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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.

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Santiago - El Salvador has earned a grim distinction: it is the country with the highest rate of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, with more than 10 killings for every 100,000 women.

Pinera pledges probe of Mapuche death amid protests

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday pledged an investigation into the police killing of a young Mapuche man that sparked protests and firebomb attacks and revived allegations of state persecution of indigenous people.

Chileans jailed for killing Malaysian man

Kuala Lumpur - Two Chilean tourists who killed a Malaysian man in a fight in a hotel lobby shortly after they arrived in the country on holiday were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday.

Protesters interrupt UN rights chief speech

Geneva - Protestors briefly interrupted a speech by new UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet Wednesday, accusing her of complicity in persecution of the indigenous Mapuche community in her native Chile.

Chile to ask British Museum to return extinct mammal remains

Santiago - Chile announced on Sunday that it will ask the British Museum in London to return the remains of a mylodon, an extinct mammal that lived in Patagonia about 10,000 years ago.

Easter Islanders hope to swap a copy for iconic statue in UK museum

Santiago - For 150 years, the British Museum has housed one of the iconic, heavy-browed stone figures that Chile's Easter Island is famous for.Now the islanders are hoping desperately to get it back.

Chile denies a glacier spat has chilled ties to Argentina

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday insisted he had no problem with Argentina despite its claim to extensive Patagonian glaciers along the joint but unmarked border.

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean former bishops for abusing minors

Vatican City - Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean former bishops for allegedly sexually abusing minors, the Vatican said on Saturday, after a meeting between the pontiff and Chile's president.

Morales plans talks with Chile after ICJ ruling setback

La Paz - President Evo Morales will send a letter to his Chilean counterpart to explore the possibility of talks after the world court rejected Bolivia's demand for access to the sea from its neighbor, an official said.

Chile archbishop remains silent over abuse cover-up claims

Rancagua - Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati on Wednesday went before a prosecutor investigating a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church in Chile but declined to answer questions about accusations he was involved in a cover-up.

World court ruling 'biased' says Bolivia's Morales

La Paz - Bolivia's President Evo Morales lashed out Tuesday as a "biased" International Court of Justice ruling that rejected La Paz's demand for access to the sea from neighbor Chile.

'Justice done' by ICJ on Bolivia claim: Chile president

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Monday welcomed the rejection by the UN's top court of a bid by landlocked Bolivia to force his country to give it access to the Pacific Ocean.

World court sinks Bolivia bid for sea access

Den Haag - The International Court of Justice on Monday ruled against landlocked Bolivia in a row with Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean that dates back to the 19th century.

World's biggest copper mine announces $1bn first semester profits

Santiago - The world's biggest copper mine by output, Chile's Escondida, announced on Friday profits of $1.086 billion for the first semester, just over a month after avoiding a strike by workers.
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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.
Manuel Gonzalez  a rescue specialist from Codelco  will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix ...
Manuel Gonzalez, a rescue specialist from Codelco, will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The town of Puerto Williams  on Navarino Island  at the end of the South American continent.
The town of Puerto Williams, on Navarino Island, at the end of the South American continent.
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The Atacama humanoid  a 6 inch body found in the Atacama desert in Chile.
The Atacama humanoid, a 6 inch body found in the Atacama desert in Chile.
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Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated w...
Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated with ceremonial centers.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Crew facilities showing table and several utensils used in everyda...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Crew facilities showing table and several utensils used in everyday activities.
L Incontro Restaurant is a pleasant stop by the sea on the long highway to northern Chile.
L'Incontro Restaurant is a pleasant stop by the sea on the long highway to northern Chile.
Resting house  teahouse  pagoda  rockeries  and drum bridge.
Resting house, teahouse, pagoda, rockeries, and drum bridge.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer s meeting room.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer's meeting room.
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.
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
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the bes...
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the best views of the city and the bay.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
“Medallones de Congrio Frito” (Deep fried Chilean Kingclip [conger eel] medallions) in a crispy ...
“Medallones de Congrio Frito” (Deep fried Chilean Kingclip [conger eel] medallions) in a crispy batter accompanied with thick fries, decorated with a small salad of radishes, shredded lettuce, and red onion.
Restaurant Der Münchner during Oktoberfest at Malloco  Chile
Restaurant Der Münchner during Oktoberfest at Malloco, Chile
The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya  29  after having been trapped for ...
The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya, 29, after having been trapped for 69 days after the collapse of a tunnel on August 5. The rescue operations began bringing miners to the surface on October 13, 2010 near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The Wrestlers — also known as The Uffizi Wrestlers. This is a replica by Lisipo of the famous Roma...
The Wrestlers — also known as The Uffizi Wrestlers. This is a replica by Lisipo of the famous Roman marble sculpture made after a lost Greek original of the third century BCE, now in the Uffizi collection in Florence, Italy.
Early morning at  La Luz  ( The Light ) Lagoon near Valparaiso  Chile.
Early morning at "La Luz" ("The Light") Lagoon near Valparaiso, Chile.
Tōrō Japanese stone lantern on a rock in front of the stone beach  or Suhama  facing the resting h...
Tōrō Japanese stone lantern on a rock in front of the stone beach, or Suhama, facing the resting house across the pond.
Old buildings and narrow alleys covered with rectangular quarried paving stones surround the histori...
Old buildings and narrow alleys covered with rectangular quarried paving stones surround the historic church.

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