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Pinera poised for presidential comeback in Chile

SANTIAGO: Chileans went to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election, with former leader Sebastian Pinera hoping to capitalize on his front-runner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet. But pundits believe Pinera, a conservative 67-year-old billionaire who was president from 2010 to 2014, may not gain enough support to avoid a runoff next month -- likely against Alejandro Guillier, an independent supported by Bachelet's Socialists. Chile's constitution bans consecutive…

Construction begins on world’s largest telescope in Chile

SANTIAGO: Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the universe, say its backers, with its main mirror that will measure some 39 meters (43 yards) across. Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024.…