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Orlando Letelier, Chilean ambassador to the US, right, with Chilean Foreign Minister Clodomiro Almevda at a news conference, April 9, 1973.

43 years ago, a US Cold War ally assassinated one of its biggest critics with a car bomb in the heart of Washington, DC

The September 21, 1976, attack was one of the deadliest foreign terrorist attacks on US soil prior to the September 11 attacks.
First excavation of the Pilauco site in 2007.

Scientists have discovered the oldest human footprint ever seen in the Americas

A 15,600-year-old footprint in Chile is the oldest ever seen in the Americas, and it suggests humans made it to South America earlier than we thought.
Then-Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams being sworn in at Iran-Contra hearings.

Trump’s man to handle Venezuela crisis was convicted in Iran-Contra affair and fought to cover-up worst massacre in recent Latin American histor...

Abrams has a long, controversial history as a foreign policy adviser in Washington, including being convicted over his role in the Iran-Contra affair.
An officer salutes during a reenactment of the battle of Canchas Blancas during the 1879 Pacific War, in Potosi, Bolivia March 28, 2018.

Bolivia is taking Chile to court over a war it lost 134 years ago — and it reenacted a pivotal battle on the final day of the case

Bolivia is landlocked because of a war it lost 134 years ago. But it's fighting in court to regain its territory — and its pride.
Ata, a six-inch long skeleton found in Chile's Atacama desert, has an elongated cranium, and other peculiarities

The mystery of a tiny skeleton that many people thought was an alien has finally been solved

Ata, the small skeleton found in Chile's Atacama desert, has more to do with genetics than extraterrestrial life.
A girl with Chile's national flag painted on her face at Monumental Stadium Santiago, Chile, before Chile's match against Bolivia, September 6, 2016.

The World Bank says it will redo its competitiveness rankings after unfairly influencing them for years

The upcoming revision could affect the rankings of a number of countries, but Chile may see the most significant adjustment.
An AK-47 rifle with ammunition and a drone with an explosive attached, recovered by Mexican federal police, October 20, 2017.

Drones appear to be taking on a bigger, more dangerous role in Mexico’s criminal warfare

Drones have been used for small-scale smuggling for some time, but increasingly they appear to be used for surveillance and to carry explosives.

Mike Pence appears to have fallen short on a major US foreign-policy goal while in Latin America

Pence's trip was dominated by the situation in Venezuela, but governments in the region were no more accommodating to US designs on North Korea.

Pence stands with Trump as pressure mounts to rebuke his Charlottesville comments

Vice President Mike Pence said that he stands by President Donald Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville, but is ending his trip to Latin America early.

The world’s 2nd-largest cocaine producer is adding drones to its police force

Several countries in Latin America have deployed drones and unmanned aircraft for surveillance and to fight drug trafficking.