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Chile jails two for torturing president's father

Santiago - A Chilean judge jailed two retired colonels Friday for torturing President Michelle Bachelet's father, who was arrested for opposing the country's 1973 coup and died after repeated beatings and electrocutions.

Chilean president speaks of her torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made rare public remarks Thursday on her detention and torture by the country's former military regime, saying "maturity" had helped her reconcile with the past.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

'Piure' — Possibly the world’s most outlandish seafood Special

It looks like a bag of blood inside a stone. Some people compare its flavour to that of sea-urchin; others define it as “bitter and soapy,” and its smell as “sweaty underarms.” Loaded with iodine and iron, the taste of piure defies description.

Children’s book on homo-parental family causing debate in Chile

Santiago - "Nicolas has two dads" is the title of the first children's story-book about sexual diversity and homo-parental families in Chile. The book is currently being distributed to pre-school kids in 500 public kindergartens in Chile.

Former Pinochet bodyguard arrested for regime-era murders

Santiago - A former bodyguard of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested along with nine other former officials for the kidnapping and murder of 13 people during the military regime.

Irish-born priest found guilty of sexual abuse of minor in Chile

Santiago - A criminal court in Chile ruled that priest John O'Reilly is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a minor, a former student of an all-girls’ school. The child was five years old at the time the alleged abuses took place.

Chile police fire tear gas at indigenous protest

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day, after masked demonstrators began throwing stones.

Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

Man burned alive in latest Chile bombing

Santiago - A man was burned alive when a homemade bomb went off in Santiago on Thursday, law enforcement officials said, the latest in a series of explosions in Chile's usually safe capital.

Three suspects arrested in Chile subway bombing

Santiago - Two men and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a recent bombing in a subway station in the Chilean capital, police said.

Chile coup anniversary leaves 14 wounded, 179 arrested

Santiago - Fourteen people were wounded and 179 arrested during unrest that broke out on the 41st anniversary of the coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, police said Friday.

New Chile bombings hit resort city

Santiago - Two homemade bombs have exploded at a shopping center in the Chilean resort city of Vina del Mar, adding to panic after a subway bombing in Santiago wounded 14 people.

Bomb rips through packed Chile metro station, 14 hurt

Santiago - A homemade bomb wounded 14 people when it rocked a food court inside a packed Santiago metro station at lunch hour on Monday, with Chile's government calling it a "terrorist act.

Bomb rocks Chile metro, seven injured

Santiago - A bomb rocked a food court inside a Santiago metro station on Monday, wounding seven people in a blast Chile's government called a "terrorist act.

'Chinchineros' — Part of Chile’s intangible cultural heritage

Santiago - A true celebration of popular musical heritage was held on September 3 when 15 family groups performing traditional Chilean instruments exhibited their century-old skills in the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (GAM) in Santiago de Chile.

‘Chacarero’ — Probably the best sandwich you may ever eat

Boston - The Spanish word “Chacarero” means “small-scale farmer,” but it also stands for the name of a sandwich Chileans enjoy in restaurants or at home, and that surprises foreign visitors who describe it as "the best darn sandwich" they have ever had.

Chile navy officer makes history by announcing he is gay

Santiago - A navy officer became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay -- a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

'Chilean Schindler's List' saved leftists from regime

Santiago - During the darkest days of Chile's dictatorship, a man named Jorge Schindler saved dozens of leftist militants by employing them undercover at his pharmacies, risking his own life like a different Schindler during another of history's nightmares.

Chilean students take to the streets again in Santiago

Santiago - Students in Chile are out in force again protesting the slow pace of education reform as thousands of peaceful protesters marched through the capital Santiago yesterday, August 21.

From earliest human settlement in the Americas to modern city Special

Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile that thrives on salmon farming, trade and tourism. It is a port of call for international cruise ships and departure of vessels to Chiloé Island and the Patagonian Fjords in the far south of the continent.

Ferry runs aground in Chilean Fjords, 17 passengers rescued

Puerto Natales - A ferry carrying 17 passengers and a crew of 28 ran aground at Pass Kirke in the Chilean Fjords. All passengers and crew are unharmed but 40 tons of salmon were lost and more than 200 cattle drowned.

Review: 'Rosa Yagan', a Native American woman from the end of the world Special

Puerto Williams - Rosa Yagan, an aboriginal woman belonging to the southernmost ethnic group on the planet, spent her infancy and youth as her nomadic ancestors, with their language and ancient customs. Her story is told in the book "Rosa Yagan, the last link".

Catholic priest confesses: 'I am having twins; it's a blessing'

Cabildo - Father Ignacio Miranda of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in the town of Cabildo in Chile announced his resignation from the priesthood after admitting his relationship with a woman and confessing that he will be daddy of twins within a couple of months.

Photo Essay: Bird-watching at and near a Neotropical lagoon Special

Valparaiso - Variations in water levels in the “Lagoon of Light”, near Valparaiso, Chile, offer various aquatic environs, deep waters and muddy flats, attractive to diving cormorants and herons. In such locations, shorebirds find plenty of food in late winter.

Bones found near dictatorship torture chamber in Chile

Santiago - Human bones have been found near a military base in central Chile where political prisoners were tortured during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, officials said Friday.

Chile, Japan sign mining deals, share earthquake science

Santiago - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed a series of deals on a visit to Chile Thursday in areas ranging from mining to minimizing damage from earthquakes.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off northern Chile

Santiago - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile's coast on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.The agency said the quake hit at 4:54 pm (2054 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean 22 kilometers (14 miles) west of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 35.

Chile creates DNA bank for Pinochet-era adoptions probe

Santiago - Chilean authorities have created a bank of DNA data to help investigate suspected illegal adoptions under the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet, in power 1973 to 1990.

Brazil — Chile preview: Can Chile avenge past World Cup defeats?

Chile will encounter a familiar foe on their road to their first World Cup triumph as they have a date with hosts Brazil.
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Cathedral in Santiago  Chile
Cathedral in Santiago, Chile
Conycampos
The successive waterfalls  gravel stream and rock arrangements symbolize the course of life.
The successive waterfalls, gravel stream and rock arrangements symbolize the course of life.
2012 Latino Showcase - Blue Bay film from Chile
2012 Latino Showcase - Blue Bay film from Chile
A view  of   El Tepual   Puerto Montt s International Airport. El Tepual is Chile s fourth busiest a...
A view of "El Tepual", Puerto Montt's International Airport. El Tepual is Chile's fourth busiest airport. Notice the forests and volcanoes in the background.
Crews rescue the remains of six firefighters killed in wildfires in the Araunacía Region of Chile (...
Crews rescue the remains of six firefighters killed in wildfires in the Araunacía Region of Chile (Screengrab from EMOL).
EMOL
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.
The road on the Chilean side rises in a relatively short stretch with many bends and steep slopes.
The road on the Chilean side rises in a relatively short stretch with many bends and steep slopes.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; Museum of Wine. The record-keeper.
El Cuadro Ranch  Casablanca Valley; The grape strains  garden.
El Cuadro Ranch, Casablanca Valley; The grape strains' garden.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Screengrab of photograph (LUN) of massive vehicle collision on Chilean highway.
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come ...
Another colourful stall selling fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer are the best times to come to the market: there is abundance of fruits and prices are very reasonable.
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest  Malloco.
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest, Malloco.
Aerial view of the northern city of Antofagasta  Chile.
Aerial view of the northern city of Antofagasta, Chile.
A. Bracani
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Radisson Hotel  Concon  offers accomodation right on the r...
Coastal Route Viña del Mar - Concon. The Radisson Hotel, Concon, offers accomodation right on the rockeries.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Along the route there are some interesting abandoned mining works.
Bay of Valparaíso  Chile  showing port facilities.
Bay of Valparaíso, Chile, showing port facilities.
Barcex
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.
Marialuna
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
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.
General view of the Sculptures Park along Francisco de Aguirre Avenue in the city of La Serena  Chil...
General view of the Sculptures Park along Francisco de Aguirre Avenue in the city of La Serena, Chile.