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2006-04-25 14:25:28

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The bodies of dozens of leftists killed early in Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship may have been given to the wrong families for burial, a mix-up that has embarrassed the ruling center-left coalition. President Michelle Bachelet, herself a former political prisoner, named a special delegate to help families get correct identifications of the bodies, and Congress has asked for an investigation into possible criminal negligence. Of more than 100...

2006-03-11 14:37:34

By Silene Ramirez VALPARAISO, Chile (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, was sworn in on Saturday before a who's who of Latin America's resurgent leftist leadership, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, Argentina's Nestor Kirchner, Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales were among more than two dozen heads of state at the inauguration in the coastal city of Valparaiso, home to...

2006-03-07 15:54:29

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's first woman president, Michelle Bachelet, takes office on Saturday as her people enjoy an extended run of good fortune, and analysts say the biggest problem for her government could be that Chile has so few problems. Citizens of Latin America's most stable economy are spending with abandon as companies expand and create new jobs. The government is pouring money into new highways and infrastructure as dollars flow into the country...

2006-01-14 23:27:57

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans go to the polls on Sunday and are expected to elect the South American country's first female president, a socialist who is leading in the race against a moderate conservative billionaire. Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor and former defense minister who was imprisoned and tortured early in the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, has a 5-point lead over opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera, the latest poll showed. Chile has...

2005-12-07 12:36:25

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile will choose on Sunday between a candidate who could be the first woman president for Latin America's star economy, and two hopefuls from the right-wing that has been out of power since 1990. Michelle Bachelet, who was imprisoned and tortured under the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, leads polls. But the Socialist Party candidate could fall short of 50 percent of votes and head to a January run-off that will likely be a tight...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'