Tensions grow in Chile over migrant arrivals
19 February 2022 | 1:34 pm
More and more people are crossing into Chile, most of them coming from Venezuela. Anti-immigration protesters are demanding tighter control of the borders. But that's unlikely to deter desperate Venezuelans fleeing political upheaval and poverty.
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Carissa Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, expresses concern over signs that the spread of the new coronavirus is still accelerating in Brazil, Peru and Chile.
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Lampedusa officials are struggling to cope as more and more migrants reach the island, pushing its only reception center to its limits. The local mayor slammed the government's "frightening silence" on the issue.
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The spire of San Francisco de Borja church in Santiago collapses in flames after protesters vandalized it and set it on fire. Thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in central Santiago to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.
22 Oct 2020
A statue of General Baquedano in Chile, which was painted and repainted red during demonstrations, has become a symbol of sometimes violent protests in the country. But first: the beheaded teacher in France was the "victim of an angry social media campaign", according to Reuters. In other news, a cat geoglyph that dates back to 200-100 BC has been found in Peru's Nazca hills. The geoglyph emerged during maintenance work at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
23 May 2021
Voters deciding on who will draft Chile's new constitution have widely rejected the country's ruling coalition in favor of independent and leftist candidates. A new constitution was a key demand of the 2019 protests.
9 Jun 2021
Families visit deceased loved ones in the Santiago General Cemetery, Chile's oldest and one of the largest in Latin America with an estimated two million graves over 85 hectares. Chile has surpassed a total of 30,000 coronavirus deaths and announced the extension of border closures until the end of June.
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Chile inaugurates Latin America's first-ever thermosolar energy plant, a vast complex dubbed Cerro Dominador in the Atacama desert that gives a boost to the country's quest for carbon-neutrality by 2050.
15 Jun 2021
Watching on from a bar in Buenos Aires, Argentina fans react after their side was held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in their opening Copa America Group A match. Superstar Lionel Messi scored a stunning free-kick but Eduardo Vargas equalised in the second half.
28 Jul 2021
Fernando Karadima was a key figure in a sexual abuse case that sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church. Aged 90, he died of bronchopneumonia and kidney failure in a nursing home.
8 Aug 2021
Workers at the world's biggest copper mine, Chile's Escondida, have approved a strike after rejecting the final contract offer proposed by multinational owners BHP. The workers are asking for a one-time bonus to recognize their work during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as education benefits for their children. Escondida workers staged a 44-day strike in 2017, the longest in the history of Chilean mining. The strike caused $740 million in losses for the company.
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At a children's hospital in Santiago, Chile there is a flurry of excitement over a delegation of special visitors: a four-legged quartet has arrived to offer some reprieve from sickness and pain with their wagging tails and soulful eyes.
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