Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTChilean Interior Minister Likely to Head OAS
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTAnakena Beach is a glittering little palm-fringed cove where families picnic beside the white sand. As one of my fellow visitors observed while we sipped pisco sours -- the high-powered alcoholic drink of Chile -- Anakena looks the way the South Pacific is supposed to look.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTThe Organization of American States, stymied by a six-month leadership vacuum, failed to choose a new chief yesterday as its members repeatedly deadlocked in a hard-fought election.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTSANTIAGO, Chile -- As Eugenio Pumarino studied investment options for his state-sponsored private pension account, the 71-year-old retiree uttered words that would be sweet music to advocates of private accounts for the U.S. Social Security system.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTCOQUIMBO, Chile -- Walking along a dirt road in this northern coastal town last week, President Ricardo Lagos was serenaded by a small orchestra perched on a plywood platform. Turning a corner, he encountered a second ensemble of cellists and violinists, playing just loud enough to overpower the first.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTFormer Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet had more than 125 accounts at a half-dozen U.S. banks, including Citibank, during the 1990s, according to a Senate report.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTSANTIAGO, Chile, March 8 -- It was supposed to be a moment of silence at a ceremony in the presidential palace Tuesday marking International Women's Day.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTSANTIAGO, Chile, March 7 -- Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, facing massive protests that threaten to cripple a nation already suffering from widespread discord, submitted his resignation letter Monday to the nation's Congress.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTRiggs National Corp. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. agreed to pay $2.7 million to shareholders to settle a class-action lawsuit against Riggs directors for failing to comply with anti-money-laundering laws.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTWhen Joe L. Allbritton was chief executive of Riggs Bank, he received personal gifts from Augusto Pinochet and wanted the former Chilean dictator to visit the Allbritton horse farm in Virginia, according to drafts of letters from 1996 and 1997.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTRiggs Bank and two members of the bank's controlling Allbritton family agreed Friday to pay $9 million to victims of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for the bank's role in concealing and spiriting Pinochet's money out of Britain in 1999.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTThe Eternal Flame of Liberty, christened by Gen. Augusto Pinochet in 1975, was one of the most visible monuments to his dictatorship. Recently, it was extinguished without fanfare during renovations outside the presidential palace, and the government does not plan to relight it.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTThe merger was abruptly revived Thursday, clearing the way for the demise of what was once Washington's premier bank after a mortifying year of scandal.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTRiggs National Corp. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. remained "well apart" yesterday in negotiations over a purchase price for Riggs, said a source with knowledge of the talks.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTRiggs Bank Thursday admitted it was criminally liable for failing to take adequate measures to prevent potential money laundering by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and officials of Equatorial Guinea.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTA major bank in Chile reported yesterday that U.S. regulators are investigating whether its two branches in the United States have complied with anti-money-laundering laws.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTIn October 2002, the directors of Riggs Bank received an internal memorandum listing $1.9 million in suspicious cash withdrawals by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from 2000 to 2002 -- the board's first official notification of a relationship that bank regulators were investigating.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTChile's Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the indictment and house arrest of Gen. Augusto Pinochet for nine kidnappings and one homicide allegedly committed during his dictatorial rule that was marked by pervasive human rights abuses.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTSANTIAGO, Chile -- In the long struggle to seek justice for victims of human rights abuses committed during 17 years of military rule in Chile, former dictator Augusto Pinochet has repeatedly escaped efforts to prosecute him and bring him to trial. With Pinochet now under house arrest, the country's Supreme Court is said to be ready to announce Monday whether the ailing ex-general will finally be brought to court.
Sat, 7 May 2005 21:03:32 GMTCongress's newly passed intelligence bill contains a provision adopted in response to the Riggs Bank scandal: It requires senior federal bank examiners to wait a year before accepting private-sector jobs with financial institutions they regulated as government employees.