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Biden hails U.S.-Chile relations as long and deep

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 10 (UPI) -- The Southern Hemisphere is becoming increasingly important to global export and quickly becoming an energy center, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

Chilean defense spending at risk from poor copper trade

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Chile's defense regeneration program is at risk of a major funding shakeup because of new legislation and fading fortunes of some of the Latin American country's copper trade.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
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Chile's Bachelet faces big challenges on taxation, education reform

Chile's Bachelet faces big challenges on taxation, education reform

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Michelle Bachelet, re-elected to a second term as Chilean president, faces major challenges seen likely to bring her into conflict with an entrenched and influential rich minority and businesses fearful of tax hikes.
Former president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile's presidential run-off

Former president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile's presidential run-off

Dec. 16 (UPI) --Socialist Michelle Bachelet, Chile's president from 2006 to 2010, is president again after winning the presidential run-off on Sunday.
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Bachelet wins Chile's presidential runoff

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Socialist Michelle Bachelet reclaimed the presidency of Chile Sunday, winning a runoff handily over Evelyn Matthei, election results showed.

Chileans vote in runoff presidential election

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Chileans were heading to the polls Sunday to cast their votes in a presidential runoff, officials said.

Chilean presidential vote begins with runoff a possibility

SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Voting in Chile's presidential race took place Sunday with the final opinion polls indicating a runoff next month was likely.

Bachelet confident of return to Chilean presidency

SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Former Chilean President Michele Bachelet seems confident of winning back the presidency, taking office from incumbent Sebastian Pinera, but admits she faces a tough fight ahead on education reforms and poverty reduction.

Chile moves to get rid of cluster munitions

SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Chile has initiated moves to get rid of cluster munitions in its military inventories but the official briefs on the development remain sketchy, somewhat shrouded in mystery, analysts said.

Chile's U.S. ambassador leaving to focus on legal fight with Bolivia

SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Chile's ambassador to the United States is resigning to focus on representing Chile in a dispute with Bolivia over access to the Pacific, officials say.

Chile will upgrade old patrol aircraft rather than buy new ones

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Chilean navy has dropped plans to replace old patrol aircraft and will upgrade them instead with the hope of flying them right up to 2030.

U.N. raps Chile for using anti-terrorism laws in indigenous protests

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 31 (UPI) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is under fire for allowing the country's counterterrorism legislation to be used against indigenous protesters fighting for ancestral land rights.

Chile promotes innovation in security, technology industries

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 30 (UPI) -- Chile is pushing for more innovation in scientific research and technology as part of its overall plan for economic development.

Chile on track to buy another French assault ship

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 1 (UPI) -- The Chilean Navy is on track to buy another reconditioned amphibious multirole assault vessel from France, Chilean defense media reported.

Chile expands wind power resources

SANTIAGO, Chile, June 27 (UPI) -- Chile has set sights on expanding wind power generation as President Sebastian Pinera's government battles environmental controversies over multibillion mining and hydrocarbon projects.
U.S. focus pulls in Pacific nations for wider trade links

U.S. focus pulls in Pacific nations for wider trade links

SANTIAGO, Chile, June 13 (UPI) -- Latin America's Pacific littoral states Chile, Colombia and Peru will likely be key to cementing U.S. President Barack Obama's Trans Pacific Partnership, analysts say.
Obama, Chile's Pinera discuss Visa Waiver Program

Obama, Chile's Pinera discuss Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama, after a meeting Tuesday with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, said they discussed Chile's participation in the Visa Waiver Program.
Obama schedule for Tuesday, June 4

Obama schedule for Tuesday, June 4

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- President Obama hosts a bilateral meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in the Oval Office Tuesday, the White House said.

Unspent billions of Chilean defense fund remain a mystery

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 21 (UPI) -- More than $4 billion of cash reserved for Chilean military procurement remains unspent because of mysterious workings of funding arrangements.

Budget cuts prompt Chile to reassess defense buys

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 1 (UPI) -- Chile's budgetary constraints are coming in the way of what began as an ambitious defense refurbishment and regeneration program with multibillion dollar purchase plans.

Mercosur seeks more Pacific partners for commodities, goods

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 30 (UPI) -- As Europe struggles with multiple eurozone crises and economic downturn, emergent Latin America is tilting toward the Pacific region as a potential major partner for its diverse inventory of commodities, processed goods, minerals and other raw materials.

Protests take shine off South American gold and copper mining

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 12 (UPI) -- Protests against environmental risks of copper and gold mining are taking the shine off huge investment projects in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, plus neighboring countries wanting to boost income through mineral resources.

Marriage bill buoys Chilean advocates

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 4 (UPI) -- Gay rights groups say they are pushing Chilean lawmakers to approve a proposal for a domestic partnership registry that has lingered in Congress since 2011.

Pinera cash handout seen as a vote ploy

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 29 (UPI) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera pushed legislation in congress for a cash handout to 7 million poor seen by analysts as his center-right coalition's bid to counteract "the Bachelet effect."
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