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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.

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.

Uruguayan Luis Almagro elected head of OAS

Washington - Uruguay's former foreign minister, Luis Almagro, was elected secretary general of the Organization of American States on Wednesday, pledging to work to revitalize a regional body whose influence has flagged in recent years.

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.

New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule.

Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

Colonia Del Sacramento - Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate asks Argentina to take in others

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay after staging a hunger strike appealed Thursday to neighboring Argentina to take in other prisoners from the controversial US military detention center.

Humble Uruguayan president Mujica set to retire

Montevideo - The outgoing president of Uruguay Jose "Pepe" Mujica is known for his humble lifestyle and donating most of his presidential salary to charity.

Little Uruguay has big plans for smart agriculture

Montevideo - Uruguay, a country of 3.3 million inhabitants and four times as many cows, hopes to feed 50 million people thanks to drones, "smart" combines and other high-tech farming techniques.

Op-Ed: Six more leave Guantanamo but facility far from closure

Montevideo - On December 7, six Guantanamo prisoners flew to Uruguay. There were four Syrians, a Palestinian, and a Tunisian. The six had never been charged and had been cleared for release five years ago in 2009.

Uruguay political prisoner's mini-diary enters history

Montevideo - A leftist guerrilla's tiny cigarette-paper diary of his years in a Uruguayan prison has been salvaged from the hollowed-out shoe where he hid it and enshrined as world history by the United Nations.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates leave hospital in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay have left hospital and been taken to a house where they will adjust to their new lives in South America, the labor union hosting them said Thursday.

Obama closer to closing Guantanamo, but hurdles remain

Washington - The White House is inching closer to its goal of closing the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay -- home to some of the men subjected to brutal CIA interrogations.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates to move into Uruguay house

Montevideo - Five of the six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay will likely move into a house in the capital Montevideo on Wednesday, according to the labor union providing the lodging.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates still hospitalized in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates were still hospitalized Tuesday after being transferred to Uruguay, where they are due to be resettled, ending more than a decade in detention.

After Guantanamo, ex-inmates seek new lives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six Guantanamo inmates transferred to Uruguay prepared Monday to begin new lives as free men after more than a decade in what one called a "black hole.

Six Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six men detained at Guantanamo for more than a decade have been resettled in Uruguay, as US President Barack Obama attempts to fulfill his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.

Uruguay leader confirms Guantanamo deal, chides U.S. on Cuba

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica confirmed Friday that his country would take in six Guantanamo inmates, using the occasion to urge President Barack Obama to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

Uruguay's new anti-smoking president faces pot dilemma

Montevideo - Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez, a cancer doctor returning to the country's highest office a decade after launching an anti-smoking crusade, faces a dilemma over his predecessor's landmark marijuana law.

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff

Montevideo - Uruguay's ex-president Tabare Vazquez comfortably won a new term in a runoff election, extending the left's decade in power -- though not necessarily incumbent Jose Mujica's groundbreaking marijuana law.

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff: exit polls

Montevideo - Ex-president Tabare Vazquez won Uruguay's presidential runoff Sunday, extending the left's decade-long hold on power -- though not necessarily his predecessor's ground-breaking marijuana laws, exit polls showed.

Leftist Vazquez poised for Uruguay presidential repeat

Montevideo - Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay's first leftist president, is favored to reclaim the post in a run-off election Sunday, playing political leapfrog with his rabble-rousing, marijuana-legalizing successor, Jose Mujica.

Uruguay vote headed for runoff

Montevideo - Uruguay's leftist former president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou are headed into a November 30 runoff after a presidential vote failed to deliver an outright winner.

Uruguay vote headed for runoff: exit polls

Montevideo - Leftist former president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou will head into a November 30 runoff after Sunday's presidential vote failed to give a clear winner, exit polls showed.

Uruguay Presidential Election — ‘Pepe’ calls voting with bonhomie

Montevideo - Uruguayan President José "Pepe" Mujica was one of the first citizens to vote today in his country’s general election. He asked his countrymen to cast their ballots "with bonhomie, joy and peace."

Uruguay votes for Mujica successor

Montevideo - Uruguayans voted Sunday to elect a successor to President Jose Mujica, a folksy iconoclast whose leftist coalition is battling sharp challenges to its decade in power.

Uruguayan left seeks to extend decade-long rule

Montevideo - Ten years after surging to power for the first time, Uruguay's left is trying to hold onto it Sunday in elections to pick the successor to folksy iconoclast Jose Mujica.
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Mark McConville wearing his 'Jimmy hat' and waving the saltire
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Old Portuguese style street in Colonia del Sacramento  Uruguay.
Old Portuguese style street in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
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Bridge and gate to the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
Bridge and gate to the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
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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.
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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The Presidential guard dog, a three-legged mutt
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Armas Square and Palacio Salvo  Montevideo.
Armas Square and Palacio Salvo, Montevideo.
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Gay activists in Uruguay
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The goalkeeper for Peru manages to prevent an Uruguay player from scoring.
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President José Mujica of Uruguay and former president of Brazil Lula da Silva in 2010.
President José Mujica of Uruguay and former president of Brazil Lula da Silva in 2010.
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Old stone house in Calle de San Pedro (St. Peter s Street)  Colonia del Sacramento  Uruguay.
Old stone house in Calle de San Pedro (St. Peter's Street), Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
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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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Argentinian playmaker  Lionel Messi  is  blocked by  a Uruguayan defender during their quarterfinal ...
Argentinian playmaker, Lionel Messi, is blocked by a Uruguayan defender during their quarterfinal match in Copa America 2011. Uruguay went on to beat Argentina 5-4 on penalties.
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Nacional supporters unfurl a record breaking 30000 square metre flag at the Centenario stadium  Mont...
Nacional supporters unfurl a record breaking 30000 square metre flag at the Centenario stadium, Montevideo.
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This very old pink house is one of the most photographed buildings in the Street of Sighs  Colonia d...
This very old pink house is one of the most photographed buildings in the Street of Sighs, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
The Portuguese built their cobblestoned roads so the rainwater would drain along the middle  instead...
The Portuguese built their cobblestoned roads so the rainwater would drain along the middle, instead of next to the sidewalks.
People celebrate after the Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation ...
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
With permission by Reuters / Andres Stapff