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Monday, June 8th 2009 - 13:43 UTC

Lawmakers’ abuses not limited to UK shows Chilean television program

Eight months discreetly filming Chilean congress members sins

Last week Chileans watched in disbelief a news report that showed their national deputies hard at work in Congress: fiddling around on their cell phones, spending time on Web sites like Facebook, or keeping up with the horse races.

Monday, June 8th 2009 - 13:28 UTC

Peruvian Amazon indigenous call for dialogue; Army patrols area

Over 60 killed and dozens missing, the toll of two-days of fighting

Peruvian Amazon indigenous groups that fought government security forces with spears, rocks and home made guns during two days with a toll of over sixty killed and dozens missing said they are prepared to dialogue about the controversial laws which opened the region to logging, oil and minerals exploration and triggered the rebellion.

Monday, June 8th 2009 - 12:59 UTC

Spain committed to resumption of EU/Mercosur free trade talks

Spain’s Secretary of State for Ibero-America Juan Pablo de Laigleisa begins Monday in Buenos Aires a visit to three Mercosur country members in preparation for when Madrid takes over the presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2010.

Monday, June 8th 2009 - 10:14 UTC

Possible first case of influenza A/H1N1 in Punta Arenas

A possible first case of influenza A/H1N1 has been detected in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, according to local sanitary authorities. The 24 year old man reacted positive to an indirect immune-fluorescence (IFI) test which identifies the A human influenza virus but further tests are needed to determine if it is the H1N1 variant that is spreading worldwide.

Sunday, June 7th 2009 - 19:16 UTC

Chilean wine prices on sales to UK fall on average 31.2%

The UK is Chile’s second most important bottled wine market

Chilean bottled wine prices fell an average of 14.6% on the international market in April, while the quantity of bottled exports increased by 5.2%, according to a recent report by industry advocacy group Wines of Chile.

Sunday, June 7th 2009 - 13:51 UTC

Flight 447: Airbus 330 faulty speed sensors controversy erupts

Brazilean Navy found first bodies on Saturday morning

Brazilian search crews on Saturday retrieved the first bodies from the crashed Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic, and investigators said faulty speed readings had been found on the same type of jets.

Sunday, June 7th 2009 - 13:47 UTC

New Chilean domestic airline takes off June 18

Private carrier, Principal Airlines begins flying to north Chile

Principal Airlines’ (PAL) imminent domestic service between Santiago, Antofagasta, and Iquique has officially received flight authorization from the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority.

Sunday, June 7th 2009 - 13:43 UTC

Fighting in the Peruvian Amazon turns ugly; death toll in the fifties

President García’s push to develop resources turning into a political storm

Nine Peruvian police officers were killed Saturday after security forces regained control of a petroleum facility in a remote jungle region from indigenous groups that are protesting against logging and oil exploration rights awarded by the government.

Saturday, June 6th 2009 - 14:52 UTC

Poll shows Uruguay’s ruling coalition repeating next October

Lacalle, Mujica and Bordaberry presidential hopefuls of the three main parties.

The Uruguayan ruling coalition could repeat in next October general election according to the latest public opinion poll released this week in Montevideo. Pollster Radar has the Broad Front of President Tabare Vazquez with a vote intention of 46.7% and the sum of the opposition parties with 40.1%.

Saturday, June 6th 2009 - 14:32 UTC

Chilean inflation below target; economy heading for recession

Finance minister Velasco: “We always said the first half of the year would be the hardest”.

Chile's consumer price index fell a bigger-than-expected 0.3% in May after a fall of 0.2% in April, the National Statistics Institute reported on Friday.
On an annual basis, inflation for the 12 months through May slowed to 3%, the Central Bank's target rate -- from 4.5% for the year through April. In the first five months of 2009, inflation is down to minus 1.1%.

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