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Next October 10 begins the timetable for oil corporations interested in the bidding process for hydrocarbons exploration and production in the Magallanes Region in the extreme south of Chile.
Magallanes Region has the fastest ageing population in Chile with 17.3% of its residents over 60 and also the highest number of single over 60 households in spite of the fact the region has the second highest per capita income of the country.
Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile, over the weekend and for another couple of days, is estimated to be in the edge of the Antarctic ozone layer hole significantly increasing risks to human beings and living things.
Venezuelan and Iranian presidents Hugo Chávez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ratified their anti-imperialist stance and assured a new time of justice for the oppressed peoples around the world is starting.
Mining leaders in Chile indicated to local press this week that their industry is bracing for energy shortages in the coming year
Chile's wine and fish exports for the first eight months of 2007 increased a significant 34% and 12% respectively compared to the same period last year.
Scientists reported this week that the population of Southern Rockhopper penguins on Isla Noir, in southern Chile, the most important colony for the Eudyptes chrysocom family in all of South America, has risen to 316 thousand. Environmentalists stressed the importance of this increase in population, especially in light of the drop in the species' population in previous decades.
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a delegation of 35 officials arrived Thursday morning in La Paz for a half day visit to Bolivia as part of Teheran's policy to break increasing international isolation, which is welcomed by left leaning regimes in the region anxious to counterweight United States influence.
After the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that the economic crisis in the United States has not yet peaked, Chile's Minister of Finance Andres Velasco assured government officials this week Chile is prepared for economic turbulence.
The free trade pact between the United States and Peru won bipartisan support in a crucial Congressional committee this week signaling that some opposition Democrats will be receptive to new trade deals as long as they call on other nations to adhere to international labor and environmental standards.