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Bank regulators seek deal on crisis reforms

Santiago - World banking supervisors said Wednesday they were closing in on finalizing controversial new regulations to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

Criss Angel to perform 'Mindfreak Live!' show in Chile

On December 16, superstar magician Criss Angel will be performing a show in Chile, as part of his "Mindfreak Live" tour.

Chile's struggling president reshuffles government

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet launched her sixth cabinet reshuffle in less than three years in a bid to strengthen her government ahead of a general election next year.

Fiery protests against Chile's private pension funds

Santiago - Chilean police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest Friday against the country's privatized pension system, which opponents say is leaving many retirees in poverty.

Daughter of slain Chile leader says won't run for president

Santiago - Isabel Allende, daughter of Chile's martyred leader Salvador Allende, said she has decided not to stand for her nation's presidency, just weeks after announcing she was mulling a run.

Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

Santiago - Chile's opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power.

Chile's embattled president faces test in local polls

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet faces a test of strength Sunday in municipal elections that will serve as a political barometer with just over a year to go in her term.

Chile pardons president's late father four decades on

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court said Tuesday it has annulled a treason conviction against President Michelle Bachelet's father, who was jailed and tortured to death for opposing the country's 1973 coup.

US gives Chile papers showing ex-dictator ordered 1976 assassination

Washington - The United States on Friday gave Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declassified CIA documents confirming that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet personally ordered the 1976 assassination of opposition leader Orlando Letelier.

Seven police injured, 49 arrested in Chile coup commemorations

Santiago - Seven officers were injured and 49 people arrested as protesters erected barricades and clashed with police on the 43rd anniversary of the military coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, the government said Monday.

Waste-besieged Easter Island slowly learns to recycle

Hanga Roa - Every Friday, a cargo plane loaded with three tonnes of waste cardboard takes off from wind-swept Easter Island, bound for the Chilean mainland thousands of miles away across the Pacific.

Mass march against Chile's private pension system

Santiago - Hundreds of thousands of people protested Sunday against Chile's privatized pension system, a legacy of late dictator Augusto Pinochet that opponents say is leaving many retirees destitute.

Campaigners demand Britain return Easter Island statue

Hanga Roa - Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for Britain to return a giant statue they say was stolen from the mystical Easter Island.

Chile ex-president denies Argentina bribes claim

Santiago - Chile's ex-president Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday denied accusations that he paid bribes to Argentine officials to help his former airline business.

Chile nixes Facebook, Twitter campaign bans after outcry

Santiago - Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.

Chile demands Bolivian officials have visa for entry

Santiago - Chile said all Bolivian government officials would need entry visas in passports to visit, amid a tense diplomatic standoff between the two neighbors.

Chile rejects Bolivia call for talks on sea access

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday submitted legal papers to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking to slap down persistent arguments from its landlocked neighbor Bolivia for negotiations on sea access.

Bolivia accuses Chile of racist treatment of FM

La Paz - Bolivia accused Chile of racism Tuesday in a dispute over treatment of La Paz's foreign minister, who is an Aymara Indian.

Chile ex-army chief held over 1973 massacre

Santiago - Police arrested an ex-head of the Chilean army to face charges over a 1973 massacre under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, the courts said.

Chile ex-military officer found liable in U.S. for singer's death

Orlando - A US federal jury on Monday found a former Chilean military officer liable for the 1973 murder of one of that country’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, and awarded $28 million in damages to his family.

Nazi sect doctor in Chile may face German jail

Berlin - A German doctor who was convicted in Chile for complicity in child sex abuse at a Nazi paedophile sect should serve out his sentence in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Bolivia to counter-sue Chile over disputed waters

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday his government will counter-sue Chile for the rights to the disputed Silala river, in an escalating row over water before the International Court of Justice.

Clashes as Chile students step up demos

Santiago - Hooded protesters pelted stones at police who fired tear gas and water cannons in the Chilean capital Thursday, as thousands of students staged fresh street rallies demanding free university education.

One dead in Chile protests: Officials

Playa Ancha - A security guard died Saturday during protests here as President Michelle Bachelet was delivering an annual address to Chile's Congress, officials said.

New Pablo Neruda movie recounts poet's dramatic bid for freedom

Santiago - The poems that won Pablo Neruda the Nobel prize for literature may never have been seen if the writer had not been such a good horseman.

Chile irks Peru in old liquor dispute

Chile - Chilean liquor makers riled Peruvians with a new study Tuesday claiming the classic drink pisco was invented in Chile, fanning a tense cultural rivalry between the neighboring countries.

Chile fishing crisis traps tourists, empties markets

Chile - A fishing ban sparked by mass deaths of sea creatures in Chile has left tourists stranded and markets empty on an island cut off by protest blockades.

Small funeral held for Margot Honecker in Chile

Santiago - A small funeral was held in Chile Saturday for Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker.A steely politician in her own right, the 89-year-old died of cancer in the capital Santiago on Friday.

Margot Honecker, widow of former East German leader, dies at 89

Santiago - Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker and a steely politician in her own right, died Friday in Chile at the age of 89, her family said.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Santiago - Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.
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A closer view of Mount Aconcagua   The Colossus of America ; a draw for climbers from all over the w...
A closer view of Mount Aconcagua, "The Colossus of America"; a draw for climbers from all over the world.
The volcanoes Puntiagudo (2 493 m) and Osorno (2 652 m) are part of the Andes Mountains. These snow-...
The volcanoes Puntiagudo (2,493 m) and Osorno (2,652 m) are part of the Andes Mountains. These snow-capped strato-volcanoes are near and next to Llanquihue Lake, located right behind the city of Puerto Montt.
The originall name of Puerto Montt was  Melipulli  which means “Four Hills”  in the Mapuche lang...
The originall name of Puerto Montt was "Melipulli" which means “Four Hills” in the Mapuche language. The site is surrounded by volcanoes and it was covered by a thick forest. This picture shows modern buildings on the hills of P. Montt
Chilean waterfall.
Chilean waterfall.
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Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Bio-Bío River.
Bio-Bío River.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso  Chile. This place is high in the list of  things to do and se...
Cardonal Farmers Market of Valparaiso, Chile. This place is high in the list of "things to do and see" while visiting this city.
View from Angelmo towards Tenglo Island at the time of low tide.
View from Angelmo towards Tenglo Island at the time of low tide.
Volksvagen decorations of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver  Canada.
Volksvagen decorations of the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
Representatives of indigenous people at a gathering of elders in Casablanca  Chile  in 2010 (Screen ...
Representatives of indigenous people at a gathering of elders in Casablanca, Chile, in 2010 (Screen Capture from video).
Roots of the Earth
Manuel Gonzalez was the last man to leave the rescue hole that allowed for the liberation of the 33 ...
Manuel Gonzalez was the last man to leave the rescue hole that allowed for the liberation of the 33 trapped miners at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
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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Decorative display of apples  pineapples  picked chilies  pearl onions and olives.
Decorative display of apples, pineapples, picked chilies, pearl onions and olives.
Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
Restaurants and flower shops are in the second floor of the market.
View of Pichidangui fishing cove and the small  Los Locos Island .
View of Pichidangui fishing cove and the small "Los Locos Island".
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon.  Playa Amarilla  (Yellow Beach) enjoys active sea and a gentle...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. "Playa Amarilla" (Yellow Beach) enjoys active sea and a gentle beach slope, particularly suited to children.
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.
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. N...
Port Famine. At this location Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento founded the City of King Philip II. Nearly all settlers died of cold and starvation.

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