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Santiago and other Chilean cities have been engulfed by several days of rioting as protests over an increase in public transport costs prompted President Sebastian Pinera to declare a state of emergency.

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After a week of tense protests over subway price hikes and a state of emergency declared Friday around Santiago, Piñera suspends fare increase.

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Progressive politicians pointed out that the "state of emergency" declaration shows that President Sebastian Piñeira lacks the political capabilities to resolve popular requests.

For the fifth consecutive day, this Friday there were incidents in a fortnight of metro stations in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

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The Chilean Attorney General’s Office is still investigating which plant in the area was responsible for the emissions that sickened 2,000 children 14 months ago.

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A tsunami is not expected, said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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Piñera's administration and Chile's Communist Party both propose to change the labor law to improve productivity. Piñera wants 'flexible' hours for workers, Communists want fewer.

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Protesters dressed in black gathered in front of the Environment Ministry to call for the closing of all the coal-burning power plants operating in Chile.

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Over 70 percent of Chileans agreed with the reduction in working hours in a country where economic inequality is high.

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