Dakar: Kamaz gears for truck race

2014-12-11 09:02

For the first time the Dakar will feature a marathon stage for the truck category, posing a unique challenge for the Kamaz, Iveco and MAN truck racers.

2015 Dakar Rally: Most gruelling 4x4 race

2014-11-26 10:34

The 2015 Dakar Rally will see 414 vehicles take on 9000km of severe terrain through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia starting January 4. Four new stories - ride with us..

Refuge for smuggled monkeys in Chile

2014-11-24 08:50

Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants.

6.0-magnitude quake jolts Pacific

2014-11-01 19:02

A strong earthquake has jolteded the southeastern Pacific about 544km south-southeast of Chile's Easter Island.

In a first, astronomers map comets around another star

2014-10-23 09:17

Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert say they have mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light years from Earth.

New copper fabric promises germ-free environment

2014-10-06 10:27

A children's burn unit in Chile is using a newly developed copper-based material in its hospital gowns that limits the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses, creating a safer environment for patients.

Man dies handling bomb - Chilean officials

2014-09-25 20:34

Chilean prosecutors say a man has died after the bomb he was handling exploded in downtown Santiago.

Bomb rips through packed Chile metro station

2014-09-09 07:40

A homemade bomb wounded 14 people when it rocked a food court inside a packed Santiago metro station, with Chile's government calling it a 'terrorist act'.

Chile copper mine plans one-day strike

2014-08-26 20:29

Contract workers at Chilean copper mines are planning a one-day strike next month, demanding changes to labour laws, a union says.

Bachelet, Zuma want Gaza peace

2014-08-09 14:28

Hostilities between Palestine and Israel have taken centre stage when President Jacob Zuma met his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet Jeria at the Union Buildings.

SA, Chile foster trade ties

2014-08-08 16:00

Trade, investment, and military co-operation have been discussed when President Jacob Zuma met his Chilean counterpart at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Chile‘s $8bn hydropower project is unfeasible

2014-07-16 11:46

If Chile's proposed HidroAysen hydropower project is to move forward, it will have to be reformulated so that environmentalists and regulators do not object.

US to finance solar power plant in Chile

2014-07-01 09:04

The United States is helping Chile build a major solar power plant in the Atacama Desert, US President Barack Obama says.

Chile rejects huge hydroelectric project in Patagonia

2014-06-11 12:22

President Michelle Bachelet's government rejected a huge hydroelectric project in Chile's Patagonia region, warning it would cause environmental harm.

Ancient reptiles discovered under a glacier

2014-05-30 12:02

The fossils of dozens of ancient sea reptiles have been discovered in Chile.The discovery was made near a glacier that is slowly melting.

Abbott buys generic drug maker for $3.3bn

2014-05-18 16:27

US drug maker Abbott Laboratories is buying Chilean generics manufacturer CFR Pharmaceuticals in a $3.3bn deal to build its presence in Latin America.

Deadly Chile fire rages for third day

2014-04-14 18:31

Firefighters backed by police and soldiers have battled for a third day a massive blaze that killed 12 people and ravaged a huge swath of Chile's Valparaiso.

16 dead, thousands evacuated in Chile blaze

2014-04-13 19:21

At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and more than 10 000 have been evacuated after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.

Environmentalists lose bid to halt Chile dam

2014-04-07 08:43

A Chilean appeals court has given the green light to a $733m hydro-electric dam planned in Patagonia, resulting in an outcry from environmentalists.


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Chile's M8.2 quake not 'the big one'

2014-04-02 17:30

The magnitude 8.2 quake has killed only 6 people in Chile but seismologists say a bigger quake is likely someday.

Chile quake boosts copper price

2014-04-02 13:19

The vast earthquake in Chile sent copper prices jumping to a three-week peak as traders fretted over supplies from the top global producer.

Earthquake, tsunami hits Chile 5 dead

2014-04-02 08:18

A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck off the coast of Chile, triggering a tsunami, causing landslides that blocked highways and so far has lead to five deaths.

Global warming a concern at Chile's penguin paradise

2014-03-20 13:34

Magdalena Island is a natural paradise for thousands of penguins who come every year to breed, but global warming could threaten the long-term survival of the species, say experts.

Chile hit by 6.7 earthquake

2014-03-17 15:51

Chile’s Pacific shore in the North was hit with a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and according to officials 100 000 people were briefly evacuated.


Mini All4 racing back for the 2015 Dakar

2014-12-04 09:16

Dakar Rally defending champions Nani Roma and Michel Périn will take on the world's most gruelling off-road race again in January in their Mini All4 Racing car.

Rising UV radiation prompts skin cancer fears in Chile

2014-11-24 14:57

Cancer experts in Chile are warning people to limit their exposure to the sun as dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation are expected over the next few months.

Fire in Chilean slum leaves 200 homeless

2014-11-22 07:05

Fire destroys homes in a Chilean slum leaving around 200 people without shelter in a northern city.

Refuge colonies created for bees

2014-10-30 14:42

An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting.

Nobel season opens with Snowden speculation

2014-10-06 11:53

Nobel season has opened up with speculation rife over fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's prospects for the peace prize.

Chile's carbon tax targets power sector

2014-09-28 14:45

President Michelle Bachelet has enacted new environmental tax legislation making Chile the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

Chile leader urges justice on coup anniversary

2014-09-12 14:01

Chile's president has marked the 41st anniversary of the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power by urging those with details about crimes committed during the dictatorship to come forward.

Chile navy officer makes history, saying he is gay

2014-08-28 12:47

A navy officer has became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay, a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

Chileans adjust to new economic reality

2014-08-25 19:24

Chile's big retail firms have emerged largely unscathed from the economic slowdown, but that may change as lower consumer spending feeds through to earnings.

SA, Chile foster trade, military ties

2014-08-09 10:00

Trade, investment, and military co-operation have been discussed when President Jacob Zuma met his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet Jeria at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

Sun Int to buy Chilean casino

2014-07-02 14:26

Sun International has confirmed that it intends to acquire an additional interest in its Monticello Casino in Chile.

World Cup braais too much for Chile

2014-06-17 13:23

The governor of Santiago has asked Chileans to refrain from lighting up their barbecue grills while they watch the World Cup soccer tournament, as air pollution in the capital has worsened.

Take your palate on a journey of taste with Wines of the World

2014-06-09 09:41

Enjoy the finest wines from the world’s foremost wine-producing regions with Checkers' Wines of the World collection.

7 000-year-old mummy discovered in Chile

2014-05-27 07:40

A group of students discovered a 7 000-year-old mummy during a trip to northern Chile, local media report.

Fire in Chile's Valparaiso under control

2014-04-21 22:08

A massive blaze that ripped through the historic Chilean port city of Valparaiso, killing 15 people, has finally been brought under control, authorities say.

Chile fire toll: 12 dead, 2 000 homes destroyed

2014-04-14 08:45

Chile's historic Valparaiso is in flames with 12 dead, 2 000 homes destroyed and 10 000 people evacuated.

Deadly fire destroys 500 homes in Chile

2014-04-13 10:51

A large forest fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least two people and destroyed 500 homes, officials say.

Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

2014-04-03 19:53

The Chile quakes have caused huge evacuations, leaving damaged homes, high prices and long lines.

Powerful 7.8 quake rocks northern Chile

2014-04-03 08:07

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 has rocked northern Chile, just a day after a deadly 8.2 jolt in the same region, authorities say.

After Chile quake, thousands return home

2014-04-02 15:00

Thousands of people evacuated from Chile's low-lying coastal areas have returned home after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive earthquake seemed mostly limited.

Chile president cautious as 8.2 quake kills 5

2014-04-02 08:40

Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast.

8.2 quake hits northern Chile

2014-04-02 07:14

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake has struck off northern Chile, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast.

Kids miss school after north Chile quake

2014-03-18 18:21

Many children have stayed away from school in Chile’s northern coastal region, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area a day after a magnitude-6.7 quake.

6.7 quake rocks Chile

2014-03-17 07:44

A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake has jolted Chile's northern coast, US geologists say, generating a small tsunami and prompting authorities to evacuate three cities.

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