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U.S. cable says Pinochet told of army involvement in teens' burning

Washington - The burning alive of two teenagers by a Chilean military patrol in 1986 was directly reported to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, but he refused to accept it, according to US documents declassified Friday.

Chile charges five ex-military in youth's burning death

Santiago - Five former Chilean soldiers were indicted Thursday in the killing of a teenager who was burned to death after being picked up at a protest during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Chile burn victim files criminal complaint against Pinochet soldiers

Santiago - A woman who survived being set on fire by Chilean soldiers during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet filed a criminal complaint in the case Wednesday, nearly three decades after the disfiguring attack.

Five more arrested in Chile for Pinochet-era immolation

Santiago - A Chilean judge on Monday ordered the arrest of five more former soldiers for allegedly burning alive a teenage photographer seized at a protest against the late dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1986.

Chile charges seven in Pinochet-era death of photographer

Santiago - Seven ex-military men were indicted Friday in Chile over the 1986 killing of a photographer reportedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze by soldiers during a protest against then-ruler Augusto Pinochet.

Chilean Congress in mea culpa over political corruption

Santiago - The Chilean Congress made an unprecedented mea culpa Tuesday for a series of corruption cases involving lawmakers that have eroded public confidence in the institution.

Gay couples in Chile sign up for first civil unions

Santiago - Gay couples flocked to civil registries in Chile on Thursday to pick a time to celebrate the first same-sex civil unions since their historic approval earlier this year.

Mediators want 'urgent de-escalation' in Colombia

Havana - Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting.

Frenchwoman jailed for three years for Chile 'magic cheese' scam

Paris - A French court on Tuesday jailed a woman for three years for conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics firms for use in luxury beauty products.

Copa America Final Tactical Preview: Chile - Argentina

For the most part, cup finals tend to be dull, cautious battles between two physically, mentally, and emotionally drained sides fearing to make mistakes.

Gay pride events in Latin America seek more rights

Santiago - Marchers in several Latin American nations including Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court's historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Sampaoli's reaction to Cavani's dismissal guides Chile to semis

Chile’s Copa America quarter final victory over Uruguay went according to plan, with the hosts encountering difficulties solving a deep, organized defence.

Copa America Tactical preview: Chile - Uruguay

It’s been nearly over a year since Chile and Uruguay bowed out of the World Cup, and one of the South American giants will suffer the same fate in this year’s Copa America.

Chilean capital in first pollution emergency in 16 years

Santiago - Dangerously high pollution levels have Chile's capital on the brink of issuing an environmental emergency, the first such time the measure is to be implemented in 16 years.

Chilean police, students clash on eve of football fest

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up a large student protest that turned violent on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship.

Frenchwoman on trial for Chile 'magic cheese' scam

Paris - A Frenchwoman went on trial Monday accused of conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics companies for use in luxury beauty products.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons Thursday to disperse stone-throwing students protesting what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

Clashes as Chile's Bachelet seeks to shift focus to reforms

Playa Ancha - Chile's embattled President Michelle Bachelet sought to get her reform agenda back on track in her annual address to Congress Thursday, as anti-government protests outside descended into clashes with police.

Thousands in Chile's 'March for Equality' to support gay rights

Santiago - Thousands of people, many waving rainbow-colored flags, gathered in Santiago for a "March for Equality," pushing for Chile to acknowledge more gay rights.

Op-Ed: Survivors commemorate 45 victims of Andean tragedy

Los Angeles - Various activities will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the so-called "Tragedy of Antuco" in which 45 soldiers of the Chilean Army died in a blizzard in the Andes Mountains during a training march which should have never taken place.

Ailing teen who championed euthanasia dies in Chile

Santiago - A 14-year-old cystic fibrosis patient who made international news by pleading with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be allowed to end her own life, has succumbed to her illness, her family announced Thursday.

Two students shot dead at Chile protest: Police

Santiago - Two students were shot dead Thursday in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso when protests against President Michelle Bachelet's education reform efforts turned violent, police said.

Chile's Bachelet names new cabinet amid scandal

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet named a new cabinet Monday, seeking to turn the page on a corruption scandal involving her son that risks derailing her ambitious reform agenda.

Decay of 7000-year-old mummies attributed to climate change

Arica - The mummies of the Chinchorro culture, deemed the world’s oldest, are being threatened by environmental and biological issues that experts link to climate change. The Chinchorro Indians lived about 9,000 years ago in the coast of the Atacama Desert.

Endangered sei whales found beached on Chilean coast

A group of foreign scientists made a gruesome discovery along Chile's southern coast on the Gulf of Penas on April 21. Over two dozen dead sei whales, averaging 33 feet in length, had washed up along the beach.

Chile's Bachelet tries to turn page on scandal with shake-up

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet began naming a new cabinet Thursday after sacking all her ministers, trying to get to grips with a corruption scandal that has upended both her political and personal life.

Pope Francis to visit Chile in 2016

Santiago - Pope Francis will visit Chile in 2016, the South American country confirmed, after a meeting in Rome between its foreign minister and his Vatican counterpart.

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts for third time

Santiago - Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted again Thursday, releasing a large column of smoke in a towering arc, just over a week after it spectacularly roared to life following half a century of inactivity.

'Platypus' dinosaur vegetarian T. rex cousin puzzles scientists

A recently discovered dinosaur is apparently a kinder, gentler relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. Unlike its larger, carnivorous relative, this dinosaur is an herbivore, but that's not the only unusual thing about this critter.
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Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
Dried seafood and other local produce at Angelmó market.
Bio-Bío River.
Bio-Bío River.
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. N...
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. Nearly all settlers died of cold and starvation.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
Elegant black swan resting on the lawn.
Elegant black swan resting on the lawn.
Edison Peña  34  becomes the twelfth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiap...
Edison Peña, 34, becomes the twelfth trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Small protected coves provide safe harbour for fishing vessels in Easter Island.
Small protected coves provide safe harbour for fishing vessels in Easter Island.
Palm trees and white sandy beaches surround an  Ahu  with several restored moais with red volcanic r...
Palm trees and white sandy beaches surround an "Ahu" with several restored moais with red volcanic rock "pukao" (hat).
“Medallones de Congrio Frito” (Deep fried Chilean Kingclip [conger eel] medallions) in a crispy ...
“Medallones de Congrio Frito” (Deep fried Chilean Kingclip [conger eel] medallions) in a crispy batter accompanied with thick fries, decorated with a small salad of radishes, shredded lettuce, and red onion.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The construction of high-rises overlooking the ocean threatens...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The construction of high-rises overlooking the ocean threatens with invasion and the destruction of the sand dunes and their natural beauty.
Sopaipillas of central Chile. Dry version and  pasadas   or soaked in  chancaca  syrup.
Sopaipillas of central Chile. Dry version and "pasadas", or soaked in "chancaca" syrup.
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Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support t...
Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support the great rocks over the water of the lake.
Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working ...
Large windows in the second floor of the market facing Brazil Avenue. The old clock stopped working long time ago.
Tōrō Japanese stone lantern on a rock in front of the stone beach  or Suhama  facing the resting h...
Tōrō Japanese stone lantern on a rock in front of the stone beach, or Suhama, facing the resting house across the pond.
A closer view of Mount Aconcagua   The Colossus of America ; a draw for climbers from all over the w...
A closer view of Mount Aconcagua, "The Colossus of America"; a draw for climbers from all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Nearing the highest peaks of the Andes  the mountains are covered with snow all year long and storms...
Nearing the highest peaks of the Andes, the mountains are covered with snow all year long and storms may cause road closures.
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso  Chile. This place is high in the list of  things to do and se...
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso, Chile. This place is high in the list of "things to do and see" while visiting this city.