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Top Story — Authorities in Chile have ordered the evacuation of at least 4,000 people after eruptions by the massive Calbuco volcano generated an ash cloud some 10 miles (six kilometers) high. The volcano, located in the southern region of Los Lagos and dormant since 1972, first erupted on Wednesday afternoon, and then again shortly…

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Thousands of students demonstrated in favor of education reform in Chile on Thursday — specifically free higher education — while decrying recent corruption scandals that have rocked the country . The protests remained largely peaceful as students marched through the streets of Santiago under the banner of “Chile Decides Its Education”, but became violent when…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in 2011. (Dilma Rousseff, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — The leaders of Brazil and Chile are facing their lowest approval ratings yet, a phenomenon owed to some combination of economic stagnation, political scandals and natural disasters, according to the results of two polls released Wednesday. Just 12 percent of respondents to a Brazilian poll said President Dilma Rousseff was doing a…

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Top Story — Chilean authorities have arrested a former aide to Gen. Augusto Pinochet, accusing him of committing various atrocities under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship. A judge on Monday ordered the arrest of retired military colonel Cristian Labbe on charges of “unlawful association” with a group that ultimately became the DINA secret police force. Labbe…

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Top Story – Chile’s Supreme Court has blocked the development of a gold and copper mine following an appeal by the Diaguita indigenous community. The court’s decision overturned a lower court’s rejection of the indigenous group’s appeal in April. The El Morro mine, owned by Canadian giant Goldcorp, is worth about $3.9 billion. The Diaguita…

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The Economist magazine stoked a controversy this week with an article arguing that memorials commemorating those killed by South America’s rightwing military governments are rewriting the past by playing down acts of violence committed by the left. In what some have criticized as a “false equivalence,” the article says “the Cold War in Latin America…

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Top Story — Vandals at a student protest in Santiago set three buses on fire Wednesday as protesters continued to demand access to free public education more than a year after conflict over education reform began in Chile. Police broke up the protest with water cannons and arrested  75 people. According to Chilean authorities, 49…

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Top Story — Two retired Chilean colonels were charged  Tuesday with torturing to death the father of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, General Alberto Bachelet. General Bachelet, loyal to then-President Salvador Allende, was arrested during the Pinochet coup and died in 1974 at age 51  in the custody of the Air Force War Academy.  During a brief return…

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SANTIAGO, CHILE — Chilean human rights organizations staged a rally on Sunday to protest an event held in honor of deceased former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The screening of a new documentary film perceived to be sympathetic to Pinochet and Chile’s 1973-1990 military regime took place at Caupolicán Theater in Santiago and was organized by…