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Bachelet to start second term as Chile's president

Socialist Michelle Bachelet, on a mission to narrow the gap between rich and poor, was to be sworn in Tuesday for a second term as Chile's president. The 62-year-old, who initially served as the South American country's first female leader between 2006 and 2010, defeated conservative Evelyn Matthei in a landslide runoff on December 15. Hailing her victory as a historic moment, she has pledged to carry out far-reaching reforms such as free post-secondary education, raising taxes and adopting a new, more modern constitution.

Americas News Agenda for March 11

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday: + Bachelet sworn in as Chile's president + CIA director gives rare public speech SANTIAGO: Four years after leaving Chile's presidency, Socialist Michelle Bachelet takes the oath of office for a second time, vowing to work to shrink the gap between rich and poor. Picture. Video (CHILE-POLITICS)

Biden to return early from S. America for Ukraine meet

US Vice President Joe Biden has canceled a scheduled visit to the Dominican Republic to attend a meeting in Washington with Ukraine's prime minister, a spokesman said Monday. Biden was in Santiago, Chile, where he met with departing President Sebastian Pinera and Michelle Bachelet, who takes office on Tuesday. He was supposed to pay a visit to the Dominican Republic and its President Danilo Medina on his way home to the US capital, but a spokesman told AFP he was returning early.

Victims: Chile gov't paints too rosy a picture of quake recovery

Santiago, Feb 26 (EFE).- Four years after the 2010 earthquake that strongly affected part of Chile, the outgoing government of President Sebastian Piñera is saying that reconstruction has been completed, for all practical purposes, although some of the people who suffered property damage say this outlook is too optimistic. On Feb. 27, 2010, a magnitude-8.8 temblor and subsequent tsunami devastated six regions in the central and southern parts of the country, killing at least 526 people, damaging the property of 800,000 and causing material damage valued at some $30 billion.

Six victims of Chile's 'Caravan of Death' identified

Six victims of an infamous "Caravan of Death" that executed some 75 people across Chile following dictator Augusto Pinochet's 1973 coup, have been identified, forensic experts said Friday. The remains of the six were buried in a mass grave near the town of San Pedro de Atacama, in northern Chile. Each had been shot to death, the report by the forensic medical service concluded.

Chile laments maritime rights 'loss' in World Court ruling

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera said a World Court ruling Monday that favored Peru in a dispute over maritime economic rights was "a lamentable loss for our country." "White Chile maintains in full its freedom of maritime and air navigation in this zone, without a doubt this transfer is a lamentable loss for our country," Pinera said. pa/jm/dc

Chile's Bachelet names record number of women to Cabinet

Santiago, Jan 24 (EFE).- The Cabinet announced Friday by Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet includes record numbers of both women and political independents. "It is a team chosen on the basis of conditions of leadership, skill, commitment to the program," she said during the presentation of the 23 ministers who will take office with her on March 11. Bachelet, who governed Chile from 2006-2010, is returning to the presidency as the leader of a broad center-left coalition that ranges from Christian Democrats to Communists.

Chile's Bachelet names record number of women to Cabinet

Santiago, Jan 24 (EFE).- The Cabinet announced Friday by Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet includes record numbers of both women and political independents. "It is a team chosen on the basis of conditions of leadership, skill, commitment to the program," she said during the presentation of the 23 ministers who will take office with her on March 11. Bachelet, who governed Chile from 2006-2010, is returning to the presidency as the leader of a broad center-left coalition that ranges from Christian Democrats to Communists.

Chile arrests four ex-officers for Pinochet-era poisonings

Four Chilean ex-army officers have been arrested for murdering two prisoners and the attempted murders of five more during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship while testing a method of poisoning regime opponents, authorities said Friday. The four also are being investigated in the death of former president Eduardo Frei Montalva, who held office from 1964 to 1970. The men are accused of using botulinum toxin, an extremely deadly poison, on the seven inmates at the Santiago public prison, a statement from judicial authorities said.

Chile president-elect's reform plans have broad backing: poll

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's president-elect Michelle Bachelet will embark on a second term riding a wave of popular support that includes widespread backing for her key policy proposals, according to a poll released on Thursday. Center-left Bachelet will take office on March 11 with a mandate to hike corporate taxes to pay for an education reform, and will push to overhaul the constitution, which dates to General Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship.
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