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...
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.
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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.
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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.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired archbishop of Santiago is denying he covered-up for an abusive priest in Chile, but is acknowledging the priest's popularity and ability to produce seminarians weighed on his decision-making.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Chilean bishops are arriving in Rome ahead of an expected brow-beating next week from Pope Francis, who says he was misled about a bishop at the center of the Chilean Church's sex abuse scandal.
AP PHOTOS: Cuba’s Castro brothers through the years
HAVANA (AP) — The men who have run Cuba for nearly six decades began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran, sons of a wealthy farmer.
Both Fidel and Raul Castro turned to radical politics at a young age as they went to school first in the eastern city of Santiago, later at the University of Havana.
Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Chile, no damage reported
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong 6.2 earthquake struck Chile's central region on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck about 34 miles (54 kilometers) southwest of Ovalle, Chile at 7:19 a.m. local time. The USGS said it was detected at a depth of 47 miles (76 kilometers).
SAN MATEO, California (AP) — At his stand-up desk in a Silicon Valley office complex, Guido Nunez-Mujica's phone buzzes nonstop as he tries in vain to concentrate on his work. The text messages are from 6,000 miles away in Santiago, Chile, where he's helping resettle a group of young Venezuelans trying to retrace his own immigrant's journey to a better future.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired archbishop of Santiago is trying to deflect criticism for Pope Francis' troubled trip to Chile in January, blaming everything from the summer weather to an "absentee" spokesman for the lower-than-expected turnout and negative press coverage during the visit.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs just hours before President Donald Trump announced his plans to impose new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected to formalize new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican's leading expert on clerical sex abuse wrapped up his fact-finding mission to Chile on Thursday and headed to Rome to brief the pope, concluding one of the most extraordinary months in the Catholic Church's long-running saga of coming to terms with priests who rape children and the church hierarchy that protects them.
Chilean poet, physicist Nicanor Parra dies at 103
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nicanor Parra, a Chilean physicist, mathematician and self-described "anti-poet" whose eccentric writings won him a leading place in Latin American literature, died Tuesday. He was 103.
His death was confirmed by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who expressed her condolences. Her government ordered national flags to be flown at half-staff in public buildings and decreed two days of mourning.
Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Joaquin Niemann wanted to make his last round as an amateur one of his best. He was so good Tuesday that he felt he could birdie every hole and closed with an 8-under 63 for a five-shot victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship.
And that means his amateur career is not over yet.
Next up for the 19-year-old from Chile: the Masters at Augusta National.
The Latest: Pope departs Peru, concluding South America trip
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local):
Pope Francis is heading back to Rome after a weeklong South America trip marred by violence and fallout from a clerical sex abuse scandal.
The pope's plane took off from the Peruvian capital Sunday evening following a Mass before 1.3 million faithful, a warm ending to an otherwise restive trip.
Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."
Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile
IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis.
First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town.
Then after landing, Francis came to the rescue of a policewoman who was thrown from her rearing horse as his popemobile passed by.
Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago.
Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because of the Feb. 27, 2010, earthquake that rocked Chile.