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Mining brings Chile city riches — and fear of cancer

Antofagasta - Black dust stains the walls of the building where Jaqueline Jimenez and her children once lived in northern Chile.

At the end of the world in Chile, a culture on the brink

Puerto Williams - Just outside the southernmost settlement in the world, an 89-year-old woman is the last native speaker of her people's ancient language and struggling to ensure she does not take it to her grave.

Chile charges 16 military officials in Caravan of Death

Santiago - Sixteen retired Chilean military officers were charged Wednesday with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, officials said.

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

Santiago - A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso.It had a depth of 9.

6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

Santiago - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Chile students clash with police at demo

Santiago - Clashes erupted Tuesday as Chile's raucous student movement held its first protest of the year for free education, with students hurling stones and police firing tear gas.

Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal

Santiago - Chile and China launched negotiations Monday to expand trade ties in the face of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.

Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars

Antofagasta - Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand -- but scientists are busy searching here for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars.

Chile copper output plunges during strike

Santiago - Chile's mining output plunged in February because of a strike over pay at a major copper mine, an economic blow ahead of a presidential election in November, official data showed Thursday.

Chileans march to demand end to privatized pension system

Santiago - Thousands of people marched in major cities in Chile Sunday to demand an end to a privatized pension system put in place more than 35 years ago under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Bras - Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products.

World's top copper mine suspends projects over strike

Santiago - A lengthy strike at the world's largest copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, forced the Anglo-Australian mining giant to suspend plans Wednesday for two major investments there.BHP Billiton, which owns a 57.

Chile's ex-president Pinera joins primary race

Santiago - Former Chilean president Sebastian Pinera entered the presidential primary race, as polls show the conservative billionaire stands a solid chance for a comeback.Pinera, who led Chile from 2010-2014, had gone back to his business empire.

Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest

Santiago - Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America.

Chile gets huge land donation from North Face widow

Santiago - The Chilean government has received a giant donation of private land for national parks from the widow of US philanthropist Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the clothing brands Esprit and The North Face.

Chilean singer Angel Parra dies in Paris aged 73

Paris - Noted Chilean singer and guitarist Angel Parra died in Paris on Saturday aged 73 after a three-year battle with cancer, the Chilean ambassador said."It's a great loss for Chile and for art," Marcia Covarrubias told AFP.

Peru copper miners strike, adding to Chile stoppage

- Workers at a US-owned copper mine in Peru launched a wage strike Friday, heightening pressure on the market for the key commodity already hit by a similar stoppage in Chile.

Elixir of life? Some Chileans nourishing infants with donkey milk

Melipilla - When severe food allergies kept Fiorella Fuentes from stomaching her formula -- leaving the infant on the brink of starvation -- her desperate mother turned to a curious source of sustenance: donkey milk.

Water slowly restored in Chile capital after deadly floods

Santiago - The Chilean authorities worked Monday to restore water to some 4.5 million people in the capital Santiago, whose supply had to be cut after deadly floods contaminated a major river.

Four million without water in deadly Chile floods

Santiago - Rainstorms and landslides in Chile killed four and contaminated a major river, forcing authorities to cut off drinking water to four million people in the capital, authorities said.

Talks to end Chile copper mine strike postponed

Antofagasta - Negotiations aimed at ending a strike that has halted production at the world's biggest copper mine were postponed indefinitely Wednesday, the government and a union said.

Striking Chile copper miners accept govt mediation

Santiago - Chilean miners who have rattled commodity markets by halting production at the world's biggest copper pit agreed Tuesday to restart government-mediated negotiations to end their strike.

Strike at world's top copper mine could last 2 months

Santiago - Striking workers at the world's top copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, said Friday they were prepared to hold out for two months in their bid for higher salaries.

Workers strike at world's top copper mine

Santiago - Workers at the world's top copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, launched what they vowed would be a "long and hard" strike Thursday, causing jitters on world commodity markets.

World's biggest copper mine faces 'long, hard' strike

Santiago - Workers at the world's largest copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, are vowing to launch a "long and hard" strike Thursday for pay increases, causing jitters on world markets.

Chile summons for suspect in Japanese student's death

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court has issued a summons for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France in December, officials said Wednesday.

Chile rejects French request to arrest murder suspect

Santiago - A Chilean judge on Friday rejected a request from France to arrest a man suspected of killing a Japanese student in the French city of Besancon.

France seeks Chilean in Japanese student's death

Besan - France has asked Chile to extradite the man suspected of killing a Japanese student in the eastern French city of Besancon last month, officials said Monday.

More than 40 detained in Chile for spreading forest fires

Santiago - Authorities have detained 43 people suspected of stoking some of the deadly Chilean forest fires that have killed 11 people and destroyed large swaths of land, President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday.

Death toll climbs to 11 in Chile forest fires

Santiago - Forest fires ravaging southern Chile have now killed 11 people, President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday, as firefighters waged an all-out battle to extinguish the raging infernos.
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The little fishing town of Lebu, by the Lebu River and the Pacific Ocean, birthplace of poet Gonzalo Rojas.
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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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In the Argentine side there are many tunnels where the mountains reach right to the banks of the Men...
In the Argentine side there are many tunnels where the mountains reach right to the banks of the Mendoza River.
Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.
Stalls in the main floor of the market display their products occupying nearly the whole sidewalk.
Manuel Gonzalez was the last man to leave the rescue hole that allowed for the liberation of the 33 ...
Manuel Gonzalez was the last man to leave the rescue hole that allowed for the liberation of the 33 trapped miners at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
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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.
Dried shellfish  wicker items and garlic  on sale at the market in Angelmó.
Dried shellfish, wicker items and garlic, on sale at the market in Angelmó.
The British Arch. The monument covered in Italian marble  was donated in 1910 by the British colony ...
The British Arch. The monument covered in Italian marble, was donated in 1910 by the British colony living in Valparaiso on the occasion of the Centennial of the Independence of Chile.
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Zillertal Orchestra plays joyful German tunes to entertain diners at Der Münchner Restaurant, Malloco.
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Helhue Sukni taking care of business on behalf of her clients, reviews papers while taking a call at an improvised "office" outside the court.
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View of the Pan-American Highway (Route CH-5) which runs for about 1000 km along the Atacama Desert ...
View of the Pan-American Highway (Route CH-5) which runs for about 1000 km along the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The terrain in this region has been compared to that on Mars.
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Copahue volcano on red alert, December 24.
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Die Freunde Trio takes their turn playing festive music at Oktoberfest in Malloco  Chile.
Die Freunde Trio takes their turn playing festive music at Oktoberfest in Malloco, Chile.
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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.
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View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
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.
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Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. Nearly all settlers died of cold and starvation.
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The steep slopes require travelling at low speed.
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Chile defeated Turkey 14-2 in the Second Round of the 2014-2015 Women's FIH Hockey World League tournament in Dublin.
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