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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.

Storms leave three million without water in Chile capital

Santiago - Three million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water on Saturday after heavy rain caused landslides that fouled the rivers supplying the city, officials said.

Massive sardine die-off in Chile’s Queule River

A massive fish kill was reported last week in the Queule River Estuary in Chile, leaving over 1,000 tons of dead sardines covering the waters and beaches and creating a human health threat.

Bolivia to take Chile to court over water dispute

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country has decided to file suit against Chile at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a water dispute.

Chile lawmakers authorize abortion in limited cases

Santiago - Lawmakers in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved abortion in limited circumstances, the first step towards lifting a decades-old ban on the practice in the socially conservative South American country.

Leader of Chile's 'Death Caravan' dies

Santiago - A retired Chilean general who led an army death squad that killed 75 opponents of dictator Augusto Pinochet died Wednesday.

Alejandro Aravena: the star of social housing

London - Award-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has built a global reputation not by designing prestige buildings but by creating social housing, distancing his craft from purely aesthetic concerns.

Chile court orders poet Neruda's remains returned

Santiago - A Chilean court on Wednesday ordered poet Pablo Neruda's remains be returned to his tomb, three years after they were exhumed to determine whether the Nobel laureate was assassinated.

Turkey's Erdogan woos Latin America

Santiago - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he was in Latin America to pursue a "strategy of opening" as he kicked off a three-country regional tour in Chile."Chile is a key country for our opening in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erdogan eyes expanding Turkey influence on Latin America tour

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday embarks on a major tour of Latin American countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional sphere of influence.

Chile president tearful as daughter in law charged

Rancagua - A Chilean court Friday brought formal tax fraud charges against the daughter in law of President Michelle Bachelet in a scandal the leftist leader tearfully admitted was a "painful" ordeal.

Victims of German pedophile sect in Chile seek justice

It is 18 years since Winfried Hempel finally escaped from an abusive sect run by a pedophile ex-Nazi officer in Chile. He still has nightmares.

Pinochet regime victims' families get $1.3 mn in damages

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court ordered the state Tuesday to pay $1.3 million in damages to the families of four people who disappeared in the 1970s during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

British explorer dies trying to cross Antarctic solo

Santiago - British adventurer Henry Worsley died while trying to make history by crossing the Antarctic alone in a trip backed by members of the royal family, his wife said.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

New York - Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize Wednesday, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Where on Earth is the purest fresh water found?

Puerto Williams - American and Chilean scientists examined the chemical properties of freshwater in rivers and lagoons in the Puerto Williams area (Chilean Patagonia) and concluded that this region has "the purest water on the planet.”

Chile eyes construction of permanent Antarctica pier

Santiago - Chile is carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of a permanent pier at one of its bases in Antarctica, an official was quoted as saying Friday.

The North Face founder dies in Chile kayaking accident

Santiago - US billionaire Douglas Tompkins, who co-founded the outdoor label The North Face and went on to be a prominent conservationist and philanthropist, died in a kayaking accident in Chile's Patagonia region, the government said.

President of Chile says marijuana is no longer on hard drug list

Marijuana is no longer on Chile's list of hard drugs because Michelle Bachelet, the country's president, signed a decree to have it removed.

Chilean cheats death at Paris concert, three others killed

Santiago - Three Chileans were among more than 80 people killed at a rock concert targeted in the Paris attacks, while a fourth described Saturday how a gunman pointed right at him before letting him go.

Despite film buzz, life grim for some of Chile's hero miners

Santiago - The Chilean miners who became celebrities after months trapped underground are now immortalized in a Hollywood film starring Antonio Banderas -- but for some, real life has had no happy ending.

Peru steps up border dispute with Chile

- The frayed relations between Chile and Peru appeared to unwind further Saturday, after Peruvian President Ollanta Humala officially recognized an administrative district in a disputed border area.

Strong 6.8-magnitude quake rocks Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries, seismologists said.

Nine Chilean 'miracle miners' sue lawyers

Santiago - Nine Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 in an ordeal that captured world attention sued their lawyers Monday, accusing them of cheating them out of the rights to their story.
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Chilean presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet is almost certain to win the second round...
Chilean presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet is almost certain to win the second round of Chile's presidential elections in December against Evelyn Matthei from the ruling right-wing bloc, but will need the backing of Congress to get her reforms through
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Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
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.
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
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Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera  the largest lake in Chile located in t...
Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile located in the Chilean Patagonia.
The Atacama Cosmology Telescope in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile  with Cerro Toco volcanic pe...
The Atacama Cosmology Telescope in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, with Cerro Toco volcanic peak in the background
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The enologist.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The enologist.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
The crater and lagoon of the extinct Ranu Kau volcano. On the northern slope of the volcano is Matav...
The crater and lagoon of the extinct Ranu Kau volcano. On the northern slope of the volcano is Mataveri International Airport.
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales  the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the...
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales, the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the colonization of The Lakes Region in the mid-19th Century through the immigration of German settlers.
Access to the Antofagasta Fisheries Terminal in the northern section of the port of Antofagasta  Chi...
Access to the Antofagasta Fisheries Terminal in the northern section of the port of Antofagasta, Chile. Part of the city extends to the hills shown in the background. Beyond the mountains is the 105,000 square kilometres plateau of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest deserts on earth.
Southern tip of South America showing the Aysén Region and the location of Puerto Aguirre where the...
Southern tip of South America showing the Aysén Region and the location of Puerto Aguirre where the air ambulance with eight people on board went mssing on Wednesday March 21, 2012. (Google Earth).
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers  dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers' dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Glaciers in the Atacama region of Chile could be impacted by gold mining operations conducted by Bar...
Glaciers in the Atacama region of Chile could be impacted by gold mining operations conducted by Barrick Gold Corporation in the Pascual Lama project.
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Sport fishers compete with the local fishermen by catching rockfish at Quintay. Here is the morning ...
Sport fishers compete with the local fishermen by catching rockfish at Quintay. Here is the morning catch for a couple of visiting aficionados.
Easter Island and the islands between it and South America.
Easter Island and the islands between it and South America.
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Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
The commemorative plaque reads:  To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa  Governor an...
The commemorative plaque reads: "To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Governor and Captain General of the Straits who on March 25, 1584, founded here the city of Rey Don Felipe, and to the unfortunate Spaniards who suffered and perished in the first attempt to colonize this land. A tribute of the Galician Center of Punta Arenas, 1961."
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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Stone walls  gardens and terraces make the architecture of the UTFSM campus one of the most scenic u...
Stone walls, gardens and terraces make the architecture of the UTFSM campus one of the most scenic urban locations in Chile.