Conservative Chilean Billionaire Wins Presidential Election
By Mariela Rosario | 01/19/2010 - 16:30

Billionaire Sebastian Piñera recently won the Chilean presidential election, and became the first conservative leader to gain power in the country since Augusto Pinochet's rule ended 20 years ago. People were surprised by the outcome, especially given current Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet's enormous popularity. Bachelet is a socialist leader who has reformed the economic policies of Chile and defeated Piñera in 2006 to become the country's first female president.

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Chilean Weightlifter Gives Birth While Training for Competition
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 17:00

Chilean Olympic weightlifter Elizabeth Poblete gave birth to a premature baby boy without ever knowing she was pregnant. Poblete, 22, lives in Brazil and was training when she went into labor. She says she was not feeling well, but had no idea she was expecting a child.

The baby was born on on Dec. 8, three months early, and is currently in intensive care. Poblete was preparing for a competition when her son was born, weighing just 2 and half pounds and measuring 14 inches.

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Chilean Police Nab Woman for Carrying Suitcases Made of Cocaine
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 06/03/2009 - 17:35

The drug trafficking game just keeps getting more creative. A 26-year-old Argentine woman flying from Chile to Spain was arrested when police discovered that her two suitcases were made of cocaine, AP reports.  

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Man Breaks Own Leg, Uses a Cocaine Cast to Smuggle
By Yuliana Gomez | 03/09/2009 - 15:15

As crazy as this headline must seem, it’s true: Spanish police on Friday arrested a 66-year old Chilean man at the Barcelona airport after they discovered that his cast was made entirely of pure cocaine, Yahoo News UK reports.

The man had landed on a flight from Santiago, Chile, and was carrying almost 5 kilos of coke, stashed in fake beer cans, hollowed out stools, in addition to the “cast.”

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Free Download: Get Dreamy in Chile with RH+, "Sambatriste"
By Monica Herrera | 02/05/2009 - 15:16

Care for free music? Of course you do! You wouldn't necessarily know that electro-pop group RH+ is from Chile by listening to their new LP, Quintana Roo (out now via Nacional Records), but their music is firmly rooted in their hometown. "In Santiago, we are lucky to have a very close relationship with both nature and the city at the same time and that inspires our songwriting a lot," says member Pedro Camparini.

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HIV Positive Chilean Women Suing Country for Forced Sterilization
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/05/2009 - 14:45

A HIV-infected woman has filed an international case against Chile and petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after being sterilized against her will. The 27-year-old Chilena—identified only as F.S.—said doctors at the state hospital where she gave birth carried out the procedure without her consent after learning that she was HIV positive.

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Chilean Fashion Show Featuring Models Dressed as Virgin Mary Sparks Controversy
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 01/16/2009 - 17:45

A fashion show in Chile sparked a hell of controversy when designer Ricardo Oyarzun's plans to send models dressed as the Virgin Mary sashaying down the runway with half-exposed breasts became public knowledge. The Roman Catholic Church expressed outrage over Oyarzun’s choice of threads and a conservative group attempted to block the Santiago show by taking the matter to court, but was unsuccessful.

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Chilean Cardinal Loves Pinochet, Hates Madonna
By Mariela Rosario | 12/11/2008 - 09:21

Madonna's going to need more than a prayer to escape this condemnation. According to the AP, retired Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez recently gave a homily in honor of the ruthless dictator Augusto Pinochet, then went on to criticize Madonna, saying, "This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts."

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Members of Pinochet's Infamous <i>Caravan of Death</i> Jailed by Chilean Supreme Court
By Mariela Rosario | 10/17/2008 - 12:57

In 1973, Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government in Chile through a USA backed a military coup. Shortly thereafter, he formed a military committee nicknamed Caravan of Death. For years, these men, led by Gen Sergio Arellano Stark, traveled across the country eliminating anyone they saw as a threat to Pinochet's rule, mostly left-leaning activists or vocal opponents of the new dictatorship.

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King of Spain to Hugo Chavez: "Shut Up!"
By admin | 01/08/2008 - 15:37

A head-of-state catfight? Well, almost: at the Ibero-American summit in Chile this weekend, Spain's King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to "shut up," reports the BBC News. The King lobbed the insult (exact words: "porque no te callas") after Chavez called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "fascist" and kept interrupting the current Spanish Prime Minister.

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