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Mass march against Chile's private pension system

Santiago - Hundreds of thousands of people protested Sunday against Chile's privatized pension system, a legacy of late dictator Augusto Pinochet that opponents say is leaving many retirees destitute.

Campaigners demand Britain return Easter Island statue

Hanga Roa - Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for Britain to return a giant statue they say was stolen from the mystical Easter Island.

Chile ex-president denies Argentina bribes claim

Santiago - Chile's ex-president Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday denied accusations that he paid bribes to Argentine officials to help his former airline business.

Chile nixes Facebook, Twitter campaign bans after outcry

Santiago - Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.

Chile demands Bolivian officials have visa for entry

Santiago - Chile said all Bolivian government officials would need entry visas in passports to visit, amid a tense diplomatic standoff between the two neighbors.

Chile rejects Bolivia call for talks on sea access

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday submitted legal papers to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking to slap down persistent arguments from its landlocked neighbor Bolivia for negotiations on sea access.

Bolivia accuses Chile of racist treatment of FM

La Paz - Bolivia accused Chile of racism Tuesday in a dispute over treatment of La Paz's foreign minister, who is an Aymara Indian.

Chile ex-army chief held over 1973 massacre

Santiago - Police arrested an ex-head of the Chilean army to face charges over a 1973 massacre under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, the courts said.

Chile ex-military officer found liable in U.S. for singer's death

Orlando - A US federal jury on Monday found a former Chilean military officer liable for the 1973 murder of one of that country’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, and awarded $28 million in damages to his family.

Nazi sect doctor in Chile may face German jail

Berlin - A German doctor who was convicted in Chile for complicity in child sex abuse at a Nazi paedophile sect should serve out his sentence in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Bolivia to counter-sue Chile over disputed waters

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday his government will counter-sue Chile for the rights to the disputed Silala river, in an escalating row over water before the International Court of Justice.

Clashes as Chile students step up demos

Santiago - Hooded protesters pelted stones at police who fired tear gas and water cannons in the Chilean capital Thursday, as thousands of students staged fresh street rallies demanding free university education.

One dead in Chile protests: Officials

Playa Ancha - A security guard died Saturday during protests here as President Michelle Bachelet was delivering an annual address to Chile's Congress, officials said.

New Pablo Neruda movie recounts poet's dramatic bid for freedom

Santiago - The poems that won Pablo Neruda the Nobel prize for literature may never have been seen if the writer had not been such a good horseman.

Chile irks Peru in old liquor dispute

Chile - Chilean liquor makers riled Peruvians with a new study Tuesday claiming the classic drink pisco was invented in Chile, fanning a tense cultural rivalry between the neighboring countries.

Chile fishing crisis traps tourists, empties markets

Chile - A fishing ban sparked by mass deaths of sea creatures in Chile has left tourists stranded and markets empty on an island cut off by protest blockades.

Small funeral held for Margot Honecker in Chile

Santiago - A small funeral was held in Chile Saturday for Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker.A steely politician in her own right, the 89-year-old died of cancer in the capital Santiago on Friday.

Margot Honecker, widow of former East German leader, dies at 89

Santiago - Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker and a steely politician in her own right, died Friday in Chile at the age of 89, her family said.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Santiago - Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

Chilean surfing star on quest to save hometown coast

El Valle - Ramon Navarro is one of the world's top big-wave surfers, but this fisherman's son still has a place in his heart for the spot where he learned his trade -- a stretch of Chilean coastline he is now fighting to save.

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.
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley. Wine-related decorations at the wine-tasting Hall.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley. Wine-related decorations at the wine-tasting Hall.
Starting the descent of the Andes on the Argentine side. Aconcagua Mountain (6 962 m) can be seen fr...
Starting the descent of the Andes on the Argentine side. Aconcagua Mountain (6,962 m) can be seen from a distance of about 25 Km.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
Chile s red tide woes are affecting aquaculture and the environment.
Chile's red tide woes are affecting aquaculture and the environment.
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“Locos en salsa verde” (Chilean abalone) on a bed of lettuce and served with “green sauce” (...
“Locos en salsa verde” (Chilean abalone) on a bed of lettuce and served with “green sauce” (a mix of fresh cilantro [coriander] – raw onion – lemon juice), with potato salad and mayonnaise.
Cumberland Bay  at Juan Fernández Island  Chile
Cumberland Bay, at Juan Fernández Island, Chile
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Several gardens and shaded areas provide quiet places for study or rest.
Several gardens and shaded areas provide quiet places for study or rest.
Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions  the weather is ussually fine  adding to the bea...
Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions, the weather is ussually fine, adding to the beauty of the area.
Woman looks in despair what is left of her home devastated by fires in the Bio-Bio region of Chile (...
Woman looks in despair what is left of her home devastated by fires in the Bio-Bio region of Chile (Screengrab from LUN).
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Restaurant “El gato tuerto” (“The one-eyed cat ) is perched high up in one of the hills of Val...
Restaurant “El gato tuerto” (“The one-eyed cat") is perched high up in one of the hills of Valparaíso and has a great view of the bay.
Aysén region of Chile.
Aysén region of Chile.
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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.
A picture of the historic La Moneda building in Chile. National pride has led to protests against wh...
A picture of the historic La Moneda building in Chile. National pride has led to protests against what they see as a tearing down of their rich history and natural beauty.
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Profile and anatomical view of Chilesaurus  showing some of the dinosaur s unusual features.
Profile and anatomical view of Chilesaurus, showing some of the dinosaur's unusual features.
Illustration by Gabriel Lio University of Birmingham
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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Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come ...
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come to the market: there is abundance of fruits and prices are very reasonable.
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.
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
Daniel Zamudio (Screengrab from m24digital.com).
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Earthquake damage Santo Domingo/Cumming  Santiago
Earthquake damage Santo Domingo/Cumming, Santiago
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Fishermen arrive to the cove with their catch of smelts. Untangling the small fish from the nets is ...
Fishermen arrive to the cove with their catch of smelts. Untangling the small fish from the nets is hard, tedious work.