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Chile safeguards its food export success

SANTIAGO, Chile — Beware crossing Chile's borders in possession of forbidden fruit. As passengers flying into the Santiago airport cannot fail to notice, the government has embarked on an aggressive campaign to tell travelers that it means business when it comes to protecting Chilean food exports. Stark warnings, zealous inspections, pitiless confiscations and Draconian fines safeguard Chilean produce from the pests and plagues that would jeopardize its plant and animal exports.

Pinera struggles to balance business interests and public duties

SANTIAGO, Chile — In his first week as president-elect, Sebastian Pinera was already getting into trouble. When his shares in his airline LAN — the largest in the country — skyrocketed the day after the Jan. 17 elections, he was blasted for not having sold them before then. In just four days, his stocks shot up more than 140 percent, leading the Santiago Stock Market to suspend transactions several times.

Chile swings right in presidential election

With over 99 percent of the votes counted in this Sunday's presidential election, right-wing billionaire Sebastian Pinera has won with almost 51.6 percent, while Eduardo Frei, candidate of the government coalition, trailed behind with 48.8 percent.

Chile's teenage moms bring their children to school

SANTIAGO, Chile — Ignoring the dirty looks from other passengers, dozens of high school students get on public buses carrying their books in one arm, and their babies in the other. These are Chile’s teenage moms, and they go to school with their children. Despite budget restraints and some complaints by parents, 36 public high schools across the country have opened day care centers for their students’ babies. Three years ago, only one school offered a day care center.

Culture shock: living with the Mapuche

SANTIAGO, Chile — It was the first time this group of eighth-graders from the capital had milked a cow, chopped wood and unearthed potatoes, but what really got them were the bathrooms: outdoor latrines that they only ventured to use two days into their stay.

Right-winger wins first round of presidential elections

(Sebastian Pinera and his wife after a victory speech in downtown Santiago. Photo: Courtesy of the Pinera campaign)

Chile's elections: a guide

SANTIAGO, Chile — For the first time in 20 years, Chile's center-left coalition risks being pushed out of power. Chileans go to the polls Sunday to decide who will replace President Michelle Bachelet. Along with the future president, Chileans will also elect 120 representatives of the lower house of Congress and half of the Senate. Here’s what you need to know about the four candidates, the race and why it matters. The backdrop

Victor Jara, presente

Thousands of people, young and old, on Saturday accompanied the remains of folk singer Victor Jara to the General Cemetery in Santiago, where he received a proper burial 36 years after his murder.

Chile's elections: “Who gets the gay vote?”

Gay Chileans are kissing on prime-time TV ads, as candidates try to win over the gay vote.

Peru accuses Chile of spying

Peru has accused Chile of paying a Peruvian Air Force non-commissioned officer to spy for us. The supposed spy is Victor Ariza, and Peru says he was paid thousands of dollars by Chile to provide sensitive information. He has been imprisoned in a high security prison in Peru for several weeks, but only this past Monday did the news break out.
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