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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. ...

Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

Dec. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Greeks over 60 who refuse coronavirus vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines of more than one-quarter of their minimum pensions — a get-tough policy that the country's politicians say will cost votes but save lives. Weekly protests in the...

New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail

Dec. 01, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Fossils found in Chile are from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons and others had tails with clubs. The new species,...

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.