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Fabian Cambero

Less than half of Chileans now believe their democracy is 'functioning' - poll

16 Jan 2020

SANTIAGO Approval for Chile´s President Sebastian Pinera has sunk to just 6% since widespread protests against elitism and inequality broke out, with less than half of Chileans now believing the country is a functioning democracy, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Chile's Pinera proposes reform of pension system that has fueled protests

16 Jan 2020

SANTIAGO Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Wednesday that he will send a bill to Congress this week to reform the country's pension system, which leaves many retirees living in poverty and has been one of the main complaints of protesters in months of demonstrations.

Chile's Codelco says uncovered $22 million insurance fraud involving unions

14 Jan 2020

SANTIAGO Chile's state-owned Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit over an alleged scam in insurance contracts drawn up by unions for workers at its Chuquicamata and Radomiro Tomic mines.

Copper output slumps at Codelco, BHP's Escondida in November

07 Jan 2020

SANTIAGO Copper output slumped at Chile's state miner Codelco and BHP's sprawling Escondida mine in November, according to Chile state copper agency Cochilco, amid a turbulent month of riots and mass protests that rocked the mineral-rich South American nation.

Copper price unlikely to rebound even if trade tensions subside: Chile trade group

07 Jan 2020

SANTIAGO The copper price is unlikely to rebound in 2020 even if trade tensions between the United States and China subside, the head of Chile mining trade union Sonami said on Tuesday.

Chile's Codelco tears up desalination project contract

20 Dec 2019

SANTIAGO Chile's state copper miner Codelco said on Friday it would cancel a contract awarded in November to a consortium led by Japanese firm Marubeni to construct a desalination plant to feed its northern mines.

Chile's Antofagasta seeks green light for Minnesota mine near wilderness

18 Dec 2019

SANTIAGO Chile's Antofagasta said on Wednesday that it had kicked off the environmental permitting process for its $1.7 billion Twin Metals copper, nickel and platinum mining project in the United States after the Trump administration overturned an Obama-era decision to protect a nearby wilderness area.

Chilean president says protest-hit police must be 'respected, protected'

16 Dec 2019

SANTIAGO Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sent a bill to congress on Monday to strengthen protections for the country's security forces after two months of unrest that has rattled one of Latin America's strongest economies.

Chile military plane crashes near Antarctic with 38 on board, hopes of finding survivors fade

10 Dec 2019

SANTIAGO Chile's Air Force on Tuesday said one of its cargo planes had crashed with 38 people on board after going missing in an isolated area between South America and the Antarctic, with the chance of finding survivors looking "difficult".

Chile eyes state-backed lithium push in far-flung salt flats

03 Dec 2019

SALAR DE AGUILAR, Chile Chile's Atacama salt flat may get all the attention when it comes to lithium, but the South American nation is looking to develop two lesser-known deposits of the mineral needed to power a global push into electric cars.

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