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Strike off as Chile workers sign deal at world's biggest copper mine

Santiago - Chilean miners at the world's biggest copper mine, Escondida, signed an agreement on Friday with Anglo-Australian owners BHP to avoid a strike announced two weeks ago when unions rejected as insufficient a proposed salary hike.

Prosecutor in Chilean sex abuse scandal targets bishops

Rancagua - The prosecutor in charge of investigating a massive sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile said several bishops could face charges after he questions the Cardinal Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, for the first time next week.

Chile expels 51 Colombians with criminal records

Santiago - Chile expelled 51 Colombian nationals on Thursday, the interior minister announced, the first of an expected 2,000 foreigners earmarked for expulsion this year as part of a get-tough immigration policy unveiled by President Sebastian Pinera in June.

Chile in shock as 10 women perish in nursing home blaze

Santiago - Ten women burned to death in a blaze at a Chilean nursing home Tuesday, shocking the country and prompting a call by President Sebastian Pinera to shake consciences over treatment of the elderly.

New UN rights chief Bachelet will face world of hate: Guterres

New York - Chile's former president Michelle Bachelet will face a world of rising hate and inequality as the newly-appointed UN human rights chief, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday.

Chile's Bachelet picked to be UN rights chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet, Chile's twice-serving president who endured torture under the Pinochet regime, as the world body's next human rights chief.

Chile's Bachelet picked to be UN rights chief: diplomats

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to appoint Michelle Bachelet, Chile's twice-serving president who endured torture under the Pinochet regime, as the world body's new human rights chief, diplomats said Wednesday.

Easter Island natives seek return of unique statue held in London

Santiago - Easter Island's indigenous authorities have asked Chile's government to help them recover a unique monumental Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London.The 2.

Chile's Catholic bishops apologize for failing abuse victims

Chile - Chilean Catholic bishops apologized on Friday for having "failed" victims of sexual abuse and promised to work with prosecutors to prevent a repeat of the crimes dating back five decades.

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Santiago - Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.

Workers at world's biggest copper mine in Chile agree to strike

Santiago - Workers at the world's biggest copper mine, Chile's Escondida open-pit, voted Thursday in favor of strike action after rejecting as insufficient a salary hike proposed by Anglo-Australian owners BHP.

World's biggest copper mine in Chile agrees to strike

Santiago - Workers at Chile's Escondida copper mine, the world's biggest, voted in favor of strike action Thursday after rejecting as insufficient a salary hike proposed by Anglo-Australian owners BHP.

Chile restricts tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Tourists wishing to travel to Easter Island can now only stay a maximum of 30 days, after local authorities implemented Wednesday a measure to regulate population growth threatening the remote Chilean territory's environmental sustainability.

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Santiago - Prosecutors in Chile on Wednesday said they have requested the Vatican files of nine Chilean priests being investigated for sexual abuses."The National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, today signed an official letter addressed to the Vatican (..

Chile's rock art llamas divulge secrets of ancient desert culture

Atacama - Open air rock paintings in the world's driest desert pay testament to the importance of the llama to millennia-old cultures that traversed the inhospitable terrain.

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century.

Thousands march in Chile demanding abortion law overhaul

Santiago - Thousands of people took part in a march in the Chilean capital demanding reform of laws that allow abortion only in cases of rape or reasons of health.

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Santiago - Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country's embattled Catholic Church -- both clergymen and lay people -- for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said on Monday.

Chile says investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Santiago - Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country's embattled Catholic Church -- both clergymen and lay people -- for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said Monday.

Latin America trade bloc summit opens with call for integration

Puerto Vallarta - Latin American trade bloc the Pacific Alliance opened a week-long summit on Monday with a free trade and integration message at a time where protectionism, particularly in the United States, has created growing concerns.

Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse

Santiago - The Vatican dismissed a Chilean deacon over sexual abuse accusations in central Chile, the archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said Friday, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.

Ex-Pinochet colonel captured in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Argentina says it has captured a former Chilean army colonel convicted of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Another Chilean priest is suspended amid pedophilia inquiry

Santiago - Another Chilean priest has been suspended from his official duties as the archdiocese of Santiago investigates pedophilia allegations against him, in the latest abuse scandal to strike the Chilean church.

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Santiago - Prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz, who held senior positions in the archdiocese of Santiago, was detained Thursday over allegations that he sexually abused seven children -- the latest pedophilia scandal to grip the country's church.

Chilean miner 'very emotional' after Thai cave rescue

Santiago - A Chilean miner who spent more than two months trapped underground told AFP he was celebrating the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were imprisoned in a flooded cave for 18 days."Yippeeeee!!!

'Hang in there!' Chilean miner tells trapped Thai boys

Mexico - Mario Sepulveda, one of the Chilean miners who was trapped underground for 69 days in 2010, had a moving message of encouragement Wednesday for the boys' football team trapped in a cave in Thailand: "Hang in there!

Chilean court ratifies plastic bag ban after appeal

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court has ratified a bill to ban the use of plastic bags in business, paving the way for it to become the first South American country to do so.

Chile opens sexual abuse investigation against film director

Santiago - A public prosecutor in Chile on Tuesday said he had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against a well-known film director.

Nine ex-military convicted for 1973 murder of Chile folk singer Jara

Santiago - A Chilean judge has convicted nine retired soldiers in the 1973 murder of one of Chile's most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

Chilean film director apologises over harassment claims

Santiago - A Chilean film director accused of sexual harassment by eight actresses apologized for his actions on Monday but denied being a sex pest.
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the strains  garden.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the strains' garden.
Colonial buildings mix with modern skyscrapers at the Main Square in Santiago de Chile.
Colonial buildings mix with modern skyscrapers at the Main Square in Santiago de Chile.
Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Wulff Castle  a two-story building with tower  built betwe...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Wulff Castle, a two-story building with tower, built between 1880 and 1920 by businessman Gustavo Wulff. Currently it houses the Maritime Museum with an interesting collection of seafaring items reflecting the history of the Chilean Navy.
Bio-Bío River. Where the river meets the ocean.
Bio-Bío River. Where the river meets the ocean.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
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Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The city of Antofagasta in northern Chile. The hills in the background show the aridness of the area...
The city of Antofagasta in northern Chile. The hills in the background show the aridness of the area.
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Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Reñaca Beach is one of the longest beaches in the area and a ...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. Reñaca Beach is one of the longest beaches in the area and a prefered place for Argentine visitors to spend the afternoon. This picture was captured around mid-morning when most beach-goers are still recovering from the late night parties.
Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco  Chile...
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco, Chile.
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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.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
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.
Search crews used long sticks to locate the bodies of soldiers buried under 80 cm of snow.(Still cap...
Search crews used long sticks to locate the bodies of soldiers buried under 80 cm of snow.(Still capture from YouTube video).
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Fountain at  Echaurren Square  located about a block from  La Matriz  Parish. The leaning tower of t...
Fountain at "Echaurren Square" located about a block from "La Matriz" Parish. The leaning tower of the church can be seen in the background.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver  Canada.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.