BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A South American coalition hoping to host the 2030 World Cup relaunched its bid on Wednesday with the addition of Chile to the group.
Chilean judge sentences 6 people in ex-president’s death
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Six people were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Wednesday for the 1982 death of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva, marking a historic ruling in the highest profile murder case from Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.
Judge Alejandro Madrid ruled that Frei Montalva was poisoned to death with "toxic substances" that were gradually introduced into his body while he was hospitalized at a private clinic.
Colombia proposes new regional bloc to isolate Venezuela
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque said he is talking with like-minded conservative leaders to create a regional bloc that would replace the Venezuelan-influenced Union of South American Nations.
Duque said in a radio interview Monday that he's already discussed the idea with Chile's Sebastian Pinera.
He said that the proposed group, to be called Prosur, would focus on defending democracy and free-market economies.
Israeli PM to stay for Brazil inauguration after all
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Despite earlier reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to attend the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo had reported Wednesday that Netanyahu decided to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and moved up elections to April 9.
Chile court declares abortion regulation unconstitutional
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Constitutional Court has thrown out a regulation that prohibited some private hospitals and clinics from refusing to perform legal abortions.
Chile's congress last year ended Chile's absolute ban on abortion, legalizing it in when a woman's life is in danger, a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. The Constitutional Court upheld the law.
President signs transgender identity law in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president has signed a law that lets people over the age of 14 change their name and gender in official records.
Center-right President Sebastian Pinera says the measure signed Wednesday will help overcome "painful, discriminatory experiences." But he says a full solution to discrimination against transgender people "requires a cultural change, which has to be in the soul, in the heart of all Chileans."
Chile repatriates Haitian migrants
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile has flown 176 Haitians on a voluntary return to their home country as part of a program to reduce the number of unsuccessful migrants in the country.
The Chilean Air Force flight is the first of several planned. So far, 1,087 Haitians have signed up for the free return.
UN court rejects Bolivia’s Pacific Ocean access case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court has rejected landlocked Bolivia's bid to force Chile to the negotiating table over granting access to the Pacific Ocean.
In a legal ruling Monday from the Hague-based International Court of Justice that was broadcast live throughout Bolivia, the 15-judge panel said that a string of agreements, memorandums and statements produced over decades of talks hadn't created a legal obligation on Chile to enter negotiations.
Trump meets with Chilean leader at the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Friday with President Sebastian Pinera of Chile at the White House for talks that focused on trade, security and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
Trump welcomed Pinera to the Oval Office days after he imposed financial sanctions on members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle and suggested Maduro could be ousted in a military coup as a way to restore the country's democracy. Tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants are in Chile.
Chile’s congress passes ‘historic’ gender identity law
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — After a five-year battle, Chile's congress passed a gender identity law Wednesday that allows transgender people over 14 years of age to change their name and gender in official records.
Activists called the with 95-46 vote in favor of the law "historic," with Chile's Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation saying it "will change the quality of life of thousands of people."
Chile: 10 women killed in nursing home fire
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A fire swept through a nursing home in southern Chile on Tuesday, killing 10 elderly women, officials said.
Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire that broke out at around 3 a.m. in the women's dormitory at the Santa Marta nursing home in Chiguayante, about 320 miles (520 kilometers) south of the Chilean capital. Only three elderly women were rescued from the burning room. One was hospitalized.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government on Wednesday began restricting tourism to Easter Island, which is known for its stunning gigantic stone heads known as Moais.
The statues have attracted an ever-increasing flow of tourists to the fragile island in the middle of the South Pacific, stressing its limited resources.
Chilean officials have started limiting the number of visits from tourists and non-locals from 90 days to 30 days.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to meet with four Latin American leaders during his weekend trip to Peru for an international summit where he is filling in for President Donald Trump.
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Colombia's FARC political party of former rebels withdrew from the upcoming presidential election after medical problems forced its candidate, ex-guerrilla commander Rodrigo Londono, to undergo coronary bypass surgery.
Chile again veers right as Pinera returns to presidency
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Conservative Sebastian Pinera returned to Chile's presidency Sunday, vowing to revive an economy that has slumped under center-left leader Michelle Bachelet and calling for unity in helping the country's less fortunate.
The outgoing leader handed the presidential sash to the president of Congress, who then swore in Pinera — who himself had turned over the office to Bachelet in a similar ceremony four years ago.
Chile stocks, peso jump after conservative wins presidency
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Investors gave a warm welcome Monday to the easy victory by former President Sebastian Pinera in a presidential runoff election that is swinging Chile back to the right.
Chile's IPSA stock index soared and the peso strengthened on Sunday's triumph by the market-favorite candidate, a billionaire who ran on a platform of boosting sluggish economic growth in the world's leading copper producer.
Conservative ex-President Pinera easily wins Chile election
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile's presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world's top-copper producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations.
Pinera got 54.6 percent of the votes to 45.4 percent for center-left Sen. Alejandro Guillier, with nearly all the ballots counted.
The Latest: Pinera thanks supporters for win in Chile vote
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The latest on Chile's presidential runoff election (all times local):
Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is thanking supporters after he easily won the country's presidential runoff election Sunday.
The one-time airline magnate says he is humbled by the "magnificent triumph" and is calling for unity among Chileans.
Ex-President in tight race for return to power in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A billionaire businessman appeared to be in an unexpectedly tight race for a return to Chile's presidency on Sunday in a vote that could either swing the world's top copper-producing country to the right or maintain its center-left path.
Former President Sebastian Pinera easily topped last month's first round presidential election, but his 36.6 percent vote share fell far short of what polls had projected.
Uncertainty reigns in tight Chilean presidential election
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire Sebastian Pinera once looked set to easily win Chile's presidential runoff and swing the country back to the right. Now, the election's outcome is so uncertain analysts say the nation could remain on its center-left path.
Ex-President Pinera leads Chile vote, but faces runoff
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera held a big lead late Sunday in returns from Chile's presidential election, buoyed by support from Chileans who hope the former president can resuscitate a flagging economy, though he didn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images, made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean, published in the past week.
Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg intercontinental playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot at next year's World Cup, its first trip to the tournament since 1982.