Recent protest in Chile over proposed HidroAysén project. Photo by cÁmARa AccióN.

Chile’s Interior Minister announced Wednesday that the country’s police forces will be temporarily prohibited from using tear gas against protesters after a study by the University of Chile showed that CS gas, also known as chlorobenzylidene malonontrite, may cause miscarriages and harm young children. “There’s a probability that the chemical substances in tear gas can…

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera at the site of the 33 miners' rescue.

For Chile, 2010 was a year to remember. It began tumultuously with a crippling 8.8-magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds was quickly followed a month later by the inauguration of President Sebastian Piñera.  All of that was overshadowed in mid-October, when a billion people worldwide watched the rescue of 33 copper miners, who’d been trapped underground…

Chileans celebrated the news that the 33 trapped miners are still alive.

Today in Latin America Top Story — The 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mineshaft in northern Chile were sent the first supplies of water and food Monday, after being trapped underground for 18 days. Rescue workers sent supplies down a tube after receiving a note attached to a drill on Sunday that all 33…

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.

Today in Latin America Top Story — The 33 miners trapped in an underground copper mine in Northern Chile are all alive, according to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Piñera announced the news during a televised remark where he said that the miners had sent a written letter attached to a drill up a 2,300-foot hole…