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Flooding in Chilean desert region kills seven

Copiap - Flash floods in a normally bone-dry region of northern Chile killed seven people and left 19 missing, officials said Thursday, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency and send in the army.

Chile sends army to flood-hit region

Copiap - Chile rushed in the army and urged people to flee Wednesday after heavy rains flooded towns across the northern region of Atacama, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency.

Chile wildfires damage unique flora, fauna

Santiago - Massive wildfires raging in drought-stricken southern Chile have wiped out hundreds of plant species, and are now threatening animal life as well, officials warned.

Canada reaches final by defeating Chile in women’s field hockey

Dublin - In a tough game defined in a shootout, the Canadian women's field hockey team defeated the hard-fighting Chilean squad. With this victory Canada advances to the final of the Second Round of the Women's FIH Field Hockey World League tournament in Ireland.

Chile, Canada clash in women’s field hockey qualifier in Dublin

Dublin - The Chilean women’s national field hockey team continued its remarkable participation in the second round of the Women's FIH World Hockey League tournament in Ireland. The South Americans will face the Canadian team seeking to advance to the semifinals.

Chile contains huge blaze threatening UNESCO city

Santiago - Firefighters have contained a huge forest blaze that had threatened the picturesque Chilean port city of Valparaiso, officials said Sunday, adding the government plans to charge those responsible for the fire.

Twenty-five years on, Pinochet's legacy still haunts Chile

Santiago - Twenty-five years after Chile's return to democracy, glorifying Augusto Pinochet has finally become taboo, but the country is still fighting to erase the social and political legacy of his dictatorship.

Chile's Copa America stadiums haunted by dark past

Santiago - Chile will be in party mode when it hosts the South American football championships, but a dark past lurks in several stadiums used as torture chambers during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Red alert lifted for Chilean volcano

Santiago - Authorities Friday lifted a red alert for the area surrounding a southern Chile volcano, whose brief but fiery eruption forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash earlier in the week.

Chilean leader's popularity hit by son's scandal

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's popularity has plunged to the lowest level of her current administration, a poll found Tuesday after a scandal erupted over a loan to her son's family.

Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

Metropolitana - A volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday, spewing fiery plumes of lava into the night sky and forcing the evacuation of some 3,600 people from nearby towns.

Chile leader, UN call on gender inequality by 2030

Santiago - Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 on Saturday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organization wrapped up in Santiago.

6.7 magnitude quake strikes Chile-Argentina border: USGS

Santiago - A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck a region along the border of Chile and Argentina on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.The USGS initially reported the quake, which hit at 1857 GMT, as having a magnitude of 6.9 but later revised the reading.

Chile plane wreck find revives 53-year-old memories

Santiago - Chileans who lost teammates and friends when a plane carrying a professional football team crashed 53 years ago said Monday the surprise find of the wreckage had revived painful memories.

Plane carrying Chile soccer stars found, 50 years on

Santiago - Climbers in Chile's Andes say they have found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago with a team of soccer stars on board.

Four Chilean ex-military arrested for Pinochet-era murders

Santiago - A Chilean judge ordered the arrest of a retired general and three other ex-military officers for alleged roles in the murders of 12 people under former dictator Augusto Pinochet, authorities said Friday.

Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress 

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries.

Chile approves same-sex civil unions

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions of gay and lesbian couples.

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Caracas - Venezuela, which has accused a pair of Latin American ex-presidents of trying to spark a coup, on Sunday denied them permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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.
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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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Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Early morning at  La Luz  ( The Light ) Lagoon near Valparaiso  Chile.
Early morning at "La Luz" ("The Light") Lagoon near Valparaiso, Chile.
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.
Mr. Pedro Tronche has been a fisherman since age 20; he worked at the whaling plant for two years  b...
Mr. Pedro Tronche has been a fisherman since age 20; he worked at the whaling plant for two years, but he left the job because the workers smelled so bad "it was impossible to keep a girlfriend".
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the ba...
View of downtown Puerto Montt on a sunny day. The peaks of the Andes mountains can be seen in the background.
Pacific Islands off the coast of Chile
Pacific Islands off the coast of Chile
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Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
Chilean police watching students protest in Santiago
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L Incontro Trattoria. Sunny outdoor terraces facing the ocean have large windowpanes to stop the sou...
L'Incontro Trattoria. Sunny outdoor terraces facing the ocean have large windowpanes to stop the southern breezes.
Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the bes...
The Victorian-style building of the Brighton Hotel (actually it’s rather a B&B) has one of the best views of the city and the bay.
View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
View of Viña del Mar. The city is lined with kilometres of white sandy beaches
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.
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest  Malloco.
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest, Malloco.
Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Wooden bridges over stream flowing in a waterfall on the pond.
Section of the road in the Chilean side of the route Los Andes - Mendoza. Some snow remains in the s...
Section of the road in the Chilean side of the route Los Andes - Mendoza. Some snow remains in the slopes through the summer.
Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
View of Pichidangui fishing cove and the small  Los Locos Island .
View of Pichidangui fishing cove and the small "Los Locos Island".
The old wharf and the ramp used to bring the whales from the sea to the plant are part of the Whalin...
The old wharf and the ramp used to bring the whales from the sea to the plant are part of the Whaling Museum.