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Chile says a Venezuelan fugitive has been arrested in the killing of an anti-Maduro dissident

Jul. 12, 2024 22:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile announced Friday that one of the suspects wanted in the kidnapping and killing of a dissident Venezuelan soldier on Chilean soil early this year has been arrested in Costa Rica. The slaying in February caused shock in Chile, where Ronald Ojeda, a...

Chileans confront a homelessness crisis, a first for one of South America's richest countries

Jul. 11, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The presidential residence of Gabriel Boric, the leftist millennial leader of Chile elected three years ago in the wake of public unrest over income inequality, shares a street in downtown Santiago with an overwhelmed homeless shelter. The sight of cardboard...

Colombia captures one of the founders of the Tren de Aragua gang, wanted in Venezuela and Chile

Jul. 01, 2024 18:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police arrested one of the founders of Tren de Aragua, a transnational gang that was founded in a Venezuelan prison and is now involved in multiple criminal enterprises throughout Latin America, authorities said Monday. Larry Álvarez was arrested...

Train collision in Chile kills at least 2 people and injures 9 others

Jun. 20, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — At least two rail workers were killed and nine others injured Thursday when a freight train collided head-on with another train on a test run just outside the capital of Chile, a rare fatal crash in the South American country. Police said they were...

Chile joins developing nations rallying behind genocide case against Israel at international court

Jun. 01, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile has joined a group of nations supporting a genocide case against Israel filed last year at the International Court of Justice. President Gabriel Boric said in a speech to lawmakers Saturday that he was appalled by the humanitarian devastation in Gaza,...

Chile accuses volunteer firefighter and ex-forestry official with causing huge fire that killed 137

May. 25, 2024 22:39 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge on Saturday ordered a volunteer firefighter and a former forestry official detained for allegedly planning and causing a mammoth forest fire in the Valparaiso region that caused 137 deaths and made 16,000 people homeless in February. The court...

In message to Russia, Chilean lawmakers meet in Antarctica to underline territorial claims

May. 23, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Defense officials from Chile convened a meeting at the bottom of the planet on Thursday in a bid to bolster their territorial claims in Antarctica as tensions escalate over Russia's maneuvers in the polar region. Lawmakers from Chile's parliamentary defense...

Iconic former Uruguayan President José Mujica is diagnosed with esophageal cancer

Apr. 29, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Uruguay's former guerilla-turned-president, José Mujica, widely known as a leftist icon who transformed his small country into one of the most socially liberal in all of Latin America, said Monday that he has esophageal cancer. Mujica, 88, said he was...

Assailants ambush and kill 3 police officers in southern Chile, shaking the country

Apr. 27, 2024 21:10 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Armed assailants ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in southern Chile on Saturday before setting their car on fire, authorities said, the latest attack on police to revive security concerns in the South American country. It remains unclear...