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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.

Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimes

Montevideo - Uruguay has created a commission to probe human rights violations perpetrated from 1968 to 1985 as the government cracked down brutally on a leftist rebellion.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates end U.S. embassy protest in Uruguay

Montevideo - Former Guantanamo inmates who have been resettled in Uruguay ended a three-week protest outside the U.S. embassy Tuesday after reaching a deal with the South American country's government for economic support.

After 252 years, English warship to be recovered off Uruguay

Colonia Del Sacramento - A sunken English warship, perhaps holding a treasure chest of gold coins onboard, will be raised from its watery grave off the coast of Uruguay after being submerged for some 252 years, a treasure hunter announced.

Guantanamo ex-inmates demand housing, payment from U.S.

Montevideo - Four former Guantanamo inmates living free in Uruguay since December are demanding financial compensation and housing from the U.S. government for their nearly 13 years in captivity.

Uruguay pays last respects to leftist writer Galeano

Montevideo - Uruguay paid a final tribute Tuesday to leftist writer Eduardo Galeano, an incisive critic of Latin America's injustices who died of lung cancer aged 74.

Uruguayan leftist writer Eduardo Galeano dies at 74

Montevideo - Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, an icon of the Latin American left who chronicled the region's injustices in a career that spanned decades and crossed genres, died Monday at age 74.

UN to give houses to ex-Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay

Montevideo - The United Nations refugee agency will provide homes to six former detainees of the US military prison in Guantanamo who have struggled to resettle in Uruguay, the country's president said.

Canada reaches final by defeating Chile in women’s field hockey

Dublin - In a tough game defined in a shootout, the Canadian women's field hockey team defeated the hard-fighting Chilean squad. With this victory Canada advances to the final of the Second Round of the Women's FIH Field Hockey World League tournament in Ireland.

Ten killed in Uruguay plane crash

Maldonado - Ten people were killed when their plane plummeted into a large body of water in eastern Uruguay, rescue officials said on Friday.

Chile, Canada clash in women’s field hockey qualifier in Dublin

Dublin - The Chilean women’s national field hockey team continued its remarkable participation in the second round of the Women's FIH World Hockey League tournament in Ireland. The South Americans will face the Canadian team seeking to advance to the semifinals.

New Uruguay govt in 'no rush' to sell pot at pharmacies

Montevideo - The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.

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.
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