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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

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The increase in tourism is harming the environment of this island known for its remarkable Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people

RAPA NUI. In this file photo, Moais – stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture – are seen on the Ahu Tongariki site on Easter Island off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Gregory Boissy/AFP

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Chilean police raid bishops over sex abuse allegations

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The raids comes after prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz was detained over allegations that he sexually abused and raped seven children between 2002 and 2018.

ABUSE. Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo (L) remains at a courtroom in Rancagua, 80 km south of Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says the alleged abuse by Oscar Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'This is not an investigation against the Catholic church,' Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says, but rather an investigation of reports of sex abuse by members of the church who abused minors

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s

Pope Francis meets with participants at the Children's Train event at the Vatican on June 9, 2018  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

New group hopes to end Catholic church child abuse

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Jose Andres Murillo, a Chilean victim of clerical pedophilia who recently met with Pope Francis, says, 'There is progress regarding clerical abuse in some countries, primarily due to brave victims who have fought to raise their voices.'

Chile's new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

May 31, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Chile has the highest rate of HIV cases in Latin America – some 5,816 new cases registered last year, a jump of 96 percent since 2010

POSITIVE. Chilean AIDS patient Carolina Del Real, 37, prepares coffee at her home in Santiago on April 27, 2018. Photo by MArtin Bernetti/AFP

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

May 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Nicknamed 'the Family,' the group of priestly offenders committed sex abuses with young people including minors, churchgoer Elisa Fernandez tells Channel 13 last week

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Pope Francis expresses his 'shame' and 'pain' for the suffering of the victims and pledges to meet them

CHILE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Pope Francis says he intends to summon 32 Chilean bishops to Rome to discuss an investigation into the abuse carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Chile raises alert over eruption threat at Chillan volcano

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Since December, several eruptions of ash have suggested increased activity, prompting officials to raise the alert to orange

ORANGE ALERT. View of the Nevado de Chillan volcano during an eruptive pulse in Las Trancas, some 400km south of Santiago, April 7, 2018. Emergency service officials in Chile issued an orange alert at the area around the volcano. Photo by Martin Bernetti/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

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:32 PM

"For the first time I feel they are listening to us," says Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean priest Fernando Karadima

ABUSE. Chilean priest Fernando Karadima leaves the court of Santiago on November 11, 2015 after declaring as witness in a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago for allegedly sexual abuse cover up. Photo by Vladimir Rodas/AFP

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Jan 19, 2018 - 12:36 PM

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Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The second and final leg of his weeklong South American trip includes stops in Puerto Maldonado, where he will be welcomed by indigenous people, from Peru as well as neighboring Brazil and Bolivia

WAITING. A street vendor offers posters of Pope Francis at the main plaza in the Amazonian town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on January 18, 2018. Photo byCris Bouroncle/AFP

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The Argentine-born pontiff was shining the spotlight on the simmering conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche people

AMONG THE PEOPLE. Pope Francis waves crowds from the popemobile on his way to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago on January 17, 2018. Pablo Vera Lisperguer/AFP

In Chile, pope seeks forgiveness for sex abuse scandals

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Pope Francis meets alone with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile, the Vatican says

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope in Chile expresses 'pain' and 'shame' over abuse scandal

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:13 PM

'I cannot begin to express the pain and shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to children on the part of Church ministers,' Pope Francis says

THE POPE IN CHILE. Pope Francis is welcomed by Chile's President Michelle Bachelet (covered) during a ceremony at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on January 16, 2018. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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Jan 16, 2018 - 9:56 AM

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UNDER ATTACK. This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Pope sets off on trip to Chile and Peru

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The 81-year old Argentine will hop on 10 flights to travel over 30,000 kilometers through hot and humid climates for his 22nd trip abroad

AWAITING FRANCIS. Banners welcoming Pope Francis to Peru are seen in Lima on January 13, 2018. Ernesto Benavidez/AFP

Ahead of pope's Chile visit, priests accused of child sex abuse

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Almost 80 Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000, a US-based monitoring group says

SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL. Aerial picture taken on January 4, 2018 showing the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, where Pope Francis will be giving mass during his upcoming visit to Chile. Javier Torres/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

Chile votes in what could be a close presidential run-off

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Whoever wins the election will take office in March 2018

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

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes northern Chile – USGS

Oct 10, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The tremor hits 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the coastal city of Arica, which is near the border with Peru, the US agency says

Chile's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Indigenous people who live on Chile s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone covering an area of 720 000 square kilometers 280 000 square miles around the island

Chile moves to ease strict abortion laws

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

If passed the legislation would allow abortion in cases of rape if the mother s life is at risk or if the fetus presents a deadly birth defect

PRO ABORTION. This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows activists during a pro-abortion demo in front of La Moneda presidential Palace in Santiago on November 11, 2014. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Indonesia-Chile tancap gas percepat perjanjian perdagangan barang

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Indonesia menganggap Chile jembatan masuk ke wilayah Amerika Latin

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake – USGS

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:06 AM

UPDATED The USGS originally said the quake measured 7 1 but later downgraded it

Brazil on brink of World Cup after thrashing Uruguay

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Brazil moves 7 points ahead of the 10 team round robin competition while Messi sinks the only goal in Argentina s win over Chile

DOMINANCE. Neymar and Brazil were in control throughout against Uruguay. Photo by Dante Fernandez/AFP