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Chile Earthquake Kills More Than 140

Feb 27, 2010
An earthquake in central Chile has killed more than 140, authorities say, and triggered both a tsunami and a declaration of a "state of catastrophe." Chilean President Michelle Bachelet warned that there would probably be more deaths and more aftershocks.
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Billionaire Expected to Lead Chilean Vote

Dec 13, 2009
Sebastian Piñera, considered the clear front-runner in Chile's presidential race, is a billionaire who owns a media outlet, a stake in an airline and even part of the esteemed Colo-Colo soccer club. If he's elected, he will end nearly 20 years of leftist rule in the South American nation, but he will need more than 50 percent of Sunday's vote to avoid a runoff.

A Chilean Icon Is Reburied

Dec 4, 2009
Victor Jara, acclaimed Chilean singer, was tortured and killed in 1973 during the U.S.-directed coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. He was to be reburied in Santiago Friday after hundreds of people paid their final respects. The body had been exhumed in June to clarify how he died. He had been shot more than 30 times.

U.N. Investigating Bhutto Murder

Jul 2, 2009
It's been a year and a half since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and although her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is now Pakistan's president, local investigations haven't produced many answers about her murder. Now a United Nations commission, led by Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, is conducting its own inquiry.

Latin Leaders Blast Bailout

Sep 25, 2008
The most explicit anti-capitalist analysis of the US's proposed bailout of major finance firms is not domestic, but rather international A cadre of left-leaning leaders in Latin America is ramping up criticism of Bush's crony capitalism, arguing that the U economic crisis was caused by the driving logic of American imperialism: fast money at the expense of the poor.

Probe Reopened in ’73 Murder of Chilean Singer

Jun 4, 2008
The case of Victor Jara, the famous folk musician murdered by dictator Augusto Pinochet's army in 1973, will be reopened due to new evidence provided by the musician's family. Human rights groups see Jara's case as important in keeping attention on Chilean human rights abusers who for the past 35 years have avoided jail time.

Rice Snubs Argentina

Mar 19, 2008
In response to the strengthening of ties between Hugo Chavez and recently elected Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's government, Condoleezza Rice will skip the country on a two-day trip to South America The snub further underscores a divide between the US's traditional Latin American allies and a growing movement in opposition to U policy in the region.

Thatcher Saddened by Despot’s Death

Dec 11, 2006
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has expressed her sorrow following the death of brutal Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a friend until the end. Victims of Pinochet's atrocities have also expressed sadness, now that the tyrant will escape trial for years of abuses against his people, including torture and the disappearance of some 3,000 individuals.