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Abortion de-penalization bill falls short in Chile Congress

Nov. 30, 2021 14:20 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Congress narrowly defeated a law to de-penalize elñabortions up to 14 weeks after gestation on Tuesday. The measure, which lost on a 65-62 vote, would have eliminated a potential five-year prison sentence for women who undergo abortions...

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

Nov. 29, 2021 06:06 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many...

Chile court raises sentence in torture-killing of singer

Nov. 23, 2021 14:31 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court on Tuesday increased the prison sentence for six former soldiers convicted in one of the most notorious killings by the former military dictatorship — the kidnapping, torture and murder of folk singer Víctor Jara— as well as that of a government...

Chile Congress approves same-sex marriage, adoptions

Nov. 23, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile's Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final adoption. It had already passed the Senate. The bill approved 101-30 now awaits only final...

Ex-protester, far-right lawmaker to meet in Chilean runoff

Nov. 22, 2021 00:06 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A conservative lawmaker with a history of defending Chile’s military dictatorship and a former student protest leader were headed to a polarizing presidential runoff after both failed to garner enough votes to win the South American country’s election outright. ...

Far-right lawmaker, ex-protester to meet in Chilean runoff

Nov. 21, 2021 22:13 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Two onetime outsiders hailing from opposite extremes of the political spectrum received the most votes Sunday in Chile’s presidential election but failed to garner enough support for an outright win, setting up a polarizing runoff in the region’s most advanced...

Chile’s presidential election heading to runoff between ex-student protester and far right lawmaker

Nov. 21, 2021 20:06 PM EST
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s presidential election heading to runoff between ex-student protester and far right lawmaker.

In uncertain times, Chileans vote with ballots and wallets

Nov. 19, 2021 20:47 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Miguel Torres is the archetype of what might be called the Chilean dream. A college dropout, he nonetheless rose above his working class roots thanks to decades of economic stability and Asian Tiger-like growth to build a successful career as the...

Chile Senate rejects removing president in impeachment trial

Nov. 16, 2021 22:54 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Chilean Senate late Tuesday rejected an opposition-initiated impeachment process to remove President Sebastián Piñera over allegations that he favored the sale of a family property that hinged on the government not declaring the land a nature reserve. ...

Police suspect Germans were killed for Stradivarius violins

Nov. 10, 2021 15:45 PM EST

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan police said Wednesday they have detained two Germans and a Chilean suspected of killing a German man and his daughter while trying to get documents proving the authenticity of valuable violins. Bernard Raymond von Bredow, a museum...