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Death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda days after 1973 coup should be reinvestigated, court rules

Feb. 21, 2024 01:47 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The death of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda days after Chile's 1973 military coup should be reinvestigated, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying new steps could help clarify what killed the poet. Last December, a judge rejected a request by Neruda's nephew to...

Illegally adopted during Chile's dictatorship, they're now reuniting with biological families

Feb. 18, 2024 19:07 PM EST

SANTIAGO (AP) — Romina Cortés couldn't pronounce her sister’s last name. She didn’t know what she smells like, what her favorite food is, or what she likes to do in her free time. Cortés, 43, waited impatiently Sunday at the airport in Santiago, Chile, where she would soon...

Chileans eschew extremes in quest for new constitution and end up with the old one

Dec. 18, 2023 17:14 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Despite a boom in conservative populism in various parts of the world, Chileans closed an exhausting constitutional cycle by separating themselves from the extremes. They voted Sunday to stick with the same constitution, a holdover from the dictatorship, that...

Chilean voters reject conservative constitution, after defeating leftist charter last year

Dec. 17, 2023 22:47 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Voters rejected on Sunday a proposed conservative constitution to replace Chile’s dictatorship-era charter, showing both the deep division in the South American country and the inability of political sectors to address people's demands for change made four years ago. ...

Former career US diplomat charged with secretly spying for Cuban intelligence for decades

Dec. 04, 2023 19:03 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former career American diplomat was charged with serving as a secret agent for communist Cuba going back decades in what prosecutors portrayed as one of the most brazen and long-running betrayals in the history of the U.S. foreign service. Manuel Rocha wept as he sat...

Kissinger's unwavering support for brutal regimes still haunts Latin America

Dec. 03, 2023 00:11 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In Chile, leftists were tortured, tossed from helicopters and forced to watch relatives be raped. In Argentina, many were “disappeared” by members of the brutal military dictatorship that held detainees in concentration camps. It all happened with the...