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Volcanic Ash Stops Flights in Argentina and Uruguay

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ash from Chile’s Puyehue volcano grounded flights until at least Wednesday at airports in the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina. Located in the Andes Mountains, the Puyehue volcano has been causing air travel nightmares since early June. The volcanic eruption has taken a toll on local economies. Airline analyst Helane Becker reported worldwide airline industry […]

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Catastrophe Declared in Chile’s Auracania Region Following Heavy Snow

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chilean officials have declared a “catastrophe” in eight southern districts where heavy snowfall has left an estimated 6,500 people isolated. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says that the declaration will free up more resources to help those who need help in the mountainous Auracania region. Days of bad weather have left some areas buried under nearly […]

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Southern Chile Buried in Heavy Snow

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents of southern Chile’s mountainous Auracania region are digging out after a massive snowstorm dumped about 2 meters of snow in the area, leaving many communities isolated from the rest of the country and without power. Emergency crews have been working to clear roadways of snow to allow for transportation in and out of the […]

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Chile: Investigation Confirms Allende’s Death a Suicide

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A scientific investigation in Chile has confirmed that President Salvador Allende committed suicide during the September 11, 1973 coup that brought dictator General Augusto Pinochet to power. Legal officials made the announcement Tuesday, two months after Mr. Allende’s body was exhumed in order to settle the lingering question of whether he was killed or took […]

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2 Killed in Chile Subway Shooting

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Chile’s capital say a man opened fire on a subway train Sunday, killing at least two people and wounding four others. Santiago police say the assailant killed himself after the attack. The gunman has been identified as 45-year-old Israel Huerta Cespedes. Police say the shooting happened in the Plaza Maipu station. They have […]

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Chilean Copper Miners Resume Work Following Strike

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Unionized workers at Chile’s Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, have returned to work following a 24-hour strike over the future of the state-owned company. The more than 40,000 employees returned to their mines across the country Tuesday. They walked off the job Monday over modernization plans that union officials say will lead to job […]

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Chile Strike Halts World’s Largest Copper Producer

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Unionized workers at Chile’s Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, have begun a 24-hour strike in a dispute with the government over the future of the company. The workers walked off the job Monday over modernization plans that union officials say will lead to huge job losses and possible privatization of some of the company’s […]

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Workers Strike at Chile Copper Mine

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Workers at Chile’s Codelco copper mine are holding a nationwide 24-hour strike to protest modernization plans that union leaders say could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs. The work stoppage is the first in nearly 18 years at the state-owned mine. It involves workers at Codelco’s sites across the country, including at the […]

Chile Proposes Education Reforms Following Student Protests

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chile’s government has promised $4 billion in education reforms in response to mass student protests in the country. President Sebastian Pinera proposed on Tuesday the formation of an education fund that will help increase scholarships and grants for students seeking higher education. The announcement follows protests by tens of thousands of students last week in […]

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Court Suspends Controversial Dam Project in Chile

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Environmentalists in Chile won a huge victory Monday when a court suspended a huge dam project in Patagonia. The plans had sparked massive and sometime violent protests. The appeals court put the project on hold while it examines the arguments from both sides. A Chilean and Italian consortium plans to build five dams in two […]

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