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ROUNDUP: Lula tells off Brown, Biden, Zapatero for global crisis

ROUNDUP: Lula tells off Brown, Biden, Zapatero for global crisisVina del Mar, Chile  - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday at a summit in Chile told off representatives of the United States, Britain and Spain for causing the global economic crisis.

"My dear Gordon Brown, my dear Biden, my dear Zapatero, unfortunately you are more responsible (for the downturn)," he said, addressing them directly.

EXTRA: Spain's Zapatero predicts "great cooperation" with US

Spain's Zapatero predicts "great cooperation" with US Vina del Mar, Chile  - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Saturday in Chile that his country and the United States are launching "a stage of great cooperation."

The Spanish leader - who took part in the Progressive Leaders' Summit in the Chilean resort town of Vina del Mar alongside US Vice President Joe Biden - said he wishes great success to the administration of US President Barack Obama.

"My government is among those who wish to facilitate things," Zapatero said in the presence of Biden.

EXTRA: Lula tells off Brown, Biden, Zapatero for global crisis

Lula tells off Brown, Biden, Zapatero for global crisisVina del Mar, Chile - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday told off representatives of the United States, Britain and Spain - seated before him at a summit in Chile - for causing the global economic crisis.

"My dear Gordon Brown, my dear Biden, my dear Zapatero, unfortunately you are more responsible (for the downturn)," he said, addressing them directly.

Centre-left world leaders demand cross-border regulations from G20

Centre-left world leaders demand cross-border regulations from G20Vina del Mar, Chile  - Centre-left leaders from around the world said Saturday in Chile that they would demand from next week's G20 summit the imposition of urgent cross-border regulations regarding the financial sector, climate change and social protection.

"We cannot run the risk of postponing profound structural solutions," said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Centre-left world leaders seek common ground for G20 in Chile

Centre-left world leaders seek common ground for G20 in ChileVina del Mar, Chile  - Centre-left leaders from around the world were gathering Friday and Saturday at a special summit in the Chilean seaside resort of Vina del Mar to seek common ground ahead of next week's G20 summit in London.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is on a world tour to seek consensus on financial strategies ahead of the meetings, is a key figure at the weekend summit in Chile.

The United States and European Union do not agree on how to handle the global recession.

Chilean President arrives in India

Chilean President arrives in IndiaNew Delhi, Mar 16 : The President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, arrived here on a five-day official visit on Monday morning.

Bachelet is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Minister of Agriculture and Women Empowerment and a business delegation.

During the visit, the President of Chile will call President Pratibha Patil, who will host a State Banquet in her honour on Tuesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

US Vice President Biden heading to Chile, Costa Rica

US Vice President Biden heading to Chile, Costa Rica Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Chile and Costa Rica later this month for talks with Latin American leaders ahead of April's summit in Trinidad and Tobago, the White House announced Friday.

Biden will attend a governance conference in Chile that will be attended by several Latin American leaders during the March 27-30 trip, before heading to Costa Rica.

Rally Dakar to return to South America in 2010, Chile says

Rally Dakar to return to South America in 2010, Chile says Santiago  - The Rally Dakar is set to be held in South America again in 2010, the Chilean government said Tuesday.

The Chilean government's Chief of Staff Francisco Vidal said Rally Dakar organizers had confirmed the plan, which would give Chile a larger number of stages than it had in the 2009 edition.

This year was the first time that the classic extreme motorsport competition took place completely outside Africa. Fourteen stages were held in January in Argentina and Chile, and proved to be very popular with local spectators.

Pilot in Chilean forest-fire crash was pilot to presidents

Pilot in Chilean forest-fire crash was pilot to presidents Santiago  - The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in southern Chile, killing 12 firefighters combatting a forest fire, had flown the presidential plane for two presidents, local media reported Monday.

Eduardo Canala Pecchenino, 39, was on active duty for the Chilean Air Force and worked for the private firm operating the firefighting helicopter with permission from the military.

Pilot in Chilean forest-fire crash was pilot to presidents

chileSantiago - The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in southern Chile, killing 12 firefighters combatting a forest fire, had flown the presidential plane for two presidents, local media reported Monday.

Eduardo Canala Pecchenino, 39, was on active duty for the Chilean Air Force and worked for the private firm operating the firefighting helicopter with permission from the military.

He and 12 firefighters who had been working since Friday to quench forest fires in the central Chilean region of Maule were killed when their helicopter crashed on Sunday. There were no survivors.

Helicopter crash kills 13 in Chile fire-fighting mission

Helicopter crash kills 13 in Chile fire-fighting missioSantiago de Chile  - Thirteen people died in a helicopter crash in the central Maule region of Chile while on a forest fire- fighting mission, according to a report on Chilean television, Channel 13.

Civil aeronautics officials said the pilot and 12 fire brigade members died in the crash.

Colonel Luis Gutierrez, prefect of Linares, said there appeared to be no survivors, and that recovery of bodies will be difficult from the remote site of the accident.

The accident took place about 1600 Sunday.

Chilean president meets "agile, active" Fidel Castro

Chilean president meets "agile, active" Fidel Castro Havana  - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not been seen in public since 2006, was "very agile and active," said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Cuban media reported Friday.

"He is in very good condition, we talked for long," Bachelet told reporters late Thursday after the meeting.

"Someone who spends an hour and a half talking (is) well, very well, very agile, active as always," said the Chilean president, a doctor by training.

Chile's president arrives in Cuba for official visit

Chile's president arrives in Cuba for official visitHavana  - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived for an official visit in the Cuban capital Havana Tuesday evening for a landmark visit.

Bachelet's trip is viewed as being of great bilateral importance, as it is the first time in 37 years that a Chilean leader visits the Communist island state.

She is scheduled to meet with her Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Wednesday. A meeting with ailing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was also possible, officials said.

Guerrero remains in serious condition after Dakar crash

Cristobal GuerreroCopiapo, Chile - Spanish motorcyclist Cristobal Guerrero remains in a coma following his crash Tuesday on the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally through the Atacama Desert.

"The rider landed with full force on his head in the crash," Ana Quiroga, head of the Atacama regional health authority, told Chilean radio Wednesday.

Guerrero lapsed into a coma following the accident on his KTM motorbike after 160 kilometres of the 467km-long stage and was airlifted to a hospital in Copiapo.

Dakar: Sainz extends lead, motorcyclist seriously injured

Dakar: Sainz extends lead, motorcyclist seriously injured Copiapo, Chile  - Race leader Carlos Sainz on Tuesday continued dominating the Dakar rally when he won the 10th stage that was overshadowed by an accident in which Spanish motorcyclist Cristobal Guerrero was seriously injured.

Sainz in his Touareg seems destined to give VW their first-ever Dakar victory as he has a 24:54 minute lead over American Mark Miller, who is also driving a Touareg.

South African Geniel de Villiers completed a successful day for the German car manufacturer as he ended the day in third place, 41:13 minutes behind.

Sainz closes in on Buenos Aires and Dakar victory

Sainz closes in on Buenos Aires and Dakar victory Copiapo, Chile  - Spanish leader Carlos Sainz on Monday closed in on Buenos Aires and victory in the Dakar rally as he picked up his fifth stage win of the race.

There was was further good news for Sainz's VW team as Touareg team-mates Mark Miller and Giniel de Villiers finished the 537 kilometre ninth stage from the Chilean towns of La Serena to Copiapo in second and third place.

The toughest Dakar: mass withdrawals lead to shorter stages

The toughest Dakar: mass withdrawals lead to shorter stagesLa Serena, Chile  - The end of the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile is still a week away, but it is already clear that it will be one of the toughest editions in history, even before the Atacama Desert almost certainly makes things worse from Tuesday.

Mass withdrawals have forced organizers to shorten stages in recent days, in an effort to retain reasonable numbers of competitors.

Two die in Dakar rally support truck crash

Dakar RallyValparaiso, Chile - Two people died in connection with the Dakar Rally in a road accident, police said on Saturday.

Police said that a truck carrying equipment for the race collided with a smaller vehicle whose two occupants were killed in the incident on Friday some 400 kilometres north of Santiago de Chile.

The cause of the accident was not fully clear with some reports saying the truck driver did not give way to the smaller vehicle and others that the driver crossed the centre line of the road and collided with the other vehicle.

The truck driver was taken into custody.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Chile

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes ChileWashington  - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Chile Thursday evening, the US Geological Survey in Washington said.

The quake occurred off shore about 75 kilometres north of port city Valparaiso and 145 kilometres north-west of the capital, Santiago, at 2119 GMT.

It was at a depth of 35 kilometres, USGS said. (dpa)

Chilean right wing makes gains in local elections

Santiago - Chilean conservatives won a majority of mayoral seats in weekend elections, narrowly beating the ruling centre-left coalition for the first time since 1990.

Right-wing mayoral candidates won in the key municipalities of Santiago, Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Temuco, Concepcion, Iquique, Rancagua, Talca and Punta Arenas.

The Alliance for Chile won 40 per cent of the total mayoral votes to 38 per cent for the ruling coalition, which did manage to keep the overall lead in seats on municipal councils by a margin of 45 to 36 per cent.

President Michelle Bachelet acknowledged the mixed results as a wakeup call for the coalition.

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