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Sex abuse at Chilean church school was an unending 'perverse game': victim

Vi - Sexual abuse at the hands of priests marked the childhood of Jaime Concha since the day when, at age 10, he entered a school run by the Marist Brothers religious order in Santiago.He is now 55 years old and a doctor.

Top Vatican abuse investigator has surgery in Chile

Santiago - The Vatican's top abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, had emergency surgery Wednesday shortly after his arrival in Chile to investigate a controversial bishop, the Catholic Church said.

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

New York - A high-profile victim of a disgraced pedophile priest said Saturday he was glad to finally be able to tell his story as the Vatican's top abuse investigator began a probe into an alleged cover-up in Chile.

Pope was informed about accused Chilean bishop: ex-Vatican panel member

Vatican City - A former member of the Vatican's child protection panel said Tuesday that she sent Pope Francis a letter warning him about a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for a paedophile priest, contradicting the pontiff's previous remarks.

Chile's first female fighter pilot, a WWII vet, dies at 97

Santiago - Margot Duhalde, who flew Spitfires in World War II as Chile's first female fighter pilot, has died at the age of 97, the government said Monday.Duhalde smashed gender tradition in Chile by learning to fly at age 16.

Pope to send investigator to Chile over accused bishop

Vatican City - Pope Francis will send the Vatican's top expert on sex abuse to Chile to hear from witnesses in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a paedophile priest, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Chile boosts protected parkland with US philanthropist's donations

Santiago - Chile is greatly expanding protected parkland in its stunning southern Patagonia region under a decree signed Monday that will incorporate reserves owned by a late American philanthropist who founded the North Face label.

Influential Chilean 'anti-poet' Nicanor Parra dies

Santiago - Influential Chilean poet Nicanor Parra died Tuesday aged 103, leaving a legacy of "anti-poetry" with which he revolutionized Latin American literature and won the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

Pope defends Chilean bishop accused of abuse cover-up

Iquique - Pope Francis on Thursday strongly defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up a priest's sexual abuse of minors.

Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip.

Pope heads to Peru after final Chile mass

Iquique - Pope Francis headed Thursday to Peru on the second leg of his South American trip, where he will meet indigenous people and hear firsthand how Peru's gold rush is destroying large areas of their Amazon homeland.

Riot police break up anti-pope demo near Santiago mass

Santiago - Anti-riot police used water-cannon to disperse hundreds of people protesting sexual abuse by priests as they tried to disrupt an open air mass by Pope Francis in Santiago on Tuesday.

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Temuc - Pope Francis denounced the use of violence in the struggle for indigenous rights Wednesday, celebrating mass in a restive region of Chile hours after assailants firebombed churches and other targets.

Pope in Chile expresses 'pain' and 'shame' over abuse scandal

Santiago - Pope Francis on Tuesday expressed his "pain" and "shame" over child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in Chile, as he made his first speech during a visit to the South American country.

Scandals overshadow pope's meetings in Chile

Santiago - Pope Francis will hold a closely watched meeting with members of Chile's under-fire clergy on Tuesday, the first full day of his visit to a country whose Church is beset by sex abuse scandals.

Pope voices nuclear war concerns at outset of Latin America trip

Pope Francis admitted Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear war as he headed for a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru.

Churches in Chile firebombed ahead of pope visit

Santiago - Three Catholic churches were firebombed in the Chilean capital Santiago on Friday, days before the start of a visit to the country by Pope Francis.

Pope's S. American visit to cast light on region's indigenous

Santiago - When Pope Francis steps off his Alitalia plane at the start of a visit to South America next week, he will cast a rare global spotlight on the plight of the region's indigenous people.

Pope to champion indigenous people on Chile, Peru trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis is expected to defend persecuted indigenous people during a trip to Chile and Peru next week that also aims to boost a flagging local Catholic church hit by child sex scandals.

Ahead of pope's Chile visit, priests accused of child sex abuse

Santiago - Almost 80 Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000, a US-based monitoring group said Wednesday ahead of a visit to the country next week by Pope Francis.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

11 dead, 15 missing in Chile mudslide

Santiago - A mudslide that buried much of a village in southern Chile has killed 11 people while another 15 are still missing, authorities said Sunday.

Billionaire Pinera to return as Chile's president

Santiago - Billionaire Sebastian Pinera will return to power as Chile's president next year, according to virtually complete results from a runoff election held Sunday.

Chile votes in what could be a close presidential run-off

Santiago - Chilean voters will decide their next president on Sunday in a run-off election whose outcome is far from certain after an unexpectedly strong surge for the left.

Chile election likely to be decided by small margin

Santiago - The winner of Chile's presidential run-off election on Sunday could be decided by a relatively small group of voters following a surge of left wing enthusiasm in Latin America's fifth-biggest economy.

Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation

Santiago - The recent calving of a large iceberg from a southern Chilean glacier threatens local ship navigation and could result in flooding for coastal communities, experts said.

Leftist surge throws Chile presidential race wide open

Santiago - A strong showing by the radical left threw Chile's presidential race wide open and left billionaire Sebastian Pinera with a fight on his hands to secure victory in a runoff, analysts said Monday.

Pinera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Santiago - Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera, who held a commanding lead in Chile's first round of presidential voting, and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month.Ex-president Pinera had a 36.

Pinochet casts long shadow over Chile vote

Santiago - He's been dead for 11 years, but Augusto Pinochet still casts a long shadow over Sunday's presidential election in conservative Chile, where the right is set to reclaim power.
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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.
Francisco de Aguirre Avenue is lined by beautiful neo-colonial buildings which serve as a nice backg...
Francisco de Aguirre Avenue is lined by beautiful neo-colonial buildings which serve as a nice background for many of the sculptures in the park.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads:  Homage of ...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads: "Homage of the Chilean Navy to Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau fallen on defense of his country on 8 October, 1879"
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
Fishing boats at a small cove next to Port Famine.
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A team of Chinchineros during a national folk celebration in Chile
A team of Chinchineros during a national folk celebration in Chile
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.
Fonda offering Chilean empanadas and meat kebabs (anticuchos). The flag on the right makes reference...
Fonda offering Chilean empanadas and meat kebabs (anticuchos). The flag on the right makes reference to the miner's now famous sentence: "We are well in the refuge, the 33"
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Large carboys for wine storage.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Large carboys for wine storage.
The beautiful 6-km-long Pichidangui Beach during the fall (Southern Hemisphere). Many visitors come ...
The beautiful 6-km-long Pichidangui Beach during the fall (Southern Hemisphere). Many visitors come to this beach during the summer months.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
Chilean street performer of popular music.
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View of Valparaiso Bay from one of the hills in a cloudy day  showing many of the precarious constru...
View of Valparaiso Bay from one of the hills in a cloudy day, showing many of the precarious constructions and some of the warships of the Chilean Navy moored at the military docking facilities.
 Gorda Bella  is recovering from burns and near death after a firefighter saved her life using rescu...
"Gorda Bella" is recovering from burns and near death after a firefighter saved her life using rescue breathing and chest compression procedures (CPR).
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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 South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens)  also known as the Patagonian sea lion  inhabits the...
The South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens), also known as the Patagonian sea lion, inhabits the coasts of Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and Southern Brazil. They are not very popular with fishermen because they damage nets and steal fish. Those living as families at the Antofagasta fishing cove are very tame.
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.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Brunet Castle was built in 1926 by the Brunet brothers. It...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Brunet Castle was built in 1926 by the Brunet brothers. It sits atop Castle Hill overlooking the ocean. The summer residence of the Chilean presidents is one of the closest neighbours. The Brunet Castle has been the property of "Carabineros de Chile" (Chilean Police) since 1974 and it's mostly used for social functions and to receive illustrious visitors.
Copahue volcano on red alert  December 24.
Copahue volcano on red alert, December 24.
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Entrance to PeZcadores Seafood Restaurant.
Entrance to PeZcadores Seafood Restaurant.