A dark chapter in Chile's history was revisited this week when the Valech Commission, which carried out the most thorough investigation on persecution during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, revised upward the number of abuse victims from that era.
The aftermath of clashes between protesters and police in Chile this week over educational reforms included nearly 900 people arrested and 90 police officers injured, a government spokesman said Friday.
Chileans gathered in a candlelight vigil early Sunday morning to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that killed 521 people and left thousands homeless in the South American nation.
Congressman Gabriel Ascencio said Monday he will formally ask for investigation into the unexpected landing of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's helicopter in the middle of a town road nearly 270 kilometers (168 miles) south of Santiago.
The incredible fall of the most successful leadership in Chilean football in the past half century took place last week. Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the chairman of the National Football Association (AFNC) was voted out; in his place the Spanish businessman, Jorge Segovia, owner of a football club now stands. Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine manager they call "El Loco," who had set hearts alights with his romantic vision of soccer, quit his post as national manager, having already forewarned that he "could not and would not work with Mr. Segovia."
They traded in their coveralls for suits, but many of the 33 miners who were trapped for 69 days in a gold and copper mine still sported their protective sunglasses when they appeared at the Chilean presidential palace Monday to accept awards for their ordeal.
After a final day together, in the relative comfort of the regional hospital here, three of the 33 miners who lived trapped together for more than two months were discharged Thursday night, CNN Chile reported.
Some gave a thumbs-up, waved Chilean flags, and hugged their loved ones. One dropped to his knees and prayed, while another asked about his dog. One led the crowd in a cheer for Chile. And then they were all wheeled away on stretchers.
Isolated in a dark, underground world for more than two months, the first seven miners to emerge from the San Jose mine savored the fresh air amid eruptions of applause. Here's how each man spent his first moments above ground:
Bad guys, you know, do exist: the owners of the mine of San José, where 33 workers have been trapped for so long. San Esteban Mining Company has obvious problems with the law, has flouted safety regulations and, of course, cannot explain the drama their greed has caused. But in spite of this, they were shameless enough to declare that they were not willing to pay the salaries of these 33 workers, claiming bankruptcy.
Some of the families camped outside the San Jose mine, waiting for rescuers to reach 33 workers trapped underground, fear Chilean President Sebastian Pinera may be playing politics with the rescue operation in an effort to boost his popularity.
Now that 33 miners who have been trapped in the earth for 19 days have been found alive, the focus is shifting to their physical and mental health as they face a potentially long period before being rescued.
The 33 miners trapped inside a mine in Chile survived for more than 17 days by sharing small amounts of tuna and mackerel that were in a shelter, along with water, President Sebastian Pinera told CNN en Español on Monday.
Thirty-three miners trapped underground in Chile sent a note on Sunday saying they are alive, raising hopes for the first time in the nearly three weeks since the mine collapsed, but officials cautioned it could take months to rescue the workers.
Images of destroyed homes, people sleeping in the streets and broken freeways reveal the recent tragedy of Chile. Who would think that after the horror of Port-au-Prince, restless geological plates would so quickly wreak havoc in another nation? The Earth seems at war with itself.
A onetime political prisoner vying to become Chile's first female president will face a conservative airline and broadcasting tycoon in a January 15 runoff after falling short of a majority in Sunday's presidential election.