Santiago Chile: Police Clas with Student Protesters

presstv.ir reported police in Chile have clashed with protesting students and teachers in the country’s capital of Santiago during another mass demonstration over the country’s education system.

Chilean security forces used tear gas and water cannon during the Wednesday rally to disperse rock-throwing protesters, who were calling for an overhaul of Chile’s educational system.

An estimated 50,000 protesters further called on Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to fulfill her campaign pledges for better and free education. Read Article

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Police in Chile break up Valparaiso drug-trafficking network

Police began investigations into a drug-trafficking ring operating in Valparaiso, Chile after realizing individuals from various cities would bring drugs from Calma to Valparaiso. Once forces were mobilized, authorities detained a vehicle matching the profile of the suspect, Pura Noticia reports. The woman with whom the driver was travelling was concealing several packages of drugs. […]

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Chilean drug dealer caught travelling with three children

Police in Chile arrested a drug dealer from Santiago as he was travelling to Valdivia to open new markets. According to Biobio Chile, he was travelling in a vehicle with three adults and three children. The suspect, José Alberto Martínez Cárdenas, was travelling at night. He was caught outside a bus station after detectives spotted […]

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Wooden statuettes stuffed with cocaine to be sent from Chile to United States

Small wooden figurines stuffed with cocaine were confiscated by Chilean officials in Santiago before they were sent to the United States through private mail. They were concealing about 1 kilogram of cocaine, Municipios al Dia reports. The statuettes, wooden horses, were also packed with carbon paper, which helped conceal the drugs from X-rays. The drugs […]

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Over a half ton of drugs found in laboratory in Uyuni, Bolivia

446 kilos of cocaine and marijuana were found inside a drug laboratory in Uyuni, Bolivia, according to Radio Kollasuyo. The drugs were hidden inside seven bags. No suspects were taken into custody during the operation; however, officials do say that the discovery was a major blow to drug trafficking in the area. In the nearby […]

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Human trafficking networks cover six countries; Reports of electric torture in Bolivia

Networks of human trafficking appear to operate in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Spain and the United States, according to Opinion. They recruit by using publications in the media, in social networks, employment agencies, with advertisements, or by kidnapping and abduction. Among the uses of trafficked persons, who are mostly women and girls, are labor exploitation, […]

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Couple arrested during crackdown on Chile-Bolivia trafficking schemes

A couple was arrested after police in Chile cracked down on areas known to routinely see illegal merchandise trafficking, especially between Chile and Bolivia. The two were found near the village of Chiu Chiu, where officials observed a vehicle that had turned off its lights for an extended period of time. The occupants loaded the […]

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Chile: Minor attempts to traffic drugs hidden in diapers and juice

A 17-year old minor identified as C. R. R. was arrested in Chile while attempting to transport cocaine paste in diapers and juice. She was travelling from Iquique to Santiago when the bus was stopped at the customs station in El Loa, Diario 21 reports. Agents found the drugs in various areas of the bus. […]

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Chilean Navy ship shoots down Peruvian drug trafficking boat

A vessel belonging to the Navy in Chile fired bullets after a Peruvian boat entered Chilean waters and engaged in a drug transaction. The Peruvian boat, docked at Caleta Vitor, was transporting 38 kilos of pressed marijuana. It had docked late at night, when four individuals arrived in a van to receive the shipment, Soy […]

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Chile: 50 million pesos worth of cocaine found in car; Revealed by X-ray machine

Police in Chile arrested a man for transporting 50 million pesos worth of cocaine paste in his car along Route 5. According to 24 Horas, José Pulgar Cárdenas (55), who had been travelling with his 12-year-old son, was arrested. He had been driving a Peugeot 206 when  police stopped and searched the car with X-ray equipment. […]

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Want-to-be Italian mafia family intercepted in Chile; 12 arrested

A family that modeled themselves after the Italian mafia was broken up after police arrested 12 members. According to La Segunda, the family owned various houses in Santiago and along the coasts in Chile that are valued at $600 million. They were arrested for crimes of drug trafficking. Authorities have stated the family paid their […]

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10 kilos of drugs seized and two men arrested in Chile

Police in Antofagasta, Chile arrested two men after intercepting a drug trafficking scheme. According to Soy Chile, a vehicle was spotted as it travelled south on Route 5. Police searched the vehicle using a new truck scanner, which revealed 10 packages of cocaine base. The financier of the operation, who was to receive the drugs […]

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Three Peruvians attempt to enter Chile with cocaine camouflaged in rock eggs

Authorities arrested three Peruvian citizens in the north of Chile as they attempted to cross the border with 65 kilos of cocaine. The drugs had been hidden inside rocks shaped like eggs, Peru 21 reports. Police in Chile found the suspects carrying 83 packages of drugs hidden inside 113 eggs. The eggs were discovered inside […]

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Shipment of cocaine from Chile found in France; Hidden in frozen mussels

26.1 kilos of cocaine worth 1.3 million euros was discovered at the port of Le Havre, France hidden in containers of frozen mussels. According to the National Association of Customs in Chile, the drugs had arrived on a shipment from Chile without the knowledge of those shipping or receiving the mussels. Those responsible for packing […]

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Valparaiso, Chile: Woman arrested; sold drugs in the shadow of National Congress

Cristina Reyes Peterson, also known as “La Loca Cristina,” was arrested in Chile with 124 packets of pressed marijuana, 103 of cocaine paste, and six of cocaine hydrochloride. She is known to have sold drugs in the Plaza O’Higgens in Valparaiso, which is located in the shadow of the National Congress building. She had left […]

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Individual travelling to Iquique, Chile arrested with over 142 doses of marijuana

Officials arrested an individual travelling to Iquique, Chile along the route to Santiago who was carrying more than 142 doses of marijuana. The drugs were worth over 710,000 pesos, Soy Chile reports. He was arrested after officials stopped the charter bus in which he was travelling. With the aid of drug-sniffing dogs, four wrappers and […]

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Drug traffickers attempt to send 350 kilos of drugs from Chile to Spain; Hidden in rocks

Customs officials at the Port of Arica in Chile intercepted a drug shipment intended for Spain. According to Informe 21, 350 kilos of cocaine were found inside four massive fake rocks. The rocks had been hidden in containers that had been shipped from Bolivia 15 days previously. The weight of the rocks alerted customers officials, […]

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Head of Ndrangheta Italian mafia found in Bolivia

Alessandro Maria Maesano, head of the Italian Ndrangheta mafia wanted on multiple counts of narco-trafficking in Italy, was discovered in Santa Cruz, Bolivia after over a year of intelligence work. According to Los Tiempos, he had entered Bolivia via Chile with a false identity. The Ndrangheta is one of the largest mafias in Italy and […]

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Chile: Bolivian drug-trafficking gang condemned to total of 67 years in prison

Six Bolivians were sentenced to a total of 67 years in prison for crimes of drug trafficking in Chile. 86 kilos of cocaine, valued at 1.29 million pesos, were involved in the case, La Tercera reports. During the first half of last year, officials in Chile learned that the Bolivian Germain Jairo Aguirre Gutierrez was […]

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Chile: Three people arrested with marijuana, left from shopping mall

Police in Chile arrested three people with 115 kilos of marijuana along Route 68. The suspects had picked up the drug near a shopping center in Cerrillos, Emol reports. The police, working on a tip from witnesses who saw the drug exchange, followed the vehicle along Route 28 toward Valparaiso. The suspects attempted to flee […]

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Man arrested for micro-trafficking in Chillán, Chile

A 50-year-old man was arrested in Chillán, Chile with 136 bundles of coca paste. 69 thousand pesos were also seized, Soy Chile reports. The discovery and arrest occurred after police received an order to investigate the shack in which the man lived, in Vicente Perez Rosales, Chillán. The man faces charges of drug micro-trafficking. His […]

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Cocaine dealer in downtown San Felipe, Chile arrested

Police in San Felipe, Chile arrested Luis Alberto Fernández Torres (40), alias “Rumpi,” a narco-trafficker wanted for dealing cocaine in the city center and surrounding areas, Mi San Felipe reports. He was arrested on a residential street and has a criminal record of burglary, illegal possession of a firearm, and drug trafficking, among others. 21 […]

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Drug trafficking ring dismantled in Copiapo, Chile

Police in Copiapo, Chile arrested 8 individuals in connection with a drug trafficking ring operating in cities throughout the country. The arrest occurred after one suspect attempted to flee police at a vehicle checkpoint, resulting in a chase and capture. Rectangular packages of drugs were found in the backseat of the truck. The passengers attempted […]

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Cocaine trafficker captured in Chile

Security officials stopped a bus belonging to the Pullman Bus company travelling from Africa City to Santiago, Chile on June 16, 2012. During a baggage inspection, a drug-sniffing dog detected a suspicious odor coming from a sports bag belonging to a suspect with the initials J.D.R.O. According to Diario Chañarcillo, ten transparent nylon bags were […]

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850 kilograms of Bolivian cocaine found in Chile, packed as medical supplies

Police investigators in Chile discovered and seized 850 kilograms of cocaine bearing “made in Bolivia” labels, the largest cocaine shipment found in the country. According to Los Tiempos, the drugs made their way from Bolivia via an illegal border crossing and were discovered in the Mano del Desierto zone in Antofagasta. The shipment was disguised […]

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Colombian mafia spreads throughout Latin America, increase in crime noticed

The Colombian mafia has been spreading its influence throughout Latin America, the Colombian Ministry of Justice and Law reports. Many mafia members flee to other countries in Latin America, especially Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile, in order to evade law enforcement or to protect their families. Such criminals perceive these countries to have legal […]

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Buried treasure in Chile: Over one million dollars in drugs found in desert

Two people were arrested and 180 kilos of marijuana were seized after a police operation in the Tocopilla, María Elena and Calama communities in Chile, La Tercera reports. The drug bust began May 25, 2012, when police were patrolling route 240. At around kilometer 10, police spotted a vehicle travelling west at 126 kilometers per […]

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Masked men cause upset on college campus in Santiago, Chile

A conflict arose this morning at the Metropolitan Technological University in Santiago, Chile when a group of masked men set up barricades along the streets near campus, causing a traffic disruption, according to telam.com.ar, per El Mercurio newspaper online. The group hid when special police forces arrived at the scene, and threw stones, sharp objects […]

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Student Protests Result in 874 Arrests, Santiago, Chile

•The student protests in Santiago, Chile have resulted in 874 arrests of protestors and 90 injured police officers. •Elpais.com.co reports that the protestors utilized the “cacerolazo*” form of protest used during the dictatorship of Pinochet. •Andrés Chadwick, the official spokesperson of the Chilean government, defended the actions of the police as necessary and had foreseen […]

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Planned Student March Turns into Riots, Santiago, Chile

•The student march planned for today has turned into various riots and skirmishes with the police in Santiago, Chile. •According to lanacion.cl, the police have utilized such crowd control methods as tear gas and water cannons as the officers announced that the manifestations were not authorized. •Police officers have been preventing groups of students from […]

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Chile, Wind farm project approved despite opposition from local communities

The proposed wind farm project in Acunud, Chile was unanimously approved by the Commission of Environmental Assessment despite opposition by indigenous and local citizens informed Biobiochile.cl. Indigenous leaders arrived at the commissions office to demand an ecological impact study before the approval, which committee members appealed since it is not required by law. The project, […]

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Students Decide to March Tomorrow Despite Chilean Government’s Disapproval

•The Chilean government officially gave its disapproval for tomorrow’s march in the Plaza Italia in which students planned to march through La Alameda. •Latercera.com reports that the protestors intend to march despite the fact that the government did not give permission. •Camilo Ballesteros, President of the Students of the University of Santiago, stressed that the […]

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Peru: Accident on Pan-American Highway Leaves 1 Chilean Dead, 8 Injured

According to RPP.com.pe an accident occurred on Monday, August 1st leaving one Chilean tourist dead and another eight Chileans injured. Authorities say the accident occurred at the 1,331 kilometer mark on the Pan-American Highway near the border complex of Santa Rosa in the Tacna region. Authorities add, the accident is suspected to have occurred due […]

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Student Protestors to Respond to Chilean Government’s Proposal

•Student protestors have deemed the 21 points of the Chilean government’s proposal as insufficient and many of them vague according to america.infobae.com. •Although the points are seen as an advance, student protestors want a structural reform that promotes access and equality according to Camilo Ballesteros, a representative of the student protestors. •The proposal fails to […]

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Chilean Mining Company to Start Exploration in Ecuador

According to ElComercio.com the Chilean state copper company, Codelco announced today, Monday August 1st, that it will begin mining project explorations in Ecuador with the help of Ecuador’s ENAMI and other private firms. Codelco, the largest copper producer in the world, says Ecuador is fairly new to metal mining and their copper mining knowledge could […]

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Student Protestors Set Fires in Chile

•Student protestors set fires to blockades in the streets of Alameda and and avenida de 11 de Septiembre in Santiago, Chile. •Police Special Forces officers intervened in the protests. •Lanacion.cl reports that from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. protestors blocked eastward streets causing traffic problems. •5 arrests were made in the first demonstration and 5 […]

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Hacker Group Anonymous Helps Student Protest in Chile

•The group Anonymous has hacked the Carabineros website as a phase of “Operación MalEducados” (Operation Poorly Educated) in support of Chilean students. •RCN La Radio reports that the protestors are demanding a better budget and conditions for public universities in Chile, and they believe that the police have used excess force to attempt to end […]

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Quake in Central-South Chile measures 5.4 on Richter scale

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale struck at 3:50 pm, 63 kilometers north from Cobquecura according to Latercera.com. The National Emergency Office (Onemi) recorded the quake to be of medium intensity, between III and V grades on the Mercalli scale. The quake occurred after another 5.3 quake in Maule and Bio Bio, and […]

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World’s largest radio telescope ready to operate in Chile

ALMA, the world’s largest radio telescope is ready to begin operation in its observation center located in Chajnator, Chile reported La Segunda online. The telescope is able to analyze areas of the universe that are invisible to optical telescopes and can detect mineral particles in the cosmos. The installation of ALMA coincides with the construction […]

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Press from 7 South American Countries Stand With EL UNIVERSO

According to ElUniverso.com seven press associations from South American countries stand with the Ecuadorian press organization, El Universo, condemning the attack on freedom of expression by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. On the 20th of July an Ecuadorian court found El Universo opinion editor and three directors guilty of slander against Correa, sentencing them to three […]

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Chile, students arrested during protest

Twenty-three students were arrested yesterday in Santiago, Chile for disorderly conduct during a student protest for better public education, reports abc.com.py. The march led to the UNICEF building in the Las Condes neighborhood, where students attempted to break in and overrun the offices. A similar, more peaceful, protest took place in early June when students […]

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Chile, Students from INSUCO to begin hunger strike

A group of students from the Higher Institute of Commerce, Insuco 2, drew attention to the students movement by beginning a hunger strike reported Emol.com. There are now a total of 20 students fasting in the Metropolitan area of Santiago, Chile and others marched in support of the strike. Read article.

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$5 million of Puyehue relief money stolen in Chubut, Argentina

The director of the Agricultural Emergency and Disaster section of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing in Argentina, Haroldo Lebed, announced yesterday that 5 million pesos of aid money was stolen from a van in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, according to infobae.com. The money was being sent to the southern province of Chubut to help […]

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Devastated Villa La Angostura, Argentina recovers from Puyehue eruption

The town of Villa La Angostura is slowly recovering its daily life and main source of income, tourism, after being declared a disaster zone in the wake of ash storms from Chilean volcano, Puyehue. Cronista.com reports that 67 hotels have reopened, 50% of sightseeing tours are available, 7 surrounding lakes are open and common tourist […]

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Chile, Former President Allende’s death confirmed a suicide

The director of Forensic Medical Services in Chile confirmed theories today that the death of former president Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973 was a suicide, according to abc.com.py. The former president’s remains were unearthed this past May and the autopsy showed that Allende used an AK-47 automatic weapon which shot two bullets, one of […]

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Freire, Chile Suspect for homicide in custody

Miguel Ahumadad Correa, suspected for the murder of Jessica Cosio Vivanco, is in custody and the prosecution has started a formal investigation against the perpetrator informed La Tercera. Vivanco was found with a mutilated torso on July 9 in Ahumada’s home. At the hearing, the judge established a five month investigation period while the suspect […]

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Prosecutor investigates three purchases by the Chilean Navy

Prosecutors are investigating the possibility of kickback payment in three other material procurement processes conducted by the Navy in Chile reported La Tercera. These processes include the acquisition of ammunition and spare parts, as well as the purchase of company docks, shipyards, and arsenals. These facts emerged in the investigation, which started in 2007, further […]

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Lonquimay, Chile affected by large amounts of snowfall

ONEMI, the National Emergency Office, reported an early warning alert for the storm system in the region of Biobío as well as various Red and Yellow alerts in multiple communes around the area in Chile according to Terra. In the Biobío region, Route Q-90 remains blocked off due to landslides, however many ports and the […]

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Chile, Murderer kills and injures passengers on Plaza Maipú station

The subway was in the tunnel on its way to Plaza Maipú station when Israel del Carmen Huerta Cespedes opened fire on the 20 passengers of the last subway car with a CZ 9 mm automatic pistol reported Nacion. cl. Huerta left two fatally injured, Meneses Mario Acevedo (58) and Fernando Munoz Onate (43), as […]

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Argentina, Thefts reported against tourists from Chile and Ecuador

Delinquents and thieves have recently targeted tourists from both Chile and Ecuador in their visits to Mexico reported diariouno.com.ar. A Chilean suitcase was stolen, which held his passport and credit cards, while a wallet was stolen from an Ecuadorian. Another incident resulted in an arrest after an assailant kicked a Chilean driver’s rear-view mirror. Read […]

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5,000 Vehicles Stolen in Peru, Brazil, Chile Found in Bolivia

ElComercio.pe reports that the governments of Peru, Brazil and Chile have found 5,000 stolen vehicles belonging to the three countries in Bolivia. An amnesty decree, signed by Bolivian President Evo Morales, concerning about 130,000 undocumented automobiles helped the three governments locate the stolen property. Officials say that joint operations by all four countries also helped […]

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Chile Files Response in Hague to Peruvian Lawsuit, Appeals to Ecuador

According to ElComercio.com on Monday July 11th Chile filed their defense to a Peruvian border demand presented before the International Court of The Hague, which included a recent border agreement between Peru and Ecuador that was favorable to the Chilean capital of Santiago. In 2008 Peru filed a complaint that stated a border was not […]

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Chile Participates in joint Military Exercises in Pacific

According to LaPrensa.com.bo Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera began Operation Together July 1st, where Chile’s navel fleet participated in military exercises with the United States, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Piñera says that the joint exercise will allow the Chilean Navy to show its force and preparation for military situations and defend the country of Chile. Reportedly, […]

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Argentina, More flights canceled due to new wave of ash in Buenos Aires

According to an official statement released today by LAN airlines, flights have been canceled at the Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports in Buenos Aires due to a new wave of ash from Chilean volcano, Puyehue, per infobae.com. Both international and national flights have been canceled until conditions are consistent with LAN’s security standards. Read Article

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Bariloche, Argentina declared disaster zone from Puyehue ash

The mayor of Bariloche, Marcelo Cascón, declared the area an economic and social disaster zone due to damage and suffering caused by ash from Chilean volcano, Puyehue, according to periodismo.com. The city has already exceeded losses of 600 million pesos and cancelled elections originally scheduled for September 4. As the volcano continues to be active […]

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Argentine tourism endures $100 million losses from Puyehue

Argentina has felt the greatest impact from the Chilean volcano, Puyehue, as the largest portion of ash has fallen in southwest cities and provinces in the country, according to df.cl. The tourism industry in the area has been hit the hardest and tourism operators in places like Bariloche estimate a loss of $100 million of […]

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Argentina, southern town a disaster area due to Puyehue ash

Jorge Sapag, the governor of Neuquén province in the south of Argentina, has declared the town of Villa La Angostura a disaster area and in a state of economic and social emergency, according to infobae.com. The city has been covered in volcanic ash since the eruption of Chilean volcano, Puyehue, on June 4 and the […]

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Argentina, Flights at Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports normalize this afternoon

Argentine airlines LAN, Aerolíneas Argentinas y Austral will return to their normal flight schedules this afternoon at Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports in Buenos Aires after weeks of delays and closures due to ash from Chilean volcano Puyehue. Aerolíneas Argentinas y Austral will be up and running at 3 p.m. And LAN at 4 p.m. as […]

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Uruguay airline Pluna cancels flights to Buenos Aires

Uruguayan airline Pluna announced this morning they are canceling all flights from Montevideo to Buenos Aires due to the ash cloud from Chilean volcano Puyehue. Argentine airlines have been canceling national and international flights out of Buenos Aires airport Ezeiza since earlier in the week. Yesterday 324 domestic flights and 110 international flights out of […]

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Air traffic in Argentina remains suspended by volcanic ash from Chile

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral Líneas Aéreas, Argentina’s domestic airline, have announced that all flights are canceled until further notice because of the ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile that began erupted over the weekend, per pagina12.com.ar. LAN has also cancelled flights, mostly those destined for Córdoba, Tucumán, Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu. Passengers whose […]

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