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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.

World court to rule on Bolivia sea row with Chile

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule on Monday whether Chile must negotiate access to the Pacific Ocean with landlocked Bolivia, in a case that has fouled relations between the two neighbours for decades.

Bolivian ex-presidents reject Morales amnesty offer

La Paz - Two former Bolivian presidents rejected an amnesty offered on Thursday by incumbent Evo Morales as part of a bid to garner their support in his territorial dispute with Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean.

Chile launches immense scenic route connecting 17 national parks

Santiago - Chile is launching a huge scenic route through its Patagonian wilderness in a bid to attract tourism and highlight the need for conservationism in the sparsely-populated region.The Patagonian "Route of Parks" connects 17 national parks covering 11.

German court says won't jail doctor from Nazi paedophile sect

Berlin - A German court said Tuesday it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for a German former member of a Nazi paedophile sect for complicity in child sex abuse.

Chile rules out negotiating over Bolivian maritime passage claims

Santiago - Chile will not negotiate with Bolivia over the latter's territorial claims to land lost in a 19th century war between the two countries, foreign affairs minister Roberto Ampuero said on Friday.

Trump to meet Chile's president for talks on Venezuela

Washington - US President Donald Trump will receive his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, late this month for talks on "efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela," the White House said Friday.

Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops from Chile, which is investigating more than 100 cases of sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican said.

Chile passes law allowing teens over 14 to change their legal sex

Valpara - Lawmakers in Chile on Wednesday passed legislation allowing people as young as 14 to legally change their name and gender identity.The Chamber of Deputies passed the Gender Identity Law by a vote of 95-46.

Michelle Bachelet: from torture victim to rights bulwark

New York - As a young woman, Michelle Bachelet was tortured by a dictatorial regime she opposed. Now, the two-time Chilean president spearheads the UN body tasked with protecting others from such rights abuses.

Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119

Santiago - Scores of new cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors have come to light in Chile, public prosecutors said Friday, deepening a crisis in the country's Catholic Church that has embroiled Pope Francis.

Bolivia petitions ICJ over Chilean border river source

La Paz - Bolivia submitted a counterclaim against Chile at the International Court of Justice on Friday regarding a dispute over a border spring between the South American neighbors.

Chilean environmentalists fight to protect glaciers from mining dust

Santiago - Chile is home to four-fifths of South America's glaciers and has some of the largest ice fields in the world outside the polar regions, but they are coming under threat from mining industry dust.

Chile restricts water permits in lithium-rich Atacama region

Santiago - The Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in Chile. The region is also home to the planet's purest deposits of lithium. However, over-exploitation of water used in producing lithium carbonate has forced Chile to restrict water permits.

Chile's Supreme Court to seize $1.6 mn of ex-dictator Pinochet's assets

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court ordered the seizure of $1.6 million of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's assets on Friday, at the close of a trial related to the Riggs Bank corruption scandal.

Argentina to resume gas exports to Chile next month: ministers

Santiago - Argentina will resume gas exports to neighboring Chile from next month after an 11-year hiatus, the energy ministers of both countries announced Wednesday.

Leftist Chilean lawmakers lodge abortion bill in Congress

Santiago - Leftist opposition lawmakers in Chile on Tuesday presented a bill in Congress seeking to legalize abortion in the conservative South American country, weeks after a similar bid in Argentina was narrowly defeated.

Leftist Chilean lawmakers lodge abortion bill in Congress

Santiago - Leftist opposition MPs in Chile on Tuesday presented a bill in Congress seeking to legalize abortion in the conservative South American country, weeks after a similar bid in Argentina was narrowly defeated.

OAS chief reiterates call for Nicaragua elections

Santiago - Crisis-torn Nicaragua must hold elections to return the country to democracy after four months of protests against President Daniel Ortega's rule, the head of the Organization of American States said Sunday.

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.
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Venus Italica. Marble sculpture in the park of Francisco de Aguirre Avenue  La Serena  Chile.
Venus Italica. Marble sculpture in the park of Francisco de Aguirre Avenue, La Serena, Chile.
The campus of UTFSM  overlooking the Bay of Valparaíso  can be seen from most location in the port.
The campus of UTFSM, overlooking the Bay of Valparaíso, can be seen from most location in the port.
A long dock facing the ocean leaves a protected quay for the boats and where a large number of sea-l...
A long dock facing the ocean leaves a protected quay for the boats and where a large number of sea-lions live off the fish scraps from the fishermen and fish cleaners.
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.
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Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon.  Caleta Abarca  Beach seen from the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in ...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. "Caleta Abarca" Beach seen from the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in Viña del Mar.
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.
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.
There are many caves  cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
There are many caves, cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
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.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Life-size wood carvings show workers in various ...
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. Life-size wood carvings show workers in various stages of wine-making using old, artisanal equipment
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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).
Rodrigo Freeman
A group of foreign scientists discovered at least 20 dead sei whales beached along Chile s southern ...
A group of foreign scientists discovered at least 20 dead sei whales beached along Chile's southern coast.
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Access to the Antofagasta Fisheries Terminal in the northern section of the port of Antofagasta  Chi...
Access to the Antofagasta Fisheries Terminal in the northern section of the port of Antofagasta, Chile. Part of the city extends to the hills shown in the background. Beyond the mountains is the 105,000 square kilometres plateau of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest deserts on earth.
The great lake has many islands contrasting with the beautiful turquoise-blue waters.
The great lake has many islands contrasting with the beautiful turquoise-blue waters.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. A lonely bather resting on the rocks admires the scenery along...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. A lonely bather resting on the rocks admires the scenery along the route between Concon and Viña del Mar.
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"
View of the coastal town of Taltal  located 197 km south of Antofagasta  Chile.
View of the coastal town of Taltal, located 197 km south of Antofagasta, Chile.
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Thirty-one year old Alex Vega holds his helmet while hugging his wife as the tenth rescued miner at ...
Thirty-one year old Alex Vega holds his helmet while hugging his wife as the tenth rescued miner at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. A mine collapse left the workers trapped underground for 69 days.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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.