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Enterprising Uruguayan inmates make bricks, pizzas

Montevideo - Alvaro Brusti had never worked in his life before he wound up behind bars for armed robbery.Now after five years inside, the 34-year-old is running his own company, in an unusual scheme at a Uruguayan jail.

Uruguay wins case against US tobacco firm

Montevideo - Uruguay won an arbitration case against US tobacco giant Philip Morris, which sued the state claiming its strict anti-tobacco law harmed the cigarette maker's business, both sides said.

Uruguay to sign up smokers to buy state marijuana

Montevideo - Uruguay will this month start signing up smokers to buy marijuana from pharmacies in the world's first scheme for state-production and sale of the drug, an official source said Wednesday.

Uruguay storms kill seven, displace 3,600

Nueva Helvecia - Storms and floods in Uruguay have killed seven people and driven 3,600 from their homes in recent days, authorities said.

Uruguay storms kill seven, displace 2,000: authorities

Nueva Helvecia - Storms and floods in Uruguay have killed seven people and driven 2,000 from their homes in recent days, authorities said Sunday.

S.America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

Montevideo - South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

South America vows to wipe out Zika-spreading mosquito

Montevideo - South American countries vowed Wednesday to eliminate the mosquitoes spreading Zika, the virus blamed for brain damage in babies, after a US patient caught it by having sex.

LatAm hands climate bill to rich world at summit

Montevideo - Latin America will demand that the richest and most polluting countries foot the bill for reducing harmful emissions at the world climate summit starting Monday.

Treasure hunter seeks gold in sunken British ship off Uruguay

Colonia Del Sacramento - More than 250 years after Spanish forces sank the British warship Lord Clive off the coast of Uruguay, treasure hunter Ruben Collado is working to raise it from its watery grave.

Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed

Montevideo - Uruguayan chemists on Thursday criticized the government's plan to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in the country's pharmacies.

Latin America joins effort to stem refugee crisis

Montevideo - As Europe struggles to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing bloody conflicts in Syria and beyond, far-away Latin America is increasingly stepping up pledges to take in refugees.

Syrian refugees in Uruguay protest to leave country

Montevideo - Syrian refugees who arrived in Uruguay last year under a resettlement program protested Monday outside the presidential offices, saying they are living in poverty and want to leave.

Uruguay police demand right to shoot suspects in back

Montevideo - Police in Uruguay are calling for new regulations that would allow them to shoot suspects in the back, arguing the current rules give criminals the upper hand."It's not a very pretty solution. We know it's going to be criticized.

Pot economy thrives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Working at a decidedly un-slackerly pace, employees are racing to get ready for the opening of the latest marijuana boutique to sprout up in pot-friendly Uruguay.

Uruguay flooding forces 4,000 from their homes

Montevideo - Flooding from days of heavy rain in Uruguay has forced nearly 4,000 people from their homes, officials said Monday.

Workers stage general strike in Uruguay

Montevideo - Workers in Uruguay staged a general strike Thursday to demand wage hikes and more government spending.As heavy rains drenched the capital city Montevideo, cars clogged the streets because there was virtually no public transport.

Women push for equality in Latin America military ranks

Montevideo - When Uruguayan air force major Maria Eugenia Etcheverry enrolled in the military's aeronautic school nearly two decades ago, she cut her hair short, adhering to rules aimed at her mostly male colleagues.

Uruguay to receive new group of Syrian refugees

Montevideo - Uruguay will take in a new group of Syrian refugees by the end of the year, officials said Monday, adding that the country was committed to helping alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

Latin American women fight back against harassment

Montevideo - Every day, Sara Velez, a Colombian law student, walks to class through a hail of catcalls that often veer into obscenity, a daily reality that Latin American women are increasingly fighting.

Former Guantanamo inmate marries in Uruguay

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate who resettled late last year in Uruguay tied the knot on Friday with a woman he met in his adopted homeland, local media reported.
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