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LatAm countries begin mass vaccinations as Europe fears new strain

Montevideo - Three Latin American countries launched mass immunization programs on Thursday as fears grew in Europe over a variant coronavirus strain that is believed to be far more contagious than the original version.

Black Uruguayans still marginalized in country of 'inclusion'

Montevideo - Deborah Rodriguez sprinted down a track that shimmered under a downpour; running is a refuge for the athlete in Uruguay, where her dark skin makes life difficult outside of sport.

Former Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez dies aged 80

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez, who twice served as Uruguay's president and was a champion in the fight against smoking, died Sunday at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.

Raped by the regime, women still seek justice in Uruguay

Montevideo - When Ana Amoros fell prey to Uruguay's dictatorship, the first thing her torturers did was strip her naked and hit her with a riding crop. Then they raped her.

Raped by the regime, women still seek justice in Uruguay

Montevideo - When Ana Amoros fell prey to Uruguay's dictatorship, the first thing her torturers did was strip her naked and hit her with a riding crop. Then they raped her.

Two Uruguayan ex-presidents quit politics on same day

Montevideo - Two former Uruguayan presidents -- including the iconic Jose Mujica known as the world's "poorest" leader during his term in office -- resigned from frontline politics on Tuesday.

Uruguayan army colonel admitted to dictatorship era torture

Montevideo - A retired army colonel arrested over crimes during the Uruguayan dictatorship admitted to murder, kidnapping and torture, according to official documents released on Tuesday.

Pandemic threatens to undo a decade of Latin American progress

Montevideo - Almost six months after it was first detected in Latin America, the coronavirus death toll has reached 250,000 and exacerbated poverty and inequality, threatening to undo a decade of slow social progress.Among the 620 million people in the region, 6.

Pandemic scuppers Latin America coming-of-age quinceaneras

Montevideo - The coronavirus pandemic has robbed millions of Latin American teenage girls of their 15th birthday parties, a coming-of-age ritual that many had been planning for months and even years.

Young Latinos vent pandemic fury after lost 2020

Montevideo - For four young adults across Latin America, 2020 was meant to be a year of freedom and opportunity. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic brought confinement and frustration.

Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever

Montevideo - The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and unlawful occupation of their ancestral territories.

Latin America tops four million coronavirus cases

Montevideo - More than four million coronavirus cases have been recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean, half of them in Brazil, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Uruguay's foreign minister resigns

Montevideo - Uruguay's Foreign Minister Ernesto Talvi, who shot to international prominence when he oversaw the repatriation of foreign passengers from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, announced his resignation Wednesday.

Coronavirus decimating indigenous Latin American communities

Montevideo - Indigenous people in Latin America have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect.

LatAm virus cases top 1.5mn as markets fear second wave

Montevideo - A worrying social crisis is brewing in Latin America where the coronavirus pandemic is spiralling, experts are warning, as fears of a second wave in the United States sent shivers through global markets.More than 1.

Latin America's slums facing losing battle against virus spread

Montevideo - As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Latin America's slum dwellers waited defenseless in its path. Now, with the region becoming the new epicenter of the crisis, the virus is unleashing destruction on its most vulnerable populations.

Latin America and Caribbean record 500,000 virus cases

Montevideo - Latin America and the Caribbean have recorded more than half a million coronavirus infections, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Crew from virus-hit liner disembark in Uruguay

Montevideo - More than 60 crew members from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Greg Mortimer were allowed on Tuesday to disembark in Uruguay to quarantine in two hotels.The crew began disembarking onto buses at around midday.

Uruguay allows crew of virus-hit liner to disembark

Montevideo - The crew of coronavirus-hit cruise ship Greg Mortimer -- among them dozens ill with COVID-19 -- will be allowed to disembark in Uruguay to quarantine in hotels, the government said Monday.

Famous Andes crash survivor building virus ventilators

Montevideo - Roberto Canessa survived a plane crash in the Andes and 72 days battling extreme weather, hunger and the fear of dying while stranded in a frozen mountain range.
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