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Strong Chile earthquake triggers tsunami alert

SANTIAGO, Chile – A strong earthquake struck the center of Chile on Wednesday, local seismologists said, triggering a tsunami alert along the entire coastline and sparking panic and shaking buildings in the capital.

Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death

Prosecutors accuse the secret police of abducting, torturing and killing Carmelo Soria, an official with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America who was found dead inside his car in July 1976.

US cable says Pinochet told of army involvement in teens’ burning

The burning alive of two teenagers by a Chilean military patrol in 1986 was directly reported to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, but he refused to accept it, according to U.S. documents declassified Friday.

After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest

Veronica DeNegri waited almost three decades for the news she received last week at her Washington-area home: Officials in Chile were preparing to arrest the men who allegedly burned her son to death during a protest march in Santiago in 1986.

Chile charges 7 in Pinochet-era death of photographer

Seven ex-military men were indicted Friday in Chile over the 1986 killing of a photographer reportedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze by soldiers during a protest against then-ruler Augusto Pinochet.

Residents return after fleeing Chile port city inferno

Most of the 7,000 people who had been evacuated after Chile declared a state of emergency Friday were permitted to return home. The port city, visited by thousands of tourists every year, is still rebuilding following deadly blazes last April that killed 15 people.
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Central American Countries Declare Emergency as Dengue Deaths Rise

A hundred people have died this year from a dengue outbreak in Central America, where the most affected country is Guatemala, with half of...

Maritime Patrols Intensify as Panama Tightens Border Control

Panama reinforced maritime surveillance on Thursday, after closing some passages in the Darién jungle to control the arrival of migrants traveling to the United...

Talamanca Coastal Plan Sparks Controversy and Calls for Investigation

Several environmental organizations and lawmakers have asked authorities to investigate the alleged conflict of interest and influence peddling by occupants of the Maritime Terrestrial...