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Uruguay ex-minister, bank chief indicted over failed airline

Montevideo - A court on Friday indicted the head of one of Uruguay's top banks and its former economy minister on abuse of power charges linked to the collapse in 2012 of the country's national airline.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Uruguay will accept Guantanamo inmates with conditions

Washington - The president of Uruguay Jose Mujica said that he would be willing to take five Guantanamo inmates but in return he claims to have asked the U.S. to release detained Cuban spies.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Uruguay seeks US release of jailed Cubans

Montevideo - Uruguay's President Jose Mujica said Friday he has asked Washington to release Cuban prisoners held in the United States in return for his country taking Guantanamo detainees.Mujica on Thursday said his government had agreed to receive detainees from t...
In the Media by AFP

Uruguay will sell legally grown marijuana by year's end

Santiago - Uruguay plans to begin selling legalized cloned marijuana grown under government control by December 2014, President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

Uruguay slams 'old school' UN over world-first pot plans

Montevideo - Uruguay lashed out at the United Nations, labeling the world body "old school" for its criticism of the country's world-first marijuana law.Global drugs body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned Uruguay and the US states of Colorado ...
In the Media by AFP

South American road trip, in photos Special

I've always wanted to set off on the Mother of All Roadtrips, starting in northern Alaska and driving all the way down to the tip of South America.
Digital Journal Report by Brett Wilkins - 5 comments

One year after legalization, 6,676 abortions in Uruguay

Montevideo - Tiny Uruguay, one of the few Latin American countries to have legalized abortion, saw 6,676 procedures in its first year allowing the practice, authorities said Monday.The number amounts to nine out of every 1,000 women age 15 to 44 having had the free...
In the Media by AFP

Unlike U.S. law, cannabis and heroin no longer equal in Italy

Italy's constitutional court has declared a law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating and possessing cannabis "illegitimate" and has overturned it. Antigone, a prison rights group, say the law has caused prison overcrowding.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

How to keep a female spider happy? A gift-wrapped present

What is the best way for a male spider to mate with a female spider? Bringing along food wrapped in silk does the trick, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Uruguay Pres. up for Nobel Peace Prize for marijuana legalization

Uruguay's president, José “Pepe” Mujica, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by the Dutch activist organization, the Drugs Peace Institute. Thanks to Mujica, in April, his country will be the first to completely legalize marijuana.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Uruguay marijuana law paves way for sleep study

Montevideo - Uruguayan scientists, taking advantage of their country's legalization of marijuana, will study the long-term effects of the drug on sleep, a local newspaper reported.
In the Media by AFP

Uruguay leader signs marijuana law

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has signed into law the government's controversial plan to oversee the production and sale of marijuana, his office said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: UN claims that Uruguay's marijuana legalization violates treaty

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned Uruguay that its recent legalization of marijuana violates a 1961 treaty on on narcotic drugs. At the time the treaty was pushed by the United States.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 5 comments

Uruguay legalizes marijuana trade

Montevideo - Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world to legalize the growing, sale and recreational use of marijuana.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Assessing the World Cup 2014 Draw

The World Cup draw earlier turned up some shockers, with some of the best teams in the world pitted against each other so early in the tournament.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 1 comment

World Cup 2014 group stage draw

The draw for the group stages of the World Cup have churned out a number of tricky groups with several top teams set to face off in the group stages of the competition.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 2 comments

Scientists discover new tigrina wild cat species in Brazil

During a study of three wild cat species descendant from the genus Leopardus living in Central and South America, scientists accidentally found that the northeastern and southeastern Tigrinas are different species – not different populations.
In the Media by Jessica Zuzierla - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Jose Mujica world's 'poorest president' legalizes marijuana

Montevideo - Uruguay will become the first country to entirely legalize marijuana once the legalization law passes the Senate later this year. Mujica's bill would license and enforce rules for production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Report: Best and worst countries for aging people

A few days ago (October 1), marking the International Day of Older People, HelpAge International released the Global Index of Aging. This index, called "AgeWatch," is the first to measure the quality of life and well-being of older people worldwide.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Bolivian president threatens to shut down U.S. embassy in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales has threatened to close down the U.S. embassy in his country, as a response to his plane being denied entry over French and other European airspace, forcing his jet to reroute and land in Austria.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 3 comments
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