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Uruguay prison chief quits after Italian crime boss escapes

Montevideo - Uruguay's prisons chief resigned Tuesday in the wake of a sensational jailbreak by Italian mob boss Rocco Morabito that angered Rome, which was awaiting his extradition.

Italian mafia boss Morabito flees Uruguayan prison

Montevideo - Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito on Monday led a brazen jailbreak in the center of Uruguay's capital, setting off a giant manhunt and infuriating the Italian government, which was awaiting his extradition.

Uruguay court orders sale of WWII Nazi eagle from sunken warship

Montevideo - A court in Uruguay has ruled that a bronze Nazi eagle from a German battleship that fought in one of the first naval skirmishes of World War II must be sold.

Argentina opens probe into blackout causes

Buenos Aires - Argentina announced an inquiry into the causes of a massive blackout that left nearly 50 million people without power as Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui admitted Monday it may take two weeks for the full picture to emerge.

Argentina opens probe into blackout causes

Buenos Aires - Argentina has opened an inquiry into what caused a massive blackout that left nearly 50 million people without power, Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui said Monday.

Argentina, Uruguay restore power after massive blackout

Buenos Aires - Electricity services have been restored to all of Argentina and Uruguay following a massive blackout that left around 48 million people without power on Sunday, authorities said.

Massive power outage hits Argentina, Uruguay: power companies

Buenos Aires - A massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said.

Massive power failure hits Argentina, Uruguay, parts of Brazil

Buenos Aires - Two entire South American nations are completely in the dark after a massive power failure that cut electricity to the 48 million people who live within their borders.

Lesbians attacked on London bus for refusing to kiss for men

London - British police said they had arrested four teenagers on Friday after a gang of males beat up a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for them on a London night bus.

Uruguay to extradite suspect in lawmaker's killing

Montevideo - Uruguay is preparing to extradite a 25-year-old Argentine man wanted in connection with the killing last week of lawmaker Hector Olivares and his friend outside Buenos Aires' congress building, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Uruguayan beauty queen found dead in Mexico hotel room

Mexico - A Uruguayan beauty queen who represented her country at the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants was found dead Thursday in a Mexico City hotel room, investigators said.

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.
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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.
Old stone house in the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento.
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Map of Rio de la Plata showing the locations of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
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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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A marijuana sample
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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.
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Nacional supporters unfurl a record breaking 30000 square metre flag at the Centenario stadium, Montevideo.
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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
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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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Uruguay is an antique car-lover s paradise. Even the junkyards are full of gems.
Uruguay is an antique car-lover's paradise. Even the junkyards are full of gems.
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Uruguay president Jose Mujica, known as the 'poorest president'
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The goalkeeper for Peru manages to prevent an Uruguay player from scoring.
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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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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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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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Gay activists in Uruguay
Gay activists in Uruguay
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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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Old stone house in Calle de San Pedro (St. Peter's Street), Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

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