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Montevideo, August 20th 2017 - 23:02 UTC


  • Saturday, July 22nd 2017 - 22:58 UTC

    Mining companies considering expansion in Chile as copper price recovers

    Chile's Environmental Evaluation Service unanimously approved the project, the second largest copper mining investment under evaluation in the country

    Chilean authorities have approved a US$2.5 billion expansion of BHP Billiton's Spence copper mine, a local newspaper reported, though the company has not yet decided whether to go ahead with the project.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 20:43 UTC

    Chile closer to legalizing abortion in special cases

    President Michelle Bachelet supports the measure and has said she would sign the law, but opposition said they would appeal it before the Constitutional Tribunal

    Chilean lawmakers took a major step toward legalizing abortion in some cases on Wednesday, a dramatic development in one of Latin America’s most traditionally conservative countries. In a marathon session lasting well past midnight, the Senate voted to allow abortions when a mother’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable, and in cases of rape.

  • Monday, July 17th 2017 - 05:16 UTC

    Santiago de Chile covered in two inches snow blanket

    The biggest snow blanket in decades, some forty centimeters deep, had many Santiago residents making snowmen and tossing snowballs

    A rare snowfall in Santiago, Chile, left at least one person dead and caused widespread power outages Sunday. An early winter cold front brought cold temperatures to the southern and central parts of Chile, with Santiago reaching near-freezing temperatures and snow fell throughout the morning and early afternoon.

  • Saturday, July 15th 2017 - 08:12 UTC

    S&P downgrades Chile's rating, for the first time since 1990

    Falling commodities prices (copper) have severely hurt the export-dependent economy, while a number of corruption scandals have sapped confidence.

    Credit ratings agency S&P downgraded Chile's long-term foreign currency rating to 'A+' from 'AA-' on Thursday, the country's first downgrade since the 1990s, as weak business confidence and low prices for key export copper have eaten into fiscal revenues.

  • Tuesday, July 11th 2017 - 08:21 UTC

    Chile lowers growth forecast in 2017; June data showed surprise deflation of 0.4%

    Minister Valdes lowered the outlook for 2017 growth in domestic demand, a measure of household, business and government expenditures, to 2.5% from 2.8%.

    Chile's government has cut its forecast for 2017 economic growth to 1.5% from 2.25%, Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdes said on Monday as the long-awaited recovery remains elusive.

  • Saturday, July 8th 2017 - 10:12 UTC

    Canning House to host round table with UK ambassadors from Southern Cone

    Ian Duddy took up post as Ambassador to Uruguay in October 2016

    British Ambassadors to the Southern Cone countries, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile will be attending Canning House to give round-table briefings on their experiences since their recent appointments to their respective posts. They will present the latest political, economic and business updates from those countries and answer any questions during the closed round-table session.

  • Thursday, July 6th 2017 - 07:04 UTC

    Morales accuses Chile of violating International Court of Justice rules

    Morales said that Chile “should acknowledge there are peaceful ways to resolve controversies between nations”

    Bolivian President Evo Morales accused his Chilean counterpart, Michelle Bachelet, of violating rules of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague by “revealing” the content of the report filed by that country in the dispute over the use of the Silala River, while causing an “unnecessary” conflict in the media.

  • Monday, July 3rd 2017 - 22:06 UTC

    Chile: Polling stations open for Sunday’s primary elections

    Deputy Felipe Kast,Senator Manuel José Ossandon and former Pte. Sebastian Piñera

    More than 14 million Chileans are eligible to vote Sunday to choose in primary elections who will be the official candidates for the presidential elections of November 19 for two political alliances: Let”s Go Chile and Broad Front. Three politicians are running for the ticket of the right wing Let’s Go Chile, former president (2010-2014) Sebastian Piñera, the favorite; Deputy Felipe Kast, and Senator Manuel José Ossandon.

  • Thursday, June 29th 2017 - 21:36 UTC

    Chile Day 2017 speech by Sir Alan Duncan

    Sir Alan Duncan speaking at Chile Day 2017

    Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan spoke of the strength of the UK-Chile relationship, our historical ties and common values. Chile Day's objective include strengthening ties between the City of London and representatives from Chilean capital markets

  • Thursday, June 29th 2017 - 08:17 UTC

    LGBTI Diversity Flag hoisted in Chilean city of Punta Arenas

    “What happened on Wednesday is a tremendous milestone that Punta Arenas,” Iguales Foundation president Pi said.

    The diversity flag was hoisted Wednesday on Mount La Cruz in Punta Arenas, Chile's southernmost city, as part of the celebration of the International Gay Pride Day (LGBTI) by the Iguales Foundation. Similar ceremonies were held all over the world, including the Magallanes Region Government House, over 2,000 kilometers south of Santiago.