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Chilean suspect in Japanese student disappearance faces prosecutors

Santiago - Chilean authorities on Wednesday questioned a man suspected of involvement in the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend in France.

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Peru on Saturday on the third-leg of a four-nation tour of Latin American allies focusing heavily on Venezuela and countering China's economic reach.

Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour

Asunci - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

Pompeo to visit Venezuela border on South America tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Venezuela border in Colombia to highlight the plight of refugees during a four-nation trip to Latin America, the State Department announced Monday.

Norway's Kon-Tiki museum agrees to return Easter Island items

Santiago - Norway agreed Thursday to hand back thousands of artefacts removed from Easter Island by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his trans-Pacific raft expeditions in the 1950s.

Chile orders Church to pay damages to ex-priest's victims

Santiago - A court in Chile on Wednesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around $440,000 to the victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

Chile agrees to French questioning of suspect in Japanese student's death

Besan - French investigators will travel to Chile next month to question a man suspected of killing his Japanese ex-girlfriend who went missing from her university residence in France in 2016, a prosecutor told AFP on Wednesday.

Bolsonaro says Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Santiago - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday said his country "does not owe the world anything" when it comes to the environment.

Right wing Latin American presidents launch new regional bloc

Santiago - Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Friday he had discussed with several Latin American counterparts the possibility of offering asylum to Venezuelan servicemen who desert President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Drought wipes popular Chilean lake from the map

Paine - The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map.

Chile's Pinera slams UN's Bachelet for failure to condemn Maduro

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sharply criticized his leftist predecessor and UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet Sunday for failing to condemn Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro for human rights violations.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to visit US, Chile, Israel

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will pay his first official visits to the United States, Chile and Israel this month, in a clear sign of the alliances the far-right leader wants to shore up, official sources said Friday.

Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

San Juan Bautista - For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe -- named for literature's most famous castaway -- have known that their island's fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife.

Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Police in Chile arrested a former army chief Thursday on charges of torturing 24 people in 1973, shortly after the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, officials said.

Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have detained five foreign journalists covering the standoff with opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Chile jails six Pinochet agents for ex-president's murder

Santiago - A court on Wednesday jailed six former agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime for involvement in the 1982 murder of ex-president Eduardo Frei.

Two dead from heart attacks as strong quake jolts Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with police reporting the deaths of two people from heart attacks.

Extreme poverty rises again in Latin America

Santiago - Extreme poverty in Latin America hit its highest level for nine years in 2017, according to a report by the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) published on Tuesday.Poverty remained stable at 30.

Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab to study climate change

Punta Arenas - In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.

Bus stop blast wounds five in Chilean capital

Santiago - A blast at a bus stop that wounded five people in the center of the Chilean capital on Friday was described as a "terrorist act" by the government.

Protected Chilean sea lions are the 'enemy' of fishermen

Valpara - Off the coast of Chile, fisherman face competition from a cunning carnivorous hunter that has decimated their industry due to its voracious appetite. For Chile's fishermen, sea lions are a "plague.""They're an enemy!" complained Mario Rojas to AFP.

Pope removes scandal-hit cardinals from inner circle

Vatican City - Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals and ahead of a Church-wide meeting on the "protection of minors" next year.

British Golden Globe sailor rescued in Southern Ocean

Santiago - British Golden Globe Race sailor Susie Goodall was plucked from a stormy Southern Ocean by a Chinese ship on Friday, a day after her yacht was dismasted, rescuers told AFP.

Latin America and Caribbean is world's most violent region, study says

Santiago - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39 percent of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said in a study published on Thursday.That amounts to more than 2.

Latin America and Caribbean is world's most violent region, study says

Santiago - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39 percent of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said in a study published on Thursday.That amounts to more than 2.

Chile enacts law allowing sex change from 14 years of age

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday enacted a gender identity law that will allow people over 14 to change their name and gender on official identity documents.

Chile says attacks rising in wake of Mapuche killing by police

Santiago - The number of arson attacks and other "acts of violence" has soared in southern Chile's indigenous communities in the week since the killing by police of a young Mapuche man, the government said Tuesday.

Easter Island begs British Museum for statue return

London - The governor of Easter Island on Tuesday tearfully begged the British Museum to return one of its famous statues, saying: "Give us a chance so he can come back".

Missing Japanese student in France 'probably suffocated': prosecutor

Besan - A Japanese student who went missing in eastern France in 2016 was probably suffocated in her university room by her fugitive Chilean ex-boyfriend, a prosecutor said Monday.
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Bio-Bío River Delta. An arm of the river near the mouth  flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Bio-Bío River Delta. An arm of the river near the mouth, flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver  Canada.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state  untouched by human development.
Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state, untouched by human development.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
View of a fraction of the 355 tombs of the miners that died in 1945 at El Teniente Copper MIne  Chil...
View of a fraction of the 355 tombs of the miners that died in 1945 at El Teniente Copper MIne, Chile, in the world's worst metal mining tragedy.
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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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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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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley. Demonstration of Chilean Rodeo.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley. Demonstration of Chilean Rodeo.
The annual War of the Tomato in Quillón  Chile.
The annual War of the Tomato in Quillón, Chile.
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The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
The new seawall and promenade overlooks the rockeries around Quintay Cove.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers press the crushed grapes to extract th...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Labourers press the crushed grapes to extract the grape juice.
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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Resting house  teahouse  pagoda  rockeries  and drum bridge.
Resting house, teahouse, pagoda, rockeries, and drum bridge.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
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View of the Pacific Ocean from the windows of L Incontro Restaurant  near Pichidangui.
View of the Pacific Ocean from the windows of L'Incontro Restaurant, near Pichidangui.
Chilean students protesting last year.
Chilean students protesting last year.
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Chile s Customs and Immigration facilities at  Los Libertadores  Pass.
Chile's Customs and Immigration facilities at "Los Libertadores" Pass.
Strings of dehydrated piure sold at a market in Puerto Montt  Chile. Other dry and smoked shellfish ...
Strings of dehydrated piure sold at a market in Puerto Montt, Chile. Other dry and smoked shellfish (mussels and clams) are also available.
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.

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