John Fisher, who was lost overboard from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht SHK/Scallywag.

Safety line undone when ocean sailor lost overboard

Wellington - A missing British round-the-world sailor unclipped his safety tether before a swinging boom knocked him into the churning Southern Ocean, likely rendering him "unconscious before he hit the water," his crew-mates revealed Thursday.

Chile court strikes down ban on for-profit universities

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court on Tuesday struck down a law that would have banned universities operating for profit, dealing a blow to free tuition reforms brought in by former leftwing president Michelle Bachelet.

Avocado town becomes symbol of Chile's water war

Petorca - Karina Torres has spent more than seven years without running water in her home in central Chile. Yet, across the road, water flows in abundance to irrigate thousands of hectares of avocados.

Chile denies being 'villain' in sea battle with Bolivia

Den Haag - Chile on Thursday hit back at Bolivian claims that it had stymied talks on vital sea access, and denied it was the "isolationist villain" of a century-old territorial dispute.

Bolivia battles Chile at UN's top court for sea access

Den Haag - Landlocked Bolivia took its neighbour Chile to court on Monday, seeking to resolve a century-old dispute over precious access to the Pacific Ocean which has bedevilled bilateral ties.

Bolivia battles Chile at UN's top court for sea access

Den Haag - Landlocked Bolivia took its neighbour Chile to court on Monday, seeking to resolve a century-old dispute over precious access to the Pacific Ocean which has bedevilled bilateral ties.

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Pinera, a conservative billionaire, is sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Without US, 11 Asia-Pacific states sign trade deal

Santiago - Eleven nations signed a slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement Thursday, moving to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump raised them after withdrawing from the deal.
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Fresh water from natural water courses in the Chilean Patagonia are among the world s purest.
Fresh water from natural water courses in the Chilean Patagonia are among the world's purest.
On the Argentine side  the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and lo...
On the Argentine side, the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and low vegetation, creating a beautiful contrast of colors.
 Severe-looking  personnel of Chile s Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to ...
"Severe-looking" personnel of Chile's Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to keep the peace and provide attention to "beer corpses".
Francisco de Aguirre Avenue is lined by beautiful neo-colonial buildings which serve as a nice backg...
Francisco de Aguirre Avenue is lined by beautiful neo-colonial buildings which serve as a nice background for many of the sculptures in the park.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The road separates the impossing rockeries and the huge dunes.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The road separates the impossing rockeries and the huge dunes.
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
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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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Endesa s Ralco Dam in the upper Bio-Bío River. Ancestral sacred land and a cemetery where Pehuenche...
Endesa's Ralco Dam in the upper Bio-Bío River. Ancestral sacred land and a cemetery where Pehuenche ancestors are buried were flooded under about 100 meter of water.
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Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and f...
Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and found to be the "purest waters on the planet".
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.
Fishing and tourist boats anchored at Angelmo cove. Tenglo Island can be seen in the background.
Fishing and tourist boats anchored at Angelmo cove. Tenglo Island can be seen in the background.
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.
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.
Canadian field hockey players react when Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by...
Canadian field hockey players react when Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by Chilean player Sofia Filipek reaching a 5-4 victory in the shoot-out.,
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Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Antuco volcano (2 973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
Antuco volcano (2,973 m) and waterfalls in summer.
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Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involve...
Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involved in liberating 33 trapped miners in San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.
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Yaghan indians on a canoe (1898).
Yaghan indians on a canoe (1898).
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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.
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.