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The loneliest cowboy in the world updated: Wed Mar 21 2012 08:05:00

Faustino Barrientos has spent most of his 81 years in complete solitude and isolation. Since 1965 he's worked as a gaucho -- the horse-riding ranchers and shepherds of the harsh southern swath of Chile and Argentina known as Patagonia. For most of his life, Faustino's sole human contact has occurred once every two years, when he herds his cattle to the nearest town to sell.

The loneliest cowboy in the worldupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 08:05:00

VICE meets an 81-year-old living in Patagonia who has lived most of his life in complete solitude and isolation.

Long-buried landmines surface in Chileupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 03:32:00

Torrential rains washed long-buried landmines onto a heavily traveled highway near Chile's border with Peru this week.

Child at center of high court fight over custody gets closureupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 13:48:00

He was known only as A.J.A.-- a little boy at the center of a international custody fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The near decade-long dispute has now come to an end, not because of any judicial action, but simply because of time.

Van der Sloot sues Chile over his extradition to Peru for murder trialupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 05:34:00

The Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway has sued the Chilean government for more than $13 million, alleging his human rights were violated when Chile extradited him last year to Peru to face charges in the death of a Peruvian woman.

Video shows van der Sloot confessionupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 05:34:00

In a videotaped interrogation with Peruvian police, Joran van der Sloot admitted to killing Stephany Flores.

More schools threatened in Mexicoupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 17:39:00

Authorities in the Mexican city of Santiago have confirmed that four banners were left recently at various schools with threatening messages. The banners were anonymous, but local officials think organized crime is responsible.

Students, police clash at high schools in Chile's capitalupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 18:42:00

Students used chairs and desks to try to block police at the gates of a prestigious high school in Chile's capital Friday. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters at the school, Liceo Jose Victorino Lastarria, which has been a flashpoint for recent student protests and sit-ins in the South American nation.

Chile adds thousands to list of dictatorship-era victimsupdated: Sat Aug 20 2011 15:18:00

A dark chapter in Chile's history was revisited this week when the Valech Commission, which carried out the most thorough investigation on persecution during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, revised upward the number of abuse victims from that era.

Tear gas flies during Chilean student protestsupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 19:29:00

Vehicles burned and tear gas flew in Chile's capital Tuesday as tens of thousands of demonstrators protested education policies in the South American nation.

1 year after mine collapse, survivors confront life after fameupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 11:39:00

They spent 69 days in the bowels of the earth, 700 meters deep, not knowing if they would survive. For 17 days after the mine in which they were working collapsed, nobody even knew if they were alive. Friday marks the one-year observance of the fateful incident in Chile that trapped 33 miners who were saved in a miraculous rescue that made headlines around the world.

Chilean miners open museum exhibitupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 11:39:00

Four of the 33 Chilean miners rescued a year ago travel to Washington to open an exhibit. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Chile's 'white earthquake'updated: Thu Jul 21 2011 15:36:00

Officials declared a catastrophe in parts of Chile after heavy snow blanketed communities and blocked roads.

Dozens arrested as students protest Chile's education policiesupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 22:34:00

Chilean authorities arrested dozens of people Thursday, as thousands of students protested the country's education policies, police said.

Workers at Chile's copper giant go on strikeupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 00:01:00

Workers at Codelco staged a one-day strike Monday in Chile, halting operations at the world's largest copper producer.

Chileans rally in capital to demand better education policiesupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 23:23:00

Tens of thousands of people marched through Chile's capital Thursday, demanding lower tuition and other reforms in the nation's education system.

Chile exhumes remains, investigates death of former presidentupdated: Mon May 23 2011 15:44:00

Forensic experts exhumed the remains of former Chilean President Salvador Allende on Monday as part of an investigation into whether he killed himself or was assassinated during a 1973 military coup, the medical branch of the country's Justice Ministry said.

Bolivia ready to take Chile to court over sea access, president saysupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 07:25:00

Bolivia is prepared to sue Chile in international court over its claim to a section of Pacific coast that it lost in a war more than 130 years ago, Bolivian President Evo Morales said Wednesday.

Opening up Latin American marketsupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 21:32:00

The President maintains his focus on international crises in Japan and Libya and discusses his trip to Latin America.

President Obama visiting three Latin American success storiesupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 21:32:00

It's his first trip to South America, one that many doubted would happen at all.

Strike over natural gas prices in Chile endsupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 16:25:00

A strike in southern Chile over a hike in natural gas prices ended Tuesday after the federal government and city leaders reached an agreement.

Travelers stuck in Chile as strike continuesupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 03:13:00

Thousands of travelers remain stuck in southern Chile after striking workers, frustrated with rising fuel prices, set up roadblocks in front of a major airport access road, according to CNN Chile reporter Nicolas Paut in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Latin American countries line up behind Palestinian stateupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 01:21:00

The peace process in the Middle East may be stalled, but the balance between Israel and the Palestinians continues to shift in other ways. In the past month, five Latin American countries have added their names to the list of nations officially recognizing a Palestinian state, and more are on the horizon.

Prison fire kills 81 in Chileupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 07:00:00

Chile's president said Wednesday that conditions were "inhumane" at a prison south of Santiago where a fire killed 81 prisoners.

Massive prison fire kills dozensupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 07:00:00

Dozens of inmates are dead in a fire at a prison in Chile. CNN's Rafael Romo reports. Marcela Mora y Araujo: Marcelo Bielsa is not one to sit on the fenceupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 07:43:00

The incredible fall of the most successful leadership in Chilean football in the past half century took place last week. Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the chairman of the National Football Association (AFNC) was voted out; in his place the Spanish businessman, Jorge Segovia, owner of a football club now stands. Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine manager they call "El Loco," who had set hearts alights with his romantic vision of soccer, quit his post as national manager, having already forewarned that he "could not and would not work with Mr. Segovia."

Chilean president honors rescued minersupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 16:48:00

They traded in their coveralls for suits, but many of the 33 miners who were trapped for 69 days in a gold and copper mine still sported their protective sunglasses when they appeared at the Chilean presidential palace Monday to accept awards for their ordeal.

Sebastian Pinera speaks to CNNupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 10:06:00

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera tells Becky Anderson how he felt the moment he heard the miners were alive.

Chile mining echoes on Mongolian steppesupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 02:56:00

As the last of 33 trapped miners were pulled to the surface in Chile, a group of bankers, government officials and mining company executives gathered to talk about the coming minerals explosion in Mongolia.

Miners' rescue among top Web eventsupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 16:30:00

The rescue of Chile's trapped miners has become one of the most-watched Web events in recent memory, according to an internet monitor.

Live from Chile: A camera made the world a bit smallerupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 09:47:00

The rescue of the 33 miners trapped in a northern Chile mine had all the ingredients for a riveting story and then some: a camera placed half a mile under the Earth's surface that would bring the world live images of a dramatic ending.

As they emerged: How each man spent his first moments above groundupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 22:51:00

Some gave a thumbs-up, waved Chilean flags, and hugged their loved ones. One dropped to his knees and prayed, while another asked about his dog. One led the crowd in a cheer for Chile. And then they were all wheeled away on stretchers.

World reacts to Chile mine rescueupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 18:07:00

CNN's Atika Shubert gets reaction from around the world on the Chile mine rescue mission.

World tunes in to miners' rescues in Chileupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 18:07:00

It was reality television at its best.

Rescue of trapped miners in Chile to begin soonupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 14:14:00

A world mesmerized by a 68-day tale of true grit expects a joyful ending Tuesday in a desolate patch of Chile's Atacama Desert.

How media is reporting Chile mine rescueupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 11:13:00

Jubilation may have met the first man pulled from the collapsed Chilean mine shaft, but it was the second man rescued whose image was splashed across news websites.

Social media reacts to Chile mine rescueupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 11:13:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout looks at reaction to the Chile mine rescue on social media sites.

How the rescue procedure worksupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 10:42:00

CNN's Chad Myers explains the danger the Chilean trapped miners face during the rescue process.

Wednesday is target for extraction of Chilean miners to beginupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 18:49:00

Rescue crews in Chile will begin at midnight Tuesday -- and perhaps even earlier -- to free the 33 miners trapped for more than two months nearly half a mile below ground, Chile's mining minister said Monday.

Final days near for trapped minersupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 18:49:00

A drill breakthrough starts the clock for the rescue of 33 trapped miners. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Rescue workers near their goal as Chile awaitsupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 12:07:00

There may be light at the end of a nearly completed tunnel for the 33 men trapped since August 5 almost half a mile below ground, with rescuers expected to reach them within a day, Chile's mining minister said Friday afternoon.

President's schedule not a factor in Chile mine rescue, official saysupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 08:27:00

Officials working to free 33 trapped miners in northern Chile denied Thursday they are under political orders to rescue the men ahead of President Sebastian Pinera's planned mid-month trip to Europe.

Miners could be reached by weekendupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 08:27:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports that 33 trapped Chilean miners could be reached in a matter of days.

Rescue cage arrives at Chile mineupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 12:12:00

Rescue workers in Chile took delivery Saturday of a 420-kilogram (924-pound) cage that is expected to haul 33 trapped miners back to the surface.

Above ground, miners also feel trappedupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 12:12:00

Miners who work with 33 trapped men in Chile worry about their friends and their own future.

Chile's pres. speaks to trapped minersupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 06:43:00

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera visits the rescue site where 33 miners remain trapped. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Miners' families say Chile's president playing politics with rescueupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 06:43:00

Some of the families camped outside the San Jose mine, waiting for rescuers to reach 33 workers trapped underground, fear Chilean President Sebastian Pinera may be playing politics with the rescue operation in an effort to boost his popularity.

Trapped miners celebrate independenceupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 23:31:00

Half a mile underground, the hollow echo of the Chilean national anthem rings out. And slowly, the red, white and blue Chilean flag is hoisted up a makeshift metal flagpole.

Former Chile president to head 'U.N. Women'updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 00:03:00

Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, will head a new U.N. agency created to promote gender equality around the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Drilling to reach trapped Chilean miners beginsupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 20:55:00

Drilling has begun as part of an effort to reach the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks, authorities said Tuesday.

'Plan B' could mean speedier rescue of Chilean minersupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 02:57:00

Engineers in Chile said on Saturday that they have come up with a "Plan B" that could halve the time it would take to rescue the 33 miners trapped underground since August 5, but the country's mining minister quickly cautioned against setting what he called unreasonable expectations.

Analyzing the miners' videoupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 02:57:00

CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Karl Penhaul and Nick Valencia dissect a video shot by the trapped Chilean miners.

Chile turns to space, sea experts for advice in mine disasterupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 07:06:00

Now that 33 miners who have been trapped in the earth for 19 days have been found alive, the focus is shifting to their physical and mental health as they face a potentially long period before being rescued.

Voices heard from collapsed mineupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 07:06:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul has the latest on 33 miners trapped in Chile.

After 17 days, trapped Chilean miners send note they're aliveupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 23:30:00

Thirty-three miners trapped underground in Chile sent a note on Sunday saying they are alive, raising hopes for the first time in the nearly three weeks since the mine collapsed, but officials cautioned it could take months to rescue the workers.

Abducted Mexican mayor's body found, government saysupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 15:59:00

The body of Edelmiro Cavazos Leal, the mayor of the city of Santiago in Nuevo Leon state, was found Wednesday, two days after he was abducted, Mexico's interior ministry announced.

Rescuers strive to reach trapped miners in Chileupdated: Sun Aug 08 2010 08:42:00

Rescuers will use machines Sunday to try to reach 33 workers trapped in a caved-in mine, emergency officials said.

Chile resumes diplomatic relations with Hondurasupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 09:08:00

Chile is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Honduras more than a year after a coup sent the Central American country into political crisis, Chile's foreign ministry announced Friday.

Chile's transition of powerupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 17:16:00

Sebastian Pinera is sworn in as Chile's next president.

Billionaire sworn in as Chilean presidentupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 17:16:00

Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Thursday as president of Chile, taking over a country battered by a recent earthquake but with a strong economy and stable social institutions.

Tsunami wipes out circusupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 03:35:00

A circus is swept away in the Chilean tsunami, leaving a lion dead and killing a dream. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Chile mourns victims of devastating earthquakeupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 03:35:00

Chile marks three days of mourning starting Sunday, with every house authorized to hang the national flag in memory of those who perished in a massive earthquake a week ago.

Chilean tales of survivalupdated: Sat Mar 06 2010 14:08:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports on lingering fears in a fishing village among survivors of Chile's tsunami.

Telethon raises money for Chile earthquake victimsupdated: Sat Mar 06 2010 14:08:00

Aid poured in for Chile from home and overseas, with a local television station hoping to raise $27 million by Saturday and the United Nations pledging funds toward recovery efforts after a massive earthquake.

Building back from devastationupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 22:42:00

One street in Constitucion, Chile, tells the story of the town after a devastating quake. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

U.N. chief visits as strong aftershocks shake parts of Chileupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 22:42:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Friday in earthquake-damaged Chile, which endured two more strong aftershocks while working to recover from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Chilean death toll revised downwardupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 20:33:00

The death toll in Chile was revised downward Thursday as authorities reviewed discrepancies in the reported number of dead in the Maule region.

Concepcion mood calmerupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 20:33:00

CNN's Sara Sidner reports from Concepcion, Chile, where the military has instituted an 18 hour a day curfew.

Chile quake hit poor communities hardestupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 14:57:00

Images of destroyed homes, people sleeping in the streets and broken freeways reveal the recent tragedy of Chile. Who would think that after the horror of Port-au-Prince, restless geological plates would so quickly wreak havoc in another nation? The Earth seems at war with itself.

Clinton promises solidarity, supplies for quake-damaged Chileupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 15:31:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Tuesday morning in Chile, bringing with her more than two dozen satellite phones and a pledge of U.S. commitment to the earthquake-damaged nation.

Chilean town given no warningupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 15:31:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports from a Chilean seaside town that was shaken by the quake and slammed by a tsunami.

Tsunami arrives in Japanupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 19:14:00

Japan prepares for the worst as tsunami waves from the Chilean earthquake arrive. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Security concerns spread as Chile quake death toll risesupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 19:14:00

Heavily populated parts of Chile still were without water service and electricity Sunday night because of Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake, and reports of looting raised fears about security in some areas.

Chile's growing desperationupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 19:08:00

The city of Concepcion, Chile, is one of the hardest hit by the earthquake. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.

President-elect: 'We will raise Chile'updated: Mon Mar 01 2010 19:08:00

Chile's president-elect pledged Sunday night to rebuild his earthquake-ravaged nation, announcing in nationally televised remarks that he has met with the sitting president to discuss the effort, which he said will be a centerpiece of his administration.

'Let's be strong, Chile'updated: Mon Mar 01 2010 17:47:00

President Michelle Bachelet address her country after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

Chilean port heavily damagedupdated: Sat Feb 27 2010 23:34:00

Tsunami waves battered the port in Talcahuano, Chile.

More than 2 million affected by earthquake, Chile's president saysupdated: Sat Feb 27 2010 23:34:00

As the sun set in Chile on Saturday, a picture of the immense structural damage wrought by an early morning earthquake had come clearly into focus, with the nation's president estimating that 2 million people had been affected in some way.

Girl rescued in Chileupdated: Sat Feb 27 2010 23:07:00

A girl was pulled from a quake-damaged building in Concepcion, Chile.

Chile earthquake update: At least 2 million affected, president saysupdated: Sat Feb 27 2010 23:07:00

12:56 p.m. -- More than 300 people have been confirmed dead in the quake, according to Chile's Office of Emergency Management.

Chilean presidential race to see runoffupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 22:20:00

A conservative billionaire businessman and a former center-left president will face off in a runoff election in Chile's presidential race, based on official early results released Sunday.

Peru will give Chile details of spy claimsupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 20:49:00

Peru will turn over to Chilean authorities all evidence into allegations that a Peruvian air force officer was spying for the neighboring country, Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Monday.

Peru's president exits summit after report of spy charges against officerupdated: Sat Nov 14 2009 22:05:00

Peruvian President Alan Garcia left Singapore on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit after reports surfaced that an air force officer was accused of spying for the Chilean government, Peru's foreign minister said Saturday.

Chile seeks arrests for alleged human rights violationsupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 21:31:00

Arrest warrants for more than 120 former soldiers and agents of Chile's National Intelligence Directorate were issued Tuesday for alleged human rights violations during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, CNN Chile reported.

Memo: U.S., Brazilian leaders talked of Chile coup in '71updated: Mon Aug 17 2009 17:42:00

President Richard M. Nixon and his Brazilian counterpart, Emilio Medici, in 1971 discussed ways their countries could work together to overthrow the socialist government of Salvador Allende in Chile, according to a newly declassified document.

Ex-Chilean president wins party's nodupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 11:25:00

Former Chilean President Eduardo Frei has captured his coalition party's nomination ahead of Chile's presidential elections in December, according to the party's polling body.

Chileans angry over Peru general's 'body bag' remarkupdated: Mon Dec 01 2008 13:56:00

Tensions between Chile and Peru remained high Monday after last week's revelation that Peru's top army general said at a party that Chileans in Peru would be sent back in coffins or body bags.

Peru leader rejects top general's remarks on Chileupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 15:31:00

Peruvian President Alan Garcia had to call his counterpart in Chile this week to explain comments by Peru's top army general that Chileans in Peru would be sent back in coffins or body bags.

Chile strike ends with 10 percent raiseupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 10:28:00

A strike by nearly a half million Chilean government workers ended Friday in anticipation of government approval of a 10 percent wage increase.

President, promise of aid arrive in Chilean quake zoneupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 18:21:00

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in the quake zone, announcing a state of emergency and promising aid after three powerful aftershocks rattled the region Thursday, according to state-owned media.

Augusto Pinochet: How will he be remembered?updated: Tue Dec 12 2006 11:49:00

Chilean General and former President Augusto Pinochet died Sunday at 91, without ever being tried on accusations of ordering the torture and killing of thousands of people during his 1973-1990 regime. Considered a horrendous ruler by some and a savior by others, Pinochet is credited with laying the groundwork for Chile's modern market economy. His death sparked demonstrations by supporters and opponents.

Pinochet grips Chile beyond the graveupdated: Mon Dec 11 2006 05:39:00

In death as in life, the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who died on Sunday at the age of 91, continues to hold a grip on his country's consciousness.

Chile elects first female leaderupdated: Sun Jan 15 2006 17:13:00

Chilean voters have elected their first female president, one-time political prisoner and socialist Michelle Bachelet.

Chilean leaders face poll run-offupdated: Sun Dec 11 2005 22:48:00

A onetime political prisoner vying to become Chile's first female president will face a conservative airline and broadcasting tycoon in a January 15 runoff after falling short of a majority in Sunday's presidential election.

Pinochet discharged from hospitalupdated: Thu May 19 2005 13:31:00

Former Chilean leader General Augusto Pinochet has been discharged from a military hospital in Santiago after suffering what was called a minor stroke, sources close to the general said.

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