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Pia Miller, Chilean-born Australian fashion model

Pia Loyola, better known as Pia Miller, is a Chilean-born Australian fashion model and actress, best known for playing Kat Chapman in the series “Home and Away.” See more of Pia at Volemo.    

Chile to Host Next UN Climate Change Conference in 2020

Chile will host the 2020 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) as decided near the end of this year’s edition in Katowice, after Brazil stepped down citing financial issues. "We will have the great responsibility of leading and advancing toward a better control of climate change...

Fierce Opposition to the Pacific Alliance Continues

Entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector in Costa Rica are maintaining their position against an eventual incorporation into the commercial block, the Alianza del Pacífico (AP) - Pacific Alliance  - made up of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The sector affirms that it will not allow...

Chile: Sex Change No Longer Required To Alter Gender Identity

Chile's Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 that transgender citizens can change their name and sex on state registries without needing a sex-change operation to prove their gender identity. The ruling said that Chile is part of several international human rights accords, including the American Convention...

Chile becomes first country in America to ban plastic bags across its entire territory

In a historic decision, Chile’s House of Representatives voted this Wednesday to ban the usage of plastic bags in all types of shops across the entire territory, making it the only country to prohibit them in the American continent. The measure was well received in...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership...

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

Arguably the Oldest Man Around Dies in Chile Aged 121

Doctors say that healthy habits will help get you to age 85, but some people manage to be around for much longer. Just how they do it remains a medical mystery. Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, passed away last Wednesday in hospital in the town of San...

Latin American countries sign legally binding pact to protect land defenders

Officials from 24 Latin American and Caribbean states have signed a legally binding environmental rights pact containing measures to protect land defenders, almost two years to the day since environmental leader Berta Cáceres was killed in her home in Honduras. Last year almost 200 nature...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

LATAM Airlines Launches New Lima – San Jose Connection

LATAM Airlines, formerly LAN Airlines, inaugurated its non-stop flight between Lima and San José, Costa Rica. At 3:55 pm Tuesday, January 2, for the first time ever a LAN flight touched down at the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO). The airline will operate three flights...

End Of Era of Female Presidents in Latin America

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At the start...

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America

(IPS) - The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The...

Chile: the long road to abortion reform

Chile had one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the entire world. After years of campaigning, Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has finally pushed through a bill that will allow the termination of a pregnancy in three cases – when the woman’s life is...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

Costa Rica’s Fight Against Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force on Latin America highlighted Costa Rica's progress achieved in the area of ​​financial sanctions, transparency and final beneficiary of legal societies. From a statement issued by Casa Presidencial: The Technical Working Group on Mutual Evaluations of the Latin American Financial Action...

Argentina And Chile First In LatAm To Install Sidewalk Traffic Lights

Q24N - A number of cities around the globe are installing traffic lights in pavements to prevent accidents caused by pedestrians distracted by their smartphones. In Latin America, Argentina and Chile are the first with the “in-ground traffic-light technology”, which will shines red to indicate...

United States Vice President Pence Plans Trip To Latin America

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this month that he will tour some Latin American cities throughout the month of August. The five stops will include Panama City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Cartagena, and Bogotá. The stop scheduled for the Argentinian capital is...

A bridge between Latin America and Asia

It’s been a little more than 5 years since the Pacific Alliance was formed. The Latin American trade bloc constituted by Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico –all of which border with the Pacific Ocean– had the initial intention of strengthening the commercial and economic...

Construction Begins On World’s Largest Telescope in Chilean Desert

(Q24N) Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. The size of the ELT has the potential to...

Bolivia Mobilizes Troops to the Border as Chile Warns of Escalation

(Q24N) Bolivia has mobilized troops to the Chilean border in an effort to increase efforts against contraband activity. Chile President Michelle Bachelet and officials in her administration said that while the country’s intent is good, they do not want an increased military presence to “escalate into something...

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

(Q TRAVEL) By Simon Williams - Latin America boasts some of the worlds most postcard worthy beaches, particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. As top honeymoon destinations, they wouldn’t be complete without some truly magical sunsets, and both offer them almost every night of...

Chile To Tax Foods High In Sugar

(Q24N) The government of Chile is working to expand its current Food Labeling Law, which has been in force for more than six months. Specifically, they are seeking to introduce new measures such as taxes on foods high in sugar, in order to incentivize healthy eating...

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Satisfaction! On March 25, just one day after the end of a historic visit from US President Barack Obama, who was the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the Rolling Stones played Havana. Tens of thousands of Cubans poured into the Ciudad...

How Economic Freedom Helps Chile Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

(Q24N) A few days ago, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook the south of Chile. Its epicentre was 67 kilometres northwest of Melinka, in Aysén, and generated a tsunami alert in certain coastal sectors of Los Lagos. The earthquake was felt in five regions of the...

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Q24N NEWS - A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country's history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the Andean nation infamous for its production of fake bills. The Peruvian Interior...

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards(Prensa Latina) Representatives of socio-environmental projects in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador today celebrate the awards won in most of the 10 categories in the Latin America Green Awards, held in the Ecuadorian city of...

Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Q24N - The Pacific Alliance under the helm of Chile, beginning next July first will reach out for closer links with Mercosur, particularly since Argentina's decision to join the block as an observer. “The Argentine decision to join the Pacific Alliance as an observer fully...

Was Chile’s Dictator Also a Drug Trafficker?

(Q24N) A Chilean newspaper has suggested nearly 3,000 classified US documents contain information linking former dictator Augusto Pinochet to drug trafficking, a somewhat questionable claim given the legacy of his iron rule. Chilean news outlet El Ciudadano reports it solicited 2,984 pages of documents in...

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

Q24N - "The surgeon’s approach was that I didn’t identify as a woman because I didn’t have a vagina,” says Mauro Cabral. After growing up in Argentina being treated as a girl, he discovered at the age of 14 that he didn’t have any...

Senasa Prohibits Pork Exports Of Three Chile Plants To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Authorities of the National Animal Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal - SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), concluded this week the inspection of six plants exporting pork to Costa Rica and took the decision to prohibit exports from three,...

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