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Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:35 PM

With high levels of debt and no state support, a significant number of the middle class in Chile are left in a vulnerable situation

Chilean engineer Pablo Martinez delivers a personalised gift as part of a new enterprise he started with his wife after being dismissed from his job due to the new coronavirus pandemic in Santiago on June 20, 2020. - After the October social uprising many people were left staggering, but the pandemic and the extense quarantine knocked down a large part of the Chilean middle class, which permanent fragility has become evident. (Photo by PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP)

Unemployment soars in Brazil due to virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Brazil suffers a loss of 7.8 million jobs from March to May 2020, mainly affecting informal workers

SAO PAULO. Long exposition picture of vehicles in motion along 23 de Maio Avenue – one of the most important in Sao Paulo, Brazil – on April 30, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

No internet, no problem: Teachers in Chile take class to students

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Approximately 70% of Dream House School's 101 pupils are Mapuche, an indigenous people who live in Chile and Argentina. Most don't own computers and even fewer have access to the internet.

VAN SCHOOL. Cesar Mendez attends a lesson with his teacher Osmin Flores in a school van used as mobile classroom, outside his house in Catripulli, Carahue, Cautin province, Araucania region, Chile, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Mario Quilodran/AFP

Chile central bank predicts worst GDP fall in 35 years

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The Central Bank of Chile predicts the country's gross domestic product would shrink by 5.5% to 7.5% in 2020

Aerial view of the 400m-high Costanera Center Tower, considered to be the highest in Latin America, and one of the main tourist spots in Santiago now closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Santiago, on June 12, 2020. - Chile registered the worst daily figures so far in the current coronavirus pandemic on Friday, with 6,754 new infections in the last 24 hours and 222 more deaths, totaling up to now 2,870 fatalities, local authorities reported. (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP)

Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies

Jun 12, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Scientists are unable to take advantage of the pristine skies over Chile's Atacama desert since late March, when its array of world-renowned observatories were shuttered

Alma Radio Observatory in the Desert of Atacama, Chile

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile – WHO

May 27, 2020 - 1:49 PM

With about 730,000 cases and more than 39,500 deaths from COVID-19 reported as of May 25, Latin America outpaces Europe and the United States in the number of daily infections

DISINFECT. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020 a volunteer walks past a mural of the Brazilian flag as he disinfects an area at the Babilonia favela, in Rio de Janeiro.  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Chile digs thousands of graves for coronavirus surge

May 15, 2020 - 10:44 AM

2,600 infections are registered in a 24-hour period

GRAVES. Aerial view of graves already dug at the General Cemetery in Santiago May 14, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Chile asks IMF for $23.8-billion credit line

May 13, 2020 - 8:30 AM

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva intends to recommend approval of Chile's request

A person walks past a pharmacy where Covid-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune, which was place under quarantine last night to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Santiago, on May 06, 2020. - Chile's health authorities tightened mandatory confinement measures in Santiago on Wednesday, in the face of an increase in coronavirus cases, totaling 23,048 infected and 281 deaths in the country. (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP)

Chile drought causing water shortage during virus crisis

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Residents suffer from little to no water supply as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in Chile

DROUGHT DURING A PANDEMIC. People observe the dried Collague Reservoir, in Melon, Chile, on January 29, 2020. - Flows of rivers and reservoirs have reached. File photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Chile blocks cruise ship with sick passengers over virus fears

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Zaandam, flying under the Dutch flag and operated by the Holland America group, looks for a place for its sick passengers to disembark before continuing on to its final destination – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

THE ZAANDAM. Photo from

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Chile calls state of catastrophe as Latin America fights virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Cuba also records its first death and a slew of countries announce nighttime curfews as Latin America's lockdown widens

STRANDED. A woman wears a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as she waits at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, in Santiago, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Armed gang steals $15 million in Chile airport heist

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:37 PM

The gang arrived in the Santiago airport's cargo area aboard two vehicles, says police colonel Oscar Figueroa

RECORD HEIST. File photo of the interior of Santiago de Chile's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport.

Argentina, Chile confirm 1st coronavirus cases

Mar 04, 2020 - 9:36 AM

The two new cases bring the total number in Latin America to 17, with Ecuador (7) and Mexico (5) the worst affected countries

UP CLOSE. This transmission electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV. Photo from NIAID-RML

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

Death toll rises to 29 in Chile protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Demonstrators had gathered to protest on the last Friday of the year despite a heavy police presence

Violent clashes in new round of Chile protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:42 PM

'We are going to continue in the struggle until Pinera gives in to the people's demands,' says one protester

CLASH. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government in Santiago, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Families homeless on Christmas after forest fire in Chilean port

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel says there are 'indications' the fire 'could be intentional'

NOW HOMELESS. Locals search for personal belongings after a forest fire at the Rocuant hill in Valparaiso, Chile, on December 25, 2019. Photo by Pablo Rojas/Mariadaga/AFP

Crashed Chile plane had emergency in 2016 – Air Force

Dec 15, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The Air Force continues its probe into a Chilean Hercules C-130's crash, which killed all 21 passengers and 17 crew aboard

REMNANTS. Military personnel transport on December 13, 2019 the landing gear of the C-130 Hercules transport plane which crashed in the sea on its way to Antarctica. Photo by Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP

Chile starts identifying remains of plane crash victims

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The remains are turned over to the local coroner's office for identification

FLOWN HOME. Military personnel stand by an Air Force plane as they wait to unload human remains found during the search for the C-130 Hercules transport plane which crashed in the sea on its way to Antarctica late Monday with 38 people on board, at an air base in Punta Arenas, southern Chile, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP

Chile says no hope of survivors from missing plane

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:07 PM

'The condition of the plane wreckage that was found makes it practically impossible that there are survivors from this air accident,' says Chile's Air Force chief

Pilots get off a F-16 plane after combing waters off the southern tip of South America searching for the Chilean Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo plane that went missing with 38 people aboard, at Chabunco army base in Punta Arenas, Chile, on December 12, 2019. Chile confirmed Thursday that human remains and debris found by search ships are from a military plane reported missing with 38 people aboard, and the chances of finding survivors is "practically impossible." PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP

Rescuers search for Chilean plane missing near Antarctica

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) The plane went missing while flying over the Drake Passage, a maritime route between South America and Antarctica frequently hit by some of the world's worst weather

C-130 file photo from Shutterstock

Chile's president says police may have violated protocols

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's statement comes after Amnesty International released a report denouncing a 'deliberate policy' of wounding protesters during the unrest that broke out last month, resulting in 22 deaths

SEBASTIAN PINERA. Handout picture released by the Chilean Presidency showing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaking to the nation in Santiago, on October 22, 2019. Handout photo by the Chilean Presidency/AFP

Chile's president condemns police violence after 4 weeks of unrest

Nov 18, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Furious Chileans are protesting social and economic inequality, and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the wealthiest families in the country, among other issues

SEBASTIAN PINERA. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera addresses the nation in Santiago, on November 17, 2019. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Chile to vote on new constitution in response to protests

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The current charter has been changed numerous times, but does not establish the state's responsibility to provide education and healthcare – two demands made by the millions of Chileans protesting

CLASHES. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government and to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Mapuche indigenous leader Camilo Castrillanca -killed in a police operation - in Santiago, on November 14, 2019. Photo by Javier Torres/AFP

Chile to amend constitution, a key demand of protesters

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:37 AM

The new constitution will be drafted by a body called a constituent assembly and then put to a referendum for ratification, says Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel

MORE PROTESTS. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Renaca, Vina del Mar, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dante Rossi/AFP

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neigborhoods

Nov 07, 2019 - 1:38 PM

'We are living a level of violence and destruction never seen before,' says Providencia mayor Evelyn Matthei

BONFIRE. Demonstrators stand by a bonfire during a protest against the government's economic policies in Santiago on November 6, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Chile leader Pinera says he will not resign over protests

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Prosecutors say 20 people have died in the unrest since protests began in Chile on October 20

UNREST. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government's economic policies, in the surroundings of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, on November 5, 2019. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Spain to host COP25 climate summit in December

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'We are pleased to announce the COP Bureau has agreed that COP25 will take place from 2-13 December in Madrid,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

COP25 HOST. In this file photo, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa delivers a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh on November 7, 2016. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Chile says Spain offers to host COP climate summit

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera says Pedro Sanchez 'made a generous offer to host the COP25 summit in Madrid' on December 2-13

Crisis-wracked Chile pulls out as APEC, climate meet host

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:45 PM

After more than 10 days of street protests, Chile has decided it is not in a position to host either the November 16-17 trade summit or the December 2-13 climate convention

POLITICAL CRISIS. Handout picture released by the Chilean presidency showing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaking to the nation in Santiago, on October 22, 2019. Handout photo by Chilean Presidency/AFP

Protesters take to the streets in Santiago, other Chilean cities

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The skirmishes mark an 11th day of protests, which include water cannon and tear gas from police as well as rock-throwing by demonstrators

A demonstrator flutters a Chilean national flag at a barricade during a protest against the government's economic policies in Santiago on October 29, 2019. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on the eve as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead. Protesters have been demanding Pinera's resignation and despite his making a raft of concessions including an increase in the minimum wage and pensions, public unrest shows no sign of abating. CLAUDIO REYES / AFP

New clashes as embattled Chile president reshuffles cabinet

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:24 AM

'Chile has changed and the government too has to change to confront these new challenges in these new times,' says Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who replaced a third of his cabinet

A demonstrator stands behind a column during scuffles with riot police in Santiago, on October 28, 2019. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead. Pedro Ugarte / AFP

Chile president lifts state of emergency, protests continue

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The decision to lift the state of emergency decree on October 28 comes after unpopular nighttime curfews ended Saturday

CLASH. Demonstrators clash with security forces during a demonstration in Valparaiso, Chile on October 27, 2019. Photo by Raul Goycoolea/AFP

Chilean president vows cabinet reshuffle after week of protests

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

'I asked all ministers to resign in order to form a new government and to be able to respond to these new demands,' says Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

PROTESTS. A curfew in the Chilean capital of Santiago was announced earlier after protests climax with setting fire to buses and metro stations, and clashing with police. Photo by Sebastian Cisternas/Aton Chile/AFP

Over a million protesters demand Chile president's resignation

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Chileans' pent-up anger spills over in the form of protests against a socio-economic structure that many feel has left them by the wayside

PROTEST. In this aerial view, thousands of people protest in Santiago, on October 25, 2019, a week after violent protests started. Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP

Child latest victim of Chile violence as strike begins

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:33 PM

The news comes as a two-day strike called by the country's largest union begins despite Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announcing a package of social measures aimed at stemming protests

DEMONSTRATION. Demonstrators beat a looter in Valparaiso, Chile, on the fifth straight day of street violence in the country which erupted over a now suspended hike in metro ticket prices, on October 22, 2019. Photo by Javier Torres/AFP

Chile president announces social measures to stem street violence

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Apologizing to the nation for failing to anticipate the outbreak of social unrest, Pinera says his government 'received with humility and clarity the message Chileans have given us'

PINERA'S NEW MEASURES. Handout picture released by the Chilean Presidency showing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaking to the nation in Santiago, on October 22, 2019. Handout photo by Chilean Presidency/AFP

Chile death toll rises to 11, president extends emergency

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:19 AM

(4th UPDATE) Santiago and 9 more of Chile's 16 regions are under a state of emergency, President Sebastian Pinera says, with troops deployed onto the streets for the first time since Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship

TEAR GASSING. A riot policeman shoots tear gas during protests in Concepcion, Chile, on October 20, 2019. Photo by PABLO HIDALGO/AFP

3 dead in Chile protest violence

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities announce a curfew after protesters set buses on fire, burned metro stations, and clashed with riot police following a hike in metro fares

PROTESTS. A curfew in the Chilean capital of Santiago is announced after protests climax with setting fire to buses and metro stations, and clashing with police. Photo by Sebastian Cisternas/Aton Chile/AFP

Chile president declares state of emergency after violent protests

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Attacks on metro stations forced the closure of the entire subway system, which is the key form of public transport in the congested and polluted capital

CHAOS. A bus burns down in downtown Santiago, on October 18, 2019, following a mass fare-dodging protest. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Venezuela opposition's Lopez leaves Chile embassy for Spanish consulate

May 01, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Chile's foreign minister tweets: 'Lilian Tintori and Leopold Lopez – who are of Spanish descent – moved to the Spanish embassy. They made a personal decision.'

CRISIS. Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message at the Miraflores presidential palace. Handout photo/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

ICC president urges U.S. to join global criminal court

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:23 PM

International Criminal Court president Chile Eboe-Osuji calls on the US to 'join her closest allies and friends at the table of the Rome Statute,' referring to the court's founding document

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

Chile orders Catholic Church to compensate ex-priest's victims

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The court in Santiago orders the church to pay 100 million pesos – around $146,000 – to each of 3 of his victims

(FILES) In this file picture taken on January 2, 2019 Jose Andres Murillo (L) and Juan Carlos Cruz, two of the sexual abuse victims of Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, embrace after a press conference with the Foreign Press Association in Santiago. A court in Chile on March 27, 2019 ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around 146,000 US dollares to each of the three victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima. Juan Carlos Cruz, Andres Murillo and James Hamilton had sued the Church for covering up years of sexual abuse perpetrated by Karadima, a senior Chilean cleric who was suspended for life by the Vatican. CLAUDIO REYES / AFP

France, Spain demand release of detained journalists in Venezuela

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Five foreign journalists, including two working for France's "Quotidien" television show and one from Spain's EFE news agency, have been arrested in Venezuela this week. Two more, from Chile, have been deported.

VENEZUELA PROTESTS. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C), chants slogans as he marches with students during a protest he convened against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, outside Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, on January 30, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Chile accelerates transition to electric public transport

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Within the next few decades, Santiago's entire public transport system will become electric

A worker cleans an E12 electric bus in Santiago, on January 10, 2019. The government and the operating companies of Transantiago (Public Transport of Santiago) introduced the first 100 buses into service as part of a plan to renovate the 6,500 internal combustion buses currently circulating in the Chilean capital, which are responsible for almost 30% of pollution. With a park of 2.4 million vehicles that produce 80% of the toxic emissions in Santiago - one of the five most polluted South American capitals - the arrival of Chinese-made electric buses became an incipient respite for their burdened inhabitants.  CLAUDIO REYES / AFP

Chile archbishop remains silent over abuse cover-up claims

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati uses his right not to answer questions about accusations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors

SPOTLIGHT. Santiago's Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati is escorted by police as he leaves after declaring at the public prosecutor's office for alleged cover-up of sex abuse in Rancagua, Chile on October 3, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

World court sinks Bolivia bid for sea access

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:31 AM

'The court by 12 votes to 3 finds that the Republic of Chile did not undertake a legal obligation to negotiate a sovereign access for the... state of Bolivia,' says judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of the International Court of Justice

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Bolivian ex-presidents reject Morales amnesty offer

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is due to rule on Monday, October 1, on the case Bolivia brought in 2013 seeking to regain access to the Pacific Ocean

MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Chile's Bachelet picked to be U.N. rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet – a two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics – will step into a position that has drawn much controversy under Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

NEW UN RIGHTS CHIEF. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN commissioner for human rights. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler