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Montevideo, June 3rd 2023 - 12:03 UTC


  • Friday, April 28th 2023 - 11:43 UTC

    Venezuelan migrant crisis sparks diplomatic clash between Chile and Peru

    Otárola urged Boric to “solve their problems and not to throw them to another country”

    Peru's Foreign Ministry Thursday Chilean ambassador Óscar Fuentes as thousands of Venezuelan migrants are trying to cross into the country from the southern border to “protest for the lack of collaboration shown by the Chilean police authorities, which has generated the events that occurred today” when a group tried to force their way into the country and circumvent the police checkpoints.

  • Tuesday, April 25th 2023 - 12:43 UTC

    Argentina to export oil to Chile again

    Iuliano said that if something has to be fixed, “there would be a change in the schedule.”

    Beginning in June, Argentina will resume exporting oil to Chile after 17 years, the website Rio Negro reported.

  • Monday, April 24th 2023 - 09:20 UTC

    Chile reports first human case of avian influenza; Uruguay begins vaccination in commercial poultry farms

    Uruguay agriculture minister Fernando Mattos announced the start of mandatory vaccination on May 2nd of all laying hens in commercial farms

    The Ministry of Health of Chile notified WHO of the detection of human infection with avian influenza A(H5) virus. The patient is a 53-year-old male from the Region of Antofagasta in the north of Chile. He had no history of comorbidities or recent travel.

  • Friday, April 21st 2023 - 10:41 UTC

    Chile announces national lithium strategy

    “I have no doubt that we can do it well,” Boric said. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

    Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Thursday launched a new state lithium policy which includes the creation of the National Lithium Company and the participation of private companies in new developments. Chile is the world's second-largest lithium producer, behind Australia.

  • Tuesday, April 18th 2023 - 10:17 UTC

    Chile announces first 5G tech business development center

    In 2021, Chile was the first country in Latin America to tender the spectrum with national coverage for the 5G network

    Chile's Catholic University (PUC) is to implement the first 5G technology business development and pilot center in the country. The facility will develop prototypes and scaling of digital solutions for different industries, the Chilean government's Production Development Corporation (Corfo) announced Monday in Santiago.

  • Saturday, April 15th 2023 - 07:37 UTC

    Chile: 40-hour working week signed into law

    Boric said it was a “historic” day because “for many years the project was considered impossible”

    Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Friday signed into law the bill creating the 40-hour working week, one of his campaign promises .“We are taking a step forward for the welfare of working men and women”, said Boric during a promulgation ceremony at the Parque de la Familia, in Santiago.

  • Wednesday, April 12th 2023 - 10:23 UTC

    Chilean Deputies approve working week reduction

    The bill had been submitted by then-Communist Deputies Karol Carilla and Camila Vallejo (photo) in 2017

    Chile's Lower House Tuesday approved by 127 votes in favor to 14 against and 3 abstentions a working week reduction from 45 to 40 hours to be implemented gradually over the next five years, provided or when President Gabriel Boric Font signs into law the bill already greenlighted by the Senate.

  • Saturday, April 8th 2023 - 10:17 UTC

    Chilean Gov't to create a Security Ministry?

    The key thing is to legislate well, Mirosevic explained

    Chile's Interior Minister Carolina Tohá held a meeting Friday with the Speakers of both Houses of Congress to discuss concrete measures in the aftermath of the slain of three police officers. Senate Speaker Juan Antonio Coloma spoke of “a powerful effort by all” ahead as agreements between the Executive and the Legislature are to be reached. In addition to Lower House Speaker Vlado Mirosevic, the meeting was also attended by Justice Minister Luis Cordero.

  • Friday, April 7th 2023 - 19:34 UTC

    Insecurity crisis in Chile: government gives police more power to use firearms

    Amnesty International, stated the law could “increase police abuse and impunity” and is a “enormous step back” in terms of advancing police reforms.

    Street crime and violence have triggered a major political crisis in Chile, because of rampant insecurity, and the third police officer in less than a month was killed on duty. The leftish/populist government of Chile has had to sign draconian laws favoring law enforcement officer's right to use their arms, increased penalties for crimes involving firearm possession, plus US$ 1,5 billion in funds to fight crime,

  • Thursday, April 6th 2023 - 14:28 UTC

    Reversing Latin America’s Democratic Decay, the proliferation of “hybrid regimes”

    Chile, Costa Rica, and Uruguay, these are the only three Latin American countries that the EIU does not label “hybrid regimes,” “authoritarian regimes,” or “flawed democracies.”

    By Jorge G Castañeda and Carlos Ominami (*), NEW YORK – The best way to safeguard democracy in Latin America is to build strong welfare states. But since this is a medium- to long-term project, meeting the short-term threat of authoritarian populism will require more immediate solutions.