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New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as Uruguay's new president, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule.

New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule.

Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

Colonia Del Sacramento - Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate asks Argentina to take in others

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay after staging a hunger strike appealed Thursday to neighboring Argentina to take in other prisoners from the controversial US military detention center.

Humble Uruguayan president Mujica set to retire

Montevideo - The outgoing president of Uruguay Jose "Pepe" Mujica is known for his humble lifestyle and donating most of his presidential salary to charity.

LatAm's cash transfer 'revolution' at crossroads

Montevideo - In the past generation, a mass exodus from poverty has transformed Latin America, the world's most unequal region, spurred on by innovative welfare programs that now face an uncertain future.

Little Uruguay has big plans for smart agriculture

Montevideo - Uruguay, a country of 3.3 million inhabitants and four times as many cows, hopes to feed 50 million people thanks to drones, "smart" combines and other high-tech farming techniques.

Op-Ed: Six more leave Guantanamo but facility far from closure

Montevideo - On December 7, six Guantanamo prisoners flew to Uruguay. There were four Syrians, a Palestinian, and a Tunisian. The six had never been charged and had been cleared for release five years ago in 2009.

Uruguay political prisoner's mini-diary enters history

Montevideo - A leftist guerrilla's tiny cigarette-paper diary of his years in a Uruguayan prison has been salvaged from the hollowed-out shoe where he hid it and enshrined as world history by the United Nations.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates leave hospital in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay have left hospital and been taken to a house where they will adjust to their new lives in South America, the labor union hosting them said Thursday.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates to move into Uruguay house

Montevideo - Five of the six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay will likely move into a house in the capital Montevideo on Wednesday, according to the labor union providing the lodging.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates still hospitalized in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates were still hospitalized Tuesday after being transferred to Uruguay, where they are due to be resettled, ending more than a decade in detention.

After Guantanamo, ex-inmates seek new lives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six Guantanamo inmates transferred to Uruguay prepared Monday to begin new lives as free men after more than a decade in what one called a "black hole.

Six Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six men detained at Guantanamo for more than a decade have been resettled in Uruguay, as US President Barack Obama attempts to fulfill his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.

Uruguay leader confirms Guantanamo deal, chides U.S. on Cuba

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica confirmed Friday that his country would take in six Guantanamo inmates, using the occasion to urge President Barack Obama to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

Leftist successor to Jose Mujica wins Uruguay presidency

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez candidate for the governing Broad Party won in a runoff election against his opponent Luis Lacalle Pou of the right-leaning National Party.

Uruguay's new anti-smoking president faces pot dilemma

Montevideo - Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez, a cancer doctor returning to the country's highest office a decade after launching an anti-smoking crusade, faces a dilemma over his predecessor's landmark marijuana law.

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff

Montevideo - Uruguay's ex-president Tabare Vazquez comfortably won a new term in a runoff election, extending the left's decade in power -- though not necessarily incumbent Jose Mujica's groundbreaking marijuana law.

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff: exit polls

Montevideo - Ex-president Tabare Vazquez won Uruguay's presidential runoff Sunday, extending the left's decade-long hold on power -- though not necessarily his predecessor's ground-breaking marijuana laws, exit polls showed.

Leftist Vazquez poised for Uruguay presidential repeat

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay's first leftist president, is favored to reclaim the post in a run-off election Sunday, playing political leapfrog with his rabble-rousing, marijuana-legalizing successor, Jose Mujica.
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