Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Officials in Chile say the capital city and its outskirts are suffering from the worst drought in many years.
The government has declared an agricultural emergency in...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's navy on Sunday confirmed the spillage of 40,000 liters of diesel oil into the sea in a remote and pristine area of the South American country's Patagonia and said it...
Blind children in Chile get solar eclipse experience
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of children at a Chilean school for the blind used sound and braille Tuesday to experience conditions that resemble a total solar eclipse.
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's mining minister says one Bolivian has been rescued and another has died in a mine collapse in the northern Antofagasta region. The fate of a third is still...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Specialized teams have begun an effort to rescue three Bolivians trapped deep underground in a mine in northern Chile, authorities said Friday.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Six Brazilian tourists were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning Wednesday inside an old apartment where they were staying in central Santiago.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — CONMEBOL has rejected any chance of another Copa Libertadores final being played out of South America, as happened last year.
SANTIAGO XALITZINTLA, Mexico (AP) — The inhabitants of Santiago Xalitzintla rise well before dawn to prepare their offerings to The Sleeping Woman, as they affectionately call the dormant...
Small plane crashes in southern Chile killing 6
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A small plane crashed on top of a home in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt, killing all six people aboard, authorities said Tuesday.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that China's financing of President Nicolás Maduro's government is prolonging the crisis in Venezuela.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz has gone before a local prosecutor to testify as a defendant as part of an investigation into the country's sprawling sex abuse and...
Chile court orders Catholic Church to compensate victims
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An appeals court in Chile ruled Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Church must pay compensation to three victims of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, the country's most notorious...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country's spiraling church...
Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Roman Catholic church, already the target of Vatican sanctions, was being shaken Tuesday by yet another allegation of priestly abuse and high-level...
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Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake hits southern Ecuador
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A very powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southern Ecuador in the early hours of Friday close to the country's border with Peru, although no immediate reports of possible...
Chilean transgender school protects children from bullying
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about taking her own life.
"I just wanted to die," said the now 16-year-old. "I didn't want to exist, because what they did to me made me feel awful."
Chile says 2 dead, thousands without power after quake
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say a magnitude-6.7 earthquake has killed at least two people and left thousands without electricity in the country's north.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the Saturday night quake was centered 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of the city of Coquimbo, and it had a depth of 53 kilometers (33 miles).
Irish priest leaves Chile after serving sex abuse sentence
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An Irish priest from the Legion of Christ religious order has obeyed Chilean government orders and left the South American country on Friday after finishing a four-year sentence for sexually abusing a minor.
British sailor Goodall brought to Chilean shore after rescue
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — British sailor Susie Goodall is back on dry land after being rescued by a cargo ship in the southern Pacific Ocean where her boat capsized during a solo round-the-world race.
Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year.
The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis in October had written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell thanking them for their five years of service on the so-called Group of Nine, or C-9.
Lawyer: Irish priest O’Reilly has finished Chile sentence
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An Irish-born priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has finished serving a four-year sentence for sexually abusing a minor and may have to leave the country within days, his lawyer said Monday.
Attorney Cristian Murga said the prison system is expected to certify completion of the sentence "within days," which would trigger an earlier government decree giving the Rev. John O'Reilly 72 hours to leave Chile.
Thousands of Boca and River fans set for Copa final in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans gathered outside their team's hotel in Madrid on Saturday, chanting "It doesn't matter where you play, we will always follow you."
A few hours later, thousands of River fans packed the iconic Plaza del Sol in the heart of the Spanish capital, one day before the bitter Argentine rivals meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.
Magnitude 5.5 earthquake sways buildings in Chile’s capital
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake swayed buildings in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 2:12 p.m. local time (12:12 p.m. EST; 1712 GMT) and was centered 5 miles (8 kilometers) south-southwest of San Antonio, a Pacific coast town about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the capital.
Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans.
The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever.
Venezuelan beauty queens migrate for shot at stardom abroad
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When the Miss Universe beauty pageant takes place in a few weeks, Chile will be represented by a slender brunette who has a killer smile and speaks Spanish with an unmistakable Venezuelan accent.
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery includes Halloween revelers in a Santiago, Chile, subway; tourists strolling out of a flooded shop in Venice; and the wedding of Princess Ayako in Tokyo.
Advocate for Chile’s dictatorship-era disappeared dies
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — One of Chile's leading human rights advocates died Friday at age 93 without knowing the fate of her husband, two children and pregnant daughter-in-law who were forcibly disappeared during the country's dictatorship.
Ana Gonzalez died in a hospital in Santiago after years of suffering from breathing problems.
Chilean cardinal goes before prosecutor in sex abuse probe
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The archbishop of the Chilean capital went before a local prosecutor Wednesday but declined to testify as a defendant about allegations he covered up years of child sex abuse committed by clerics and officials of the country's Catholic Church.
Chile church says sorry for conduct guidelines for priests
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Roman Catholic Church has apologized for a set of conduct guidelines for priests dealing with children that has caused outrage just as the South American country is being rocked by a widespread clerical sex abuse scandal.
Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused.
Pumas make 2 changes for All Blacks test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ramiro Herrera has been named in the Argentina team to play New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship test in Buenos Aires, one year after making his previous appearance against the same side.
Tighthead prop Herrera played against the All Blacks in Buenos Aires on Sept. 30 last year. His return in place of Santiago Medrano, who drops to the bench, is one of two changes to the starting lineup that beat Australia 23-19 on the Gold Coast two weeks ago.
Vatican expels Chilean priest accused of sexual abuse
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean church authorities say Pope Francis has ordered a man accused of sexually abusing minors removed from the priesthood.
The Santiago archbishop's office said Saturday the decision cannot be appealed.
Cristian Precht already had earlier been suspended from priestly duties for five years after an investigation into similar allegations. He is now in his late 70s.
Chile authorities raid 4 dioceses in clerical abuse probe
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities raided four dioceses on Thursday as part of an investigation into clerical sex abuse of minors and alleged cover-ups by bishops.
Prosecutors said the surprise raids took place at the dioceses of Valparaiso, Chillan, Osorno and Concepcion. Images published by local media showed authorities walking out from the buildings after seizing documents.
Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean man angry over an airline not returning his suitcase made false bomb threats that caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru, authorities charged Friday.
Chilean officials: Flights hit by wave of false bomb threats
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — At least three airliners were forced to make emergency landings or turn back to their original airports in Chile and Peru amid what aviation officials said was a wave of false bomb threats Thursday.
A LATAM Airlines flight carrying passengers from Peru's capital of Lima to Santiago, Chile, was safely evacuated after making an unscheduled landing in the southern Peruvian city of Pisco, officials said. Chile-based LATAM is Latin America's largest airline.
US and Chile agree to cooperate on cyber security
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart have signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation in combating cyber threats.
Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference on Tuesday as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order in the South American country, prosecutors said.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Chilean bishops for reflecting on their failure to listen to victims of clerical sex abuse.
The pontiff said in a letter to the Chilean church's Episcopal Conference that he is "impressed by the reflection, discernment and decisions" taken by bishops when they met last week.
Spanish premier to make official trip to Latin America
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to four Latin American countries later this month on his first official trip outside Europe.
The government said Friday the visit will begin in Santiago de Chile on Aug. 27.
The following day Sanchez travels to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, then on to Bogota.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A cardinal has been summoned to appear in a Chilean court as the scandal over sex abuse by priests and others tied to the country's Roman Catholic Church widens.
The archbishop's office said in a statement Tuesday that Santiago Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati had been called to answer questions about his role in an alleged cover-up of abuse by Rev. Oscar Munoz, former chancellor of Santiago.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities arrested a priest Thursday on accusations of sexually abusing minors, the latest turn in a scandal engulfing Chile's Roman Catholic Church for having covered up abuses for decades.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Prosecutors seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities as part of an investigation into growing clergy sex abuse scandals, while Vatican investigators met with Chile's attorney general to discuss cooperation in the civil and canonical probes.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Police and prosecutors raided Roman Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities Wednesday looking for files, investigative reports and documents related to a sex abuse scandal that has damaged the clergy's reputation in the South American country.
The surprise raids targeted the headquarters of Santiago's Ecclesiastical Court and the bishop's office in Rancagua in the O'Higgins region, where 14 priests are accused of having had sexual relations with minors.
"Good evening. The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game."
Those were the words of BBC commentator David Coleman as he introduced the British broadcaster's coverage of a group match between host Chile and Italy at the 1962 World Cup.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving the Catholic Church in Chile (all times local):
Chilean bishops are arriving back home after their emergency summit with Pope Francis over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, saying they are committed to helping the pope "clean up" the Chilean church.