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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

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

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

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

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

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Sebastian Pinera, who was president from 2010-2014, promises to stimulate growth and create jobs. He is assuming the presidency just as Chile's economy is showing signs of rebounding from a period of sluggish growth due to low prices for copper, the country's biggest export.

SEBASTIAN PINERA. Chile's new President Sebastian Pinera gestures upon arrival at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago after the inauguration ceremony on March 11, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Billionaire Piñera to return as Chile's president

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Sebastian Piñera will lead the country – the world's top copper producer – for 4 years starting in March 2018

WINNER. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, surrounded by his family and supporters, celebrates his victory outside a hotel in Santiago after the runoff election on December 17, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Polls open in uncertain Chile vote

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:57 PM

About 14 million people are eligible to cast ballots at more than 43,000 polling stations which opened at 8 am local time

ELECTIONS. A woman sets up polling stations at the National stadium in Santiago, Chile on December 16, 2017 on the eve of the presidential election. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Piñera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Piñera and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Claudio Reyes/AFP

Piñera poised for presidential comeback in Chile

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:38 PM

If the 67-year-old billionaire does ultimately become head of state, it would be his second chance to run Latin America's fifth-biggest economy

Chile's presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech while sharing a picnic with supporters in Santiago, on November 17, 2017, ahead of the presidential elections next November 19. Chile has been considered since the '90s a hub of political stability and economic performance due to neo-liberal free market methods applied during the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule -privatising healthcare, education and pensions. The downside for the population was that salaries were frozen, unemployment and poverty increased and -despite outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's education reform bill- students have kept on protesting against the still expensive and unequal education system. / AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYES

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

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Venezuela denies the former presidents of Chile and Colombia permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez

Lilian Tintori (C) wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, former Chilean president Sebastian Pinera (R) and former Colombian president Andres Pastrana (2nd L), walk outside the military prison of Ramo Verde, outside Caracas on January 25, 2015. Federico Parra/AFP

Chileans head to polls with Bachelet poised to win

Nov 17, 2013 - 2:04 PM

Although Chile has enjoyed economic success in recent years front runner Bachelet has pledged to bring a new cycle of reforms to reverse the country s wide income gap

BACK IN POWER? A man walks amid two electoral posters of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, presidential candidate of the opposition Nueva Mayoría, in a street of Santiago de Chile, Chile, 14 November 2013. EPA/Felipe Trueba

Chavez death: LatAm leaders mourn, US hopes for better ties

Mar 06, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Latin America mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday March 5 as the United States expressed hope his passing would lead to improved relations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta