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Thousands of truckers stranded at Chile-Argentina border due to slow Covid-19 testing

Thousands of truck drivers from Argentina were stuck at the Chilean border on Saturday due to slow Covid-19 testing, as Chile faced its second transport delay crisis. Since January 21, more than 3,000 trucks have been stranded at the customs checkpoint of Cristo Redentor in Mendoza, according to the Argentinean Federation of Business Entities for […]

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Swarm of 10,000 bees sting police officers at beekeepers protest in Chile

Four beekeepers have been detained in Chile following a protest calling for government support for their industry. The beekeepers held a demonstration outside the presidential palace in the capital, Santiago. Seven police officers were stung as they tried to remove beehives placed by the protesters to block a main thoroughfare. A prolonged drought has been […]

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Gabriel Boric: 35-year-old former student leader wins Chile’s presidential elections

Leftist and former student leader Gabriel Boric, 35, will become Chile’s youngest President after he won a presidential runoff election on Sunday. With 99.95% of ballots counted, Boric won with 55.87% of the vote, securing victory over his right-wing opponent, Jose Antonio Kast, who trailed with 44.13%, according to the Electoral Service of Chile. Boric […]

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Chile: Crowds celebrate death of dictator Augusto Pinochet’s widow

Lucia Hiriart, the widow of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and a polarising figure in the country, has died at the age of 99. Within minutes of the news, crowds celebrated in the capital, Santiago, what they see as the end of a dynasty. To some, Hiriart was a philanthropist. To others, she was […]

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Chile president declares stage of emergency over Mapuche conflict in the south

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced a state of emergency and deployed troops to two southern regions where clashes have broken out between Mapuche Indigenous people and security forces. The Mapuche are demanding the restoration of their ancestral lands and self-determination. We have decided to call a state of exception ”in four provinces of the southern […]

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Chile: Tiger kills woman who was cleaning and maintaining the big cat’s enclosure

A woman working at a Chilean safari park died on Friday after a tiger attacked her, police said. The woman, who has not been identified by police, was among staff cleaning and performing maintenance work in the big cats’ enclosure at a safari park in the city of Rancagua, 90 kilometers south of the capital […]

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Chilean authorities express regret for mistakenly setting off tsunami warning after earthquake

Chilean authorities expressed regret for spreading panic with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 216 kilometres northeast of the O’Higgins Chilean scientific base at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on Saturday at 8:36pm. The ministry then mistakenly […]

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Seismologists PUZZLED: More than 30,000 earthquakes have rocked Antarctica since end of August

More than 30,000 earthquakes have rocked Antarctica since the end of August, according to the University of Chile. The spike in seismic activity that has intrigued researchers who study the remote, snowbound continent. Scientists with the university’s National Seismological Center said the small quakes, including one stronger than magnitude 6 were detected in the Bransfield […]

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ILLEGAL Chinese fishing vessels STRAY near UNESCO heritage site

The Chilean Navy is closely watching Chinese fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), authorities say. A Chinese fishing fleet has been accused by conservation group Oceana of “pillaging” the waters off the Galapagos Islands for squid. The fleet is made up of more than 400 fishing vessels, of which 11 are currently in […]

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Demonstrators marking a year since the start of mass protests turn violent in Chile

Protests against inequality in Chile turn violent as vandals burned down two churches, virtually destroying one of them. The protests were marking a year since the start of a mass protest movement that rocked Chile for two months. Demonstrators also urged people to vote in favour of a new constitution in a referendum next weekend. […]

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Chilean police start to train sniffer dogs to detect coronavirus

Chilean police are training sniffer dogs to detect the coronavirus in people’s sweat, after a similar trial in the UK showed encouraging results. Four dogs have been selected for the initial training, a mix of labradors and golden retrievers who sport green “biodetector” jackets for their task. They are being trained at the Chilean Carabineros´ […]

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Chilean military plane with 38 people disappears en route to Antarctica

A military plane with 38 people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, the Chilean Air Force said. The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas at 16:55 local time and operators lost contact soon after 18:00. Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers. They were travelling to provide logistical support […]