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Nov 27, 2015

Bolivia’s Morales, once leftist climate pact foe, turns pragmatic

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales leaves no doubt about who he blames for global warming.

“Capitalism is like a cancer for Mother Earth,” he declared in October to an audience of indigenous groups and farmers, environmental groups and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a conference on climate change in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya.

Nov 27, 2015

Bolivia split over Evo Morales’ plan to stay on to 2025

Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plan to change the constitution to allow him to stay in power until 2025 by running for another re-election at the end of his current term has divided the country, although polls show he may have enough support to win.

Last week Congress approved a referendum to take place on Feb. 21, 2016, a yes or no choice as to whether the two-term limit should be changed.

Nov 4, 2015

As Chile’s reforms gather pace, Bachelet’s approval ratings rise

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Approval levels for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet have begun to rebound as the socialist leader puts scandals behind her and her program of reforms gathers momentum.

A monthly poll by GfK Adimark on Wednesday showed her approval rating at 29 percent, up 4 percentage points from a month ago to the highest since May.

Nov 2, 2015

Avocado with your hotdog? YouTube Chilean-U.S. comedy hits Netflix

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A YouTube comedy hit about a South American immigrant opening up a Chilean-style hotdog stand in New York has become one of the first from the video-sharing website to be picked up by Netflix.

‘Gringolandia’ is the brainchild of 33-year-old Chilean Cristobal Ross, who drew on his experiences living in the United States to create a story about the bemused Peter, played by Koke Santa Ana, who introduces Americans to streams of Chilean slang (subtitles provided) and the ‘completo’, a popular snack that consists of a hotdog drowned in mayonnaise, avocado and tomato.

Oct 7, 2015

El Niño brings welcome rains to Chile’s farmers, ski resorts

SANTIAGO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – After eight years of drought
which left fields parched and ski resorts dry, a burst of wet
weather, likely triggered by the El Niño phenomenon, has been
welcomed in central Chile.

August and September in Chile have both seen higher amounts
of rain than average for the Southern Hemisphere spring, with
capital Santiago’s normally blue skies replaced with a grey pall
and brown lawns turning a vibrant green.

Sep 24, 2015

Pacific trade deal close, but doubts linger: Chile trade head

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The conditions are now present to finalize a Pacific trade deal, although talks would likely still go down to the wire, Chile’s head of international trade told Reuters on Thursday.

The United States has called negotiators from the 12 nations discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership to a meeting in Atlanta next week in a bid to finish the pact that will cover 40 percent of the world economy.

Aug 28, 2015

Latam cyber attacks rise as Peru, Brazil hackers link up with Russians

SANTIAGO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Cyber attacks and cyber
espionage are on the rise in Latin America, and the source of
much of it is Brazilian hackers and Peruvian recent university
graduates linking up with Russian-speaking experts, according to
internet security analysts.

The region has seen a massive rise in ‘trojans’ – disguised
malicious software – especially in the financial sector, and
other online threats, said Dmitry Bestuzhev, Latin American head
of research for security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Aug 28, 2015

Chilean retailer Cencosud writes off $170 mln of Brazil assets

SANTIAGO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Chile-based retailer Cencosud
said it had adjusted its forecast income for Brazil and
written off goodwill for its assets there as the nation’s
economy has deteriorated.

The write-off amounted to nearly 117 billion Chilean pesos
($169 million) before tax, the company said on Friday as it
released second-quarter results.

Aug 26, 2015

Pan Pacific mine woes dull shine of Chile copper sector

SANTIAGO/TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The slow ramp up of an
ambitious waste disposal system and an inexperienced workforce
have been key factors curbing output at a remote Chilean mine
built by Japan’s top copper smelter Pan Pacific Copper to
bolster its supply of concentrate.

Those are among the main conclusions of a consultant’s
report commissioned by the company and seen by Reuters, which
details troubles at the Caserones plant, one of only a handful
in the world’s top copper producer churning out high-quality

Aug 10, 2015

As storms batter Chile’s coast, some copper mines suspend work

SANTIAGO, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Heavy rain and winds hit the
southern cone of South America over the weekend, battering the
Chilean coastline and leading to the precautionary suspension of
work at some mines in the top copper exporter.

Over 1,000 people from Antofagasta in the far north to Los
Rios in the south of Chile were affected, with some being housed
in shelters after being evacuated or losing their homes to
floods, and over 120,000 were left without electricity, the
emergency service Onemi said on Sunday.

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      "I am senior correspondent for Reuters in Chile, based in Santiago and reporting on everything Chilean, from macroeconomics and markets to weather and wine. Formerly I covered UK company news from London for Reuters and Thomson Financial, and have also contributed to a number of travel guides."
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