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Inti-Illimani 50th Anniversary Concert in Costa Rica Dedicated to Limón Watershed Protection

Updated: The concert begins at 8 p.m., not 8:30; and discounts with ID are available for students and seniors at the box office. Inti-Illimani, the famed instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile, will fill Costa Rica’s National theater with their rich and colorful Latin American rhythms and distinctive fusion of modern world music Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. As part ...

Spanish Police Arrest 39, Including 2 Costa Ricans, in Intl Child Porn Sharing Network

Spanish national police dismantled the largest international child pornography distribution network to date though pioneering research examining instant messaging groups and WhatsApp messages. The operation monitored 135 users in 18 countries in Europe, Central America and South America who participated in some 96 online pedophile groups. A total of 39 people have been arrested: 17 of them i...

European Ministers Approve Historic Organic Deal With Chile

Brussels, Mar 6 — Agriculture ministers from European Union member states on Monday approved a new organic produce deal with Chile, announced the European Council. In a press release, the EC said the deal — the first of this kind with a Latin American country — would allow the two parties to recognize their rules and control systems as equivalent, meaning organic produce from the EU could be so...

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Costa Rica Costa Rican Nonprofit Spearheads Open-Sea Conservation Treaty

By Wendy Anders Representatives from nine South American countries met this month to discuss the conservation of marine biodiversity in the open ocean, said the Costa Rican non-profit marine conservation group MarViva Foundation. Almost half the planet is covered by the high, or open seas, the waters found beyond countries’ territorial limits. Despite their abundance, these vast areas hav...

Eco-Terrorist Parcel Bomb Explodes at Chilean Mining Head’s Home

Santiago, Jan. 14 — An eco-terrorist group on Saturday said it was responsible for a parcel bomb that detonated at the home of the chairman of the board of Chilean state-owned mining giant Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer. In an Internet blog site, the group known as Individualists Tending toward the Wild (ITS-Chile) posted a statement in which it claimed responsibility for Friday's...

Dane Suspected of Fraud Arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders A Danish citizen was arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica last week on suspicion of committing massive fraud in the country, said police in a press statement. The Lebanese-born Dane, who goes by the name of YK (last name of Khater) is suspected of conning a woman in Quepos, Puntarenas in Costa Rica's Central Pacific region out of 10 million colones (over US$18,000), according...

Video: Chilean Navy Releases Stunning UFO Footage

By Wendy Anders Media around the world are taken by an exceptional nine-minute Chilean Navy video of a UFO displaying highly unusual behavior, studied by Chilean authorities for the last two years, and now released to the public. The CEFAA - the Chilean government agency which investigates UFOs, or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), has been in charge of the investigation. Located within t...

Chilean Naval Voyeurs Publish Female Officers’ Photos on Internet

Santiago, Dec. 29 — Seamen and non-commissioned officers serving aboard a navy frigate are facing court martial for planting hidden cameras in the quarters of their female shipmates and sharing the images online, the Chilean military said Thursday. Five men are accused of installing the cameras and sharing the images via WhatsApp and other social networks, while the other three are charged with...

Chile Earthquake Chile issues tsunami alert, orders evacuations after 7.6 earthquake

Evacuation orders are in effect in coastal areas in four southern regions following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake that hit Quellon, a town on Chile's Chiloe Island, prompting officials to issue a tsunami alert. Officials have not yet released casualty figures or damage estimates. The evacuation order and tsunami alert cover Biobio, La Araucania, Los Lagos and Los Rios regions, nationa...

Young Scientists Tackle Climate Change in Chile’s Antarctic

Punta Arenas, Chile, Dec. 12 — Researchers are doing the science needed to help the planet survive "south of south," officials said Monday at the inauguration of the Scientific Circulation and Innovation Hackathon in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas, a forum that has attracted young entrepreneurs from seven South American countries. A whale watching excursion in Chile's far south, source Fac...

Chinese President Tours South America To Boost Economic Ties

Beijing, Nov. 10 — China hopes to take its economic relations with Latin America to a new level as its president is set to begin an official tour of Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Chinese President Xi Jinping, source Facebook. During his tour, between Nov. 17 and 23, Xi Jinping will meet with presidents of the three countries and sign two separate sets of cooperation agreements, including econo...

Dominican Republic May Solve Costa Rica’s Avocado Shortage

By Wendy Anders Last year, many in Costa Rica were surprised by a governmental decision to ban imports of Mexican avocados. The government alleged the ban was due to a blight that might spread to local crops, according to reports in various local media sources, but inside sources said the allegation was unfounded. For the last two decades, Mexico has provided Costa Rica with the vast majo...

Thousands of Land Mines Removed from Chile-Peru Border

Wikimedia Commons Santiago, May 27 (EFE).- Chile has completed the removal of an additional 31,000 land mines along its northern border with Peru, the Defense Ministry said. "The efficacy of the mine-clearance work by the armed forces is apparent in the numbers: out of 181,814 landmines planted in different areas of the national territory, 130,497 have already been destroyed in the existing...

Massive Jellyfish Invasion Approaches the Coastline of Chile

Wikimedia Commons Santiago, Apr 6 (EFE).- The Chilean navy on Wednesday detected a huge gathering of uncounted thousands of jellyfish - some 16 kilometers (10 miles) long - off the coast of the South American nation. The navy said that the unusual phenomenon was discovered when the navy was making an overflight of a portion of the Chilean coast. Between San Pedro Bay and the Farellones L...

Panama Papers Scandal Extends to Transparency International

Transparency International This official statement by Transparency International was issued in the wake of the Panama Papers affair. Gonzalo Delaveau Swett, Chair of the Transparency International chapter in Chile, resigned from his postafter being linked to the Panama Papers, and thus presumably involved in the shadowy world of hiding money in secretive offshore accounts: “We are deeply tr...

Police Investigate the Queen Mary II After Mysterious Death

Santiago, Feb 16 (EFE).- Chile's judiciary issued a warrant Tuesday for police to search the Queen Mary II, set to dock this week in the Andean nation, in order to discover the circumstances surrounding the death of a Chilean man who worked on the cruise ship as a chef. Favio Oñate, 26, leaped overboard before dawn on Aug. 15 as the vessel was sailing off the Canadian coastline. The procedur...

Chilean Man Accused of Killing US Expat Teacher Walks Free

Source: Erica Hagan Memorial Fund Santiago, Dec 23 (EFE).- A court in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Wednesday acquitted due to lack of evidence the only suspect in the murder of U.S. psychologist Erica Hagan, who was killed in early September 2014, court sources reported. Domingo Cofre Ferrada, 45, a security guard at the Bautista College in Temuco, where the 22-year-old victim liv...

Hundreds of Dead Whales: A Scientific Cover-Up in Chile?

Wikimedia Commons Santiago, Dec 3 (EFE).- A veterinarians' association and an oceanographer said a group of scientists who discovered more than 330 dead whales beached in southern Chile put public health at risk by concealing that information for more than five months. The scientists who made the find in June and reported it to Chilean authorities on Nov. 17 allegedly withheld the informati...

Border Conflict Between Chile and Peru Intensifies

Tacna region Santiago, Nov 7 (EFE).- The Chilean government rejected Saturday the enactment in Peru of a new law creating a district on the border between the two countries which, it says, "includes territory that is unquestionably Chilean," and announced that it is sending a note of protest to Lima. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala enacted Saturday the creation of the La Yarada-Los Palos ...

Free trade agreement between Nicaragua and Chile comes into force

Following the exchange of notes of ratification, the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations will become effective on 19 October 2012. A press release from the Foreign Ministry of Nicaragua reads: An exchange of letters on the bilateral Nicaragua-Chile protocol, a Free Trade Agreement between Chile and Central America, was held this morning between the foreign minister, Samuel Santo...