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Uruguay's Indian cricketers searching for a permanent home

Montevideo - Every Sunday, close to a statue of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a group of Indian ex-pats take over a patch of land in Uruguay's capital Montevideo for a game of cricket.

Uruguay sees record number of murders in 2018

Montevideo - Uruguay recorded a record number of murders in 2018, with a 35 percent increase to 382, according to a study published on Thursday.That amounts to 11.

Uruguay's government asks Congress to approve US troops for G20

Montevideo - Uruguay's government asked Congress on Friday to allow US troops to stay in country during the upcoming G20 meeting in neighboring Argentina, due to be attended by the US and Russian leaders.

As Canada awaits, Uruguay's legal cannabis project provides benchmark

Montevideo - As Canada prepares on Wednesday to become only the second country in the world to legalize the use of marijuana, experts in Uruguay say its pioneering move three years ago helped to reduce drug trafficking in the South American nation.

Abortion in Latin America: four women's voices

Montevideo - To legalize or not to legalize, that is the question on the lips of many legislators in Latin America since Argentina opted not to decriminalize abortion following a senate vote.

Uruguay awaits ex-president Mujica's next political move

Montevideo - Uruguay's charismatic former guerrilla-turned president Jose "Pepe" Mujica earned international acclaim for his austere ways while in office, and for his efforts to legalize marijuana, abortion and same-sex marriage in his traditionally conservative co...

The sweet taste of success: a Syrian's journey from Gitmo to pastries

Montevideo - Ahmed Ahjam spent more than 12 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, but now he has seen a dream come true by starting a business in the country that welcomed him when the nightmare ended."Ahmed Ahjam.

Uruguay marks a year of pot pharmacies — 'it's like selling aspirin'

Montevideo - Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains."I had to sell what they didn't sell," he told AFP.

25 survivors of ship sinking reach ports in South America

Montevideo - The 25 survivors of the sinking of a Spanish ship off the Argentine coast reached the mainland Sunday aboard two ships that had picked them up in storm-tossed seas, a Uruguayan navy spokesman said.

Uruguay's former vice president to face trial for embezzlement

Montevideo - Uruguay's former vice president Raul Sendic will go on trial for embezzlement and abuse of office during his time as head of the state oil group, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Once a haven of peace, Uruguay unnerved by spike of violence

Montevideo - In Montevideo's Cerro neighborhood, a working-class area of the Uruguayan capital, the anguish is palpable after the deadly shooting of Antony Macaris, a teenager with a promising future in golf.

Uruguay vice-president resigns in spending scandal

Montevideo - Uruguay's vice president Raul Sendic resigned on Saturday over allegations he used public money for personal shopping.

Marital row exposes fugitive mafia boss in Uruguay

Montevideo - Fugitive Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito had split from his wife and was searching for a new apartment when he was arrested by Uruguayan police, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Bank boycott snuffs Uruguay's legal marijuana sales

Montevideo - Uruguay's unique new marijuana industry has run into a hurdle as international anti-money laundering rules are forcing banks to close the accounts of pharmacies legally selling the drug.

Uruguayans registering to buy legal weed up almost 50% in a week

Montevideo - The number of people registering to buy newly legalized marijuana in Uruguay jumped by almost 50 percent in the first week of sales, according to official figures released Wednesday.

Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana

Montevideo - Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a four-year-old law that has made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale.

More than 500 sign up to buy legal cannabis in Uruguay

Montevideo - More than 500 people signed up to buy state-vetted cannabis in Uruguay on the first day of registration for the first such scheme in the world, authorities said Wednesday.

Uruguayans sign up for state cannabis in world first

Montevideo - Pot-smokers in Uruguay on Tuesday became the first in the world to sign up to buy state-vetted cannabis for recreational use, as pharmacies aim to start selling it in July.

Uruguay to sign up users to buy cannabis in pharmacies

Montevideo - Uruguay, which in July will become the first country selling state-produced cannabis in pharmacies for recreational use, will open a user registry on Tuesday, authorities said.

Uruguay to start selling marijuana in pharmacies

Montevideo - Uruguay will become the world's first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies starting in July, the president's office said Thursday.

Two sailors rescued from Korean freighter off Uruguay

Montevideo - Two Filipino sailors were rescued Saturday from a distressed South Korean freighter with 24 crew on board that had apparently sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, the Uruguayan navy said Saturday.

Uruguay's last dictator, Gregorio Alvarez, dies at 91

Montevideo - Uruguay's last military dictator, General Gregorio "El Goyo" Alvarez, died Wednesday at age 91 of heart failure, a defense ministry official said.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee ends hunger strike, to leave Uruguay: activists

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay who went on hunger strike to demand relocation to another country has dropped his protest after receiving an offer, activists said Saturday.

Fasting ex-Gitmo inmate in danger: Uruguay doctor

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay is refusing liquids and risks dying from a hunger strike he launched to demand his transfer to another country, his doctor said Thursday.

Uruguay hunger strike leaves ex-Gitmo inmate 'critical'

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay in 2014 is in critical condition from a two-month-old hunger strike he launched to demand authorities transfer him to another country, an official said Monday.

In Uruguay, green school 'plants seeds' for planet

Balneario Sol - A building made of tires and glass and plastic bottles, off the grid and non-polluting: a village in Uruguay is home to a fully sustainable school -- and a bold experiment in green citizenship.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate free to continue hunger strike: judge

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate whose health is failing is free to continue his long hunger strike, ruled a Uruguayan judge.

Ex-Gitmo inmate in Uruguay exits coma, resumes hunger strike

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay but demanding to be reunited with his family has resumed a hunger strike after coming out of a coma, his doctor said Thursday.

Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo prisoner in Uruguay in 'coma'

Montevideo - A former inmate at the US Guantanamo military prison who was resettled in Uruguay has slipped into a coma after a lengthy hunger strike, a medical worker told AFP Wednesday.

Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo inmate leaves Uruguay hospital

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay left hospital Saturday after being admitted amid a long hunger strike.
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The Portuguese built their cobblestoned roads so the rainwater would drain along the middle, instead of next to the sidewalks.
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People celebrate after the Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo, December 10, 2013.
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Old stone house in the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento.
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Uruguay president Jose Mujica, known as the 'poorest president'
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Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento in Colonia, Uruguay. The original building dates from 1680, at the time of the founding of the Portuguese colony and it is considered the oldest church in Uruguay. The current building is the result of several restorations, the latest in 1836.
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Plenty of horse-drawn carts still navigate the streets of the Uruguayan capital.
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People celebrate after the Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo December 10, 2013
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People celebrate after the Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo December 10, 2013
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Uruguay President Jose Mujica, known as the 'poorest president'
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