Chilean capital adopts electric buses for public transportation

Santiago is upgrading its public transport and has rolled out the first 100 electric buses in its new green fleet. In the next few decades, Chile wants to combat the pollution problem in its capital by making the entire transportation system completely electric.

Wild puma rescued from tree in Chilean capital

A wild puma kept watch over a neighborhood of Chile’s capital Santiago for 15 hours in a tree before it was rescued.

In Chile, high-tech at the service of wine makers

In central Chile, researchers are using new tools to help oenologists put out better wine, such as molecular biology to improve the quality of vine stocks, and artificial intelligence to monitor the wine in real time — which would lead to what they are calling a “plant 2.0”.

Brazil club Santos names Argentine Sampaoli as new coach

Former Argentina and Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is named as the new boss Brazilian club Santos, whose youth system produced Brazilian stars Pele and Neymar, but have not won a league title since 2004.

Chile’s pine forests: a botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?

An indigenous community in southern Chile is trying to save a ‘botanical dinosaur’, an ancient evergreen species threatened with extinction by global warming and deforestation.

Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking

Uzbek farmers are on the front lines of an ambitious state-led winemaking drive in the majority-Muslim country. A decree published by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s office in February calls for an increase in wine exports of more than 60 percent by the end of 2021, aiming to cultivate varieties from France, Italy, Chile and the United States, along with the traditional varieties native to the former Soviet countries of the Caucasus.

Demonstrators clash with police in Chile pro-Mapuche protest

Police use water cannons and tear gas against pro-Mapuche protesters in the Chilean capital after a police operation killed a young Mapuche man in the south of the country, reviving tensions and allegations of state persecution of indigenous people.

Chile president pledges probe of Mapuche death amid protests

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera pledges an investigation into the police killing of a young Mapuche man that sparked protests and firebomb attacks and revived allegations of state persecution of indigenous people.