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Clashes as Chile's Bachelet seeks to shift focus to reforms

Playa Ancha - Chile's embattled President Michelle Bachelet sought to get her reform agenda back on track in her annual address to Congress Thursday, as anti-government protests outside descended into clashes with police.

Thousands in Chile's 'March for Equality' to support gay rights

Santiago - Thousands of people, many waving rainbow-colored flags, gathered in Santiago for a "March for Equality," pushing for Chile to acknowledge more gay rights.

Op-Ed: Survivors commemorate 45 victims of Andean tragedy

Los Angeles - Various activities will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the so-called "Tragedy of Antuco" in which 45 soldiers of the Chilean Army died in a blizzard in the Andes Mountains during a training march which should have never taken place.

Ailing teen who championed euthanasia dies in Chile

Santiago - A 14-year-old cystic fibrosis patient who made international news by pleading with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be allowed to end her own life, has succumbed to her illness, her family announced Thursday.

Two students shot dead at Chile protest: Police

Santiago - Two students were shot dead Thursday in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso when protests against President Michelle Bachelet's education reform efforts turned violent, police said.

Chile's Bachelet names new cabinet amid scandal

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet named a new cabinet Monday, seeking to turn the page on a corruption scandal involving her son that risks derailing her ambitious reform agenda.

Decay of 7000-year-old mummies attributed to climate change

Arica - The mummies of the Chinchorro culture, deemed the world’s oldest, are being threatened by environmental and biological issues that experts link to climate change. The Chinchorro Indians lived about 9,000 years ago in the coast of the Atacama Desert.

Endangered sei whales found beached on Chilean coast

A group of foreign scientists made a gruesome discovery along Chile's southern coast on the Gulf of Penas on April 21. Over two dozen dead sei whales, averaging 33 feet in length, had washed up along the beach.

Chile's Bachelet tries to turn page on scandal with shake-up

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet began naming a new cabinet Thursday after sacking all her ministers, trying to get to grips with a corruption scandal that has upended both her political and personal life.

Pope Francis to visit Chile in 2016

Santiago - Pope Francis will visit Chile in 2016, the South American country confirmed, after a meeting in Rome between its foreign minister and his Vatican counterpart.

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts for third time

Santiago - Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted again Thursday, releasing a large column of smoke in a towering arc, just over a week after it spectacularly roared to life following half a century of inactivity.

'Platypus' dinosaur vegetarian T. rex cousin puzzles scientists

A recently discovered dinosaur is apparently a kinder, gentler relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. Unlike its larger, carnivorous relative, this dinosaur is an herbivore, but that's not the only unusual thing about this critter.

Peru declares Chile spying row over

- Peru said Tuesday it had received a satisfactory explanation from Chile after accusing it of spying and would begin resuming normal relations, sending its ambassador back to Santiago.

Chile volcano eruption costs region $600 mn: Official

Puerto Varas - Last week's spectacular twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano will cost southern Chile's Los Lagos region, a tourism and agriculture hub, up to $600 million, a local business leader said Monday.

Chile begins volcano clean-up under eruption threat

Ensenada - Residents whose homes were buried under mounds of stinking volcanic ash in southern Chile began the painstaking clean-up Sunday, under the threat of more eruptions from the volatile Calbuco volcano.

Report: 8% of Chile's salmon stocks in volcano danger zone

Puerto Montt - Chile's salmon industry operates numerous freshwater facilities in the area directly affected by the eruption of the Calbuco volcano. The Association of Salmon producers (SalmonChile) reported destruction of hatcheries and heavy losses in production.

Flights disrupted as Chile volcano spews more ash

Puerto Varas - Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano threatened Saturday to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.

Chile volcano belches more smoke after twin eruptions

Ensenada - A large column of smoke streamed from Chile's Calbuco volcano Friday, prompting new warnings that it could erupt again after unexpectedly roaring back to life and forcing thousands to evacuate.

Chile volcano erupts for first time in decades

Metropolitana - A volcano in Chile that had been inactive for over 50 years suddenly erupted twice in the space of hours, blasting huge clouds of ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of around 5,000 people.

VIDEO: Chile declares emergency as Calbuco volcano erupts

Santiago - Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday for the first time in nearly half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Chile's Bachelet to retire from politics after term

Santiago - Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, said Tuesday she will never again seek public office after her term expires in 2018, as a corruption scandal involving her son batters her popularity.

Fourth person dies after Chile nightclub collapse

Santiago - A fourth person has died of injuries sustained after a nightclub collapsed in downtown Santiago, relatives of the victim said on Saturday.

Chilean police, students clash at corruption protest

Santiago - Masked demonstrators threw stones and police fought back with tear gas and water cannons Thursday in Chile as tens of thousands of students hit the streets to protest corruption and education conditions.

Chilean peacekeeper killed in Haiti protest

Santiago - A Chilean soldier who was part of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti was shot dead during a violent protest in the Caribbean nation, the mission said.

Chilean leader defiant as son's scandal swirls

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet scoffed Wednesday at speculation that she would resign over a financial scandal involving her son that has taken a heavy toll on her popularity.

Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet visited the flood-hit north of the country where at least 25 people died and 125 others are still missing, vowing to "rebuild" the stricken region.

Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet visited the flood-hit north of the country where at least 25 people died this week, vowing to "rebuild" the stricken region.

Four relief workers killed in Chile helicopter crash

Santiago - A helicopter taking part in the emergency relief effort in flood-hit northern Chile has crashed, killing all four people on board, the air force said Thursday.

Chile defeats Unites States in World Polo Championship final

Santiago - In an electrifying final, Chile defeated the United States 12-11 in sudden-death overtime, achieving top status in the World Polo Championship 2015 held in Santiago de Chile. Brazil took third place by beating England 12-10.

Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing

Santiago - The death toll from floods devastating northern Chile has risen by one to at least 24, officials said Wednesday, as President Michelle Bachelet cancelled a trip to a regional summit to cope with the crisis.
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Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions  the weather is ussually fine  adding to the bea...
Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions, the weather is ussually fine, adding to the beauty of the area.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Chilean president  Sebastián PIñera visits a fruit and vegetable public market to announce moderni...
Chilean president Sebastián PIñera visits a fruit and vegetable public market to announce modernization measures.
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Flames roar in the hills above Chile s port city of Valparaiso on Saturday from a massive fire that ...
Flames roar in the hills above Chile's port city of Valparaiso on Saturday from a massive fire that killed at least 11 and destroyed at least 500 homes.
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Canadian field hockey players react when Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by Chilean player Sofia Filipek reaching a 5-4 victory in the shoot-out.,
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Bio-Bío River. Near the mouth of the river flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Bio-Bío River. Near the mouth of the river flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver  Canada.
Volksvagen beetle of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
Crossing the Andes Mountains from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza  Argentina.
Crossing the Andes Mountains from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza, Argentina.
The distance between Santiago and Mendoza is 179 km (as the crow flies)  but extends for 364 kilomet...
The distance between Santiago and Mendoza is 179 km (as the crow flies), but extends for 364 kilometers including local roads and the winding road through the mountain passes.
View of the rockeries below the terraces in front of L Incontro Trattoria  near Pichidangui  Quilima...
View of the rockeries below the terraces in front of L'Incontro Trattoria, near Pichidangui, Quilimari Valley.
Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake  Aysén Region  Chile.
Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake, Aysén Region, Chile.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers  dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers' dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
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.
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Specially designed beer-hat is critical life-sustaining equipment for Ocktoberfest partiers under th...
Specially designed beer-hat is critical life-sustaining equipment for Ocktoberfest partiers under the sweltering heat of the day in Malloco, Chile.
On the Argentine side  the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and lo...
On the Argentine side, the mountains have moderate slopes with plenty of sedimentary material and low vegetation, creating a beautiful contrast of colors.
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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Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
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A view of the rocky shoreline looking towards the town of Hanga Roa  Easter Island.
A view of the rocky shoreline looking towards the town of Hanga Roa, Easter Island.
Small rock water fountain next to the entrance to the Garden of the Heart.
Small rock water fountain next to the entrance to the Garden of the Heart.
Early morning at  La Luz  ( The Light ) Lagoon near Valparaiso  Chile.
Early morning at "La Luz" ("The Light") Lagoon near Valparaiso, Chile.