Smoke clears after Valparaíso blaze, challenges of reconstruction loom

The city fire Bachelet called ‘the biggest in Chile’s history’ has been contained after five days of burning which killed 15 and left thousands homeless. Federal firefighting authorities confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the huge wildfire that began Saturday and raged through 4.5 square miles of Valparaíso hillsides is now contained. According to Sergio Mendoza, the head of firefighting operations for Chile’s National Forestry Service More...

by Ivan Vargas | Published 11 mins ago

Google Glass ambassadors raising eyebrows and fish in Chile

‘Some children think we are robots’ — the first people to try out the groundbreaking Google eyepiece device in the country explain all. Although Google’s mind-boggling wearable technology is yet to be developed for users outsider of the United States, one expat couple has brought the digital eyewear over and is laying claim to the title of the first Google Glass users in Chile. Adrian Goins and his wife Lisa Mitrokhin-Goins moved to Santiago More...

by Celia Scruby | Published 20 hours ago

Death toll rises, firefighters warn blaze may take weeks to extinguish

Fires in Valparaíso that began this weekend are largely under control after claiming 15 lives and leaving more than 11,000 people homeless. The wildfire which began Saturday afternoon in Chile’s World Heritage coastal city, burnt into its fourth day Tuesday as the number of lives lost rose and thousands of homes were left in ashes. After more bodies were discovered in wreckage on Monday, the number of confirmed deaths increased to 15. More than More...

by Ivan Vargas | Published 21 hours ago

Social movements unite in push for constitutional assembly

This Sunday political and civic groups gather to further efforts to pressure Bachelet as the president looks to tear up Pinochet’s constitution. Justice Minister José Antonio More...

‘Populist’ young deputies propose slashing parliamentary wages in half

Student-leaders-cum-lawmakers take aim at monthly salaries in Congress currently 41 times the minimum wage, 17 times the average Chilean’s. Former student leaders, current More...

Chilean emergency services praised for conduct following massive quake

Opposition says Bachelet administration learned from past mistakes though government downplays 2010 comparisons, as Chile demonstrates tsunami preparedness. President Bachelet More...

Market wrap: Banking sector gains, cement industry gives up ground

April 7-April 11: Share prices rise in the financial and banking industries, investors reassess the magnitude of needed reconstruction in Northern Chile. Building material producers More...

LAN back to business with strikes averted at home

No further cancellations as Cabin Crew employees reach pre-agreement with airline and call off strike, but flights in Argentina disrupted by general strike. LAN domestic flights More...

US visa waiver program raises privacy concerns

The agreement enables Chileans to visit the United States visa-free, but also allows the two countries to exchange travelers’ More...

21-year-old gay man dies from injuries six months after savage attack

Sexual rights groups call for reform of landmark anti-hate law as Wladimir Sepúlveda dies from wounds after half More...

Smoke clears after Valparaíso blaze, challenges of reconstruction loom

The city fire Bachelet called ‘the biggest in Chile’s history’ has been contained after five days...

Death toll rises, firefighters warn blaze may take weeks to extinguish

Fires in Valparaíso that began this weekend are largely under control after claiming 15 lives and...

Drought, gas and Valparaíso’s ‘chaotic’ sprawl made for ‘perfect fire’

A blaze which began Saturday and is being called the worst in the city’s history has...

Bolivia submits case for coast to The Hague

Chile will review arguments and evidence presented by Bolivia for its claim to a land corridor connecting the More...

Bachelet appoints new ambassador to the United States

President appoints Juan Gabriel Valdés as new ambassador to US, replacing Felipe Bulnes, who will head Bolivian case in The Hague...

Bachelet appoints new ambassadors for Ecuador, Uruguay, WTO

La Moneda confirms Belgian ambassador to stay, continues new diplomatic appointments in South America. President Michelle Bachelet continued a string of..

Google Glass ambassadors raising eyebrows and fish in Chile

‘Some children think we are robots’ — the first people to try out the groundbreaking Google eyepiece device More...

Government lays groundwork for education overhaul

Ideological split as opposition and government factions wage war of words following senator’s threat to ‘remove the foundations’ of current education..

Indigenous communities demand legislation to protect mother tongues

Across a country dominated by Spanish, indigenous people unite on International Mother Language Day to prevent further extinction of Chile’s oldest..

An ode to Piñera, a satirist’s dream president

Opinion: Former head of state presided over the rescue of the 33 miners, earthquake recovery and student protests but may be..

Patagonian community says their sustainable future sold down the river

Puelo Part II: Late last year The Santiago Times visited Río Puelo to meet the people affected by a proposed energy..

To pose or party at Lollapalooza Chile?

I love and hate photographing festivals. I love the excited atmosphere and the array of fancy dress visual delights. However, on..