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Uruguay News

Uruguay ex-minister, bank chief indicted over failed airline

Montevideo - A court on Friday indicted the head of one of Uruguay's top banks and its former economy minister on abuse of power charges linked to the collapse in 2012 of the country's national airline.
In the Media by AFP

Uruguay seeks US release of jailed Cubans

Montevideo - Uruguay's President Jose Mujica said Friday he has asked Washington to release Cuban prisoners held in the United States in return for his country taking Guantanamo detainees.Mujica on Thursday said his government had agreed to receive detainees from t...
In the Media by AFP

Trailblazer Uruguay plans legal marijuana sales by year's end

Santiago - Uruguay plans to begin legal marijuana sales of pot grown under government control by year's end, using cloned plants, President Jose Mujica said Wednesday.Mujica, speaking to a local newspaper during a visit to Chile, said the process was complex beca...
In the Media by AFP

Uruguay slams 'old school' UN over world-first pot plans

Montevideo - Uruguay lashed out at the United Nations, labeling the world body "old school" for its criticism of the country's world-first marijuana law.Global drugs body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned Uruguay and the US states of Colorado ...
In the Media by AFP

South American road trip, in photos Special

I've always wanted to set off on the Mother of All Roadtrips, starting in northern Alaska and driving all the way down to the tip of South America.
Digital Journal Report by Brett Wilkins - 5 comments

One year after legalization, 6,676 abortions in Uruguay

Montevideo - Tiny Uruguay, one of the few Latin American countries to have legalized abortion, saw 6,676 procedures in its first year allowing the practice, authorities said Monday.The number amounts to nine out of every 1,000 women age 15 to 44 having had the free...
In the Media by AFP

Unlike U.S. law, cannabis and heroin no longer equal in Italy

Italy's constitutional court has declared a law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating and possessing cannabis "illegitimate" and has overturned it. Antigone, a prison rights group, say the law has caused prison overcrowding.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Uruguay marijuana law paves way for sleep study

Montevideo - Uruguayan scientists, taking advantage of their country's legalization of marijuana, will study the long-term effects of the drug on sleep, a local newspaper reported.
In the Media by AFP

Colombian rebels say Santos govt escalates war

Havana - FARC guerrillas Thursday accused President Juan Manuel Santos of escalating the war in Colombia even as his government engages in peace talks here.
In the Media by AFP

Uruguay leader signs marijuana law

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has signed into law the government's controversial plan to oversee the production and sale of marijuana, his office said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP
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