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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.

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.
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Vacuum-packed frozen and smoked fish and shellfish are available for travelers and visitors to the A...
Vacuum-packed frozen and smoked fish and shellfish are available for travelers and visitors to the Angelmó fishermen's market.
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Shoreline of the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta region. These beaches were locations inhabited by...
Shoreline of the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta region. These beaches were locations inhabited by the aboriginals of the Chinchorro culture.
The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top  and beyond.
The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top, and beyond.
This merchant (Ricardo Valdes) owns several retail and wholesale stalls in the market.
This merchant (Ricardo Valdes) owns several retail and wholesale stalls in the market.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Several gardens and shaded areas provide quiet places for study or rest.
Several gardens and shaded areas provide quiet places for study or rest.
Mario Gomez  59  is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collaps...
Mario Gomez, 59, is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. The miners have been trapped for 69 days since the collapse of the mine on August 5, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
One of the restaurants  PeZcadores  is right on the beach with excellent views of the rockeries and ...
One of the restaurants, PeZcadores, is right on the beach with excellent views of the rockeries and the open Pacific Ocean.
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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Thousands of liters of over 100 brands of artisanal beer produced at micro-breweries from all over t...
Thousands of liters of over 100 brands of artisanal beer produced at micro-breweries from all over the country were tasted and sold at Oktoberfest, Malloco.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
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Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Easter Island and the islands between it and South America.
Easter Island and the islands between it and South America.
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Gardens composed of typical coastal dunes  vegetation adorn a path from the restaurant to the cliff ...
Gardens composed of typical coastal dunes' vegetation adorn a path from the restaurant to the cliff over the ocean.
The picturesque fishing village of Quintay has only 722 residents  but several hundreds visit the pl...
The picturesque fishing village of Quintay has only 722 residents, but several hundreds visit the place mostly on weekends to see the Museum of Whaling and try the seafood restaurants.
Ruins of the old INDUS whale processing plant at Quintay have been preserved
Ruins of the old INDUS whale processing plant at Quintay have been preserved
A ring of telescopes at ESO s La Silla Observatory. La Silla is located in the southern part of the ...
A ring of telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory. La Silla is located in the southern part of the Atacama desert, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile,
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Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix...
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera watches the first dry run of the descent of the unmanned Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport i...
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport is not far from the village.