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Chile starts fourth vaccine dose as coronavirus cases rise

Jan. 10, 2022 10:46 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile is implementing a fourth vaccination dose for some citizens as the number of daily coronavirus infections rises. President Sebastián Piñera was present on Monday when two adults with immunosuppression problems received a fourth vaccination for...

Argentina: Shadows over abortion a year after legalization

Dec. 27, 2021 10:28 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Every week of late, more than 20 women with unwanted pregnancies come to Dr. Miranda Ruiz, one of the few physicians who perform free abortions in northern Argentina's Salta province — many under a year-old law that legalized elective abortion to the 14th week of...

Chile's tattooed president-elect honors homeland in ink

Dec. 22, 2021 23:04 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Gabriel Boric is sworn in as Chile's president he'll not only be the youngest to lead the South American country but also the first in Latin America to sport several tattoos. The question is whether he'll openly display them. One person...

Leftist millennial vows to remake Chile after historic win

Dec. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former leftist student leader Gabriel Boric will be under quick pressure from his youthful supporters to fulfill his promises to remake Chile after the millennial politician scored a historic victory in the country's presidential runoff election. And he...

Leftist millennial wins election as Chile's next president

Dec. 19, 2021 21:40 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A leftist millennial who rose to prominence during anti-government protests was elected Chile’s next president Sunday after a bruising campaign against a free-market firebrand likened to Donald Trump. With 56% of the votes, Gabriel Boric handily defeated by...

Pinochet's widow dies at age 98 after years in seclusion

Dec. 16, 2021 20:34 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The widow of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet died Thursday in the apartment where she led a secluded life in her final years, away from the luxuries and power she held during the military regime of 1973-1990, her family said. She was 98. Lucia Hiriart died...

Chilean women, wary of rightist, may decide president's race

Dec. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Chileans went to the polls last month, Elizabeth Padilla, like more than half of eligible voters in the South American country, stayed home, not feeling represented by any of the seven candidates on the ballot. But her apathy suddenly lifted when a...

Chile reports first case of omicron variant of coronavirus

Dec. 04, 2021 15:13 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile on Saturday reported its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. A foreign national residing in Chile returned from Ghana on Nov. 25 and tested positive in a PCR test at the Santiago airport, according to authorities. ...

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...