12/19/2020 - Covid: Chile's president Sebastián Piñera fined $3,500 for no-mask selfie
12/24/2020 - Covid: Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica begin mass vaccination
02/07/2021 - Chile: Violence flares after police officer shoots street performer dead
03/03/2021 - Louise De Sousa is the new British Ambassador to Chile
03/17/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccines Reach Antarctica, Chile Immunizes 49 On Continent
03/24/2021 - China-backed railway projects gain momentum in Chile and Argentina
03/26/2021 - Chile lockdown 86% of its population due to new strains of covid
03/26/2021 - Argentina halts all flights to/from Brazil, Chile and Mexico
03/29/2021 - Piñera to seek postponement of April 10-11 elections in Chile
03/30/2021 - Significant post-Brexit Chile tour by Lord Mayor of London revealed
04/02/2021 - Chile closes borders, bans foreign travel and extends curfew in latest anti covid-19 maneuver
04/02/2021 - Falklands warn of difficulties in medical evacuation to Chile and Uruguay
04/06/2021 - Chile's Parliament passes economic relief bill
04/08/2021 - Chile's Labor Minister Zaldívar resigns over pension reforms
04/09/2021 - Chile, India discuss furthering trade under Partial Scope Agreement
04/12/2021 - Chile has new immigration law after eight years in Congress
04/13/2021 - Chile's Central Bank monthly report foresees 2021 inflation at 3.2%
04/15/2021 - Chile sees Covid surge despite vaccination success
04/16/2021 - China's Coronavac 80% Effective At Preventing Covid Deaths: Chile Results
04/17/2021 - Chile's judiciary imposes first ever jail sentence on politician found guilty of corruption
04/19/2021 - Chile has one of the world's best vaccination rates. Covid is surging there anyway
04/20/2021 - Chile's SQM to supply lithium to Johnson Matthey for electric car batteries
04/27/2021 - Chile's borders to remain closed in light of little progress fighting covid-19
04/27/2021 - Mon Laferte: Chile's pop export on repression and injustice
04/28/2021 - Amnesty International against deportation of migrants in Chile
04/29/2021 - Chile on track to phasing out coal as source to generate electricity
04/30/2021 - Chile: Case against Piñera brought before The Hague for alleged human rights violations in 2019
05/03/2021 - Foreign tourism in Chile drops 92.6% in first quarter of 2021
05/05/2021 - Chinese vaccine developer eyes production in Chile
05/11/2021 - Chile eases lockdown in Santiago as elections loom over
05/14/2021 - Bolivia suspends train tests to Chile after truckers protests
05/14/2021 - Chile indigenous: Time to make our voices heard
05/15/2021 - Chile going to polls this weekend to elect Constitutional Convention to replace Pinochet-era text
05/17/2021 - Chile constitution: Sweeping changes possible as independents win
05/25/2021 - Chile's "mobility pass" has an impact on stock exchange and possibly on hosting Copa America
05/25/2021 - Chile and Bolivia go back to negotiating table in Ecuador
05/29/2021 - Cases of covid-19 in Chile back on the upward trend
05/31/2021 - Clean energy summit ready to start virtually in Santiago, Chile
05/31/2021 - One case of black fungus spotted in Chile
06/02/2021 - Drone skirmish as Chile football team fears Argentine spies
06/04/2021 - Chile stops 2nd dose of AstraZeneca vaccine as case of thrombosis detected
06/08/2021 - Chile continues with deportation of Venezuelan migrants
06/09/2021 - UN concerned over deportation of 56 Venezuelan migrants from Chile
06/10/2021 - Covid-19 pandemic: Chile capital locks down despite mass vaccination
06/11/2021 - Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region back under full quarantine
06/21/2021 - UK born Blackburn player becomes the star of Chile's national football team
06/21/2021 - Piñera sets July 4 as opening day for Chile's Constitutional Convention
06/21/2021 - Copa America: Chile players skip health bubble in major scandal
06/23/2021 - Anti covid-19 vaccination of teenagers starts in Chile with Pfizer
06/25/2021 - First case of Delta coronavirus variant detected in Chile
06/25/2021 - Chile toughens up on border, quarantine controls
07/02/2021 - Chile's economy grows 18.1% thanks to pension withdrawals and state emergency funding
07/05/2021 - Chile's Constitutional Convention appoints Mapuche woman to chair it
07/07/2021 - Chile's Constitutional Convention hopes to gets started this Wednesday after numerous technical issues
07/09/2021 - Biden announces ambassador picks for France, India, Chile and Bangladesh
07/10/2021 - Elisa Loncón: From poverty to PhD to writing Chile's constitution
07/19/2021 - Chile increases basic interest rate to 0,75%, working on a two year horizon
07/19/2021 - Underdogs emerge triumphant from Chile's primary elections
07/20/2021 - Chile leads the region on its way to sustainable energy-powered cars
07/22/2021 - Sputnik V vaccine cleared to land in Chile
07/24/2021 - Chile to open borders for vaccinated nationals and foreign residents as of next week
07/26/2021 - Experts voice concern as Chile prepares to reopen its borders following months of harsh isolation
07/27/2021 - Young political leader from Punta Arenas leads presidential vote intention in Chile
07/27/2021 - Chile's Ancient Mummies Added To UN Heritage List
08/03/2021 - Four cases of community transmission of Delta variant confirmed in Chile
08/05/2021 - Chinese lab Sinovac lands in Chile to pack and manufacture vaccines locally
08/06/2021 - Chile: Shortage of water reported in Santiago Metropolitan Region
08/09/2021 - Argentina apologizes to Chile for saying Magellan Strait and Drake Passage are shared spaces with joint control
08/09/2021 - Chile in mourning for two days over those who died from COVID-19
08/17/2021 - No more quarantine for all of Chile starting Wednesday
08/18/2021 - Fugitive former Bolivian official requests political asylum in Chile after rescue operation
08/24/2021 - Two center-left candidates to vie for Chile's presidency on November 21
08/24/2021 - Chile's Mapuches interrupt air traffic at Temuco airport and destroy forestry machinery
08/30/2021 - New limits dispute arises between Chile and Argentina
08/30/2021 - Chile and Argentina agree to discuss ongoing continental shelf differences south of Cape Horn
08/31/2021 - Chile announces sanitary protocol for tourists on cruise expeditions to Antarctica
08/31/2021 - Piñera's "Ten Pillars" to save water in drought stricken Chile
09/05/2021 - More arson and terrorist attacks in Mapuche claimed territory, south of Chile
09/07/2021 - Macron praises Piñera for the political changes; pledges full support to upgrade the Chile/EU trade accord
09/07/2021 - Argentina/Chile continental shelf dispute: “beware about arousing nationalism in electoral processes”
09/07/2021 - Argentina sends Chile diplomatic note rejecting their "expansive vocation"
09/07/2021 - Chile approves Coronavac for children aged six and older
09/08/2021 - Chile's Piñera human rights policy condemned by Amnesty International during his European tour
09/10/2021 - Chile's President meets Argentina-born Pope; no comments about the latest territorial dispute
09/10/2021 - Jurassic-Era 'Winged Lizard' Unearthed In Chile
09/11/2021 - President Piñera meets PM Johnson and reaffirms UK/Chile close relations
09/14/2021 - Vaccination of children aged 6 to 12 starts in Chile with Coronavac
09/20/2021 - Land crossing between Argentina and Chile reopened
09/23/2021 - Foreign offenders expelled from Chile as deportation of irregular migrants set to resume
09/27/2021 - International community concerned over xenophobia in Chile
09/27/2021 - Chile starts vaccinating kids aged 6-11 at schools
09/30/2021 - Paraguay and Chile closer to bilateral FTA after Piñera visit
10/01/2021 - Chile lifts curfew; quarantine only for travelers and other specific situations
10/05/2021 - Chile and Interpol break up smuggling ring of Haitians and children to Mexico and US
10/06/2021 - Argentina now sells gas to Chile and Brazil
10/07/2021 - Argentine Senate unanimously rejects Chile's decree regarding continental shelf
10/08/2021 - Chile eliminates five-day quarantine for travelers arriving to Punta Arenas by air
10/09/2021 - Chile eliminates five-day quarantine for travelers arriving to Punta Arenas by air
10/09/2021 - Chile lodges criminal complaint against Mapuche Resistance Group
10/12/2021 - Chile's economy to grow 11%, according to IMF report
10/13/2021 - Chile's "wise men" recommend the basic rate be increased 100 points to 2,5%
10/13/2021 - Chile's Sebastián Piñera faces impeachment bid after Pandora Papers
10/13/2021 - Petition for Piñera's impeachment filed at Chile's Lower House
10/14/2021 - Despite the state of emergency in southern Chile, Mapuche groups continue with violent actions
10/14/2021 - Argentina terminates symbolic aviation deal with Chile
10/21/2021 - World Travel Awards for Argentina, Chile and Montevideo; Latam was named leading South America airline
10/21/2021 - Increasing number of COVID-19 infections trigger alarms in Chile
10/25/2021 - Unprecedented consensus in Chile against newspaper article marking 75th anniversary of Göring's death
10/26/2021 - Parts of Chile back under COVID-19 restrictions amid growing number of infections
10/29/2021 - Chile: 60% of people in favour of impeaching Piñera over Pandora Papers
10/29/2021 - Chile: Piñera says his impeachment is politically driven
11/02/2021 - 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Valparaiso In Chile
11/03/2021 - Chile's economy activity index in September increased 15,6% year to year
11/03/2021 - Magallanes coronavirus contagion the highest in Chile; government orders return to restriction measures
11/04/2021 - Two dead and three injured in a gun battle with Mapuche radical groups in southern Chile
11/05/2021 - Wine production in South America booming: Chile 30% up and Argentina 16%
11/08/2021 - State of Emergency in Chile: 81.56% in favor of it
11/09/2021 - Italian pharmaceuticals to be produced in Chile with Bill Gates grant
11/15/2021 - COVID-19 cases back on the rise in Chile
11/16/2021 - Chile to reopen additional land crossings
11/17/2021 - Chile's President survives new impeachment attempt
11/19/2021 - The Antipodas project, a US$2 Billion Subsea Solar Power Cable From Chile To China
11/20/2021 - Chile voters go to polls amid deep divisions
11/21/2021 - Chile: Far-left and far-right hopefuls poised to make it through to runoff in Sunday's presidential elections
11/22/2021 - Pinochetist and leftist candidates advance to presidential runoff in Chile
11/24/2021 - Chile's first transgender Deputy-elect says LGBT community afraid of Kast
11/24/2021 - The main "political party" of Chile's presidential election: 50% + abstention
11/26/2021 - Chile lowers vaccination age for children down to the age of 3
11/28/2021 - Venezuelan migrants seeking a new home in Chile
11/29/2021 - Chile planning an optical fiber cable from Puerto Williams to Antarctica
11/29/2021 - Pinochet's political heir not likely to win presidential runoff in Chile
11/29/2021 - Chile: Piñera appoints new Health Undersecretary
12/01/2021 - "Chile Day" in UK, British ministers and president Piñera will be attending
12/01/2021 - Latin American left wing leaders expecting progressive victories in Chile and Brazil
12/01/2021 - 'No middle ground': Chile voters face tough choice as run-off looms
12/02/2021 - Chile's Lower House votes against legalizing abortion
12/04/2021 - Kast now vows to defend women's rights if elected President of Chile
12/04/2021 - Dinosaur Tail Found In Chile Could Point To Discovery Of New Species
12/06/2021 - Mapuches strike again in southern Chile
12/07/2021 - Chile same-sex marriage: Law overwhelmingly approved by parliament
12/07/2021 - Chile's Parliament okays same-sex marriage
12/07/2021 - "Love Is Love": Chile Legalises Same-Sex Marriage After Decade-Long Fight
12/08/2021 - Chile's inflation: the highest since December 2008; Central Bank expected to further raise basic rate
12/10/2021 - 'One of two extremes': Chile set for its most divisive election run-off since returning to democracy
12/10/2021 - Omicron variant slowly spreads throughout Chile
12/11/2021 - Falklands' Government requests Argentina for compassionate charter flight to Chile
12/14/2021 - Kast closes in on Boric ahead of Chile's presidential runoff
12/16/2021 - In pictures: Crowds celebrate death of Pinochet's widow in Chile
12/17/2021 - Chile: Pinochet's widow Lucía Hiriart dies aged 99
12/18/2021 - Bloomberg's pessimistic outlook of Chile's once shinning future
12/19/2021 - Leftist Gabriel Boric wins Chile presidential election
12/19/2021 - Chile election: Laser shone at Gabriel Boric during victory speech
12/20/2021 - Boric wins runoff to become Chile's youngest ever President
12/20/2021 - “Malvinas Argentinas,” Chile's President-elect once told UK Ambassador
12/23/2021 - IAPA wants press freedom guaranteed in Chile's new Constitution
12/23/2021 - Falklands waiting for Argentine response on the request for a compassionate charter flight to Chile
12/23/2021 - Eduardo Bolsonaro says "Bolivarian Chile" to follow Venezuela's path
12/24/2021 - Chile to start applying fourth dose of COVID-19 vax in 2022
12/24/2021 - Armed Mapuches in Southern Chile burn 31 cabins, forestry machinery and open fire on a hydrant aircraft
12/27/2021 - Argentina says humanitarian flights "all ready" to fly Falklands-residents to Chile
12/29/2021 - Former Deputy Health Minister to handle Chile's sanitary transition
01/03/2022 - Strong recovery of employment in most of Chile
01/04/2022 - Bee farming: Police stung as beekeepers protest in Chile
01/05/2022 - Chile's Senate approves yet another extension of State of Exception
01/08/2022 - Chile's physicians discourage traveling to Argentina due to Omicron
01/11/2022 - Covid: Chile starts fourth vaccine dose amid rise in cases
01/11/2022 - Chile: Boric wants pardon for all those prosecuted for 2019 Social Outbreak
01/19/2022 - Chile's future First Lady to add a feminist twist to the job
01/20/2022 - Argentine lorry drivers stage protest due to Chile's tight sanitary controls
01/21/2022 - Most of Chile's future ministers will be women, Boric announces
01/21/2022 - Convicted Mapuche leader granted parole in Chile
01/24/2022 - Haitian migrants stranded at Santiago's airport in Chile
01/24/2022 - Chile's Gov't appeals parole granted to Mapuche leader Jones-Huala
01/26/2022 - Uruguay and Chile, the least corrupt “in a corrupt continent”
01/28/2022 - Chile raises reference rate to 5,5% to combat inflation: More could come
01/31/2022 - Diplomatic solution found to crisis of truckers crossing into Chile
01/31/2022 - Unemployment in Chile almost back at 2019 levels
02/03/2022 - Chile: Puerto Montt lender priest defrocked for canonical offenses
02/05/2022 - The fast fashion graveyard in Chile's Atacama Desert
02/07/2022 - Chile's FM resigns with new Spanish job in mind
02/08/2022 - 2021 was a good year for foreign direct investment in Chile, the highest since 2015
02/08/2022 - Chile starts applying 4th dose of COVID-19 vaccine
02/15/2022 - Chile starts path to full ban of single-use replaceable plastic items
02/16/2022 - Inflation remains strong in Chile; Central bank expected to take reference rate to 8% next May
02/17/2022 - State of Emergency decreed in northern Chile to deal with irregular migration
02/19/2022 - Chile is to become a "regional, multinational and intercultural State", according to the new constitution
02/19/2022 - Interior Minister wants Chile's northern borders fully closed
02/22/2022 - COVID-19 starts decline in Chile, minister says
02/24/2022 - Chile's Constitution to include abortion and sexual rights?
03/01/2022 - Chile submits report on the extended continental shelf west of the Antarctic Peninsula
03/01/2022 - Falklands Government confirms compassionate charter flight to Chile 19 March
03/05/2022 - How To Tackle Climate Change The Chile Way? Create Park To Save Glaciers
03/07/2022 - Chile excludes Russian companies from Latin America's largest Air and Space show
03/07/2022 - Chile to build longer ditch along Bolivian border
03/09/2022 - Allende's niece and a Latin woman member of Biden's cabinet will attend the inauguration of Boric in Chile
03/10/2022 - Compassionate charter flight to Chile not approved by Government of Argentina
03/10/2022 - Chile couples' joy as first same-sex marriages held
03/10/2022 - Uruguayan president will fly to Chile to thank Piñera and assist Boric's presidential inauguration
03/10/2022 - February inflation in Chile moderates but still high; beware of consequences of the Russia/Ukraine war
03/12/2022 - Boric sworn in as Chile's youngest-ever President: "Violation of Human Rights will never happen again"
03/12/2022 - Boric sworn in as Chile's youngest-ever President: ”
03/14/2022 - Presidents of Bolivia, Peru discuss bilateral issues while in Chile
03/14/2022 - Boric would like Chile to resume full ties with Bolivia
03/16/2022 - Interior Minister's motorcade greeted with gunshots by Mapuche group in Chile
03/19/2022 - Chile: Boric signs environmental agreement Piñera had discarded
03/23/2022 - Restoring diplomatic ties with Chile hinges on maritime issue, Bolivian gov't says
03/24/2022 - Chile's to become "plurinational" state under new Constitution?
03/26/2022 - KLM to resume route between Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile
03/29/2022 - Chile extends agriculture emergency three months because of lack of rain
04/01/2022 - Road assailants burn trucks in Chile's Araucanía
04/08/2022 - Falkland Islands Government seeks to resume air links with Chile from July
04/09/2022 - Chile's inflation for March above market projections
04/11/2022 - Chile plans to build Antarctic center in Punta Arenas
04/11/2022 - Chile to open borders as early as May 1
04/12/2022 - Chile: Santiago braces for emergency water rationing
04/15/2022 - No more PCR tests or vax cards to enter Chile
04/15/2022 - Chile: Presidential envoy refuses to sign "Summit for Peace" minute
04/23/2022 - Chile: Rebel groups strike again in Araucanía
04/25/2022 - Efficiency of peat ecosystems helping contain climate change, underlined by Chile at the Venice Biennal
04/28/2022 - Johnson thanks Chile for supporting UK access to the Trans Pacific trade partnership
05/02/2022 - Reporter among those wounded during demonstrations in Chile
05/05/2022 - Lord Mayor of the City of London on official visit to Chile
05/05/2022 - Chile's future constitution makes room for indigenous ancestral land rights
05/06/2022 - Chile's base rate increased 125 points to 8,25%, highest since September 2008
05/12/2022 - Chile's Lower House passes Escazú treaty bill
05/12/2022 - CAM calls for Mapuche armed resistance in southern Chile
05/15/2022 - China's Sinovac Biotech building vaccine plant in Chile investing US$ 100 million
05/16/2022 - Bolsonaro insists Argentina and Chile might end up like Cuba
05/17/2022 - Security becomes a concern for Chile's gov't
05/17/2022 - Spain calls for a quick ratification of EU trade agreements with Chile, Mexico and Mercosur, but what else is needed?
05/18/2022 - Chile back to state of exception in southern provinces
05/18/2022 - Chile's Lower House passes controversial bill for "menstruating persons"
05/19/2022 - In Chile, Man vs Government Over His Dead Father's $1.2 Million
05/21/2022 - Chile's armed forces will respond if they have to, minister says
05/25/2022 - Mapuche worker killed in armed attack in southern Chile
05/26/2022 - Strong quake felt in Peru, Chile and Bolivia
06/08/2022 - Commercial air link Falklands/Chile scheduled to resume 2nd July. Ticket booking begins
06/08/2022 - Chile's trade balance on the rise
06/09/2022 - Resumption of Chile/Falklands air link, a “historic event”, says Argentine official Carmona
06/13/2022 - Bachelet quits UN Human Rights post and returns to Chile
06/30/2022 - Chile reducing unemployment, albeit slowly
07/02/2022 - Chile's gov't aims to tax the wealthiest and the mining companies
07/04/2022 - LATAM air link to Falklands from Chile normalized after 30 months
07/08/2022 - Flash of light as meteor spotted over Chile
07/12/2022 - Inflation in Chile at record level since June 1994
07/18/2022 - Chile injects US$ 25 billion liquidity to contain the exchange rate and inflation
07/19/2022 - Chile opens bid process for the International Antarctic Center in Punta Arenas
07/19/2022 - Over 1,000 Of Dinosaur Footprints Found In Small Town In Chile: Report
07/25/2022 - Chile's largest copper producer will construct a one billion dollars desalinization plant
08/02/2022 - Authorities investigate after mysterious sinkhole appears in Chile
08/03/2022 - 2030 World Cup: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay bid to be joint hosts
08/03/2022 - Argentina and Chile lobby for a Marine Protected Area west of Antarctica Peninsula
08/05/2022 - Applications for UK Chevening Scholarships are open in Chile
08/05/2022 - COVID-19 infections on the rise in Chile
08/09/2022 - Inflation in Chile at its highest level since March 1994
08/10/2022 - Mapuche groups claim responsibility for yet another attack in Chile
08/11/2022 - Chile and UK discuss green energy cooperation and delivery of ex-RAF Sentry aircraft
08/11/2022 - First South American Ikea store opens in Chile
08/16/2022 - Chile's proposed Constitution unlikely to prevail
08/17/2022 - Chile Day in London next December 12/13. Finance minister attending
08/19/2022 - Foreign ministers of Chile, China highlight bilateral ties and FTA
08/25/2022 - Carmona visits Santiago, thanks Chile for its support on the Malvinas Question
08/26/2022 - Chile: Boric's cabinet suffers first “casualty” due to Mapuche conflict
08/30/2022 - Chile's planned Constitution still not likely to survive plebiscite
08/31/2022 - Chile: Mapuche protester arrested after demonstration in Araucania
09/03/2022 - Chile: Vote on new constitution but divisions persist
09/05/2022 - Chile constitution: Voters overwhelmingly reject radical change
09/05/2022 - IMF Approves Two-Year US$18.5 Billion Flexible Credit Line for Chile
09/05/2022 - Foreign Office update travel advice for Chile: protests can turn violent
09/05/2022 - Chile: New Constitution rejected
09/05/2022 - Falklands' Stanley Penguins U12, the Golden team of ice hockey Cup in Chile
09/06/2022 - Maduro sorry for Chile not approving reformed Constitution
09/13/2022 - Mountain Glacier Collapses Amid High Temperatures In Chile
09/16/2022 - Boric refuses to welcome Israel's new ambassador in Chile
09/16/2022 - Chile: Argentine Ambassador summoned over radio statements
09/20/2022 - Chile will have a new Constitution soon, Boric tells UN General Assembly
09/20/2022 - Chile will have a new Constitution soon, Boric tells UNGA
09/22/2022 - US Secretary of State to visit Chile in early October and meet with president Boric
09/23/2022 - Leak from military brass shows Chile's concerns over current issues
09/23/2022 - Chile's top general resigns over intel leak
10/04/2022 - US Secretary of State heading for OAS assembly in Peru, with previous visits to Colombia and Chile
10/12/2022 - Chile and visiting South Korean PM agree to update trade deal and a strategic minerals MOU
10/12/2022 - Chile's Senate greenlights CPTPP agreement
10/13/2022 - Chile ups TPM to curb inflation
10/14/2022 - Mobile green hydrogen plant launched in northern Chile
10/19/2022 - Chile commemorates 3rd anniversary of social uprising
10/20/2022 - Chile to be billed for travelers seeking treatment in Chubut
10/21/2022 - Money rains on highway after Chile burglary
10/27/2022 - Crime in Chile: Opposition praises president Boric's change of attitude', but distrust entourage
10/29/2022 - Chile: Leading copper producer reports 10.4% drop in output
11/04/2022 - Boric launches bill to change Chile's pension system
11/09/2022 - Yellow Alert decreed in Chile over increasing volcanic activity
11/10/2022 - Chile's interannual inflation on downward path
11/17/2022 - Chile pressured to take sides in USA-China feud
11/24/2022 - Mexico, Chile agree to boost bilateral cooperation
11/25/2022 - Yellow alert maintained around Chile's Villarrica volcano
11/25/2022 - Yello alert maintained around Chile's Villarrica volcano
11/29/2022 - Peru's President lands in Chile for bilateral talks
11/30/2022 - No significant changes in Chile's unemployment rate
12/02/2022 - Dispute between Chile and Bolivia over Silala settled by ICJ ruling
12/05/2022 - Chile On Alert As Active Villarrica Volcano Rumbles, Spits Fire
12/10/2022 - Electric car company signs dealership agreement in Chile
12/10/2022 - Lascar Volcano In Chile's Andes Stirs, Shoots Smoke, Ash 6 Kms Upwards
12/10/2022 - Chile volcano: Alert issued after Lascar rumbles to life
12/12/2022 - Avian flu confirmed among dead pelicans in the north of Chile
12/15/2022 - US/Chile Chamber of Commerce warns rampant crime activity threatens interest of foreign investors
12/16/2022 - Wildfires rip through Chile as temperatures soar
12/22/2022 - Bird flu spreading fast in northern Chile
12/22/2022 - Low cost Jetsmart returns flying Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas six times a week
12/23/2022 - Two Dead, 400 Homes Damaged In Chile Resort Town Fire
12/24/2022 - Chile: Two people dead, multiple homes burned down in Viña del Mar fire
12/26/2022 - Chile launches the first icebreaker made in South America
12/26/2022 - Chile: Fire in Viña under control but red alert declared in La Araucanía
12/31/2022 - Chile: 11 social protesters and one guerrilla pardoned
01/06/2023 - Argentines flock to Chile to buy new tires
01/07/2023 - Chile launches aid package as Boric's popularity drops
01/09/2023 - Chile's Justice Minister resigns to avoid impeachment
01/11/2023 - Remains Of Four Dinosaur Species Found In Chile For First Time: Report
01/11/2023 - Four Dinosaur Species Found In Chile For First Time: Report
01/28/2023 - A hot tempered ambassador and will Falklands' HMS Forth be allowed to dock in Chile
02/03/2023 - Parts of Chile under red alert for major forest fires in central region
02/04/2023 - People in Chile loot beer after truck overturns
02/04/2023 - Chile wildfires: State of emergency declared in two regions
02/06/2023 - Chile's wildfires death toll reaches 24
02/07/2023 - Foreign Office Travel Advice for the Falklands and Chile
02/08/2023 - British business sizes up global trade wins as Malaysia and Chile join Indo-Pacific bloc
02/09/2023 - Evacuations ordered in Chile as wildfires run amok
02/09/2023 - Chile wildfires threaten animals
02/13/2023 - Chile: Poll shows Boric's popularity slightly improving from worse to just bad
02/14/2023 - Falklands flagged “RRS Sir David Attenborough” in Chile irks the nerves of Argentine senators
02/18/2023 - Silence among Latin American powers: Chile, the only that openly condemn Daniel Ortega's latest offensive
02/24/2023 - Chile's Cochamó Valley awarded sanctuary status
02/27/2023 - Chile reinforces military presence near Peru, Bolivia border
03/03/2023 - Chile's Senate agrees to virtual appearance by Ukrainian President
03/04/2023 - Former DINA operatives convicted in Chile
03/07/2023 - Chile: Constitutional reform Admissibility Committee picks its authorities
03/08/2023 - Chile's Interior Minister calls for citizen participation in new Constitutional reform effort
03/09/2023 - Chile shows negative inflation in February
03/24/2023 - Chile's Senate agrees to cut down number of working hours
03/28/2023 - UN meeting on climate change kicks off in Chile
03/30/2023 - First human case of bird flu reported in Chile
04/02/2023 - UK strikes deal to join major free trade bloc in Asia-Pacific, including Chile, Peru and Mexico
04/07/2023 - Insecurity crisis in Chile: government gives police more power to use firearms
04/15/2023 - Chile: 40-hour working week signed into law
04/18/2023 - Chile announces first 5G tech business development center
04/21/2023 - Chile announces national lithium strategy
04/24/2023 - Chile reports first human case of avian influenza; Uruguay begins vaccination in commercial poultry farms
04/25/2023 - Argentina to export oil to Chile again
04/28/2023 - Venezuelan migrant crisis sparks diplomatic clash between Chile and Peru
05/01/2023 - Venezuela wants to rescue migrants stranded in border between Chile and Peru
05/03/2023 - Chile's March economic activity indicator contracts 2,1%, with the largest falls in mining and manufacturing
05/03/2023 - Chile keeps track of the Chinese jigger fleet crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific
05/07/2023 - Chile votes again to draft new Constitution
05/08/2023 - Chile constitution: Far-right party biggest in new assembly
05/08/2023 - Rightwing parties to control Chile's new constituent assembly
05/10/2023 - Chile: Boric enacts new anti-drug trafficking law
05/12/2023 - Chile denounces Argentina drying up binational river
05/13/2023 - Chile's new law blazes trail for children of femicide victims
05/16/2023 - Chile launches Lithium and Salt Flats Committee
05/18/2023 - Chile ups tax burden on copper mining
05/19/2023 - EU involved in talks with Argentina and Chile to ensure supplies of lithium
05/22/2023 - British Foreign Secretary establishes policy towards Latin America in Chile
05/23/2023 - Chile's advantageous position in electromobility development highlighted
05/24/2023 - UK and Chile deepen political relations with Joint Statement recalling 200 years of close people to people links
05/24/2023 - UK and Chile deepen political relations, highlighting 200 years of close people-to-people links
05/25/2023 - James Cleverly in Chile: Falklands have a right to self determination and to choose their future
06/08/2023 - Chile's Constitutional Council instated

Chile's Constitutional Council instated

Published: 06/08/2023 in MercoPress

I hope that all of us are aware of what we can achieve when we are capable of putting the common good above our particular interests, Boric said Chile's Constitutional Council, a body of 50 people that will pen a new Constitution, was instated Wednesday in Santiago in a new attempt to change the 1980 Magna Carta inherited from Augusto Pinochet's military regime. The first try succumbed in a plebiscite in September of 2022.

James Cleverly in Chile: Falklands have a right to self determination and to choose their future

Published: 05/25/2023 in MercoPress

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly made a fundamental speech on Latin American policy during his visit to Chile British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, on a political and trade visit to South America, including Colombia, Chile and Brazil, said the Falkland Islands people have the right to self determination recalling that ten years ago Islanders overwhelmingly voted to remain in the British Family.

UK and Chile deepen political relations, highlighting 200 years of close people-to-people links

Published: 05/24/2023 in MercoPress

Cleverly and Chilean Minister Van Klaveren recognized the importance of defense relations between the UK and Chile, noting the strong naval links going back over 200 years. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and the Foreign Minister of Chile Alberto van Klaveren met on 22 May in Santiago for the UK-Chile High-Level Political Dialogue to deepen the UK and Chile’s diplomatic, economic, financial, trade, business, and defense links.

UK and Chile deepen political relations with Joint Statement recalling 200 years of close people to people links

Published: 05/24/2023 in MercoPress

Cleverly and Chilean Minister Van Klaveren recognized the importance of defense relations between the UK and Chile, noting the strong naval links going back over 200 years. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and the Foreign Minister of Chile Alberto van Klaveren met on 22 May in Santiago for the UK-Chile High-Level Political Dialogue to deepen the UK and Chile’s diplomatic, economic, financial, trade, business, and defense links.

Chile's advantageous position in electromobility development highlighted

Published: 05/23/2023 in MercoPress

“Chilean copper and lithium mining is fundamental,” Hernando said During her participation in the Raw Materials Convention between the European Union and Latin America 2023 in Argentina, Chile's Mining Minister Marcela Hernando highlighted her country's advantageous position for the development of electromobility due to its large copper and lithium reserves.

British Foreign Secretary establishes policy towards Latin America in Chile

Published: 05/22/2023 in MercoPress

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly meets English language students from Barranquilla during his tour of Latin America and the Caribbean British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will use a keynote speech in the Chilean capital Santiago on Monday 22 May to set out the UK’s future relationship with Latin America.

EU involved in talks with Argentina and Chile to ensure supplies of lithium

Published: 05/19/2023 in MercoPress

It is estimated that demand for lithium of which Argentina and Chile are crucial suppliers will multiply by twelve by 2030 and twenty by 2050 The European Union is working on agreements with Argentina and Chile with the purpose of increasing access to critical minerals such as lithium, essential for the batteries of electric automobiles and to comply with the EU's less carbon-intensive economy guidelines.

Chile ups tax burden on copper mining

Published: 05/18/2023 in MercoPress

Chile is the world's largest copper producer Chile's Lower House Wednesday passed a bill increasing taxation on large copper mining, with which the Government of President Gabriel Boric Font intends to feed the country's coffers, it was reported in Santiago.

Chile launches Lithium and Salt Flats Committee

Published: 05/16/2023 in MercoPress

The new body adds to President Boric's lithium strategy outlined last month Chile's Government Monday approved the creation of the "Lithium and Salt Flats Committee" to add to the National Lithium Strategy announced last month in areas involving the Economic Development Agency (Corfo) and also as a technical advisory body, it was reported in Santiago.

Chile's new law blazes trail for children of femicide victims

Published: 05/13/2023 in BBC News - World

A new law will provide an allowance for children of mothers killed by their partners or ex-partners.

Chile denounces Argentina drying up binational river

Published: 05/12/2023 in MercoPress

Judging by the current water levels, Chilean authorities suspect works continue on the Argentine side of the Vizcachas river Following complaints by Chilean ranchers, Santiago sent a note to Argentina for works that dried up the Vizcachas, a transboundary river originating in southeast Santa Cruz and reaching Magallanes. The land owners claim that the binational watercourse has suddenly dried up and denounce that it is due to works carried out on the Argentine side.

Chile: Boric enacts new anti-drug trafficking law

Published: 05/10/2023 in MercoPress

“Chile will finally have a law that strengthens the prosecution of drug trafficking and organized crime,” Boric said Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Tuesday signed into law the Anti-Drug Trafficking Bill changing the penal code for drug traffickers and tackling the money trail behind these operations.

Rightwing parties to control Chile's new constituent assembly

Published: 05/08/2023 in MercoPress

The far right and the traditional right together have an absolute majority of the seats due to which they will not need to negotiate anything with the left José Antonio Kast's far-right Republican Party Sunday scored a resounding victory in the elections to form the 50-member council which will draft a new Constitution for Chile after last year's reformed text was turned down by 62% of the votes in a referendum.

Chile constitution: Far-right party biggest in new assembly

Published: 05/08/2023 in BBC News - World

A far-right party comes first in a vote to choose those tasked with drawing up a new constitution.

Chile votes again to draft new Constitution

Published: 05/07/2023 in MercoPress

Last year's draft was turned down massively in a referendum, but Boric chose to insist Over 15 million Chileans are to vote Sunday in order to form the 50-member body to draft a new Constitution with which to replace the one stemming from the Augusto Pinochet military regime after the previous project was massively turned down in a referendum in September last. Voting is mandatory and fines are imposed on those who cannot justify their omission.

Chile keeps track of the Chinese jigger fleet crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific

Published: 05/03/2023 in MercoPress

A Chilean navy officer shows the trajectory of some of the Chinese jiggers as they move along the Pacific coast     The Chilean Navy and the country's National Fisheries Service, Sernapesca, reported that they are keeping track of the "devastating" Chinese fleet sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans and currently sailing north along the Chilean coast line, after ending its squid season.

Chile's March economic activity indicator contracts 2,1%, with the largest falls in mining and manufacturing

Published: 05/03/2023 in MercoPress

This is also the second month running economic contraction and the largest fall since last November when the Chilean economy collapsed minus 3,3%. Chile's monthly economic activity indicator, Imacec, contracted in March 2,1% compared to the same month in 2022, according to the latest report from the country's Central Bank. The indicator is located in the pessimist area of analysts' expectations who were anticipating a drop of minus 1,7% to minus 2%, following the latest reports of industrial production and commerce activity during March. This is also the second-month running contraction and the largest fall since last November when the Chilean economy collapsed minus 3,3%.

Venezuela wants to rescue migrants stranded in border between Chile and Peru

Published: 05/01/2023 in MercoPress

The presence of these migrants on the border has generated a diplomatic crisis between Chile and Peru.<br />
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Venezuela's Foreign Ministry started talks with its Chilean and Peruvian counterparts to coordinate flights whereby migrants stranded on the border between these two countries can be flown back to Caracas, it was reported.

Venezuelan migrant crisis sparks diplomatic clash between Chile and Peru

Published: 04/28/2023 in MercoPress

Otárola urged Boric to “solve their problems and not to throw them to another country” Peru's Foreign Ministry Thursday Chilean ambassador Óscar Fuentes as thousands of Venezuelan migrants are trying to cross into the country from the southern border to "protest for the lack of collaboration shown by the Chilean police authorities, which has generated the events that occurred today" when a group tried to force their way into the country and circumvent the police checkpoints.

Argentina to export oil to Chile again

Published: 04/25/2023 in MercoPress

Iuliano said that if something has to be fixed, “there would be a change in the schedule.” Beginning in June, Argentina will resume exporting oil to Chile after 17 years, the website Rio Negro reported.

Chile reports first human case of avian influenza; Uruguay begins vaccination in commercial poultry farms

Published: 04/24/2023 in MercoPress

Uruguay agriculture minister Fernando Mattos announced the start of mandatory vaccination on May 2nd of all laying hens in commercial farms The Ministry of Health of Chile notified WHO of the detection of human infection with avian influenza A(H5) virus. The patient is a 53-year-old male from the Region of Antofagasta in the north of Chile. He had no history of comorbidities or recent travel.

Chile announces national lithium strategy

Published: 04/21/2023 in MercoPress

“I have no doubt that we can do it well,” Boric said. Photo: GETTY IMAGES Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Thursday launched a new state lithium policy which includes the creation of the National Lithium Company and the participation of private companies in new developments. Chile is the world's second-largest lithium producer, behind Australia.

Chile announces first 5G tech business development center

Published: 04/18/2023 in MercoPress

In 2021, Chile was the first country in Latin America to tender the spectrum with national coverage for the 5G network Chile's Catholic University (PUC) is to implement the first 5G technology business development and pilot center in the country. The facility will develop prototypes and scaling of digital solutions for different industries, the Chilean government's Production Development Corporation (Corfo) announced Monday in Santiago.

Chile: 40-hour working week signed into law

Published: 04/15/2023 in MercoPress

Boric said it was a “historic” day because “for many years the project was considered impossible” Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Friday signed into law the bill creating the 40-hour working week, which had been one of his campaigns promises .“We are taking a step forward for the welfare of working men and women”, said Boric during a promulgation ceremony at the Parque de la Familia, in Santiago.

Insecurity crisis in Chile: government gives police more power to use firearms

Published: 04/07/2023 in MercoPress

Amnesty International, stated the law could “increase police abuse and impunity” and is a “enormous step back” in terms of advancing police reforms. Street crime and violence have triggered a major political crisis in Chile, because of rampant insecurity, and the third police officer in less than a month was killed on duty. The leftish/populist government of Chile has had to sign draconian laws favoring law enforcement officer's right to use their arms, increased penalties for crimes involving firearm possession, plus US$ 1,5 billion in funds to fight crime,

UK strikes deal to join major free trade bloc in Asia-Pacific, including Chile, Peru and Mexico

Published: 04/02/2023 in MercoPress

CPTPP membership will complement and reinforce existing bilateral trade agreements UK have already signed, including those with Chile, Mexico and Peru. The UK announced on 31 March the conclusion of trade talks with member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a vast free trade area spanning the Asia-Pacific, after 21 months of negotiations. The bloc is home to over 500 million people and will have a total GDP of £11 trillion once the UK joins.

First human case of bird flu reported in Chile

Published: 03/30/2023 in MercoPress

The 53-year-old male patient in Arica was reported to be stable Chilean health authorities Wednesday confirmed the first case of a human patient suffering from avian flu. It is a 53-year-old man from the city of Arica in the northern part of the country, who has been reported to be stable.

UN meeting on climate change kicks off in Chile

Published: 03/28/2023 in MercoPress

Climate change represents “an unprecedented threat for the whole world,” Minister Rojas warned Experts from all over the world convened in Santiago, Chile, Monday for the opening day of a United Nations (UN) week of adaptation to climate change to address impacts and challenges, it was reported.

Chile's Senate agrees to cut down number of working hours

Published: 03/24/2023 in MercoPress

The bill had been introduced in 2017 by then-Deputies Camila Vallejo and Karol Cariola of Communist allegiance Chile's Senate passed a bill cutting down the number of working hours from 45 to a maximum of 40 per week. If ratified by the Lower House, the new scheme will be applied gradually over a period of five years.

Chile shows negative inflation in February

Published: 03/09/2023 in MercoPress

Central Bank President Rosanna Costa said the economy was taking longer to cool down Chile recorded a 0.1% decrease in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of February of 2023 for an interannual 11.9% increase, the National Statistics Institute (INE) reported in Santiago Wednesday. It was the first negative monthly variation since November 2020.

Chile's Interior Minister calls for citizen participation in new Constitutional reform effort

Published: 03/08/2023 in MercoPress

“We do not have the possibility of making a mistake once again,” Tohá admitted Chile's Interior Minister Carolina Tohá admitted the country's previous constitutional reform attempt was a failure and said she was aware that her country could not afford to let that happen again while underlining the importance of citizen participation.

Chile: Constitutional reform Admissibility Committee picks its authorities

Published: 03/07/2023 in MercoPress

A new attempt to reform Chile's Constitution is going on amid popular indifference Chile's Admissibility Technical Committee for Constitutional reform started functioning Monday in Santiago by picking its authorities. The body is made up of 14 representatives from different political parties who were appointed on Jan. 25.

Former DINA operatives convicted in Chile

Published: 03/04/2023 in MercoPress

With these new convictions, the defendants accumulate over 900 years in prison A Chilean court Friday unanimously repealed a previous acquitting ruling and upheld the prison sentences imposed on 59 former operatives of the General Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship (1973-1990) who were found guilty of aggravated kidnappings, mostly of members of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) in what became known as Operation Colombo.

Chile's Senate agrees to virtual appearance by Ukrainian President

Published: 03/03/2023 in MercoPress

Latorre said he felt for the people of Ukraine but international affairs should be handled by the President and not the Legislative Chile's Senate has voted in favor of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski making a virtual appearance at the South American country's legislative, while a green light from the Lower House was to be confirmed shortly to make it a joint session if possible. Zelenski's telecast would be sometime between the last week of March and the first week of April.

Chile reinforces military presence near Peru, Bolivia border

Published: 02/27/2023 in MercoPress

According to Boric's decree, the military units “may carry out identity controls and detain persons entering or leaving through an unauthorized border crossing” The Chilean Government of President Gabriel Boric Font has upped the South American country's military strength in areas bordering Peru and Bolivia such as Arica, Parinacota, Tarapacá, and Antofagasta in a move to tackle illegal immigration, it was reported.

Chile's Cochamó Valley awarded sanctuary status

Published: 02/24/2023 in MercoPress

Now the challenge is to balance the needs of the tourists with the need to protect the sanctuary Chilean authorities have turned Patagonia’s Cochamó Valley into the South American country's new 42-square-mile sanctuary to protect rivers and wetlands in addition to 6,500 hectares (about 25 square miles) of mature forest and more than 1,800 hectares (about 7 square miles) of thousand-year-old larches which have been labeled as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Silence among Latin American powers: Chile, the only that openly condemn Daniel Ortega's latest offensive

Published: 02/18/2023 in MercoPress

Ortega responded to his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric and reffered him as a “lap dog” Of the five main powers in Latin America, all of which are governed by the left, the executive of Gabriel Boric in Chile has openly expressed its repudiation of what has happened in Nicaragua after President Daniel Ortega stripped 94 opposition members of their Nicaraguan nationality and banished 222 political prisoners to the United States, declaring them stateless.

Falklands flagged “RRS Sir David Attenborough” in Chile irks the nerves of Argentine senators

Published: 02/14/2023 in MercoPress

Tierra del Fuego Senator Pablo Daniel Blanco and his peer from Santa Cruz, María Belén Tapia addressed ministers Cafiero and Taiana requesting if they were aware of the UK icebreaker Two Argentine opposition Senators have requested the Foreign affairs and Defense Ministries to report on the ”unrestricted movements of the UK RRS Sir David Attenborough, flying the 'illegal flag of the Falklands', and sailing between Port Stanley (Puerto Argentino) and Punta Arena (Chile), and the implicit and vital logistic support provided to the vessel by the government of Chile.”

Chile: Poll shows Boric's popularity slightly improving from worse to just bad

Published: 02/13/2023 in MercoPress

31 people have been arrested for arson The Government of Chile failed to make timely decisions to fight the forest fires that broke out in the southern and central parts of the country, according to 68% of respondents to a survey by pollsters Cadem released on Sunday, which also showed the popularity of President Gabriel Boric Font slightly improving.

Chile wildfires threaten animals

Published: 02/09/2023 in BBC News - World

An emergency clinic was set up in Santa Juana to treat some of the animals.

Evacuations ordered in Chile as wildfires run amok

Published: 02/09/2023 in MercoPress

Eight people have been arrested for their possible involvement in the intentional lighting of the fires, Dresdner explained Chile's National Service for Disaster Prevention and Response (Senapred) Wednesday ordered the evacuation of 14 communes in the regions of Ñuble, Biobío, and La Araucanía, including Nacimiento, Purén, and Contulmo, which have all been particularly affected by the forest fires.

British business sizes up global trade wins as Malaysia and Chile join Indo-Pacific bloc

Published: 02/08/2023 in MercoPress

Greg Hands MP. UK Minister of State for Trade Policy, great news for UK businesses Malaysia and Chile have officially joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), meaning British businesses will get better access and lower tariffs in the Malaysian and Chilean markets when the UK joins the dynamic trade bloc.

Foreign Office Travel Advice for the Falklands and Chile

Published: 02/07/2023 in MercoPress

Most visits to the Falkland Islands are trouble-free and there is little crime or disorder. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has updated (February 7) its travel advises to the Falkland Islands and to Chile, with the usual main points of its reports: Summary, Coronavirus, Safety and Security, Terrorism, Local Laws and Customs, Entry requirements, Natural Disasters, Health, Money, Travel Advice and Support.

Chile's wildfires death toll reaches 24

Published: 02/06/2023 in MercoPress

There are also 26 people hospitalized in a serious condition, Monsalve said. Photo: AFP. Chilean authorities spoke Sunday of 24 fatalities, nearly 1,000 people injured, and some 800 houses destroyed in the past five days by wildfires spreading fast in amid a highly-irregular heat wave with strong winds and temperatures above 40°C in areas 500 km south of Santiago.

Chile wildfires: State of emergency declared in two regions

Published: 02/04/2023 in BBC News - World

More than 20 people are killed in Chile as wildfires sweep through 40,000 hectares of land.

People in Chile loot beer after truck overturns

Published: 02/04/2023 in BBC News - World

Locals in Santiago collect beer from the road after the vehicle carrying it was involved in an accident.

Parts of Chile under red alert for major forest fires in central region

Published: 02/03/2023 in MercoPress

Valenzuela said the dry and hot Puelche wind from the eastern cordillera was also expected in the central-southern zone The Government of Chile has declared a "red alert" in the central part of the country due to the heat wave stemming from 39 major forest fires as the wave keeps spreading throughout the country, most of them in Araucania (17) but also in Bío Bío (7), Ñuble (7), Maule (4), Los Lagos (3), and one in the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

A hot tempered ambassador and will Falklands' HMS Forth be allowed to dock in Chile

Published: 01/28/2023 in MercoPress

Argentine ambassador in Chile, Rafael Bielsa, triggered a serious incident between the two neighboring countries which was finally contained by both sides The leak of an audio message with no kind words from the Chilean foreign ministry top staff and advisors towards the Argentine ambassador in Chile, Rafael Bielsa, triggered a severe incident between the two neighboring countries which was finally contained by both sides with a cascade of compliments for the top figures involved.

Four Dinosaur Species Found In Chile For First Time: Report

Published: 01/11/2023 in NDTV News - World-news

Scientists have found the remains of four species of dinosaurs, including a megaraptor, in an inhospitable valley in Chilean Patagonia that has emerged over the past decade as an important fossil deposit, researchers said Wednesday.

Remains Of Four Dinosaur Species Found In Chile For First Time: Report

Published: 01/11/2023 in NDTV News - World-news

Scientists have found the remains of four species of dinosaurs, including a megaraptor, in an inhospitable valley in Chilean Patagonia that has emerged over the past decade as an important fossil deposit, researchers said Wednesday.

Chile's Justice Minister resigns to avoid impeachment

Published: 01/09/2023 in MercoPress

Opposition lawmakers were about to request Ríos' impeachment over last month's presidential pardons Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font accepted during the weekend the resignations of Justice Minister Marcela Ríos and Cabinet Chief Matías Meza Lopehandia, it was reported in Santiago.

Chile launches aid package as Boric's popularity drops

Published: 01/07/2023 in MercoPress

“If we are not responsible for the causes, we are responsible for dealing with their consequences,” Boric said about Chile's crisis The Chilean government of President Gabriel Boric Font Thursday announced a new series of measures to mitigate the effects of inflation on the population.

Argentines flock to Chile to buy new tires

Published: 01/06/2023 in MercoPress

Even if the new tires are declared at Customs on arrival and import taxes are paid, the difference still justifies the efforts Argentine drivers are flocking across the Andes into Chile for the summer vacations and also to purchase new tires which are in short supply nationwide and sell for up to twice as much, it was reported.

Chile: 11 social protesters and one guerrilla pardoned

Published: 12/31/2022 in MercoPress

“It is a commitment and I fulfill my commitments,” Boric said Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Friday pardoned 12 prisoners who had been arrested during the 2019 social protests and a former guerrilla who fought against then-dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. In keeping his campaign promise, Boric drew heavy criticism from the opposition.

Chile: Fire in Viña under control but red alert declared in La Araucanía

Published: 12/26/2022 in MercoPress

The red alert in La Araucanía is to last “until the conditions of the fire so warrant” Chilean authorities announced late Sunday that the fire in Viña del Mar was under control and declared a red alert for a similar incident in La Araucanía.

Chile launches the first icebreaker made in South America

Published: 12/26/2022 in MercoPress

She cost US$ 215 million, displaces some 13,000 tons and was co-designed with Vard Marines shipbuilders from Canada   The first icebreaker built in Latin America, Almirante Oscar Viel, was launched last week from the state-run naval ASMAR shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile after five years of construction

Chile: Two people dead, multiple homes burned down in Viña del Mar fire

Published: 12/24/2022 in MercoPress

“Our priority is the safety of the people,” Boric said At least two people have been killed and over 400 homes were burned down in a fire Friday at Viña del Mar, 120 km west of the Chilean capital. Authorities foresee it will take several days to extinguish the fire and the national government has declared a state of catastrophe for the Valparaíso region.

Two Dead, 400 Homes Damaged In Chile Resort Town Fire

Published: 12/23/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

At least two people died and some 400 homes have been damaged or destroyed in a fire that broke out Thursday in the Chilean seaside resort of Vina del Mar, prompting the government to declare a state...

Low cost Jetsmart returns flying Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas six times a week

Published: 12/22/2022 in MercoPress

Jetsmart said the airline flies Airbus A320 and A321, which “has us among the most modern airlines in South America” Low cost airline Jetsmart is scheduled to resume flying to Punta Arenas from Santiago de Chile this Thursday, after having recovered the Santiago/Puerto Natales route last 5 December, according to Pablo García general manager for the company in Chile.

Bird flu spreading fast in northern Chile

Published: 12/22/2022 in MercoPress

Health authorities in Europe are studying the possibility of using vaccinations to stem the spread of the virus Chile's Agriculture and Livestock Service Wednesday reported 1,030 bird deaths due to avian flu in northern regions of the country, at the same time Europe goes through the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

Wildfires rip through Chile as temperatures soar

Published: 12/16/2022 in BBC News - World

Central and southern parts of the country have seen over 7,000 hectares destroyed by forest fires.

US/Chile Chamber of Commerce warns rampant crime activity threatens interest of foreign investors

Published: 12/15/2022 in MercoPress

US/Chile Chamber CEO Paula Estévez The storming of a depot belonging to a sales company, beating up employees, and causing considerable damage to the building and offices has caused not only an impact on Chilean public opinion but also a strong reply from the American-Chile Chamber of Commerce.

Avian flu confirmed among dead pelicans in the north of Chile

Published: 12/12/2022 in MercoPress

Hundreds of dead and/or aimlessly wandering pelicans have been detected along beaches in the north of Chile  (Pic  Reuters) Following the confirmation of reported cases of avian flu in the north of Chile, Public Health ministry officials visited the area over the weekend where hundreds of dead pelicans have been found, pointing out that "so far there is no evidence of the bird flu contagion of humans" and calling on people to avoid contact with dead or sick birds.

Chile volcano: Alert issued after Lascar rumbles to life

Published: 12/10/2022 in BBC News - World

The Lascar volcano, in the north, sends a plume of volcanic ash and hot gases 6,000m into the sky.

Lascar Volcano In Chile's Andes Stirs, Shoots Smoke, Ash 6 Kms Upwards

Published: 12/10/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

A volcano in the Andes in Chile's north rumbled to life early Saturday, triggering minor earth tremors and sending a plume of smoke and ash 6,000 meters (nearly 20,000 feet) into a clear sky.

Electric car company signs dealership agreement in Chile

Published: 12/10/2022 in MercoPress

BYD started as a battery manufacturer and has evolved into other areas such as automobiles, rail transport, new energy, and electronics - 430 BYD electric buses run daily in Santiago Astara Chile signed an alliance with BYD whereby the Spanish distributor will market and distribute BYD electric passenger vehicles in the South American country starting in the first quarter of 2023, it was announced this week in Santiago.

Chile On Alert As Active Villarrica Volcano Rumbles, Spits Fire

Published: 12/05/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

Chile's snow-capped Villarrica volcano has been shaken by earthquakes and is belching fire, placing authorities on alert for a possible eruption in a picturesque area beloved by tourists.

Dispute between Chile and Bolivia over Silala settled by ICJ ruling

Published: 12/02/2022 in MercoPress

No victors were proclaimed in the process; Arce and Boric will have to work things out together, ICJ mandated The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Thursday announced a ruling validating Chile's claim that the Silala River is an international waterway and calling both parties to cooperate in the preservation of the natural resources in the area.

No significant changes in Chile's unemployment rate

Published: 11/30/2022 in MercoPress

Chile's labor market contraction is expected to continue Unemployment in Chile stood at 8.0 % in the August-October 2022 mobile quarter, according to a report from the National Statistics Institute (INE) released Tuesday, which represented no substantial changes from the previous three months.

Peru's President lands in Chile for bilateral talks

Published: 11/29/2022 in MercoPress

Castillo is to meet Boric early Tuesday and has a busy agenda ahead of him Peru's President Pedro Castillo Terrones and his entourage landed in Santiago on an official tour during which he is to participate in the IV Peru-Chile Binational Cabinet, among other engagements.

Yello alert maintained around Chile's Villarrica volcano

Published: 11/25/2022 in MercoPress

The risk of an eruption is not imminent but that might change Chilean authorities Thursday insisted on their yellow alert regarding a possible eruption by the Villarrica volcano. “The definition of a potential danger zone consisting of a radius of 500 meters around the crater is maintained,” the National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) said in a statement.

Yellow alert maintained around Chile's Villarrica volcano

Published: 11/25/2022 in MercoPress

The risk of an eruption is not imminent but that might change Chilean authorities Thursday insisted on their yellow alert regarding a possible eruption by the Villarrica volcano. “The definition of a potential danger zone consisting of a radius of 500 meters around the crater is maintained,” the National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) said in a statement.

Mexico, Chile agree to boost bilateral cooperation

Published: 11/24/2022 in MercoPress

Peru's President Pedro Castillo was not allowed to travel to Mexico City but will be in Santiago to meet with Boric Presidents Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) of Mexico and Gabriel Boric Font of Chile Wednesday agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in education, economic and environmental matters.

Chile pressured to take sides in USA-China feud

Published: 11/17/2022 in MercoPress

“I hope to bring good news to our country, both in terms of investment, reactivation of the economy, as well as cultural exchange and strengthening of democracy,” Boric said. Chile's President Gabriel Boric Font said Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand, that his administration had been pressured "to say which side we are on" in the escalating tension between China and the United States which is focused mainly on the issue of Taiwan.

Chile's interannual inflation on downward path

Published: 11/10/2022 in MercoPress

“We began to have inflation figures below what was expected,” Marcel explained Chile's inflation in October reached 0.5 % over the previous month, the National Statistics Institute (INE) reported this week. The new figure means an accumulated 11.4 % in the first ten months of 2022 and 12.8 % interannually.

Yellow Alert decreed in Chile over increasing volcanic activity

Published: 11/09/2022 in MercoPress

Argentine authorities have ruled out any serious threat by will nonetheless be monitoring the situation Chilean authorities have issued a Yellow Alert for the communes of Villarrica, Pucón, and Curarrehue in the region of La Araucanía, and for Panguipulli, in Los Ríos after an increase in activity by the Villarrica volcano was detected.

Boric launches bill to change Chile's pension system

Published: 11/04/2022 in MercoPress

The AFPs receive “tremendous profits” but pensioners do not benefit that much, Boric argued Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font has submitted before Congress a bill to end the pension fund administrators system created under dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Chile: Leading copper producer reports 10.4% drop in output

Published: 10/29/2022 in MercoPress

Codelco is the largest copper producer in the world Chile's state-owned copper producer Codelco reported Friday a 10.4 % decrease in output in the first three quarters of 2022.

Crime in Chile: Opposition praises president Boric's change of attitude', but distrust entourage

Published: 10/27/2022 in MercoPress

Praise for President Boric for his support of the Carabineros and a strong attitude towards crime Despite the collapse in public opinion approval of Chilean president Gabriel Boric, the government's opposition have valued the change of attitude from the leader, in recent weeks when referring to crucial areas such as law and order, although admitting there are still "pockets of resistance" in the government.

Money rains on highway after Chile burglary

Published: 10/21/2022 in BBC News - World

A shop burglary in Chile ended in a car chase and money showering onto a highway.

Chile to be billed for travelers seeking treatment in Chubut

Published: 10/20/2022 in MercoPress

Medical care in Argentina can be between 40% and 80% less expensive Chile's government will pay for the non-urgent medical treatment given to citizens of that country at the hospital in the Argentine Patagonia city of Esquel, effective next month, following an agreement with the province of Chubut.

Chile commemorates 3rd anniversary of social uprising

Published: 10/19/2022 in MercoPress

Boric insisted violence was not the way to solve problems Chile celebrated Tuesday the third anniversary of the social uprising that catapulted Gabriel Boric Font to the national center stage and eventually become president. The movement also had its martyrs from brutal police repression.

Mobile green hydrogen plant launched in northern Chile

Published: 10/14/2022 in MercoPress

Chile Thursday launched a mobile green hydrogen plant in Antofagasta to evaluate the country's potential in this regard. The ceremony was attended by President Gabriel Boric Font and Energy Minister Diego Pardow, among other high-ranking officials.

Chile ups TPM to curb inflation

Published: 10/13/2022 in MercoPress

Chile's Central Bank Wednesday announced an increase of 50 basis points to the Monetary Policy Rate (TPM) which has been now set at 11.25% in a unanimous decision by the Board aimed at tackling inflation.

Chile's Senate greenlights CPTPP agreement

Published: 10/12/2022 in MercoPress

President Gabriel Boric Font must now sign Chile's adherence to the treaty Chile's Upper House Tuesday ratified by 27 votes in favor, 10 against and 1 abstention, the country's joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which is expected to generate annual revenues of US$ 1.2 billion, it was announced.

Chile and visiting South Korean PM agree to update trade deal and a strategic minerals MOU

Published: 10/12/2022 in MercoPress

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo (L) and Chilean President Gabriel Boric in Santiago before the talks on October 11, 2022 Chilean president Gabriel Boric and South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo agreed on Tuesday in Santiago to resume negotiations this year to upgrade a bilateral free trade agreement that went into effect in 2004.

US Secretary of State heading for OAS assembly in Peru, with previous visits to Colombia and Chile

Published: 10/04/2022 in MercoPress

In Colombia Blinken will meet President Gustavo Petro, Vice President Francia Márquez, and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken started on Monday his tour of South American countries on the Pacific, Colombia, Chile and Peru, where the Organization of American States is holding its annual general assembly.

Chile's top general resigns over intel leak

Published: 09/23/2022 in MercoPress

Boric welcomed Paiva's decision to take responsibility for what has happened. Chilean General Guillermo Paiva Hernández has resigned as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO) following the leaking of classified information to the press which went viral Thursday

Leak from military brass shows Chile's concerns over current issues

Published: 09/23/2022 in MercoPress

Chile's Defense Minister has to return to Santiago after the scandal broke out Chile's Defense Minister Maya Fernandez was summoned back to Santiago at the earliest time possible after classified documents involving the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the relationship between President Gabriel Boric Font and his Argentine colleague Alberto Fernández went public.

US Secretary of State to visit Chile in early October and meet with president Boric

Published: 09/22/2022 in MercoPress

The purpose is to continue working on the agenda addressed last June by presidents, Gabriel Boric and Joe Biden. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be visiting Chile on 4/5 October as part of a tour of South American Pacific countries including Peru and Colombia, according to Chilean foreign ministry sources. The purpose is to continue working on the agenda addressed last June by presidents, Gabriel Boric and Joe Biden.

Chile will have a new Constitution soon, Boric tells UNGA

Published: 09/20/2022 in MercoPress

The leftwing Boric called for the release of Nicaragua's political prisoners Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that his country would have a new Constitution “shortly” after the Sept. 7 attempt to get a progressive text approved through a referendum failed to get past the vote of the citizenry.

Chile will have a new Constitution soon, Boric tells UN General Assembly

Published: 09/20/2022 in MercoPress

The leftwing Boric called for the release of Nicaragua's political prisoners Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that his country would have a new Constitution “shortly” after the Sept. 7 attempt to get a progressive text approved through a referendum failed to get past the vote of the citizenry.

Chile: Argentine Ambassador summoned over radio statements

Published: 09/16/2022 in MercoPress

Bielsa, a former Argentine Foreign Minister himself, has also been criticized for personally defending Argentine-born Mapuche leader Facundo Jones-Huala Chile's Foreign Ministry has summoned Argentine Ambassador Rafael Bielsa to convey to him that the Government of President Gabriel Boric Font finds some of his comments highly inappropriate for his role.

Boric refuses to welcome Israel's new ambassador in Chile

Published: 09/16/2022 in MercoPress

The issue did cause diplomatic tension between the two countries (Pic AFP) Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font refused to welcome Israeli Ambassador Gil Artzyeli at La Moneda Palace. The diplomat was supposed to deliver his credentials to the head of state, who reportedly cited the killing of a Palestinian teenager in the Middle East for his decision.

Mountain Glacier Collapses Amid High Temperatures In Chile

Published: 09/13/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

Higher temperatures and rainfall that weaken ice walls caused part of a hanging glacier to break off at a national park in Chile's Patagonia region in an event captured on video by tourists.

Maduro sorry for Chile not approving reformed Constitution

Published: 09/06/2022 in MercoPress

Photo: Reuters Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro explained Chile's proposed Constitution failed to get past Sunday's referendum because the process had been “mediatized.”

Falklands' Stanley Penguins U12, the Golden team of ice hockey Cup in Chile

Published: 09/05/2022 in MercoPress

In the final game Stanley Penguins beat the Vikings from Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego 7-0. On Saturday and following five days of intense competition the ice hockey Endemic Celebration Cup 2022, came to an end with an extraordinary triumph for the Falkland Islands Under 12 team, Stanley Penguins, who won gold in their category. In the final game, they beat the Vikings from Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego 7-0.

Chile: New Constitution rejected

Published: 09/05/2022 in MercoPress

Boric will insist on having a new, more progressive Magna Carta Nearly 62% of Chilean voters chose to reject the Constitution drafted by an Assembly called on after the 2020 incidents that led to President Gabriel Boric Foont's election.

Foreign Office update travel advice for Chile: protests can turn violent

Published: 09/05/2022 in MercoPress

Street demonstrations, protests and strikes are common across all of Chile, Santiago in particular. Although most are peaceful, they can turn violent. The latest Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for Chile, which includes entry requirements, safety, and security, and local laws and customs warns of potential deportation if foreign nationals are involved in protests and demonstrations.

IMF Approves Two-Year US$18.5 Billion Flexible Credit Line for Chile

Published: 09/05/2022 in MercoPress

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, said that “After an impressive recovery from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chile is facing a marked increase in global risks” The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a two-year arrangement for Chile under the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) in the amount of SDR 13.954 billion (about US$18.5 billion; 800 percent of quota).

Chile constitution: Voters overwhelmingly reject radical change

Published: 09/05/2022 in BBC News - World

The new progressive document was meant to replace the constitution drawn up under military rule.

Chile: Vote on new constitution but divisions persist

Published: 09/03/2022 in BBC News - World

The document was drafted after mass protests demanding more social inclusion and equality.

Chile: Mapuche protester arrested after demonstration in Araucania

Published: 08/31/2022 in MercoPress

Boric insisted he did not instruct any government official to contact the rebels but the CAM claims otherwise and vowed to prove it. Photo: AP One person was arrested Tuesday in the Chilean region of La Araucanía after the radical Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM) Mapuche indigenist movement staged a demonstration on Route 5 South demanding the release of their incarcerated comrades.

Chile's planned Constitution still not likely to survive plebiscite

Published: 08/30/2022 in MercoPress

The so far doomed Constitution would mean the victory of violent 21st Century socialism, according to rejection groups Chile's planned new Constitution seems to be heading for failure in the upcoming September 4 referendum, according to the latest polls, which show up to 56% of the citizenry would vote against it, between 4 and 12 percentage points above those who would approve it.

Chile: Boric's cabinet suffers first “casualty” due to Mapuche conflict

Published: 08/26/2022 in MercoPress

Vega had tried to hold talks “under the table” with a violent indigenist leader Chile's President Gabriel Boric Font Thursday accepted the resignation of Minister of Social Development, Jeannette Vega, after the latter was found to have tried to contact a Mapuche leader arrested earlier this week for acts of violence.

Carmona visits Santiago, thanks Chile for its support on the Malvinas Question

Published: 08/25/2022 in MercoPress

Picture supplies by the Chilean foreign ministry showing Carmona and the delegation that received him in Santiago Argentina's Secretary in charge of Malvinas, Antarctica, and the South Atlantic, Guillermo Carmona, following on his tour of neighboring countries, the first of which was Brazil, has now continued with a visit to Chile.

Foreign ministers of Chile, China highlight bilateral ties and FTA

Published: 08/19/2022 in MercoPress

Chile has always adhered to the one-China policy, Urrejola stressed While Europe plans to take steps to rebuild its ties with Latin America after Moscow and Beijing sneaked in as the region's new most important partners, the Foreign Ministers of China and Chile held a telephone conversation earlier this week, it was reported.

Chile Day in London next December 12/13. Finance minister attending

Published: 08/17/2022 in MercoPress

Finance minister Mario Marcel will be heading the Chilean delegation for the two day event next December Chilean Finance minister Mario Marcel will be attending the eleventh edition of the Chile Day in London scheduled to take place next December with the purpose of strengthening economic and financial relations between the two countries in a raft of disciplines. The two-day event is expected to take place 12/13 December.

Chile's proposed Constitution unlikely to prevail

Published: 08/16/2022 in MercoPress

Rejection seems to be a good thing for Chile's economy Three weeks ahead of Chile's Constitutional Plebiscite, the nays (Rejection)are still ahead, according to a survey by the consulting firm Cadem, which showed 46% of the voters would rather keep the Constitution drafted under Dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1980 instead of adopting the one penned by the Constitutional Assembly convened last year.

First South American Ikea store opens in Chile

Published: 08/11/2022 in MercoPress

Started in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea has been the world's largest furniture retailer since 2008 Chileans rushed Wednesday to the brand-new Ikea store in Santiago, the first of the multinational conglomerate specialized in ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories.

Chile and UK discuss green energy cooperation and delivery of ex-RAF Sentry aircraft

Published: 08/11/2022 in MercoPress

The official picture of minister Antonia Urrejola with British Ambassador in Santiago, Louise de Sousa Chilean foreign minister Antonia Urrejola received the British Ambassador in Santiago, Louise de Sousa to address several issues of the bilateral agenda, particularly referred to green energies.

Mapuche groups claim responsibility for yet another attack in Chile

Published: 08/10/2022 in MercoPress

Many violent events in Argentine Patagonia have resulted in no arrests, which is encouraging for the Mapuche groups. Mapuche violence is reaching unprecedented levels after the Arauco-Malleco Coordinating Committee (CAM) claimed responsibility Tuesday for an arson attack against a forestry site in the commune of Lumaco, in the Araucanía region, 700 kilometers south of Santiago.

Inflation in Chile at its highest level since March 1994

Published: 08/09/2022 in MercoPress

Transport and food were the items which had the largest influence in the 1,4% CPI increase during July As is happening in the rest of the world, there is no yielding from inflation in Chile, once the showcase of political stability and orthodox economics in Latin America. In effect, the July CPI climbed 1,4% with 8,5% in seven months, and the annual rate reached 13,1% the highest level since March 1994.

COVID-19 infections on the rise in Chile

Published: 08/05/2022 in MercoPress

Antofagasta's Bravo had forecast early last month that by the end of July there would be a peak of COVID-19 infections. Some schools in Antofagasta were reported to have suspended on-site classes as the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide continues to grow.

Applications for UK Chevening Scholarships are open in Chile

Published: 08/05/2022 in MercoPress

“We want diverse applicants from all backgrounds, including from all ages, race, gender, religion and cultural background. In Chile we are welcoming applicants from all regions.” The British embassy in Santiago has announced that applications for United Kingdom Chevening Scholarship for the 2023/24 academic year opened on August 2 until November first 2022, via chevening.org.apply

Argentina and Chile lobby for a Marine Protected Area west of Antarctica Peninsula

Published: 08/03/2022 in MercoPress

It is estimated 75% of all Antarctic krill is to be found in the Peninsula region Argentine and Chilean relations have not been traditionally smooth given the several borderline disputes both in land and in the sea, but there is a chance that this rivalry turns into a biodiversity milestone, with the joint proposal to create a Marine Protected Area in waters next to west Antarctica Peninsula and south of the Scotia arc, a project in which the Chilean Antarctic Institute and Argentina's Antarctic Institute have been working on since 2012.

2030 World Cup: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay bid to be joint hosts

Published: 08/03/2022 in BBC News - World

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay submit a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030.

Authorities investigate after mysterious sinkhole appears in Chile

Published: 08/02/2022 in BBC News - World

Authorities are investigating the sinkhole which is about 25m (82 ft) wide and 200m (650ft) deep.

Chile's largest copper producer will construct a one billion dollars desalinization plant

Published: 07/25/2022 in MercoPress

Codelco is pushing its desalination plans' forward to reduce the consumption of fresh water in the midst of a punishing drought that has lasted more than a decade Codelco, the world's largest copper producer announced that it will begin construction on a long-delayed US$1 billion desalination plant this year to supply its largest operations in northern Chile.

Over 1,000 Of Dinosaur Footprints Found In Small Town In Chile: Report

Published: 07/19/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

The small village of Huatacondo in northern Chile now holds the distinction of having the most dinosaur footprints in Chile. A group of scientists recently found more than 1,000 of these footprints...

Chile opens bid process for the International Antarctic Center in Punta Arenas

Published: 07/19/2022 in MercoPress

A sketch model of CAI, which should be completed by 2026 becoming a world class scientific research forum Five domestic and international construction companies are among the short list chosen by Chile's Public Works Ministry to participate in the bid to build the International Antarctic Center, CAI, in Punta Arenas, for which there is a budget of some 70 million dollars.

Chile injects US$ 25 billion liquidity to contain the exchange rate and inflation

Published: 07/18/2022 in MercoPress

Chile is undergoing deep political uncertainty with a novice government, and a constitutional assembly drafting a new document, which must undergo an approval referendum After the US dollar in Chile broke the milestone exchange rate of a thousand Pesos in June, the Central Bank reacted by announcing it will literally "flood" the market with 25bn dollars, of which 10bn to be supplied to the spot market, another 10bn covering future dollar operations, and 5bn in swap deals.

Inflation in Chile at record level since June 1994

Published: 07/12/2022 in MercoPress

The Chilean central bank said foreign investment in the first half of the year reached US$ 9,6bn, which is 17% higher than the average of the last five years Inflation in Chile reached 0,9% in June, 7,1% in the first half of the year and 12,5% in the last twelve months, which is the highest since 28 years, in June 1994.

Flash of light as meteor spotted over Chile

Published: 07/08/2022 in BBC News - World

The asteroid, which lit up the night sky in Santiago, was caught on camera.

LATAM air link to Falklands from Chile normalized after 30 months

Published: 07/04/2022 in MercoPress

LATAM aircraft at MPC. Flight LA984 left the Falklands with 41 passengers The commercial air link between Punta Arenas, southern Chile, and the Falkland Islands resumed last Saturday after an absence of more than two years because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Chile's gov't aims to tax the wealthiest and the mining companies

Published: 07/02/2022 in MercoPress

Less than 3% of taxpayers will pay more taxes, and less than 97% will not pay more taxes, Minister Marcel explained The administration of Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Friday moved on with its initiative to introduce a revolutionary tax reform, which targets the wealthiest 3% of the population and the large copper mining companies.

Chile reducing unemployment, albeit slowly

Published: 06/30/2022 in MercoPress

In Santiago's Metropolitan Region the unemployment rate for the quarter reached 8.3%, a decrease of 3.1 points over twelve months   Chile's National Institute of Statistics (INE) Wednesday released a report showing a 7.8% unemployment rate for the March/May 2022 quarter, a 0.1% turn for the worse when compared to the February-April period, although, overall, nearly 96% of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have been recovered.

Bachelet quits UN Human Rights post and returns to Chile

Published: 06/13/2022 in MercoPress

I'm no longer a young woman, Bachelet argued Former two-time Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Monday delivered a speech she said was her last as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Resumption of Chile/Falklands air link, a “historic event”, says Argentine official Carmona

Published: 06/09/2022 in MercoPress

Carmona said that there are still pending issues with the UK referred to “migration restrictions and the permanence of Argentine citizens in the Islands” (Pic M. Kennard/DCUK) “A historic event” is how Guillermo Carmona, the Argentine Secretary for Malvinas, South Atlantic islands, and Antarctica affairs described the confirmed resumption of the weekly air link between Punta Arenas in Chile and the Falkland Islands, with a monthly stop over at Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz province.

Chile's trade balance on the rise

Published: 06/08/2022 in MercoPress

Chile's domestic economy is contracting at a slower pace than expected, thanks to consumption remaining at high levels, the Central Bank explained Chile's foreign trade reached US$ 86.149 billion between January and May of 2022, according to data from the Undersecretariat of International Economic Relations, which showed a 20% interannual increase, it was reported Tuesday.

Commercial air link Falklands/Chile scheduled to resume 2nd July. Ticket booking begins

Published: 06/08/2022 in MercoPress

The LATAM Airbus at Mount Pleasant international airport on its Saturday weekly flight  Following the announcement made on 7 April 2022, the air link between the Falkland Islands and Chile will resume on Saturday 2 July 2022. LATAM flight schedules will be reinstated with flights stopping in Punta Arenas and Santiago, and once a month stopping in Rio Gallegos.

Strong quake felt in Peru, Chile and Bolivia

Published: 05/26/2022 in MercoPress

No fatalities have been reported A strong earthquake rocked Chile, Perú, and Bolivia Thursday morning. Authorities in the three countries are still to release detailed reports on the aftermath of the event.

Mapuche worker killed in armed attack in southern Chile

Published: 05/25/2022 in MercoPress

Neculqueo, aged 66, was flown by helicopter to Temuco's hospital but there was nothing doctors could do Mapuche forestry worker Segundo Catril Neculqueo, aged 66, died Tuesday afternoon after an armed attack in the Chilean commune of Lumaco, in Araucanía, while one of the two other victims is still hospitalized.

Chile's armed forces will respond if they have to, minister says

Published: 05/21/2022 in MercoPress

”If they want to use these demands to cover up or disguise organized crime, (...) our government will be clear and will not rest in finding those responsible,” Siches said. Chile's Interior Minister Izkia Siches has warned the armed forces would “respond” in case of an attack by radical Mapuche groups after the state of emergency has been reimposed in La Araucanía due to increasing violence.

In Chile, Man vs Government Over His Dead Father's $1.2 Million

Published: 05/19/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

Exequiel Hinojosa's father was saving up to buy a house in the 1960s and 70s and managed to save up almost 140,000 pesos, about $163 now, meticulously detailed in a bankbook of a now defunct credit...

Chile's Lower House passes controversial bill for "menstruating persons"

Published: 05/18/2022 in MercoPress

The bill does not include the word “woman” even once A bill passed Monday by Chile's Lower House using the expression "menstruating person" to refer to biologically female individuals regardless of their own gender perception has sparked controversy nationwide and across the region on social media, it was reported.

Chile back to state of exception in southern provinces

Published: 05/18/2022 in MercoPress

Siches had experienced first-hand what radical indigenous groups can do Despite its reluctance to resort to the same constitutional mechanisms adopted by the Sebastián Piñera administration, the Chilean Government of leftwing President Gabriel Boric Font Wednesday announced a state of exception to address violence in the indigenous southern zones.

Spain calls for a quick ratification of EU trade agreements with Chile, Mexico and Mercosur, but what else is needed?

Published: 05/17/2022 in MercoPress

In Brazil there is a formidable competition between opposite business lobbies as to open economies, foreign investment and the role of government in the economy. Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Albares called on his EU peers on Monday to definitively advance in the ratification of the trade accords of the European Union with Chile, Mexico and Mercosur.

Security becomes a concern for Chile's gov't

Published: 05/17/2022 in MercoPress

The Defense Minister's home was not properly defended Chile's Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Giorgio Jackson, Monday admitted the Government was reviewing security measures to be taken in the future following a robbery at the home of Defense Minister Maya Fernández and a shooting against one of President Gabriel Boric Font's bodyguards.

Bolsonaro insists Argentina and Chile might end up like Cuba

Published: 05/16/2022 in MercoPress

Bolsonaro also stress all ministers had “carte blanche” to do whatever they saw best for the population Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Sunday insisted on social media that he feared Argentina and Chile were following the paths of Venezuela and Cuba because although Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez were already dead, the "consequences of communism" remained.

China's Sinovac Biotech building vaccine plant in Chile investing US$ 100 million

Published: 05/15/2022 in MercoPress

The plant in the Santiago region will be able to fill and finish some 50 million doses annually, and should be ready before 2023 Chinese pharmaceutical Sinovac Biotech Ltd which makes one of the vaccines against Covid 19 most in several Latin American countries initiated on Thursday the construction of its first fill and finish plant in Chile, consolidating its presence in the Latin American country that has used its Covid-19 shot the most.

CAM calls for Mapuche armed resistance in southern Chile

Published: 05/12/2022 in MercoPress

Boric's intentions are not enough for radical Mapuche groups Despite the head of state's pro-Native People's rights stance, a Mapuche group in southern Chile Wednesday likened current President Gabriel Boric Font to his rightwing predecessor Sebastián Piñera and called for armed resistance in the face of a possible military deployment.

Chile's Lower House passes Escazú treaty bill

Published: 05/12/2022 in MercoPress

As expected, Boric's administration addresses environmental and native peoples' issues Chile's President Gabriel Boric Font Wednesday praised his country's Lower House for approving the Escazú 'green' treaty, which he said was "a milestone" in the path towards a new relationship "between the State and its inhabitants in environmental matters."

Chile's base rate increased 125 points to 8,25%, highest since September 2008

Published: 05/06/2022 in MercoPress

The recent evolution of inflation and its short-term outlook exceed the forecast in the March Monetary Policy Report Private estimates fell short in Chile on Thursday when the Central Bank monetary policy desk announced an increase in the base rate of 125 points, to 8,25%, the highest since September 2008 in an effort to contain the strong sustained inflation. According to the bank's chair, Rosanna Costa the monetary policy desk decision was unanimous.

Chile's future constitution makes room for indigenous ancestral land rights

Published: 05/05/2022 in MercoPress

It is one of the most important achievements of the indigenous peoples Chile's Constituent Assembly Wednesday approved in a Plenary Session the right of indigenous peoples and nations to their lands, territories, and resources by 106 votes in favor, 37 against, and 10 abstentions.

Lord Mayor of the City of London on official visit to Chile

Published: 05/05/2022 in MercoPress

Keaveny held discussions in open banking regulation, sharing practices on how the UK experience can help create a dynamic yet secure ecosystem in Chile. As the highest representative of London’s financial district, Lord Mayor of the City of London Vincent Keaveny spent two days this week in Santiago, where he met with government officials, financial associations and representatives of the Chilean business world, with the aim of strengthening trade links between the City of London and Chile.

Reporter among those wounded during demonstrations in Chile

Published: 05/02/2022 in MercoPress

At least three people were injured by gunfire, including a journalist from Señal 3 La Victoria A TV reporter was among the three people wounded in Santiago during incidents involving law enforcement officers (Carabineros), armed street merchants, and hooded looters during a Labor Day demonstration by unionist groups.

Johnson thanks Chile for supporting UK access to the Trans Pacific trade partnership

Published: 04/28/2022 in MercoPress

PM Johnson congratulated President Boric on his election last month, and the leaders agreed to cooperate further on shared priorities such as climate change British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke this week to the Chilean President Gabriel Boric and both leaders reaffirmed trade relations and the long standing defense relationship.

Efficiency of peat ecosystems helping contain climate change, underlined by Chile at the Venice Biennal

Published: 04/25/2022 in MercoPress

“Hol-Hol Tol” means the 'heart of peat bogs' in selknam tongue of the aboriginal inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego and part of Patagonia. Peat and peat bogs are the most efficient ecosystem to fix and accumulate atmosphere carbon but are one of the least researched, according to the Chilean pavilion which opened last week at the Venice Biennal.

Chile: Rebel groups strike again in Araucanía

Published: 04/23/2022 in MercoPress

Violence is escalating in southern Chile at the hands of the self-proclaimed defenders of ancestral rights Mapuche rebels in southern Chile shot a lorry driver along Route 5 Friday morning in La Araucanía and later burned down his vehicle. The trucker was rushed to a hospital nearby in serious condition.

Chile: Presidential envoy refuses to sign "Summit for Peace" minute

Published: 04/15/2022 in MercoPress

The Summit's final declaration will be delivered to President Boric The envoy of Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font refused to sign the minutes of Wednesday's "Summit for Peace" in Temuco, where 28 of the 32 mayors in La Araucanía discussed the current situation and the need to end local violence.

No more PCR tests or vax cards to enter Chile

Published: 04/15/2022 in MercoPress

Unvaccinated travelers will be allowed into the country but they might still be banned from certain activities, Cuadrado explained Chile has lifted the requirement to submit a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for foreigners wishing to enter the country, effective Thursday, it was announced.

Chile: Santiago braces for emergency water rationing

Published: 04/12/2022 in MercoPress

Climate change is here to stay, Orrego warned Local authorities in the Chilean capital have announced a water-rationing program to cope with shortages stemming from 13-year-old droughts, it was announced Monday in Santiago.

Chile to open borders as early as May 1

Published: 04/11/2022 in MercoPress

Spanish nationals are exempted from the medical insurance requirement The Government of Chile has announced it will be reopening the country's borders with Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia on May 1 after two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chile plans to build Antarctic center in Punta Arenas

Published: 04/11/2022 in MercoPress

Oyarzún highlighted the project was “undoubtedly a great engineering challenge”     The Government of Chile has called out for bids to build what will be known as the International Antarctic Center (CAI) in Punta Arenas, it was abbounced in Santiago. The US$-80-million development is expected to foster research on Antarctic matters to position that location as the country's main gateway to Antarctica.

Chile's inflation for March above market projections

Published: 04/09/2022 in MercoPress

There are no magic wands to solve inflation issues, Marcel explained For a month that began under one president and finished under the new one, Chile's inflation for March of 2022 reached 1.9%, slightly above market projections of up to 1.4%.

Falkland Islands Government seeks to resume air links with Chile from July

Published: 04/08/2022 in MercoPress

Following the announcement last month, concerning the relaxation of COVID-19 measures in the Falkland Islands, the government is now seeking to resume the airlink with Chile from 2 July 2022, provided that all necessary permissions are granted and mainland airports are open.

Road assailants burn trucks in Chile's Araucanía

Published: 04/01/2022 in MercoPress

“We have to assume that there is a historical debt with the Mapuche people,” Monsalve admitted A group of masked assailants burned three lorries in Chile's Araucanía region four days after the government of President Gabriel Boric decided not to extend the state of emergency on that area some 670 kilometers south of Santiago.

Chile extends agriculture emergency three months because of lack of rain

Published: 03/29/2022 in MercoPress

Municipalities of different communities have been supplying forage for animals in the smaller farms and have also invested in a system of ponds Chile has decided to extend for three months the agriculture emergency decree to 231 farming communities in the central part of the country because of the lack of rainfall and severe drought.

KLM to resume route between Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile

Published: 03/26/2022 in MercoPress

The EZE-SCL-EZE used to be served by KLM before the COVID-19 pandemic Effective March 27, Dutch carrier KLM will drop its nonstop route between Amsterdam and Santiago de Chile but will continue to serve that destination from Buenos Aires.

Chile's to become "plurinational" state under new Constitution?

Published: 03/24/2022 in MercoPress

The new Constitution is to be approved or rejected by Chileans through a plebiscite later this year Chile's Constitutional Convention has agreed to redefine the country as a "Plurinational State" which will also recognize the self-government of native peoples, it was announced Wednesday in Santiago.

Restoring diplomatic ties with Chile hinges on maritime issue, Bolivian gov't says

Published: 03/23/2022 in MercoPress

“Bolivia's right to the sea is an inalienable and imprescriptible right,” Arce explained Bolivian President Luis Arce Catacora Wednesday urged the new Chilean Government to discuss the maritime dispute between the two countries, on which the future of ties necessarily hinges.

Chile: Boric signs environmental agreement Piñera had discarded

Published: 03/19/2022 in MercoPress

In September of 2020, the Escazú Agreement was ratified and signed by most Latin American and Caribbean countries Chile's President Gabriel Boric Font Friday signed the so-called Escazú environmental agreement, which his predecessor Sebastián Piñera discarded at the last minute after having sponsored it. “We have changed course,” Boric said.

Interior Minister's motorcade greeted with gunshots by Mapuche group in Chile

Published: 03/16/2022 in MercoPress

“Those groups that are waiting for violence to prevail... we are going to confront them,” Siches said Chile's new Interior Minister Izkia Siches escaped unharmed after her motorcade in La Araucanía was halted and gunshots were fired into the air in Temucuicui, some 670 kilometers south of Santiago.

Boric would like Chile to resume full ties with Bolivia

Published: 03/14/2022 in MercoPress

“Chile does not negotiate its sovereignty,” Boric warned Chile's President Gabriel Boric Font Monday urged his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce Catacora to resume diplomatic ties, which were severed in the 1970s.

Presidents of Bolivia, Peru discuss bilateral issues while in Chile

Published: 03/14/2022 in MercoPress

Presidents Arce and Castillo reviewed the situation of the Lake Titicaca Autonomous Authority, among other matters The Presidents of Peru -Pedro Castillo Terrones- and Bolivia -Luis Arce Catacora- held a private meeting in Santigo de Chile on the sides of Gabriel Boric Font's inauguration to discuss the possibility of supplying Peru with LPG, among other issues.

Boric sworn in as Chile's youngest-ever President: ”

Published: 03/12/2022 in MercoPress

“Before the people and the peoples of Chile,” Boric pledged to defend his country's Constitution Quoting Salvador Allende and with a message for Latin American leaders to work together, Gabriel Boric Font addressed the people in his first speech as head of state from the iconic balcony of the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago, Chile. At age 36, Boric was sworn in Friday as Chile's youngest ever President during e ceremony many regarded as the beginning of a new era.

Boric sworn in as Chile's youngest-ever President: "Violation of Human Rights will never happen again"

Published: 03/12/2022 in MercoPress

“Before the people and the peoples of Chile,” Boric pledged to defend his country's Constitution Quoting Salvador Allende and with a message for Latin American leaders to work together, Gabriel Boric Font addressed the people in his first speech as head of state from the iconic balcony of the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago, Chile. At age 36, Boric was sworn in Friday as Chile's youngest ever President during e ceremony many regarded as the beginning of a new era.

February inflation in Chile moderates but still high; beware of consequences of the Russia/Ukraine war

Published: 03/10/2022 in MercoPress

Twelve month inflation is still 7,8%, with the price of bread having increased 15% in the last twelve months, beef 23,3% and gasoline 31,3% Inflation in Chile during February climbed 0,3%, well below market expectations, but still 7,8% in the last twelve months, the highest recorded since November 2008. The release was done by the country's stats institute, INE, and was indeed a positive announcement given the private estimates (0,6% and 0,7%) and the fact that inflation was effectively surging, 1,2% in January.

Uruguayan president will fly to Chile to thank Piñera and assist Boric's presidential inauguration

Published: 03/10/2022 in MercoPress

Lacalle explained that the trip is due to an invitation from the outgoing president, Sebastián Piñera. The President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, will travel on Thursday night to Chile, where on Friday will take place the ceremony of change of command and the inauguration of Gabriel Boric as the new president of the Andean country.

Chile couples' joy as first same-sex marriages held

Published: 03/10/2022 in BBC News - World

Under the new law, both partners will also be able to get legal recognition as parents.

Compassionate charter flight to Chile not approved by Government of Argentina

Published: 03/10/2022 in MercoPress

MLA Teslyn Barkman regretted the decision and said that “this was an opportunity for people to visit family they have not seen in an incredibly long time” The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has been informed that the permissions required to operate a compassionate charter flight between the Falkland Islands and Chile have not been granted by the Argentine authorities. This flight was due to travel to Chile from the Falkland Islands on Saturday 19 March 2022, and return on Saturday 9 April, it was informed by the FIG on Wednesday.

Allende's niece and a Latin woman member of Biden's cabinet will attend the inauguration of Boric in Chile

Published: 03/09/2022 in MercoPress

 Isabel Allende, who is a US resident and the niece of former president Salvador Allende deposed by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1973 Renowned Chilean Latin-American writer Isabel Allende will be part of the United States government delegation to the taking office of Chilean elected president Gabriel Boric, on Friday 11 March, according to a release from the White House.

Chile to build longer ditch along Bolivian border

Published: 03/07/2022 in MercoPress

At least 23 migrants died last year trying to cross the border from Bolivia. Less than a week before the end of President Sebastián Piñera's term, Chile's government has announced plans to build a long ditch on the border with Bolivia as a measure to control the migration crisis stemming from the illegal arrival of people.

Chile excludes Russian companies from Latin America's largest Air and Space show

Published: 03/07/2022 in MercoPress

The show, between April 5 and 10,  attracts 400 companies from over fotry countries The Chilean Ministry of Defense announced it will withdraw the invitation to all Russian companies which were scheduled to participate in the 2022 edition of the International Air and Space Show, the largest in Latin America.

How To Tackle Climate Change The Chile Way? Create Park To Save Glaciers

Published: 03/05/2022 in NDTV News - World-news

Chile said Saturday it is creating a vast national park to protect hundreds of glaciers that are melting due to climate change.

Falklands Government confirms compassionate charter flight to Chile 19 March

Published: 03/01/2022 in MercoPress

The Governor went on to describe Chileans as a vital and irreplaceable part of the Falklands community. Photo: GH The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) can confirm that it intends to charter a flight to Chile from the Falkland Islands on Saturday 19 March 2022, returning Saturday 9 April 2022. The flight will only stop in both Punta Arenas and Santiago on the outbound and return journeys.

Chile submits report on the extended continental shelf west of the Antarctic Peninsula

Published: 03/01/2022 in MercoPress

The presentation by minister Carolina Valdivia follows thirteen years of scientific, technical and bathymetry research The Chilean foreign minister Carolina Valdivia on Monday submitted to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf the report on the extended continental shelf to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is closely linked to Chile's role in scientific research and conservation issues.

Chile's Constitution to include abortion and sexual rights?

Published: 02/24/2022 in MercoPress

The Fundamental Rights Committee also passed the inclusion of native peoples in the media A Committee within Chile's Constitutional Convention Wednesday greenlighted a set of articles granting sexual and reproductive rights, which will now be put up for a plenum approval to be added to the country's new Fundamental Law.

COVID-19 starts decline in Chile, minister says

Published: 02/22/2022 in MercoPress

People dying with Omicron were mainly over 70 years of age and unvaccinated, Paris pointed out Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris Monday said contagion of COVID-19 had already rached its peak Feb. 11 when 38,446 new cases were recorded, but it has been dropping ever since.

Interior Minister wants Chile's northern borders fully closed

Published: 02/19/2022 in MercoPress

Chile remains one of the most attractive destinations for migrants within Latin America Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Delgado wants to close the country's northern border as a new stage of the “state of exception” already in force in four provinces where the migration crisis is escalating.

Chile is to become a "regional, multinational and intercultural State", according to the new constitution

Published: 02/19/2022 in MercoPress

“The State will promote cooperation, harmonic integration and the adequate and fair development among the different territorial entities”. Chile is to be defined in the future as a "Regional State, multinational and intercultural" according to the draft approved on Friday afternoon by the constitutional convention that is discussing the new constitution for the country.

State of Emergency decreed in northern Chile to deal with irregular migration

Published: 02/17/2022 in MercoPress

Piñera's measure will be in force for 15 days and it will be up to Congress to grant a 15-day renewal. Chile's government has decreed a State of Exception in the country's northern region to address the migration crisis, which has resulted in both an increase in crime and in acts of xenophobia, it was announced.

Inflation remains strong in Chile; Central bank expected to take reference rate to 8% next May

Published: 02/16/2022 in MercoPress

Consumer prices in Chile increased 1,21% in January from the previous month, December's 0,78% A survey of financial operators in Chile anticipates that the aggressive policy of the country's central bank to combat rising prices will continue to hike interest rates, anticipating the basic rate from the bank's Monetary Policy office will be reaching 8% by next May.

Chile starts path to full ban of single-use replaceable plastic items

Published: 02/15/2022 in MercoPress

Some of this plastic is even consumed by humans through salt. Chile's new law banning single-use straws, chopsticks, and plastic cutlery in food vending establishments, as well as plastic bottles in supermarkets, has entered into force since Sunday and will gradually increase its environmentally-friendly mandate in the coming years.

Chile starts applying 4th dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Published: 02/08/2022 in MercoPress

Piñera took his shot while on vacation little over one month from going into retirement Chile Monday began applying the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to its population after Jan. 10 additional boosters were injected to people with comorbidities, health care staff and those over 55 years of age as infections due to the Omicron variant was on the rise.

2021 was a good year for foreign direct investment in Chile, the highest since 2015

Published: 02/08/2022 in MercoPress

Chilean central bank reported that FDI in 2021 was 95% higher than in 2020 Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, in Chile during the twelve months of 2021 reached US$ 16,782 billion, the best amount since 2015, according to the Central bank which added it represented a 95% increase over 2020. Overall it was 62% higher than the average of the last five years, and 16% above the 2003/2021 average.

Chile's FM resigns with new Spanish job in mind

Published: 02/07/2022 in MercoPress

Urrejola was critical of Allamand's attitude The Chilean Government Sunday announced the resignation of Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand had been accepted and that Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Carolina Valdivia Torres would become acting minister effective immediately.

The fast fashion graveyard in Chile's Atacama Desert

Published: 02/05/2022 in BBC News - World

Tens of thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing from Europe and the US are being dumped in the Atacama Desert every year.

Chile: Puerto Montt lender priest defrocked for canonical offenses

Published: 02/03/2022 in MercoPress

No longer a priest, Soto is now to account for his actions before Chilean authorities The Catholic Church has stripped Tulio Soto Manquemilla off his priesthood after an inquiry showed he had committed a number of actions held as offenses according to Canonic Law, it was announced Thursday.

Unemployment in Chile almost back at 2019 levels

Published: 01/31/2022 in MercoPress

Labor Minister Patricio Melero praised “the measures adopted by the government, both in economic and health matters.” Chilean authorities have reported Monday that unemployment nationwide had fallen in 2021 to 7.2% while in the same period of 2020 it had hit 10.3%. In the middle of the social uprisings of 2019 it had been recorded at 7.1%.

Diplomatic solution found to crisis of truckers crossing into Chile

Published: 01/31/2022 in MercoPress

The conflict affected trucks from the entire region seeking to reach Chilean ports on the Pacific Argentine and Chilean authorities have reached a solution to the crisis affecting some 3,000 lorry drivers crossing the Andes through the Cristo Redentor-Libertadores route, it was announced.

Chile raises reference rate to 5,5% to combat inflation: More could come

Published: 01/28/2022 in MercoPress

In the twelve months of 2021 Chilean inflation reached 7,2% highest in 14 years and more than double the annual target, 3% established by the Central bank. The Chilean central bank hiked its reference rate from 4% to 5,5% to contain inflation which last year reached 7,2%, the highest in fourteen years. The Monetary Policy council of the bank on Wednesday agreed unanimously to increase the reference rate by 150 base points, according to the official release.

Uruguay and Chile, the least corrupt “in a corrupt continent”

Published: 01/26/2022 in MercoPress

Uruguay gained two points since 2020 and ranks as the “least corrupt in a corrupt continent”. Corruption in Latin America is one of the most notorious problems on the region's agenda after a decade of major judicial operations that exposed corruption schemes involving governments and companies alike. According to Transparency International (TI), corruption has been entrenched in Latin America for more than a decade with little progress and many setbacks in terms of democracy and human rights.

Chile's Gov't appeals parole granted to Mapuche leader Jones-Huala

Published: 01/24/2022 in MercoPress

Jones-Huala reportedly has plans to return to Argentina Chilean authorities have fined an appeal against the court ruling which granted parole to Mapuche leader Facundo Jones-Huala citing that "the convicted person does not meet the legal and regulatory requirements" to be eligible for the benefit, according to the brief from the Ministry of the Interior.

Haitian migrants stranded at Santiago's airport in Chile

Published: 01/24/2022 in MercoPress

Haiti is run by gangs who manage the supply of gasoline, food, medicine and electricity A group of 23 Haitian migrants were stranded Sunday at Santiago's Arturo Merino Benítez international airport where they have filed for refugee status but nevertheless fear local authorities might deport them back to their country of origin where all lives are “at-risk” due to the ongoing crisis, according to Rodolfo Noriega of the local Migrant Ombudsman's Office.

Convicted Mapuche leader granted parole in Chile

Published: 01/21/2022 in MercoPress

Following Friday's decision, it remains to be seen whether Jones-Huala will return to Argentina A Chilean court from Temuco Friday granted parole to Mapuche leader Facundo Jones-Huala, who was serving a prison sentence for the burning of a house and also for possessing firearms.

Most of Chile's future ministers will be women, Boric announces

Published: 01/21/2022 in MercoPress

“We are joined in this team of ministers by people of diverse origins and formations,” Boric said Chile's President-elect, Gabriel Boric, Friday chose former Central Bank President Mario Marcel as the country's future Finance Minister of Finance, and former mendica College Head for Minister of the Interior as he announced his cabinet, which shall be made up of mostly women. Boric will take office on March 11.

Argentine lorry drivers stage protest due to Chile's tight sanitary controls

Published: 01/20/2022 in MercoPress

Truckers say they were treated bad by Chilean sanitary controls along the Andes crossing After the Government of Chile reinstated the requirement that people must undergo a PCR test -which must come out negative- to get across the border crossings through the Andes, some 2,000 lorry drivers have been lining up along the Cristo Redentor-Los Libertadores international crossing, which links Mendoza to Valparaíso.

Chile's future First Lady to add a feminist twist to the job

Published: 01/19/2022 in MercoPress

Karamanos wants to stand up for transgender and migrant children Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric, 35, has been involved with 32-year-old Social scientist Irina Karamanos since 2019. She has now decided that although not married, she will take on her new role as First Lady and “reformulate” it with a feminist vision, it was reported Tuesday.

Chile: Boric wants pardon for all those prosecuted for 2019 Social Outbreak

Published: 01/11/2022 in MercoPress

“We are trying to reach the best possible agreement,” Boric explained Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric has asked his country's Parliament to approve a general pardon for all those still detained or facing criminal charges for their involvement in the Social Outbreak of 2019.

Covid: Chile starts fourth vaccine dose amid rise in cases

Published: 01/11/2022 in BBC News - World

The country is the first in Latin America to offer a fourth dose, as Omicron fuels a surge in cases.

Chile's physicians discourage traveling to Argentina due to Omicron

Published: 01/08/2022 in MercoPress

Long delays and a double checkpoint system make crossing the Andes not too appealing Chile's Medical College said that the coronavirus situation in Argentina was "critical" as a result of the Omicron variant and advised against traveling to the neighboring country.

Chile's Senate approves yet another extension of State of Exception

Published: 01/05/2022 in MercoPress

The new measure is due to expire in 15 days Chile's Upper House Tuesday afternoon approved yet another extension to the State of Constitutional Exception in the provinces of Bío Bío and Arauco, in the Bío Bío region, and in those of Malleco and Cautín, in La Araucanía.

Bee farming: Police stung as beekeepers protest in Chile

Published: 01/04/2022 in BBC News - World

Four beekeepers are detained following a protest calling for government support for their industry.

Strong recovery of employment in most of Chile

Published: 01/03/2022 in MercoPress

The 7,5% figure is the seventh consecutive mobile quarter, (September-November), which has seen a systematic reduction in unemployment Unemployment in Chile is down to 7,5%, the lowest since January 2020, according to the country's stats office INAE. The 7,5% figure is the seventh consecutive mobile quarter, (September-November), which has seen a systematic reduction in unemployment plus a simultaneous standing recovery of lost jobs, some 74,6% of the two million wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Deputy Health Minister to handle Chile's sanitary transition

Published: 12/29/2021 in MercoPress

Daza will handle the presidential transition from the COVID-19 angle The Chilean Government of President Sebastián Piñera Tuesday announced the return to active duty of former Deputy Health Minister Paula Daza, who will now be in charge of handling the transition to the new administration of President-elect Gabriel Boric from a sanitary point of view focused mainly on COVID-19.

Argentina says humanitarian flights "all ready" to fly Falklands-residents to Chile

Published: 12/27/2021 in MercoPress

The official Argentine policy is no dialogue with the “illegitimate” government of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government announced on Sunday that "all is ready" for the two humanitarian charter flights, with an Argentine flagged carrier, to transport Falklands-Malvinas foreign residents that have been stranded in the Islands since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Armed Mapuches in Southern Chile burn 31 cabins, forestry machinery and open fire on a hydrant aircraft

Published: 12/24/2021 in MercoPress

Ricardo Margulis head of Fedetour regretted that that some 31 cabins were set on fire, “another action which only aggravates the critical situation of tourism” The indigenous Mapuche tribe violent groups in southern Chile, involved in arson and destruction attacks, have warned that as long as forestry and construction companies keep "devastating our resources, and the jails of southern Chile continue full of Mapuche patriots incarcerated, weichan (armed resistance) will not cease to be it under (president) Piñera or (elected president) Boric".

Chile to start applying fourth dose of COVID-19 vax in 2022

Published: 12/24/2021 in MercoPress

Chileans without a third dose are tantamount to unvaccinated regarding the health pass as of next year Chilean health authorities Thursday announced a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine is to be administered to people over 60 years old, while a survey has shown an overwhelming support for mandatory vaccination at workplaces.

Eduardo Bolsonaro says "Bolivarian Chile" to follow Venezuela's path

Published: 12/23/2021 in MercoPress

President Jair Bolsonaro has so far remained silent about Boric's win Brazilian Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, has heralded that once President-elect Gabriel Boric takes office, "Chile will now follow a similar path to that of Venezuela" and admitted he favored far-right candidate José Antonio Kast.

Falklands waiting for Argentine response on the request for a compassionate charter flight to Chile

Published: 12/23/2021 in MercoPress

On December 15 the Argentina published on its website that it intended to sponsor two humanitarian flights to the Falklands in December and January The Falkland Islands Government Head of Communications has confirmed that “we are still waiting for a response from the Government of Argentina,” on the matter of the Falklands Islands request for a compassionate charter flight to Chile, “so no further information since the request was made eleven days ago.”

IAPA wants press freedom guaranteed in Chile's new Constitution

Published: 12/23/2021 in MercoPress

“From IAPA we have always rejected laws that try to regulate the media,” Jornet said The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) Wednesday asked Chile's Constitutional Convention to "guarantee the broadest access to public information and to prohibit Congress from enacting laws that restrict freedom of the press" in the new text being drafted.

“Malvinas Argentinas,” Chile's President-elect once told UK Ambassador

Published: 12/20/2021 in MercoPress

“I hope your first trip is to our country,” Alberto Fernández told Boric Argentina's ruling Frente de Todos (FdT) was quick to celebrate Gabriel Boric's win in Sunday's presidential runoff in Chile.

Boric wins runoff to become Chile's youngest ever President

Published: 12/20/2021 in MercoPress

Boric, backed by a leftist coalition, brought more centrist advisers onto his team and promised that any changes would be gradual and fiscally responsible. Leftwing Deputy Gabriel Boric (35) beat first-round frontrunner Conservative José Antonio Kast in Sunday's presidential runoff to become Chile's youngest-ever head of state. After more than 90% of the votes were counted, Boric led by 56% against Kast's 44%.

Chile election: Laser shone at Gabriel Boric during victory speech

Published: 12/19/2021 in BBC News - World

The bouncing green light did not seem to faze Gabriel Boric as he spoke to supporters in Santiago.

Leftist Gabriel Boric wins Chile presidential election

Published: 12/19/2021 in BBC News - World

His far-right rival José Antonio Kast conceded defeat less than 90 minutes after polls closed on Sunday.

Bloomberg's pessimistic outlook of Chile's once shinning future

Published: 12/18/2021 in MercoPress

The pace of foreign outflows has accelerated, reaching US$ 8.8 billion in six months and US$ 24.3 billion in the past two years, according to data from the central bank For decades, Chileans watched from afar as their South American neighbors grappled with galloping inflation, financial crashes, and extreme political swings, destabilizing forces that compelled the wealthy to send hundreds of billions of dollars to havens in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, or the U.S.

Chile: Pinochet's widow Lucía Hiriart dies aged 99

Published: 12/17/2021 in MercoPress

Doña Lucía was feared even by the dictator himself, according to reports Lucía Hiriart, the widow of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, has died at her home in Santiago at the age of 99, her family announced Thursday.

In pictures: Crowds celebrate death of Pinochet's widow in Chile

Published: 12/16/2021 in BBC News - World

Lucia Hiriart, the widow of the former dictator and a divisive figure in the country, has died at 99.

Kast closes in on Boric ahead of Chile's presidential runoff

Published: 12/14/2021 in MercoPress

Boric is slightly ahead in the polls. Monday's debate made no difference A new survey has shown Conservative candidate José Antonio Kast has narrowed the gap between him and his leftwing opponent Gabriel Boric, who according to most polls, is expected to win the Dec. 19 presidential runoff in Chile.

Falklands' Government requests Argentina for compassionate charter flight to Chile

Published: 12/11/2021 in MercoPress

South American residents in the Falklands have been unable to visit their relatives or renew documents since before the pandemic The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) confirmed on Friday that in effect it has held conversations with the UK government about the possibility of putting on a charter flight for South American members of our community to visit family and friends during the festive season.

Omicron variant slowly spreads throughout Chile

Published: 12/10/2021 in MercoPress

A close contact is anyone “who has been more than 15 minutes face to face with someone infected, despite wearing a mask,” Pizarro explained Chilean health authorities Thursday confirmed three cases of the Omicron strain had been detected nationwide while four other people were being tested for that particular variant of the coronavirus.

'One of two extremes': Chile set for its most divisive election run-off since returning to democracy

Published: 12/10/2021 in Top News and Analysis (pro)

The presidential run-off on Dec. 19 will see voters cast their ballots in favor of one of two outsider candidates promising to chart wildly different paths.

Chile's inflation: the highest since December 2008; Central Bank expected to further raise basic rate

Published: 12/08/2021 in MercoPress

November's IPC was 0,5% and 6,7% in twelve months Chile's Consumer Price Index, CPI, in November climbed 0,5%, in line with market expectations, according to a report from the Stats Office, INE, In the eleven months of the year the IPC reached 6,3% and 6,7% in the last twelve months, which is the highest since December 2008 (7,1%), and far above the Central Bank's target of 3%.

"Love Is Love": Chile Legalises Same-Sex Marriage After Decade-Long Fight

Published: 12/07/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

Chile's Congress passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, in a milestone for the conservative South American nation after a decade-long legal battle and with the country delicately...

Chile's Parliament okays same-sex marriage

Published: 12/07/2021 in MercoPress

It is now up to President Piñera to sign it into law Chile's Congress Tuesday passed the bill making it the eighth Latin American country where same-sex marriage is legal, after Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and in several states of Mexico.

Chile same-sex marriage: Law overwhelmingly approved by parliament

Published: 12/07/2021 in BBC News - World

A law allowing same-sex marriage is approved in the historically Catholic Latin American country.

Mapuches strike again in southern Chile

Published: 12/06/2021 in MercoPress

Mapuche groups seek the installation of a sovereign state comprising Chile's southern center of Chile and parts of Argentina With just about two weeks to go before the highly-polarized presidential elections between radical candidates from the left and the right, a group claiming to be fighting for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous peoples Friday committed yet another arson attack in the Biobio region in southern Chile. The fire affected a house and two sheds, it was reported.

Dinosaur Tail Found In Chile Could Point To Discovery Of New Species

Published: 12/04/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

Chilean paleontologists on Wednesday presented their findings on a dinosaur discovered three years ago in Patagonia which they said had a highly unusual tail that has stumped researchers.

Kast now vows to defend women's rights if elected President of Chile

Published: 12/04/2021 in MercoPress

“When you make a mistake you have to apologize and I apologize,” Kast said Chile's far-right presidential candidate José Antonio Kast Friday apologized for previous mistakes and vowed not to terminate the Women's Ministry if he is elected on December 19.

Chile's Lower House votes against legalizing abortion

Published: 12/02/2021 in MercoPress

“We will lose as many times as we need to,” said left-wing Deputy Maite Orsini Chile's Lower House Tuesday turned down a bill to decriminalize abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy by 65 votes against, 62 in favor and one abstention. Thus the initiative will be shelved.

'No middle ground': Chile voters face tough choice as run-off looms

Published: 12/01/2021 in BBC News - World

Voters speak of the divisions as an ultra-conservative and a left-winger battle it out.

Latin American left wing leaders expecting progressive victories in Chile and Brazil

Published: 12/01/2021 in MercoPress

“Xiomara Castro will be the first woman president in Honduras history. This is great news, great news for Central America”, said the ex Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero The Puebla Group, a gathering of left-wing leaders from Latin America and Spain held a meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to celebrate the victory of Xiomara Castro in the Honduran presidential election and looked forward to similar triumphs by Chilean candidate Gabriel Boric in December and hopefully Lula da Silva next year in Brazil.

"Chile Day" in UK, British ministers and president Piñera will be attending

Published: 12/01/2021 in MercoPress

Economic advisors of presidential candidates Jose Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric will discuss the 2022/2026 agendas of their leaders Wednesday and Thursday, December first and second, are "Chile Day" in UK, Corporation CEOs, investors, financial institutions, politicians, officials, country experts, diplomats, journalists get together for an annual two-day event with the purpose of promoting the Chilean brand, business opportunities, tourism and export goods.

Chile: Piñera appoints new Health Undersecretary

Published: 11/29/2021 in MercoPress

Daza had first asked for 20 days of unpaid leave but gave in to pressure and resigned Chile's President Sebastián Piñera Monday appointed surgeon María Teresa Valenzuela to take over from pediatrician Paula Daza as Health Undersecretary. Daza turned in her resignation Sunday after announcing she was joining far-right candidate José Antonio Kast in his quest against leftist Gabriel Boric at the Dec. 19 presidential runoff.

Pinochet's political heir not likely to win presidential runoff in Chile

Published: 11/29/2021 in MercoPress

“We cannot allow Chile to backslide into authoritarianism,” Carmen Frei said Chilean far-left presidential hopeful Gabriel Boric from the coalition between the Broad Front and the Communist Party would easily beat his far-right opponent José Antonio Kast in the Dec. 19 presidential runoff by 53.9% of the votes against 31.2%, according to a Pulso Ciudadano survey released Sunday.

Chile planning an optical fiber cable from Puerto Williams to Antarctica

Published: 11/29/2021 in MercoPress

The cable “reaffirms Chile's leadership in the continent and our efforts to place it at the heart of communications for the interests of science,” said Minister Hutt The regional government of Magallanes extreme south of Chile signed an agreement with the Telecommunications ministry and Country Development Secretariat to study the feasibility of an optical fiber from the region to the Antarctic peninsula.

Venezuelan migrants seeking a new home in Chile

Published: 11/28/2021 in BBC News - World

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans escaping poverty and violence at home are risking their lives to travel south to Chile.

Chile lowers vaccination age for children down to the age of 3

Published: 11/26/2021 in MercoPress

Contagion among vaccinated children would probably go down to zero, although that “needs to be further investigated,” García said Chilean health authorities have allowed children from the age of 3 onwards to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Chinese-developed Sinovac drugs, the one most widely used on adults in the country, it was announced Thursday.

The main "political party" of Chile's presidential election: 50% + abstention

Published: 11/24/2021 in MercoPress

Kast and Boric must try and convince half of the electorate to take an interest in the ballot Although long queues at voting places and the delay suffered by many voters gave the impression that last Sunday's election in Chile had triggered a massive attendance, later in the day the Electoral Service figures showed exactly the contrary, just over 7 million Chileans bothered to go and vote for the next Chilean president.

Chile's first transgender Deputy-elect says LGBT community afraid of Kast

Published: 11/24/2021 in MercoPress

“The far right seeks fear to prevail, but we have to make hope prevail,” Schneider said Emilia Schneider Sunday became Chile's first-ever transgender person elected to the national Congress. At age 25, she admitted the LGTBI community was afraid of what may happen if far-right candidate José Antonio Kast wins Dec. 19's presidential runoff.

Pinochetist and leftist candidates advance to presidential runoff in Chile

Published: 11/22/2021 in MercoPress

Dec. 19 will be a choice “between freedom and communism,” Kast warned José Antonio Kast, the ultra-conservative candidate who has never hidden his admiration for former dictator Augusto Pinochet, and leftist Deputy Gabriel Boric Sunday made it to the Dec. 19 presidential runoff after the elections went surprisingly very much following what most pollsters had foreseen.

Chile: Far-left and far-right hopefuls poised to make it through to runoff in Sunday's presidential elections

Published: 11/21/2021 in MercoPress

Polls in Chile have made huge miscalculations in recent elections, so anything can actually happen Chile is electing its new President Sunday. But to be more accurate and since no candidate looks poised to a first-round victory, what the South American country is voting for is just the shortlist for Dec. 19's runoff.

Chile voters go to polls amid deep divisions

Published: 11/20/2021 in BBC News - World

It is being billed as the most polarising election in decades and comes after divisive mass protests.

The Antipodas project, a US$2 Billion Subsea Solar Power Cable From Chile To China

Published: 11/19/2021 in MercoPress

The so-called Antípodas project will be based on the enormous solar energy potential of Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert in the world By Halev Zaremba Oilprice.com – One of the biggest challenges standing in the way of achieving a 100% renewable energy transition is the fact that key sources of renewable power including wind and solar are variable - meaning that they don’t supply a steady flow of energy production. Instead, they are dependent on external factors such as weather, daylight hours, and seasons.

Chile's President survives new impeachment attempt

Published: 11/17/2021 in MercoPress

It was the second failed attempt to impeach Piñera. Chile's President Sebastián Piñera will be allowed to stay in office until March 11, 2022, after an attempt to impeach him Tuesday failed to be endorsed by the Senate.

Chile to reopen additional land crossings

Published: 11/16/2021 in MercoPress

Daza ruled out any new COVID-19 wave thanks to the country's massive vaccination The Chilean government Monday announced it will be reopening several land border crossings for nationals and foreigners alike as of Dec. 1, provided certain requirements are met.

COVID-19 cases back on the rise in Chile

Published: 11/15/2021 in MercoPress

 “I ask all people to get tested, even if they do not have symptoms,” Minister Paris said. Chilean health authorities have reported the country is at its highest level of active cases in four months after the weekend. In this scenario, Health Minister Enrique Paris, has once again underlined the importance of preventive testing shead of the presidential, parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for Nov. 21.

Italian pharmaceuticals to be produced in Chile with Bill Gates grant

Published: 11/09/2021 in MercoPress

“The grant validates the potential of our novel GRAd vector technology,” said Stefano Colloca. The Bill Gates Foundation has allocated a grant to Italian company ReiThera Srl to produce Chile vaccines against COVID-19, it was announced.

State of Emergency in Chile: 81.56% in favor of it

Published: 11/08/2021 in MercoPress

Governor Rivas asked Chile's Congress “not to be deaf.” As the State of Emergency currently in force in Chilean Regions where armed conflicts are going on with alleged Mapuche rebels in arms in coming to an end next Tuesday, 81.56% of people were in favor of it being renewed by Congress, a Citizen Consultation in La Araucanía showed Sunday.

Wine production in South America booming: Chile 30% up and Argentina 16%

Published: 11/05/2021 in MercoPress

Given the absence of major climate incidents so far, has meant a considerable jump in grape harvest and wine production in most South American producing countries, says OIV report. Wine production in Chile this season is expected to increase 30% because of the excellent climate conditions. Some 13,4 million hectoliters are estimated which will also be a record production for Chile and most probably will overtake Argentina.

Two dead and three injured in a gun battle with Mapuche radical groups in southern Chile

Published: 11/04/2021 in MercoPress

“I can confirm two deaths and three injured currently in hospital”, said Home Secretary Delgado from Government House La Moneda in Santiago Chilean Home Secretary Rodrigo Delgado confirmed on Wednesday the death of two members of the Mapuche community following a shoot out with Marines and Carabineros in the Biobío Region which is under an exceptional emergency state precisely because of continued acts of violence.

Magallanes coronavirus contagion the highest in Chile; government orders return to restriction measures

Published: 11/03/2021 in MercoPress

Only last 6 October Magallanes was leading in the Advanced Opening phase meaning the community could regain some liberties and ease on restrictions Magallanes Region, extreme south of Chile and its capital Punta Arenas have been forced by the Chilean Public Health ministry to return to Phase Four of the so called Step by Step Program, given the sustained surge of coronavirus contagions both in the region and at a national level.

Chile's economy activity index in September increased 15,6% year to year

Published: 11/03/2021 in MercoPress

Industries linked to construction had an increase of 19,5%; manufacturing, 10,4%, while mining contracted 6,7% Chile's September Monthly Economic Activity Index, (IMACEC), jumped 15,6% compared to a year ago, above market expectations (13%), and 1,7% over the previous month, as reported by the Chilean central bank.

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Valparaiso In Chile

Published: 11/02/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck Valparaiso, Chile, early on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

Chile: Piñera says his impeachment is politically driven

Published: 10/29/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera's lawyer Gálvez  has filed a 242-page document on behalf of the President Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Friday downplayed through his legal team a motion for his impeachment on the grounds that -in his view- it was all “an ostensible political-electoral maneuver” based on “manifestly false” facts which were revealed in the so-called Pandora Papers report.

Chile: 60% of people in favour of impeaching Piñera over Pandora Papers

Published: 10/29/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera claims he had not been involved in the administrations of his companies since before taking the oath of office for his first presidency An Ipsos survey released Thursday has shown that 60% of Chileans were in favour of launching the impeachment process against President Sebastián Piñera for the obscure deals for which his name ended up included in the so-called Pandora Papers investigations.

Parts of Chile back under COVID-19 restrictions amid growing number of infections

Published: 10/26/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera: “we will be more demanding so that everyone gets vaccinated” Chile's capital Santiago and 14 other communes nearby communes are to return to phase 3 of the national Government's contingency plan, following 929 COVID-19 infections detected in the last 24 hours, out of a total of 1,677 nationwide, it was announced Monday.

Unprecedented consensus in Chile against newspaper article marking 75th anniversary of Göring's death

Published: 10/25/2021 in MercoPress

Göring was sentenced to death but escaped his appointment with the hangman through a cyanide pill Chile's Jewish community, Germany's Embassy in Santiago and the entire country's political spectrum Sunday agreed to condemn an article carried by the large-circulation daily El Mercurio reviewing the life of convicted Nazi leader Hermann Göring.

Increasing number of COVID-19 infections trigger alarms in Chile

Published: 10/21/2021 in MercoPress

Chile will carry on with its vaccination plan Chile's Health Ministry (Minsal) Thursday reported 1,842 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in the last three months, marking a 53% rise compared to last week and 68% against the last two weeks.

World Travel Awards for Argentina, Chile and Montevideo; Latam was named leading South America airline

Published: 10/21/2021 in MercoPress

Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo was recognized with victory as ‘South America’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’. Chile, Argentina and the City of Montevideo have been distinguished in the 2021 annual World Travel Awards of Latin America. Argentina claimed ‘South America’s Leading Destination’. Chile, with its dazzling array of natural wonders, was again voted ‘South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’.

Argentina terminates symbolic aviation deal with Chile

Published: 10/14/2021 in MercoPress

ANAC Chief Paola Tamburelli signed the resolution Argentina's National Civilian Aviation Agency (ANAC) Thursday terminated the so-called inter-change agreement with Chile's DGAC dating back to early July 2019, which benefitted the now-defunct LATAM Argentina airlines.

Despite the state of emergency in southern Chile, Mapuche groups continue with violent actions

Published: 10/14/2021 in MercoPress

The police reports that violent incidents with the participation of security forces have increased 94% in the first six months of 2021 In what seems a challenge to the Chilean government which declared a state of emergency in a region to the south of the country, a group of indigenous Mapuche demanding autonomy invaded a farm and set on fire heavy equipment and several vehicles.

Petition for Piñera's impeachment filed at Chile's Lower House

Published: 10/13/2021 in MercoPress

Everything related to the Dominga deal had been disclosed during a 2017 judicial investigation which had acquitted Piñera Chilean Deputies Wednesday filed for the impeachment of President Sebastián Piñera for his ivolvement in financial and entrepreneurial transactions disclosed earlier this month in the so-called Pandora Papers.

Chile's Sebastián Piñera faces impeachment bid after Pandora Papers

Published: 10/13/2021 in BBC News - World

The opposition launches impeachment proceedings against President Piñera over a controversial deal.

Chile's "wise men" recommend the basic rate be increased 100 points to 2,5%

Published: 10/13/2021 in MercoPress

During September the Chilean Peso depreciated and in recent weeks reached 823 Pesos to the US dollar, allegedly mainly because of the political uncertainty Chile's Monetary Policy Group, GPM, recommended on Tuesday that the Central Bank raises 100 points the Monetary Policy Rate, taking it from the current 1,5% to 2,5%, because of an upsurge of inflation and to safeguard the macroeconomic stability of the country.

Chile's economy to grow 11%, according to IMF report

Published: 10/12/2021 in MercoPress

Chile and the other South American countries are set to grow, except Venezuela Chile's economy has been projected to grow 11%, way above the average of 6.3% foreseen for Latin America throughout 2021 by the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Economic Outlook released Tuesday.

Chile lodges criminal complaint against Mapuche Resistance Group

Published: 10/09/2021 in MercoPress

The Mapuche Territory Resistance defines itself as self defense group trying to recover land that belongs to their tribe Following a video release in which a group of hooded and heavily armed individuals calling themselves the Mapuche Territory Resistance, who occupied by force the administration offices of a Chilean National Park, the government o President Sebastian Piñera lodged a criminal complaint against them plus demanding their eviction.

Chile eliminates five-day quarantine for travelers arriving to Punta Arenas by air

Published: 10/09/2021 in MercoPress

The announcement was made by Deputy Economy minister Julio Pertuzé, the region's presidential representative Jennifer Rojas and Punta Arenas mayor, Claudio Radonich. Given the favorable results that the Magallanes Region, extreme south of Chile is showing in its battle against the Covid 19 pandemic, Chilean authorities have decided to lessen the restrictions both for incoming domestic and international travelers arriving at Punta Arenas airport.

Chile eliminates five-day quarantine for travelers arriving to Punta Arenas by air

Published: 10/08/2021 in MercoPress

The announcement was made by Deputy Economy minister Julio Pertuzé, the region's presidential representative Jennifer Rojas and Punta Arenas mayor, Claudio Radonich. Given the favourable results that the Magallanes Region, extreme south of Chile is showing in its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Chilean authorities have decided to lessen the restrictions both for incoming domestic and international travellers arriving at Punta Arenas airport.

Argentine Senate unanimously rejects Chile's decree regarding continental shelf

Published: 10/07/2021 in MercoPress

“We cannot disregard the context in which Chile's claim is made: on November 21 there will be presidential elections,” Cobos warned. Argentina's Senate Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution declaring Chile's announcements concerning the continental shelf as in clear violation of the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1984.

Argentina now sells gas to Chile and Brazil

Published: 10/06/2021 in MercoPress

Brazil is much in need of energy due to the almost unprecedentes rivers' downspouts. Argentina is now in a position to sell gas to neighbouring Chile and Brazil thanks to the Gas Plan and Vaca Muerta's potential, it was announced.

Chile and Interpol break up smuggling ring of Haitians and children to Mexico and US

Published: 10/05/2021 in MercoPress

To date, 267 Chilean children aged six or under, children of Haitian migrants, have been detected on the route in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama (Pic INTERPOL) An operation codenamed ‘Frontera Norte’ has allowed Chile’s Criminal Investigations Police (Policía de Investigaciones – PDI) to arrest nine suspected members of a migrant smuggling ring following an investigation supported by INTERPOL and law enforcement across South and Central America.

Chile lifts curfew; quarantine only for travelers and other specific situations

Published: 10/01/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera explained the measures were necessary at the time they were taken Chilean authorities have lifted the curfew imposed over a year and a half ago as a part of the sanitary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic effective Oct. 1, it was announced.

Paraguay and Chile closer to bilateral FTA after Piñera visit

Published: 09/30/2021 in MercoPress

Chile keeps building up commercial ties in the region Chilean President Sebastián Piñera's visit to Asunción has left his country closer to a free trade agreement with Paraguay, it was announced.

Chile starts vaccinating kids aged 6-11 at schools

Published: 09/27/2021 in MercoPress

4th, 5th and 8th grade kids have been wrongly vaccinated (Pic AFP) Mass vaccination against COVID-19 of over 1.5 million Chilean schoolchildren aged 6 to 11 has kicked off Monday, it was reported. Chilean authorities have also confirmed Sinovac's drug CoronaVac is to be administered but only to those children who have parental consent.

International community concerned over xenophobia in Chile

Published: 09/27/2021 in MercoPress

González Morales described the xenophobic attacks as “inadmissible humiliation”  The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Saturday asked the Chilean Government to guarantee and protect the rights of migrant children, following violent incidents involving foreign citizens in the city port Iquique, which has been flocked by undocumented migrants.

Foreign offenders expelled from Chile as deportation of irregular migrants set to resume

Published: 09/23/2021 in MercoPress

Venezuelans who risk everything in pursuit of a better future in Chile will be once again expelled if their status is unclear Chilean migration authorities Thursday expelled 49 migrants who were found guilty of human trafficking in addition to carrying weapons illegally, the Department of Migration and International Police of Tarapacá reported.

Land crossing between Argentina and Chile reopened

Published: 09/20/2021 in MercoPress

The Cristo Redentor crossing is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cristo Redentor (officially the Los Libertadores International Pass) connecting Mendoza and Chile has been reopened for the Argentines and foreign residents to return to the country, it was announced.

Vaccination of children aged 6 to 12 starts in Chile with Coronavac

Published: 09/14/2021 in MercoPress

Chile decided to go ahead with vaccination, despite Britain's  JCVI advising against it Chile's health authorities have started vaccinating children aged between 6 and 12 against COVID-19 with the Chinese Coronavac drug to keep up the country's high immunization rate, which is among the most prolific worldwide.

President Piñera meets PM Johnson and reaffirms UK/Chile close relations

Published: 09/11/2021 in MercoPress

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera in the last leg of his European tour, on Friday met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, where the two leaders coincided on the significance of jointly addressing current challenges such as the Covid 19 pandemic, --and variants--, climate change and collaboration in a Science Alliance.

Jurassic-Era 'Winged Lizard' Unearthed In Chile

Published: 09/10/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

Chilean scientists have announced the discovery of the first-ever southern hemisphere remains of a type of Jurassic-era "winged lizard" known as a pterosaur.

Chile's President meets Argentina-born Pope; no comments about the latest territorial dispute

Published: 09/10/2021 in MercoPress

Before Thursday, Piñera and the Pope had met in 2018 when sex scandals involving priests topped the agenda Chile's President Sebastián Piñera Thursday met with Pope Francis at The Vatican during one of his stops on his current European tour.

Chile's Piñera human rights policy condemned by Amnesty International during his European tour

Published: 09/08/2021 in MercoPress

The Chilean president with the King of Spain, Felipe VI. Amnesty International has sent a letter to European leaders who Chilean president Sebastian Piñera is currently visiting expressing concern about the serious human rights violations and impunity that continue to put all people in Chile at risk. Piñera is currently visiting France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and the Vatican.

Chile approves Coronavac for children aged six and older

Published: 09/07/2021 in MercoPress

“Children under 12 will be vaccinated in schools,” Daza also explained Chilean health authorities have approved the emergency use of the Sinovac Biotech (CoronaVac) coronavirus vaccine on children aged six years or older, it was announced Monday.

Argentina sends Chile diplomatic note rejecting their "expansive vocation"

Published: 09/07/2021 in MercoPress

Chile, Argentina and the United Kingdom have overlapping claims, a newspaper report pointed out Argentina has sent a diplomatic note to the Chilean Government of President Sebastián Piñera rejecting the latter's "expansive vocation" with regards to his most recent decree concerning the continental shelf.

Argentina/Chile continental shelf dispute: “beware about arousing nationalism in electoral processes”

Published: 09/07/2021 in MercoPress

Both countries are in the midst of electoral processes, Argentina is holding midterm parliamentary elections next 14 November, and Chile a week later presidential and legislative elections. The controversy between Chile and Argentina regarding continental shelf limits south of Tierra del Fuego has triggered a series of exchanges, some public, others more low-key, but there is a growing consensus that any solution must emerge from the bilateral dialogue.

Macron praises Piñera for the political changes; pledges full support to upgrade the Chile/EU trade accord

Published: 09/07/2021 in MercoPress

“You can count with all the support of France in this brave task of drafting a new constitution, in this historic moment”, said Macron next to Piñera at the Elysée Palace. France praised Chile for its current constitutional process and pledged support for negotiations to upgrade the European Union/Chile trade agreement. President Sebastian Piñera on a tour of European countries was hosted on Monday by his French peer Emmanuel Macron who during a media conference at the Elysée Palace underlined the significance of the political and constitutional transformations taking place in Chile.

More arson and terrorist attacks in Mapuche claimed territory, south of Chile

Published: 09/05/2021 in MercoPress

Trucks, heavy machinery and forestry equipment have suffered arson attacks in a region where Mapuche communities claim land and water resources Following on another arson attack in the Chilean region of La Araucanía, the land of the Mapuche indigenous communities, the presidential delegate Victor Manoli has called on Congress to speed legislation "to pursue and arrest the culprits of these terrorist actions"

Piñera's "Ten Pillars" to save water in drought stricken Chile

Published: 08/31/2021 in MercoPress

“For the last thirteen years Chile has suffered the worst drought in its history. This silent seism has hit the whole country,” said Piñera Chile presented on Monday a "Plan to combat Drought" to increase the provision of water and improve its efficient use thus ensuring the supply for human consumption and the production of food.

Chile announces sanitary protocol for tourists on cruise expeditions to Antarctica

Published: 08/31/2021 in MercoPress

Andrea Wolleter, head of Chile's tourism services made the announcement following on reiterated petitions from organizations linked to the tourism industry as well as regional and city officials. Chile announced on Monday that foreign tourists on cruise expeditions to Antarctica can call and land in the country as long as they comply with a strict sanitary protocol. Andrea Wolleter, head of Chile's tourism services made the announcement following on reiterated petitions from organizations linked to the tourism industry as well as regional and city officials.

Chile and Argentina agree to discuss ongoing continental shelf differences south of Cape Horn

Published: 08/30/2021 in MercoPress

Details of the disputed zone in the extreme south of South America Chile and Argentina have resurfaced an ongoing dispute over the extent of the continental shelf in the extreme south of the South American continent, but hopefully, both sides have agreed to sit and discuss the issue bilaterally, peacefully and abstaining from any statement and/or action that can hamper the process of a harmonious dialogue.

New limits dispute arises between Chile and Argentina

Published: 08/30/2021 in MercoPress

“If we do not reach an agreement, there are many other instruments at the international level,” said Piñera A new controversy regarding boundaries between Chile and Argentina has erupted following the issuance of charts allegedly violation of a 1984 treaty.

Chile's Mapuches interrupt air traffic at Temuco airport and destroy forestry machinery

Published: 08/24/2021 in MercoPress

Mapuches lit fire at the end of an airstrip impeding flights for several hours because of the smoke and low visibility Growing unrest in Chile's Araucanía region, where the aboriginal communities mainly Mapuches are demanding the government honours treaties dating back to the Spanish conquest and later when Chile emerged as an independent country.

Two center-left candidates to vie for Chile's presidency on November 21

Published: 08/24/2021 in MercoPress

A Diaguita woman and a controversial filmmaker will likely split center-left voters Chile's Progressive Party (PRO) leader Marco Enríquez Ominami Monday announced he would run for the country's presidency, which dealt an unexpected blow to the centre-left's efforts following the launch of Christian Democrat Yasna Provoste's candidacy Saturday.

Fugitive former Bolivian official requests political asylum in Chile after rescue operation

Published: 08/18/2021 in MercoPress

Peinado was dehydrated and in poor health when he was rescued Monday Former Bolivian Deputy Minister of Medium, Large Business and Industry Eduardo Peinado Rivero has entered Chile in a quite unorthodox way and applied for political asylum, it was announced Tuesday.

No more quarantine for all of Chile starting Wednesday

Published: 08/17/2021 in MercoPress

Daza announced a shorter curfew for Antofagasta after meeting health requirements Chilean health authorities have announced that no commune in the entire country will be under quarantine as of this coming Wednesday, as a part of the step-by-set program towards normalization.

Chile in mourning for two days over those who died from COVID-19

Published: 08/09/2021 in MercoPress

“Their sacrifice was not in vain,” Piñera said Chile's President Sebastián Piñera decreed two days of national mourning Monday and Tuesday (August 9 and 10) in memory of all those who passed away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Argentina apologizes to Chile for saying Magellan Strait and Drake Passage are shared spaces with joint control

Published: 08/09/2021 in MercoPress

Argentina had to back step and apologize to Chile following on statements that the Magellan Strait and the Drake Passage, were “shared spaces”, and which “both countries jointly explored, studied and controlled”.

Chile: Shortage of water reported in Santiago Metropolitan Region

Published: 08/06/2021 in MercoPress

“The worst drought in history,” said Minister Moreno Chile's Minister of Public Works Alfredo Moreno Thursday admitted Santiago's Metropolitan Region was going through “the worst drought in history,” which has prompted “exceptional measures.”

Chinese lab Sinovac lands in Chile to pack and manufacture vaccines locally

Published: 08/05/2021 in MercoPress

Chilean production of Coronavac is also a question of solidarity with Latin America, Paris said Chinese laboratory Sinovac Wednesday announced it will build a plant in Chile to locally distribute 60 million yearly doses of the Coronavac vaccine against COVID-19 with which to supply other Latin American countries.

Four cases of community transmission of Delta variant confirmed in Chile

Published: 08/03/2021 in MercoPress

“It is necessary to further increase the number of people vaccinated,” Paris said Chilean health authorities have confirmed four cases of community transmission of the coronavirus Delta variant, it was announced Monday.

Chile's Ancient Mummies Added To UN Heritage List

Published: 07/27/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

Chile's Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world to have been purposefully preserved by humans, were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List on Tuesday.

Young political leader from Punta Arenas leads presidential vote intention in Chile

Published: 07/27/2021 in MercoPress

Gabriel Boric, born and raised in Punta Arenas is currently a member of the Lower House of Chilean congress. (Pic Cooperativa) Gabriel Boric, 35, born and raised in Punta Arenas, could be the next Chilean president according to the latest CADEM public opinion poll, particularly since in the primary of the alliance of parties to which he belongs, he clearly beat a Marxist candidate sponsored by the Chilean communist party.

Experts voice concern as Chile prepares to reopen its borders following months of harsh isolation

Published: 07/26/2021 in MercoPress

International travel is to be allowed exclusively through Santiago's Arturo Merino Benítez international airport. As announced last week, Chile is opening its borders as of July 26 to nationals and foreign residents stranded abroad since March on the condition that they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Chile to open borders for vaccinated nationals and foreign residents as of next week

Published: 07/24/2021 in MercoPress

Chile clearly differentiates between those who are vaccinated and those who are not The Government of Chile has announced it will open the country's borders since July 26 for vaccinated nationals and foreign residents. The country completely closed its borders last April and has so far required anyone allowed in to observe a mandatory quarantine at a sanitary hotel, a measure which will remain in force for the unvaccinated.

Sputnik V vaccine cleared to land in Chile

Published: 07/22/2021 in MercoPress

“ The vaccine has a good safety profile,” Heriberto García said Chile's Public Security Institute (ISP) Wednesday authorized the emergency use of the Russian anticoronavirus Sputnik V vaccine by 5 votes in favour, two abstentions and one against, it was announced.

Chile leads the region on its way to sustainable energy-powered cars

Published: 07/20/2021 in MercoPress

The Zedo 300 EV is one of the seven vehicles that the execution of Chile's plan includes As the leading country in the region on the road to new sources of energy for vehicles, Chile last week added a new charging point for battery-powered engines next to the Nueva Angostura tollbooth and is the first of a total of 5 to be implemented on Ruta 5 Sur between Santiago and Talca.

Underdogs emerge triumphant from Chile's primary elections

Published: 07/19/2021 in MercoPress

Neither Boric (L) nor Sichel had been singled out by pollsters as favorites for Sunday's primaries. Independent candidate Sebastián Sichel took most of the votes within the right-wing bloc, Chile Vamos, while Frente Amplio Deputy Gabriel Boric was chosen in the left-wing Apruebo coalition after Chile's primary elections held Sunday.

Chile increases basic interest rate to 0,75%, working on a two year horizon

Published: 07/19/2021 in MercoPress

The reference rate stood at 0,5% since March 2020 when the Covid 19 virus first appeared in Chile Chilean Central Bank board members decided unanimously to increase the reference inter-bank interest rate some 25 base points to 0.75%, which represents the first rise in over two and a half years, given the improved economic prospects since the pandemic was triggered.

Elisa Loncón: From poverty to PhD to writing Chile's constitution

Published: 07/10/2021 in BBC News - World

Elisa Loncón, an indigenous leader, will be one of the main architects of Chile's new constitution.

Biden announces ambassador picks for France, India, Chile and Bangladesh

Published: 07/09/2021 in Top News and Analysis (pro)

President Joe Biden revealed the names of four new nominees to serve as U.S. ambassadors to France, Monaco, India, Bangladesh and Chile.

Chile's Constitutional Convention hopes to gets started this Wednesday after numerous technical issues

Published: 07/07/2021 in MercoPress

Last-minute arrangements are still being made at the old National Congress building in Santiago Chile's Constitutional Assembly is finally set to start its historic sessions Wednesday at 10 am local time in Santiago, following last-minute problems earlier this week.

Chile's Constitutional Convention appoints Mapuche woman to chair it

Published: 07/05/2021 in MercoPress

Loncón was a participant in the design of the Wenufoye flag of the Mapuche people, in 1992 Mapuche leader Elisa Loncón, a Ph.D. in humanities holder from the Dutch University of Leiden, has been chosen Sunday to preside over the Constituent Convention which will re-write Chile's new Fundamental Law to replace the current text from 1980 passed under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Chile's economy grows 18.1% thanks to pension withdrawals and state emergency funding

Published: 07/02/2021 in MercoPress

“We have recovered the level of activity we had in February 2020,” Marcel explained. Chile's Central Bank Thursday reported an 18.1% economic growth in May, which has brought it back to the pace of prepandemic levels.

Chile toughens up on border, quarantine controls

Published: 06/25/2021 in MercoPress

Those who skip quarantine will be fined and lose their mobility pass privileges Chile has imposed new restrictive measures to enter the country and extended the closure of its borders until July 14, Health Ministry authorities announced Thursday.

First case of Delta coronavirus variant detected in Chile

Published: 06/25/2021 in MercoPress

Paris said the patient most likely was infected at the US airport from where she traveled Chilean authorities have confirmed Thursday the detection of the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. It was a 43-year-old woman who arrived from the United States and who is now under isolation in the southern city of Talca.

Anti covid-19 vaccination of teenagers starts in Chile with Pfizer

Published: 06/23/2021 in MercoPress

Vaccination in Chile is not compulsory, but Piñera wants to reach everybody. Chile will begin vaccinating people under 18 years of age against the coronavirus, according to an announcement by President Sebastián Piñera Tuesday. The Pfizer drug is the only one to be used in this age group.

Copa America: Chile players skip health bubble in major scandal

Published: 06/21/2021 in MercoPress

The players involved will be fined but not barred from playing A Brazilian stylist broke through the Chilean squad's health bubble and players uploaded to social media photographs of them having their hair cut in Cuiabá in what has been so far the biggest scandal at the Copa America football tournament where over 60 cases of covid-19 have so far been detected.

Piñera sets July 4 as opening day for Chile's Constitutional Convention

Published: 06/21/2021 in MercoPress

The Convention's role is not to “govern or legislate,” Piñera said Chile's President Sebastián Piñera Sunday announced the new constituent assembly is scheduled to open sessions on July 4,

UK born Blackburn player becomes the star of Chile's national football team

Published: 06/21/2021 in MercoPress

The Blackburn forward, (22) was born in Stoke-on-Trent to an English father and Chilean mother. He has played all his career in the English Championship Chilean fans are celebrating the new idol of their national football team, English-born Ben Brereton who became the unlikely hero when Chile beat Bolivia 1-0 in the Copa America, hosted by Brazil, last Friday.

Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region back under full quarantine

Published: 06/11/2021 in MercoPress

Half of Chile's population is put under strict confinement despite mass vaccination The Chilean Government has announced Thursday that the Santiago Metropolitan Area will return to full quarantine as of this Friday in light of the increase in coronavirus infections.

Covid-19 pandemic: Chile capital locks down despite mass vaccination

Published: 06/10/2021 in BBC News - World

Three-fifths of the country has been vaccinated but rising Covid cases spark new restrictions.

UN concerned over deportation of 56 Venezuelan migrants from Chile

Published: 06/09/2021 in MercoPress

The deportations took place on a Sunday when the courts are closed and appeals cannot succeed. The United Nations (UN) Tuesday voiced their concern about Sunday's deportation of 56 Venezuelan migrants from Chile despite legal actions taken against such a measure.

Chile continues with deportation of Venezuelan migrants

Published: 06/08/2021 in MercoPress

Delgado said among the deportees were criminals of various sorts The Government of Chile has deported on a plane to Caracas a total of 56 Venezuelan citizens who were allegedly involved in trafficking of minors, drugs, robberies or simply entered the country irregularly, it was reported.

Chile stops 2nd dose of AstraZeneca vaccine as case of thrombosis detected

Published: 06/04/2021 in MercoPress

“We are awaiting the result of an investigation,” Paris explained. Chilean health authorities Thursday decided to halt until further notice the anti-covid-19 vaccination of people under 45 years of age with the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca immunizer following the occurrence of one case of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia.

Drone skirmish as Chile football team fears Argentine spies

Published: 06/02/2021 in BBC News - World

Fearing their Argentine rivals were spying on them, the Chileans took down a drone flying overhead.

One case of black fungus spotted in Chile

Published: 05/31/2021 in MercoPress

The issue gained worldwide attention after reports of numerous patients in India The Chilean Society of Infectology (Sochinf) reported Sunday in a statement that one case of mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, had been detected.

Clean energy summit ready to start virtually in Santiago, Chile

Published: 05/31/2021 in MercoPress

“We have to take the necessary actions,” said Jobet. The Global Clean Energy Summit is to be held for the first time in Latin America and it is due to span from Monday, May 31, through Friday, June 4 in Santiago, Chile, albeit in a virtual format.

Cases of covid-19 in Chile back on the upward trend

Published: 05/29/2021 in MercoPress

With more than 10 million have received at least one vaccine dose and 7.8 million with both shots, Chile is still unable to curb the infection rate Despite one of the strongest vaccination campaigns worldwide and particularly in South America, Chile has reported Friday several new covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours which would indicate the pandemic is back on the upward trend.

Chile and Bolivia go back to negotiating table in Ecuador

Published: 05/25/2021 in MercoPress

“Constructive dialogue is the ideal instrument to strengthen ties according to the 2021 road map,” Mayta said. The Governments of Chile and Bolivia and Chile held a new round of talks in Ecuador to advance in the normalization of their bilateral relations, it was reported Monday.

Chile's "mobility pass" has an impact on stock exchange and possibly on hosting Copa America

Published: 05/25/2021 in MercoPress

The freedoms granted by this pass “will be expanded according to the evolution of sanitary conditions,” Piñera promised. The Government of Chile is working on the development of a so-called “mobility pass” which would grant people already vaccinated against covid-19 greater levels of freedom and mobility within their communes and allow travel between regions for those who are in quarantine, it was announced.

Chile constitution: Sweeping changes possible as independents win

Published: 05/17/2021 in BBC News - World

The right-wing government fails to win a third of the seats and will struggle to stop major changes.

Chile going to polls this weekend to elect Constitutional Convention to replace Pinochet-era text

Published: 05/15/2021 in MercoPress

This weekend's elections will reflect President Piñera's true rate of approval Chile is about to write another chapter in its history this coming weekend when members of an Assembly to write up a new constitution to replace the one left by the military regime of General Augusto Pinochet are elected.

Chile indigenous: Time to make our voices heard

Published: 05/14/2021 in BBC News - World

Members of indigenous groups in Chile will be represented in the constitutional convention.

Bolivia suspends train tests to Chile after truckers protests

Published: 05/14/2021 in MercoPress

Completed the test trips, Ferroviaria Andina intends to establish a continuous service The tests to reactivate a cargo rail line that connects the Chilean port of Arica (north) with Viacha, Bolivia (southwest), will be suspended, Bolivian authorities announced this Thursday, after several days of roadblocks by truck drivers against the initiative.

Chile eases lockdown in Santiago as elections loom over

Published: 05/11/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera highlighted Chile's current conditions regarding the pandemic and in the face of the elections Chile's capital city of Santiago will be freed from its total lockdown as of this coming Thursday, although confinement will still be observed on weekends, health authorities announced Monday.

Chinese vaccine developer eyes production in Chile

Published: 05/05/2021 in MercoPress

Links ”between the Chile's Catholic University and the Sinovac laboratory have been strengthened over the past year and a half of joint work, Sánchez said. China's Sinovac Biotech laboratory is reportedly evaluating the possibility of manufacturing the immunizer in Chile in a joint effort with the local Pontifical Catholic University, Rector Ignacio Sánchez said in a newspaper interview published Tuesday.

Foreign tourism in Chile drops 92.6% in first quarter of 2021

Published: 05/03/2021 in MercoPress

Tourism Undersecretary José Luis Uriarte explained that such a low figure was to be expected Foreign tourism in Chile registered a 92.6% drop year-to-year in the first quarter of 2021, according to a study published Sunday bu the journal Barómetro del Turismo (Tourism Barometer), released by the government's Tourism Undersecretariat and the National Tourism Service (Sernatur).

Chile: Case against Piñera brought before The Hague for alleged human rights violations in 2019

Published: 04/30/2021 in MercoPress

The ICC does not have a deadline to decide whether to admit the accusation, making a prompt response unlikely. Chilean and human rights organizations together with former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón filed an accusation Thursday before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Sebastián Piñera for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the 2019 protests, it was reported.

Chile on track to phasing out coal as source to generate electricity

Published: 04/29/2021 in MercoPress

Soon Chile will “ leave the era of coal behind,” said Jobet. (Pic Twitter) Chilean plans to close half of the country's coal-fired electricity generating plants by 2025, Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet assured Wednesday during a ceremony in which the generating company Engie vowed to either close or convert six of the oldest plants by 2024, with a capacity of 800 megawatts (MW).

Amnesty International against deportation of migrants in Chile

Published: 04/28/2021 in MercoPress

There are 1.4 million migrants in Chile, mostly from Venezuela, Peru, Haiti and Colombia Amnesty International's office in Chile Tuesday "repudiated" the wave of arrests and deportations of migrants after the enactment of the new immigration law promoted by the administration of President Sebastián Piñera, it was announced.

Mon Laferte: Chile's pop export on repression and injustice

Published: 04/27/2021 in BBC News - World

Musician Mon Laferte is releasing her first album since speaking out about the country's protests.

Chile's borders to remain closed in light of little progress fighting covid-19

Published: 04/27/2021 in MercoPress

“Chileans will not be able to travel abroad except in extraordinary situations,” Daza explained Chilean authorities decided Monday not to reopen the borders throughout May to try to prevent the entry into the country of new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Health Undersecretary Paula Daza announced.

Chile's SQM to supply lithium to Johnson Matthey for electric car batteries

Published: 04/20/2021 in MercoPress

SQM CEO Ricardo Ramos explained this project is directly linked to the company's expansion plan. The Chilean Chemical and Mining Society (SQM), one of the world's largest lithium producers, will supply lithium hydroxide to the British firm Johnson Matthey, at least until 2028, according to a new contract signed on Monday, it was announced.

Chile has one of the world's best vaccination rates. Covid is surging there anyway

Published: 04/19/2021 in Top News and Analysis (pro)

A recent surge in coronavirus infections in Chile has sparked concern beyond its borders.

Chile's judiciary imposes first ever jail sentence on politician found guilty of corruption

Published: 04/17/2021 in MercoPress

“I was convicted of that crime of which I am innocent,” said Orpis. Former conservative Senator Jaime Orpis has been bestowed Friday with the dubious honour of becoming Chile's first-ever politician to be handed down a jail sentence for his involvement in acts of corruption.

China's Coronavac 80% Effective At Preventing Covid Deaths: Chile Results

Published: 04/16/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

China's Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile's inoculation...

Chile sees Covid surge despite vaccination success

Published: 04/15/2021 in BBC News - World

The country's vaccination rollout is one of the fastest in the world, so why are Covid cases surging?

Chile's Central Bank monthly report foresees 2021 inflation at 3.2%

Published: 04/13/2021 in MercoPress

Anti-covid-19 restrictions bear little to no impact on Chile's economy forecast Chile's monthly report issued by the Central Bank Monday forecast inflation to close 2021 with a cumulative 3.2%, with no significant changes in sight for 2022 and 2023.

Chile has new immigration law after eight years in Congress

Published: 04/12/2021 in MercoPress

Piñera welcomed the new law to help fight irregular immigration and support legal immigration. Chile's President Sebastán Piñera Sunday signed into law the new migration law which spent eight years in Congress before being passed.

Chile, India discuss furthering trade under Partial Scope Agreement

Published: 04/09/2021 in MercoPress

“India is a strategic market for Chile,” said Lopeandía. Delegates from Chile and India are discussing furthering bilateral trade under the so-called Partial Scope Agreement (PSA). Authorities from both countries are holding a series of virtual encounters due to round up Friday.

Chile's Labor Minister Zaldívar resigns over pension reforms

Published: 04/08/2021 in MercoPress

Zaldívar's intentions to leave her job were no surprise Chile's Labor Minister María José Zaldívar submitted her resignation Wednesday to President Sebastián Piñera, who accepted it and announced he would appoint Deputy Patricio Melero to succeed her.

Chile's Parliament passes economic relief bill

Published: 04/06/2021 in MercoPress

”We have always done what is humanly possible,” said Piñera. Chile's Congress Monday passed a bill granting economic assistance to people in need and whose situation has worsened over the past few months due to the covid-19 crisis.

Falklands warn of difficulties in medical evacuation to Chile and Uruguay

Published: 04/02/2021 in MercoPress

A source from the British Hospital of Montevideo confirmed MercoPress that the Medical Director will have to decide on a case by case basis to admit a critical care patient The Falkland Islands Government has urged people in the islands to “take extra care” in undertaking high-risk activities due to the Covid-19 situation in Chile and Uruguay making it “extremely difficult” to arrange the medical evacuation from the Falklands.

Chile closes borders, bans foreign travel and extends curfew in latest anti covid-19 maneuver

Published: 04/02/2021 in MercoPress

Exit visas can be granted in a very limited number of cases, Katherine Martorell explained The Chilean Government of President Sebastián Piñera Thursday decided to close its borders throughout April, ban all foreign travel and move forward the current curfew to 9 pm as the second covid-19 wave spreads faster than expected.

Significant post-Brexit Chile tour by Lord Mayor of London revealed

Published: 03/30/2021 in MercoPress

William Anthony Bowater Russell has been serving as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London since 2019 The British government Tuesday revealed that William Russell, the Lord Mayor of The City of London, paid a virtual visit to Chile on 9 and 10 March to strengthen trade links with the South American country.

Piñera to seek postponement of April 10-11 elections in Chile

Published: 03/29/2021 in MercoPress

“This has been a very difficult decision,” said Piñera. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera Sunday announced he would put forward a bill to postpone the April 10-11 elections until May in view of the country's critical situation regarding Covid-19 infections and diseases.

Argentina halts all flights to/from Brazil, Chile and Mexico

Published: 03/26/2021 in MercoPress

Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero's decision aims at preventing or minimizing the effcts of a second coronavirus wave. Starting this coming Saturday, no passenger flights will be allowed into Argentina from covid-ridden Brazil, Chile and Mexico, in a move to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly the Amazon or P1 strain as well as the British variant which is also causing havoc in the country's health system.

Chile lockdown 86% of its population due to new strains of covid

Published: 03/26/2021 in MercoPress

“This is not the time for tourism,” said Minister Bellolio. The government of Chile Thursday decided to tighten the anti-covid-19 measures already in force after 64 cases of the British strain and 45 of the Brazilian ones were detected out of a total of 7,023 new daily cases of coronavirus were reported.

China-backed railway projects gain momentum in Chile and Argentina

Published: 03/24/2021 in MercoPress

Presidents Sebastián Piñera and Alberto Fernández agreed in January to promote a Southern Trans-Andean Railway system. The government of Chile Tuesday unveiled 15 brand new railway units made in China, with which the South American country intends to revamp its train service both for passengers and cargo.

COVID-19 Vaccines Reach Antarctica, Chile Immunizes 49 On Continent

Published: 03/17/2021 in NDTV News - World-news

The coronavirus vaccine has reached Antarctica after Chile immunized 49 people on the continent, the South American country's air force said on Wednesday.

Louise De Sousa is the new British Ambassador to Chile

Published: 03/03/2021 in MercoPress

Ambassador De Sousa joined the Diplomatic Service in 1991, most recently serving as British Ambassador to Tunisia, from 2016 to 2020 Ambassador Mrs. Louise De Sousa will lead the British Embassy’s efforts further strengthening ties and co-operation between the United Kingdom and Chile. Ambassador De Sousa’s priorities will focus on UK and Chile co-operation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and a clean, resilient global economic recovery; promoting meaningful action to tackle climate change in the lead-up to the COP26 climate conference; and further strengthening trade and prosperity between the UK and Chile. The ambassador’s work will also include defence and security co-operation, science and innovation, educational and cultural links, and gender equality, reflecting UK global priorities.

Chile: Violence flares after police officer shoots street performer dead

Published: 02/07/2021 in BBC News - World

Social media footage shows a police officer in Chile shooting a man dead, sparking violent protests.

Covid: Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica begin mass vaccination

Published: 12/24/2020 in BBC News - World

Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica become the first countries on the continent to begin vaccination campaigns.