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Chile cancels climate and Apec summits amid unrest

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:21 Written by  font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has pulled out of hosting a major United Nations climate change conference as anti-government protests continue.

He said that the decision had "caused him a lot of pain" but that his government needed "to prioritise re-establishing public order".

The conference, known as COP25, was scheduled for December.

Chile also pulled out of hosting next month's Apec summit, which was expected to draw the US and Chinese presidents.

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At least 20 people have been killed since the mass protests began. They have shown little sign of abating despite Mr Piñera announcing measures to ease Chileans' discontent with high levels of inequality and other grievances.

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