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Chilean president to skip climate summit in Madrid

Nov. 27, 2019 6:04 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Chile’s environment minister who is chairing next week’s climate summit in Madrid says her country’s leader will skip the meeting to take care of the crisis back home. Speaking in the Spanish capital five days before the beginning of the COP25 meeting, Carolina Schmidt...

Chileans agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution

Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that follows a month of turbulent social protests in the streets. The agreement calls for an April 2020...

Chileans blinded by police firing pellet guns in protests

Nov. 14, 2019 8:44 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chileans are accustomed to seeing violent clashes between police and demonstrators but a new trend is leaving them shaken: the blinding of protesters by shotgun pellets fired by state’s security agents. Chile’s main medical body says at least 230 people have lost sight...

From Beirut to Hong Kong, protests evoke global frustration

Oct. 26, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In Hong Kong, it was a complicated extradition dispute involving a murder suspect. In Beirut, it was a proposed tax on the popular WhatsApp messenger service. In Chile, it was a 4-cent hike in subway fares. Recent weeks have seen mass protests and clashes erupt in far-flung places triggered...

Masses of Chileans jam capital in protest against government

Oct. 25, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched peacefully in Chile's capital Friday, intensifying pressure on a government struggling to contain deadly unrest over economic hardship. The huge throng surged toward a central plaza as participants blew whistles, banged pots and pans and...

UN human rights chief sends team to Chile amid unrest

Oct. 25, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is sending a three-member team to Chile to examine allegations related to security authorities' use of force and reported crimes by others, her office said Friday. At least 18 people have died in turmoil that has swept Chile, where unrest that began as a...

Chile protesters: Government concessions not enough

Oct. 24, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A new round of clashes broke out Thursday as demonstrators returned to Chile's streets, dissatisfied with economic concessions announced by the government in a bid to curb a week of deadly violence. Stone-throwing protesters did battle with police firing tear gas and water cannons in...

Correction: Chile-Protests story

Oct. 24, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story Oct. 22 story about protests in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the president was rescinding a 92% rise in electricity rates scheduled to take effect next month. It was a 9.2% rise in electricity rates. A corrected version of the story is below: Death...

More violent clashes in Chile as many line up for food

Oct. 21, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protesters defied an emergency decree and confronted police in Chile's capital Monday, continuing violent clashes, arson and looting that have left at least 12 dead and led the president to say the country is "at war." Police used tear gas and streams of water to break up a march by...

Chile's president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests

Oct. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Saturday announced the suspension of a subway fare hike that had prompted violent student protests, less than a day after he declared a state of emergency amid rioting and commuter chaos in the capital. Soldiers patrolled the streets in...