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Chile mine rescue: 10 years on, survivors left to fend for themselves

In 2010, the San Jose copper-gold mine located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile caved in, trapping 33 miners. Previous geological instability at the old mine and a long record of safety violations for its owners, San Esteban Primera mining company, had resulted...

‘Miel Gibson’, A venture born of desperation

AFP - Chilean teacher Yohana Agurto is the living expression that every crisis can become an opportunity. With no income from the pandemic, she decided to package honey to sell under the name "Miel Gibson" without thinking that the very Hollywood actor whose name...

Copa Airlines plan to restart some flights in mid August include Costa Rica

(Q TRAVEL) Copa Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama, said on Thursday it has received government approval to restart flights in mid-August to about 10 destinations. After months with its entire fleet grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline announced offering flights through the...

Chile’s Sebastian Pinera’s government teeters towards collapse

(Q24N) The political atmosphere in Chile is highly charged. Parliament just adopted a controversial reform that allows citizens to have 10% of their pensions savings paid out as emergency coronavirus aid. The decision deals a blow to the conservative government of President Sebastian Pinera,...

Dogs may detect COVID-19 patients, says expert

(Phys.org) Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs—three golden retrievers and a labrador—are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out...

Chile Records Largest Single-Day COVID-19 Death Total Since Outbreak Began

Authorities say Chile, which has one of the highest totals for coronavirus cases in Latin America, confirmed 87 deaths from the virus in one day Wednesday, the largest single-day spike since the outbreak began more than two months ago. A surge in coronavirus cases in...

Chile reports 122,499 COVID-19 cases with 1,448 deaths

(Q24N) The Chilean Ministry of Health on Friday raised the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 122,499, with 1,448 deaths. Over the past 24 hours, 4,207 new infections and 92 new deaths have been registered. Of the new confirmed cases, 3,790...

The fateful days of Chile on account of the Covid-19 pandemic

(AFP) Coronavirus cases skyrocket and escalate in Chile, whose hospital capacity is already on the brink of collapse. And despite the visible effects of the pandemic, the quarantine in Santiago and its surroundings is met with difficulty. On April 30, 17,008 cases of Covid-19 were...

Students protest as Chile marks 30 years of democracy

As Chile celebrated three decades of democracy on Wednesday, students across the national capital ramped up protests against President Sebastian Pinera over income inequality in the country. "We must combat violence and care for our democracy," said Pinera, in a speech at the presidential palace. "Democracy is...

Chile and Argentina Report First Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

Chile confirmed on Tuesday the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the country: a 33-year-old man who traveled for about a month to Singapore, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich confirmed. "We have to confirm that we have the first case for coronavirus in our...

Chile president under fire over gender violence remarks

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed a law Monday that expands the definition of femicide but also came in for criticism for comments that seemed to suggest that female victims of violence were partly to blame. "Sometimes it's not just men's desire to abuse, but also...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

News Chile’s Pinera vows ‘no impunity’ for police abuses during protests

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has said there will be "no impunity" for security forces who violated the rights of protesters. Violent riots over inequality and economic policies have gripped the South American country for the past month. At least 22 people have died and hundreds...

Protesters use laser pens to send police drone crashing to the ground in Chile

Protesters in Chile have taken down a police drone by aiming dozens of laser pens at the gadget. Video footage shows the dramatic moment the drone plummets after about 50 lasers were jointly pointed into the sky in Santiago. The laser action in Chile's capital...

Costa Rica defers to Chile, U.N. on rescheduling climate change summit

Costa Rica’s government said it defers to Chile, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and member states on how to proceed with the United Nations global climate change summit, COP25. Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera said the country will not be able to host...

Opinion: Latin America needs solidarity

From a political point of view, Venezuela and Chile, Bolivia and Brazil are worlds apart. But they share some similarities when it comes to the arrogance of power and the reasons behind the recent protests that turned violent at times. Latin America lacks any real...

JetSMART Adds Colombia

Chilean low-cost carrier JetSMART this week announced new service launch to Colombia, enterting the market for the first time, with scheduled non-stop service between the country and Chile. JetSMART is owned by the same investment fund that owns Volaris and Frontier, currently has a presence...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Unrest across Latin America over mining projects

Latin America's mineral wealth is a magnet for global mining investors. The region is home to Chile, the world's leading exporter of copper; Brazil, the third-largest producer of iron; Mexico, the largest producer of silver; and Peru, a leading exporter of silver, copper, gold,...

Extreme drought hits Central Chile

Central Chile is in the midst of what scientists have called a Mega Drought -- an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010, local media reported Saturday. The Chilean government has declared an agricultural emergency in parts of the country with an aim to unveil...

Facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, Chile is waging war on unhealthy foods

Rico's TICO BULL - Rich or poor, no country is immune to the rapid rise in overweight and obesity among both adults and children. But a few are finding they can push back, making sure their citizens get clear information about the food they...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

Pompeo building up support for Maduro ouster

On a tour of four Latin American countries, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is has called for maintaining regional pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In Peru, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offers a press conference after holding a meeting with President...

Costa Rica, one of two countries in Latin America where it’s safe to drink tap water

Drinking tap water is not something that everyone is used to, much less if you are visiting another country. When traveling around the world, it's important to keep your health in mind, and one of the things many take for granted is access to...

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...

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