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NSG membership not a farewell gift: China

NSG membership not a farewell gift: China

Beijing [China], Jan. 17 : China has once again reiterated its position on non-NPT countries' accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying that the NSG membership is not something to be given privately between countries as a farewell gift.

"China has repeatedly stated its position on non-NPT countries' accession to the NSG. There is no need for me to repeat it here. It is worth pointing out that the NSG membership is not something to be given privately between countries as a farewell gift," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

The remarks came after the outgoing Obama administration had said that China is the only country blocking India from becoming a member of the NSG and described Beijing as an "outlier".

Pearl Jam rocks Chile music fest

Pearl Jam rocks Chile music festSantiago, April 8: US rock band Pearl Jam kept the soul of grunge alive at the 3rd edition of Chile's Lollapalooza music festival.

The death of Nirvana leader and legend Kurt Cobain 19 years ago and of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley in 2002 had left this subgenre of rock without key stylists and almost resulted in its slipping into oblivion.

After a long day of music Saturday, though, the thousands of music fest fans - both Chileans and foreigners - were delighted with almost 30 numbers played by the Seattle band.

Chile unveils world's largest astronomical observatory

largest-astronomical-observatorySantiago, March 14 : Chilean President Sebastian Pinera presided over the launch of the world's largest astronomical observatory in the remote Atacama Desert of the northern Chilean Andes.

Home to the world's most powerful telescope, the Atacama Large millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the observatory is the result of a collaboration between Europe, the US, Japan and Chile, according to a press release.

"One of our many natural resources is Chile's spectacular night sky," Xinhua quoted Pinera as saying.

John Key faces questions over Mighty River in Chile

John Key faces questions over Mighty River in ChileJohn Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is on a visit to South America including Chile, where he faced questions over the decision to sell Mighty River Power. The Prime Minister is visiting the country with a business delegation that includes a representative of Mighty River Power.

Mighty River Power is believed to have a risky investment in Chile that is causing losses worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company. The Prime Minister has a hectic schedule on the visit with a total number of 15 exhausting flights in 10 days.

French motorcyclist Bourgin dies in Dakar accident

Thomas-BourginSantiago, Jan 12 : French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin of KTM team died in an accident on a highway in northern Chile during the Dakar Rally.

According to police sources in Calama city, Bourgin died on Route 27 Friday, a highway linking San Pedro Atacama and Jama, after he crashed his motorcycle into a police vehicle, reports Xinhua.

It was the first time that the 25-year-old Bourgin, who occupied position 68 in the general table, competed in the race. He was also the youngest French participant in Dakar Rally.

Two dead, seven injured in Dakar Rally taxi crash

Dakar-Rally-crashSantiago, Jan 11 : A deadly accident killed two people and injured seven at the Dakar Rally as a race support vehicle collided with a taxi near the border between Chile and Peru.

The incident happened Thursday 10 km from the frontier, a statement on the race website said, reports Xinhua.

A support vehicle with three passengers and two taxis, one of them carrying six people and the other with four, were involved in the serious accident. One of the taxis collided head on with the support vehicle, and the second taxi overturned and rolled several times.

Chile wants all Latin American countries to be as transparent in arms buying

Chile wants all Latin American countries to be as transparent in arms buyingSenior officials have said that Chile wants all Latin American countries to be as transparent as it considers itself to be to remove the specter of a developing arms race on the continent.

He does not see an "arms race" on the continent but emphasized it would help to make public who was buying what and why, Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Moreno Charme said. Other officials told the media they want Chile's neighbors to follow its example.

Chile and Argentina to pool resources to form a joint force for rapid response to humanitarian crises

joint military forceAccording to the official reports, Chile and Argentina will pool resources to form a joint military force for rapid response to humanitarian crises and peacekeeping missions in Latin America.

Officials said that the combined rapid response force, to be called Southern Cross, will be drawn from the armed forces of both countries and will comprise initially about 1,000 troops. The force will be ready for deployment before the end of the year.

Death toll in Chile quake rise to 795, may rise further

Death toll in Chile quake rise to 795, may rise furtherThe government said on Tuesday that the death toll has reached 795 from Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile and that number likely will rise.

We expect to find more victims as search-and-rescue crews dig under the rubble. An estimated 2 million people have lost their homes and more than 90 aftershocks have been recorded, ranging from 4.9 to 6.9 in magnitude, officials said.

Chilean economy well placed to rebuild

Chilean economy well placed to rebuildOne of the strongest earthquakes of all times had hit the country of Chile just some time back. The quake was reported as stronger than the one that occurred in Haiti and took thousands of lives, but there is a vast difference between the economic conditions of the two countries.

The Chilean economy is set to recover faster because Chile is among the best run economies in Latin America and is the 46th richest country in the world while Haiti is one of the poorest countries.

Oil Prices soar after the Chile Quake

Oil Prices soar after the Chile QuakeAfter the earthquake in Chile, the crude-oil prices soared on Monday, which further interrupted the copper production. The traders are expecting that this might give a push to commodity prices in general.

The crude delivery for April was 74 cents higher at $80.40 a barrel. Prices were moving around $80 a barrel but remained under $80.62 a barrel, which was the highest since Jan. 12. The futures in Gasoline were 2.64 cents higher.

Saturday’s earth quake in Chile was 5th strongest in the last 110 years

Saturday’s earth quake in Chile was 5th strongest in the last 110 yearsGeologists have said that the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday was the fifth-strongest in the world since 1900.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that a 9.5-magnitude quake that struck near Concepcion in 1960, killing more than 2,000 people and leaving more than 2 million homeless was the strongest quake recorded since 1900 which also occurred in Chile.

Chilean airline to buy 30 jets for $2 bn

Chilean airline to buy 30 jets for $2 bnSantiago, Dec 24 - Chilean flagship airline LAN has signed a deal to purchase 30 Airbus A320 jets at a price of around $1.97 billion, the company said, adding that they will gradually be incorporated into its fleet between 2011 and 2016.

The new airplanes will operate flights in Latin America and domestic routes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Chile and will be used for the renewal and growth of the company's short-haul fleet.

In a statement Wednesday, LAN said its fleet-renewal plan also involves the sale of five Airbus A318 aircraft in 2011.

First official results confirm Pinera-Frei runoff in Chile

First official results confirm Pinera-Frei runoff in ChileSantiago, Dec 14 - Conservative millionaire Sebastian Pinera and ruling-party candidate Eduardo Frei Sunday led the first round of Chile's presidential election, according to the first preliminary official results.

Pinera got 44.67 percent of the votes to Frei's 32.08 percent, with more than 12 percent of the ballots counted, Chile's electoral commission said.

Isabel Allende promises to write erotic novel when her mother dies

Isabel Allende promises to write erotic novel when her mother dies Santiago  - Chilean writer Isabel Allende vowed Thursday to write an erotic novel once her mother, Francisca Llona, dies and she rids herself of the sense of embarrassment that is typical of daughters.

"I have always thought that, some day, when my mum dies, I am going to write an erotic novel, because I love writing those scenes," she told Chile's Radio Cooperativa.

Bachelet underlines that US-Chilean ties have "matured"

Bachelet underlines that US-Chilean ties have "matured" Washington - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet stressed Tuesday that bilateral ties between her country and the United States have "matured," as she tackled the first day of her visit to Washington.

Bachelet was set to meet later Tuesday with US President Barack Obama, with whom she said she has an "excellent" relationship, in the White House. The meeting will be "a most important one," Bachelet anticipated at a breakfast meeting organized by the US Chamber of Commerce in her honour.

Salvador Allende's widow dies at 94

Salvador Allende's widow dies at 94Santiago - Hortensia Bussi, the widow of the late Chilean president Salvador Allende, died at the age of 94 at her home in Santiago.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and former presidents Patricio Aylwin and Ricardo Lagos took part in the post-death vigil Friday.

Allende himself committed suicide during the military coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile in September 1973.

School closes in Chile over case of swine flu

School closes in Chile over case of swine fluSantiago - The Chilean Health Ministry Monday increased to four the number of infections of the influenza virus A(H1N1), the so- called swine flu, as lessons were suspended at the school which one of the patients attends.

Of the four people infected, three were friends who had returned to Chile Saturday on a flight from the Dominican Republic, via Panama.

The fourth was a 6-year-old child who had never left the country but who had been in contact with people who had travelled to Mexico, said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician and epidemiologist by training.

10 dead in prison fire in Chile

10 dead in prison fire in ChileSantiago  - At least 10 prisoners died Sunday in a fire inside a Chilean prison, police said.

Three inmates were seriously injured in the blaze, which was blamed on alcohol distillation being done illicitly by inmates. The fire reportedly broke out when the still was knocked over during a fight between prisoners in a barracks-style cell.

Six fire engines were needed to bring the blaze under control. Crowds of relatives of inmates gathered outside the penitentiary waiting for the dead and injured to be identified. (dpa)

6.3-magnitude quake hits off northern Chile

6.3-magnitude quake hits off northern ChileSantiago de Chile  - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale struck off Chile's northern coast late Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

No immediate reports about casualties or damage were available.

The quake occurred at 10:08 pm (0208 GMT Friday) off the Tarapaca region, about 1,600 kilometres north of Santiago. Its epicentre was located 80 kilometres north-west of the port town Iquique.

The US Geological survey later revised the magnitude down to 6.0. (dpa)




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