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Chile's drought killing thousands of farm animals

Petorca - For Erick Hurtado, the worst thing about the drought that has devastated his family farm in Chile is the dead animals.

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Chile coast: USGS

Santiago - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Chile on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

US treasure hunter's dig in Chile runs into trouble

Santiago - A government green light allowing a US adventurer to use heavy drilling equipment in his quest for 18th century pirate treasure in the South Pacific has sparked a row in Chile.

Mass protest in Santiago against abuses of Pinochet era

Santiago - Thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Santiago on Sunday to honor the victims of General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, in a march that started peacefully but ended in violence.

Climate change forces Chile ski stations to make fake snow

Santiago - Once deep in powder this time of year, Chile's ski stations are fighting the ravages of climate change and pollution that have brought less and less snow to the central Andes.

Families' endless search for missing victims of Chile's dictatorship

Santiago - It has been 43 years since Cesar Cerda, a member of Chile's communist party, was dragged off by agents of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Latin America set for feeble growth of 0.5% in 2019: UN

Santiago - Hit by five years of "economic slowdown," Latin America's economy will grow by barely 0.5 percent this year, the United Nations economic commission for the region said on Wednesday, well below the 1.3 percent projected in April.

Chile's mining waste poses silent threat to humans on multiple fronts

Requinoa - From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbor an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country's mining industry, are ticking time bombs.

Chile bars entry to 'more than 100' Venezuelans linked to Maduro govt: president

Santiago - Chile will bar entry to anyone on a list of more than 100 Venezuelans linked to the "dictatorship" of President Nicolas Maduro following a damning UN report, President Sebastian Pinera announced Friday.

South Americans marvel at total solar eclipse

La Higuera - A rare total solar eclipse plunged a vast swath of Latin America's southern cone into darkness Tuesday, briefly turning day into night and enthralling huge crowds in much of Chile and Argentina.

Chilean copper mine strike continues after workers reject offer

Santiago - Striking workers employed by the world's top copper producer were set to continue their walkout on Saturday after voting down a management offer of better wages and compensation.

Chile president Pinera sacks FM in cabinet shakeup

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sacked his foreign minister and announced a cabinet reshuffle Thursday as polls showed a dip in his popularity following an economic downturn.

More than 3,200 workers at Chile state-run miner Codelco to strike

Santiago - More than 3,200 workers at Chile's huge Chuquicamata copper mine plan to go on strike this week after union-management talks broke down, state-run miner Codelco -- the world's largest copper producer -- said Wednesday.

British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Victims of Chile Nazi sect says German compensation not enough

Santiago - Victims of a Chile-based Nazi pedophile sect said compensation offered by Germany was not enough to make up for decades of slavery and abuse.

Germany to pay $11,000 each to Chile Nazi sect victims

Berlin - Germany said Friday it would pay compensation of up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) each to victims of the former Nazi paedophile sect "Colonia Dignidad" in Chile.

South African woman makes landmark Everest summit

Kathmandu - A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world's highest mountain by a black African woman.

Chile's Valparaiso, an open air graffiti and mural art gallery

Valpara - Creating colorful pictures of surreal human faces, marine animals or even huge owls, hundreds of graffiti artists have turned the Chilean port of Valparaiso into a gigantic open-air art gallery.

Mapuche rappers fight for indigenous rights in Chile

Santiago - With songs like "We'll Beat the State," Chilean rappers Wechekeche Ni Trawun are on a mission to support the Mapuche indigenous people's fight for justice and land rights.

France promises trial over missing Japanese student

Besan - A Chilean national is to be tried in France for the suspected murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, with Paris to request his extradition later this year, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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.
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El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The wine-making shop needs some tidying up at th...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The wine-making shop needs some tidying up at the end of the day.
Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
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Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest  Malloco  Chile.
Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest, Malloco, Chile.
Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and f...
Fresh water in rivers and lakes in the far south of Chile (Patagonia region) have been studied and found to be the "purest waters on the planet".
Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
View from Angelmo towards Tenglo Island at the time of low tide.
View from Angelmo towards Tenglo Island at the time of low tide.
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaot...
Busy intersection next to the market. A couple of policemen attempt to bring some order to the chaotic traffic. On this day the students of the University nearby had taken the day off from protesting against the government's limited educational funding.
SuperTanker Arrives in Santiago  2017.
SuperTanker Arrives in Santiago, 2017.
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The tomb of Pringles Stokes  captain of HMS Beagle at Port Famine. Anguish and depression moved him ...
The tomb of Pringles Stokes, captain of HMS Beagle at Port Famine. Anguish and depression moved him to commit suicide on August 2, 1828.
The commemorative plaque reads:  To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa  Governor an...
The commemorative plaque reads: "To the illustrious navigator Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Governor and Captain General of the Straits who on March 25, 1584, founded here the city of Rey Don Felipe, and to the unfortunate Spaniards who suffered and perished in the first attempt to colonize this land. A tribute of the Galician Center of Punta Arenas, 1961."
This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1 80.
This man sells chunks of giant squid (jibia): 3 kg for about US$ 1,80.
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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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.
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds...
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds of beer drinkers.
A dish of raw piure with onion  coriander and lemon juice  as served at a seafood market in Valpara...
A dish of raw piure with onion, coriander and lemon juice, as served at a seafood market in Valparaíso, Chile.
Stéphane Batigne
Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and S...
Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and South America. The funds to build the library were donated by philanthropist don Santiago Severin Espina. The building was declared a National Monument in 1998. It was severely damaged by the 2010 earthquake and is still under repairs.
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the ba...
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the background.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Beaches in the locality of Puerto Saavedra in southern Chile. In the background can be seen the mout...
Beaches in the locality of Puerto Saavedra in southern Chile. In the background can be seen the mouth of the Cautín River.
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