February 8th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Foundation: Chile to exhume body of Nobel laureate Neruda

Chilean authorities will exhume the body of poet Pablo Neruda as part of an investigation into his 1973 death, a foundation said Friday.

Neruda is buried alongside his wife, Matilde Urrutia, in Isla Negra, a coastal area in central Chile.

He died on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after a right-wing military coup ousted socialist President Salvador Allende.

"We hope that the exam will help to clarify doubts that might exist with respect to the poet's death," the Pablo Neruda Foundation said in a statement.

It said a date for the exhumation has not been set.


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Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency
A dead pig lies among others at the Agrosuper slaughterhouse last week in Freirina, Chile.
May 29th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency

A half-million pigs on a Chilean farm will be destroyed after the facility was closed for several days during a dispute with local residents.

Jose Guzman, chief executive of Agrosuper, which owns the farm, said the animals would be killed rather than moved, according to a report from Agence-France Presse.

"They are going to be slaughtered. They are not going to another farm, nor to another plant," Guzman is quoted as saying.

The events that precipitated the slaughter began this month when villagers from Freirina blockaded the farm after months of protests about foul odors and disease-infested water they said emanated from the farm and its slaughterhouse. The 500,000 pigs went unattended for five days, prompting the Chilean government to declare a sanitary emergency, according to a report from MercoPress.

Agrosuper was given six months to move the pigs and remedy the sanitary problems with the plant, MercoPress reported.


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For $2,500, Brooklyn artist invites 1% to take home complaints of the 99%
An Armory Show attendee examines Sebastian Errazuriz's Occupy Chairs in New York.
March 9th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

For $2,500, Brooklyn artist invites 1% to take home complaints of the 99%

Sebastian Errazuriz is at it again, making political statements with his art. This time, the target is the 1% - of which he may be a member when the art exhibit is through.

The Chilean-born artist used placards from the Occupy Wall Street movement as his muse and painted some of the movement's slogans onto wooden fold-out chairs. The acrylic paint messages include, "Hungry? Eat a Banker," "Kill Corporate Greed" and "Too Big to Fail is Too Big to Allow."

"The artist wishes to support the 99% by inviting collectors (representing the 1%) to purchase the complaints as art or furniture, thus introducing the ideas of one group into the homes of another and at the same time getting the rich to support the cause of the 99%," a news release states.

There are eight Occupy Chairs, and 10 of each design. The eight designs are on display at the Cristina Grajales Gallery booth at the Armory Show, an annual modern art fair in Manhattan that began Thursday and runs through the weekend.

Though Errazuriz, 34, doesn't shy away from bold statements - such as, say, planting 1,100 crosses under the Brooklyn Bridge to highlight the number of deaths in New York each week - his latest endeavor made him nervous.

"I honestly didn't know if the 1% would buy the Occupy Chairs or feel attacked and insulted," he said. "The other gallery people looked at us like, 'What the hell are (they) doing bringing protest signs to an art fair focused on collectors who are obviously all 1%?' "


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March 5th, 2012
02:38 AM ET

Chinese premier touches on military, economy

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao underlined the Asian giant's regional military ambitions and economic challenges Monday in a speech that opened the annual meeting of the country's legislators.

China intends to further tailor its military to ensure it is able to prevail in conflicts in its vicinity, Wen said in a speech to the National People's Congress, a 10-day gathering in Beijing of about 3,000 delegates from across the country.

"We will enhance the armed forces' capability to accomplish a wide range of military tasks. Most important is to win local wars under information-age conditions," Wen said.


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November 5th, 2011
05:28 AM ET

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Chile

A magnitude 5.8 shook northern Chile early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.


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On the Radar: Snow in Chile, 15 missing boaters, NFL labor talks
A man walks along a snow-covered road in Lonquimay, Chile, about 370 miles (600 kilometers) south of Santiago.
July 21st, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: Snow in Chile, 15 missing boaters, NFL labor talks

Three things you need to know today.

Snow disaster: Chilean officials have declared a "catastrophe" in eight municipalities after heavy snow blanketed communities and blocked roads in what the nation's interior minister called a "white earthquake." And more snow is expected.

"It has snowed more than ever," Curacautin Mayor Jorge Saquel told CNN Chile. "This is an anomaly. ... This worries us because the meteorologists assure us that new snowstorms are coming."

In the city of Lonquimay, officials said snow had piled more than 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) high.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter on Wednesday called the situation a "white earthquake" and asked the country's military and public works officials to help citizens in some of the hardest-hit areas in the country's central Araucania region.

"This storm is strong and it is likely that in the coming days we could suffer from more bad weather fronts, more heavy snowfall, that make the situation even worse," Hinzpeter said.

Search for 15 missing boaters: The U.S. Coast Guard, with international assistance, continued an expansive search Thursday for 15 people missing after a skiff disappeared about 600 miles southeast of Guam.

"We're now almost 27 hours into the search and so far we've covered over 9,300 square nautical miles of ocean," Coast Guard Ensign Richard Russell said shortly after noon Thursday in Guam (shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday ET).

Russell said searchers had not found any sign of the boat or the passengers and crew.

The small boat, which carried six children and nine adults, was last seen near Chuuk, a group of islands in the Federated States of Micronesia, on Monday, said the Coast Guard.

It was headed for tiny Ruo Island, also part of the federation, about 70 miles northeast of Chuuk, said the Coast Guard.

NFL lockout: There are signs that the bitter labor battle between the National Football League owners and players could end as early as Thursday.

The league's 32 owners are scheduled to meet in Atlanta on Thursday, where they are expected to vote on a new labor agreement with the players' union, the NFL said.

Both the owners and players are expected to have separate votes that could end the work stoppage.


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July 15th, 2011
09:02 PM ET

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off coast of Chile

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore some 55 miles south-southwest of Valparaiso, Chile, on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake was felt in the capital, Santiago, 85 miles east of Valparaiso, CNN Chile reports. Parts of Santiago are without power; there are no immediate reports of damage.

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Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile
June 9th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Puyehue's volcanic ash cloud grounds flights out of Argentine capital

Three airlines have canceled flights out of two airports in Argentina's capital city because of the ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile, according to media reports.

Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN and Austral canceled flights from Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Metropolitan (aka Aeroparque) and Ezeiza International airports after the ash cloud arrived in the city, and Spain's Iberia airline canceled three flights from Madrid to the Argentine capital, the Buenos Aires Herald reported. The latter flights were rerouted to Santiago, Chile.

The airlines had already canceled a string of morning flights but later called off flights until 5 p.m. with a warning more could follow, depending how the situation unfolds, the newspaper reported.


Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile
June 7th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Ash from Chilean volcano grounds flights in Argentina

Ash from a volcanic eruption in Chile grounded flights in neighboring Argentina, officials said Tuesday.

Airlines canceled most flights Tuesday at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, an official there said. Airports in several other cities are also affected, according to the state-run Telam news agency.

Smoke and ash shot more than six miles into the the sky when the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano complex in southern Chile first erupted Saturday afternoon. Authorities evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said.

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina was the most affected by the volcanic ash.

Cities that draw tourists, like Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes and others in the area canceled school and public activities.

Ash piled as high as 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) on highways through Patagonia. Local governments used machinery to clear the roads.


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Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile
June 6th, 2011
02:24 PM ET

Thousands evacuate, ashes spread after Chilean volcano erupts

Parts of southern Chile remained on red alert and schools in some areas of neighboring Argentina were closed Monday after a volcanic eruption coated the countryside with ashes, authorities said.

Smoke and ash shot more than six miles into the the sky when the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano complex in southern Chile first erupted Saturday afternoon. Authorities evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said.

"I ask all the population (in designated areas) to evacuate as soon as possible, because ... human life could be at risk," said Juan Andres Varas, regional governor of Los Rios, Chile.

In a statement posted on the Los Rios government's website Monday, he said volcanic material and potentially toxic gases were slowly advancing toward the nearby Nilahue Valley.

"Fortunately, the valley doesn't drop abruptly, so we have time to evacuate," he said.

Schools in some cities and rural areas in neighboring Argentina were closed Monday, even as the volcanic activity appeared to have diminished, the state-run Telam news agency said.

iReport: Puyehue volcano eruption

Eastward wind gusts have left a layer of ashes up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) on an Argentinian highway, Telam reported. Ashes had reached the country's Atlantic coast by early Sunday.

By Monday, several centimeters of ashes were beginning to accumulate in areas further north, and authorities told Telam the volcano's impact was difficult to predict.

"We still don't know, because it depends on the wind how it will continue. ... The recommendation to the population is that they stay inside," said Eduardo Munos, municipal civil defense director in Junin de los Andes, Argentina.

Chile is located on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Block party: Brazil builds world's tallest Lego tower
Former Brazilian footballer Cafu celebrates the construction of the world's tallest tower of lego bricks Saturday in Sao Paulo.
April 9th, 2011
08:38 PM ET

Block party: Brazil builds world's tallest Lego tower

Move over Chile, Brazil has just finished building the world's largest Lego tower.

Standing at 31.19 meters the tower in the city of Sao Paulo breaks the previous record set in Santiago, Chile, in 2008 by 25 centimeters.

Brazilian former footballer Cafu was responsible for attaching the last piece of the tower, which was built in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Lego sent  designers from Denmark to Brazil for the event, the company said on its website.

The tower took four days to build.

The first Lego tower was built in London in 1988 and stood just a little over 15 meters, according to Lego. Since then 53 cities have hosted the tower in more than 30 countries.

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Tuesday's live video events
March 22nd, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the conflict in Libya and the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Obama heads to El Salvador - President Obama begins his day in Chile, but he'll soon be headed to El Salvador as nears the conclusion of his tour of Latin American countries.


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The surround-sounds of mass destruction
Civil engineer Ron Hamburger surveyed infrastructure damage during last year's devastating Chilean earthquake.
March 11th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

The surround-sounds of mass destruction

What does it sound like in the middle of a powerful and deadly earthquake?

Through his work with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ron Hamburger has lived through dozens of quake aftermaths and aftershocks while studying their damage on buildings and other infrastructure.

As most people know, the intense shaking of the ground inflicts incredible stresses on buildings. But what may not be so apparent is how these noises offer clues to what's really happening inside the floors and walls of each structure.

Buildings made of steel or reinforced concrete don't topple from earthquakes very often. But when they do, they make very loud and scary noises, Hamburger says.


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March 6th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Chile shaken by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The epicenter was in Chile's Tarapaca region, near the borders with Peru and Bolivia. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake hit at a depth of nearly 88 kilometers (55 miles), according to USGS. It was closest to the city of Tacna, Peru, which is about 93 kilometers (58 miles) from the epicenter. The Chilean city of Arica is about 110 kilometers (68 miles) from where the quake hit.

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Earthquake shakes Chile
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake has struck Chile, with no immediate reports of damage or injury. An 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010 killed more than 500 people and grounded this fishing boat. Repairs from that quake have cost nearly $30 billion and left many homeless.
February 27th, 2011
09:04 PM ET

Earthquake shakes Chile

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Sunday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered 23 miles south of Concepcion, in southern Chile.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, which struck at a depth of 10 miles, occurred on the one-year anniversary of an 8.8-magnitude temblor that killed 521 people and left thousands homeless in the South American nation.

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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes coast of Chile
A resident of Constitucion, Chile, hurries to move away from the coast after an earthquake Friday.
February 11th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes coast of Chile

[Update 4:50 p.m.] The USGS has revised the magnitude of the earthquake the struck off the coast of  Chile on Friday to 6.8.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Friday afternoon off the coast of Chile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The estimated epicenter was 69 kilometers (43 miles) from the Chilean city of Concepcion.

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February 5th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Chile

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Chile at 1:11 p.m. (11:11 a.m. ET) Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake, centered about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south-southwest of Concepcion, was 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) below the surface, the USGS said.

A magnitude 7.1 quake struck 100 miles south of Concepcion on January 2, and a magnitude 8.8 quake struck near the city a year ago, killing hundreds.

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7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Chile
January 2nd, 2011
03:47 PM ET

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the coastal area of Chile on Sunday, some 69 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of Temuco, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Prison fire kills 83 in Chile
December 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Prison fire kills 83 in Chile

At least 83 people were killed and several more injured in a fire that broke out after a riot at a prison in Chile, officials said Wednesday.

The fire started in one of the towers of the San Miguel prison, south of Santiago, the Chilean capital.

Fourteen people were hospitalized in critical condition, Health Minister Jaime Manalich told reporters. Four rescuers were also injured.

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November 17th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

'American Kills' public art highlights military suicide

Sebastian Errazuriz used the side of his Brooklyn studio to highlight military suicide.

A New York-based artist is using a wall as his canvas to draw attention to the suicide rate among U.S. troops.

The simple exhibit, titled “American Kills,” compares U.S. military suicides in 2009 to the number of troops killed in the Iraq War over the same time period.

Sebastian Errazuriz, 32, used a series of black strokes on the outside of his white-cinderblock Brooklyn studio so that passersby can see at a glance the disparity between the death tolls.

“The counting of dead soldiers outside my studio was long and surprisingly eerie; it was hard to forget that every brush stroke was a soldier who had died the previous year,” Errazuriz said on his website.

The Chilean-born artist, who says he often leans on the “the dichotomies of life and death” in his art, came up with the idea after perusing Internet sites about war. He discovered there were more than twice the number of suicides in the military (304) than there were U.S. troop deaths during the Iraq War in 2009.

(Errazuriz’s sources peg the latter number at 149, while CNN’s war casualty database has a tally of 150).


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