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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...

2006-03-09 16:44:39

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to Chile on Friday for the inauguration of its first woman president, in a region where Washington has dwindling allies and leftist leaders are on the rise. During her two-day trip to Chile, Rice will hold a host of meetings with Latin American leaders, including Bolivia's President Evo Morales, a coca farmer with close ties to communist Cuba and Venezuela who has described himself as a "nightmare"...

2006-03-09 13:08:08

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to Chile on Friday for the inauguration of its first woman president, in a region where Washington has dwindling allies and leftist leaders are on the rise. During her two-day trip to Chile, Rice will hold a host of meetings with Latin American leaders, including Bolivia's President Evo Morales, a coca farmer with close ties to communist Cuba and Venezuela who has described himself as a "nightmare"...

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...

2006-01-25 18:29:46

By Deborah Charles and Pav Jordan WASHINGTON/SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet asked the United States to grant her political asylum on Wednesday after she fled tax charges in Chile, a Chilean official said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, was in custody at Dulles International Airport near Washington pending a decision in the case and after being questioned since early in the day, a U.S. official said. "The Chilean government has been...

2006-01-25 14:37:37

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials questioned the eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet at a Washington area airport on Wednesday after she fled tax charges in Chile, officials said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, has been charged with tax fraud related to some $1 million in undeclared taxes and falsification of documents as part of a widening tax evasion and fraud investigation involving the Pinochet family. She was served with a subpoena in...

2006-01-25 12:02:10

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was being questioned at a Washington area airport on Wednesday after fleeing tax charges in Chile, officials said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart has been charged with tax fraud related to some $1 million in undeclared taxes and falsification of documents as part of a widening tax evasion and fraud investigation involving the Pinochet family. She was served with a subpoena over the...

2006-01-19 18:01:02

By Rodrigo Martinez SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's President-elect Michelle Bachelet plans to try to mend traditionally strained relations with northern neighbors Bolivia and Peru, seeking to reduce political volatility that could limit prosperous Chile. Bachelet, a medical doctor and former political prisoner elected president on Sunday, also told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that her first international trip would be to trade partner Argentina. Bachelet said she hoped...

2006-01-16 16:43:28

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile president-elect Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist who will be the country's first female leader, vowed on Monday to shrink the gap between rich and poor that persists in the South American nation despite lower poverty and a thriving economy. Bachelet, from Chile's ruling center-left coalition, won 53 percent of ballots cast in Sunday's election while opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera took 47 percent, the government Electoral Service...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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