chile

  • March 1, 2010

    The Chilean government has declared an emergency and international agencies and NGOs are stepping up their response in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

  • February 28, 2010

    Watching a tragedy from afar can leave you feeling helpless. But the facilities of the 'instant media' era are not just voyeuristic - they can make a vital difference - securing information, soliciting donations and assisting prompt and better targeted responses from NGOs and international bodies.

  • February 27, 2010

    A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at 03.34 local time on Saturday 27 February. The extent of the damage is still difficult to determine, but buildings have collapsed and more than 300 people are already reported dead.

  • September 25, 2008

    A former secret police commander and three agents who served in former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the 1974 disappearance of a Spanish priest.

  • December 10, 2006

    General Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, has died in hospital of heart failure, aged 91 - having escaped numerous attempts to charge him for murder, human rights abuses, fraud involving 28 million US dollars, and corruption.

  • September 20, 2006

    The religious basis of peace, non-violence and reconciliation in a plural world was one of the main discussion points at a recent meeting of faith leaders in the light of the fifth year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.