Uruguay farmers set against open-pit iron ore mine

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Uruguay's miners and environmentalists are increasingly set against President Jose Mujica going ahead with an open-pit iron ore mine's development, which they want scrapped.
Uruguay votes to legalize marijuana in effort to combat drug traffickers

Uruguay votes to legalize marijuana in effort to combat drug traffickers

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Uruguay voted yesterday to legalize and regulate marijuana in a socio-political experiment to combat drug traffickers.
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Uruguay legalizes marijuana

Uruguay legalizes marijuana

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Uruguay passed a pioneering law letting people grow, buy and smoke marijuana, and the country's leftist president, Jose Mujica, said he would sign the measure.
Uruguay to bar foreigners buying land

Uruguay to bar foreigners buying land

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Uruguay will bar foreign companies and individuals from buying land in the country under new legislation before congress.

Uruguay sees deepwater port as regional master plan

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is pushing the country's deepwater port project as a multibillion-dollar regional undertaking, built on Uruguayn soil, leased to neighboring countries and operated by their state enterprises or private business.

Rain, floods devastate Uruguay sheep farms

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Stormy weather played havoc with Uruguayan agriculture and livestock farms, killing thousands of animals, disrupting electricity supplies and communications.

Uruguay going slow on pulp mill opposed by Argentina

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Uruguay will go slow on commissioning its second pulp mill on the riverside it shares with Argentina as a major concession to Buenos Aires.

Argentina protests Uruguay pulp mill expansion

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Argentina has revived gripes against neighbour Uruguay's plans to expand an eucalyptus pulp mill near the Uruguay river, a waterway shared by the two countries.
Uruguay's Mujica aims to keep the lid on Communist fervor

Uruguay's Mujica aims to keep the lid on Communist fervor

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Outgoing Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is struggling to keep the lid on Communist ambitions that some fear can unravel the ruling Broad Front coalition before next year's presidential election.

U.N. drug monitoring unit urges Uruguay to reconsider pot bill

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.N. unit that monitors production and consumption of narcotics Thursday urged Uruguay to reconsider a bill that would legalize non-medical marijuana.
Bolivia's Morales says plane held 'hostage' because of Snowden rumors

Bolivia's Morales says plane held 'hostage' because of Snowden rumors

VIENNA, July 3 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane left Vienna Wednesday, where it was forced to land based on suspicions U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden may be aboard.

Colombia wants Urugauy's Mujica to help FARC peace talks

BOGOTA, June 26 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hopes Uruguayan peer and former guerrilla fighter Jose Mujica will help break a deadlock in reconciliation talks with Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces rebel group known as FARC.

Uruguay deficit likely to speed windpower plans

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, June 4 (UPI) -- Uruguay's plans for expanding wind power generation capacity are being pushed forward by concerns over the country's expanding trade deficit.

Uruguayan lawmakers pass gay marriage bill

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, April 11 (UPI) -- A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Uruguay awaits presidential action following lower house approval of the measure.

Uruguay president's remark about President Fernandez angers Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, April 5 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica was caught unawares by an open microphone referring to his Argentine counterpart as "the old lady."

Marriage bill buoys Chilean advocates

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 4 (UPI) -- Gay rights groups say they are pushing Chilean lawmakers to approve a proposal for a domestic partnership registry that has lingered in Congress since 2011.

Uruguay's real estate-driven boom worrying

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, March 29 (UPI) -- Uruguay's real estate-driven economic boom is clouding the outlook for future growth in the Latin American country, amid fears that optimism over property price escalation may not last.

Cuba anxious about post-Chavez Venezuela

HAVANA, March 14 (UPI) -- Cuba is fervently hoping the death of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not disturb the status quo in the Caribbean island's lucrative relationship with oil-rich government in Caracas.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.
South American leaders support Maduro

South American leaders support Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 7 (UPI) -- South American leaders closed ranks around Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, as Chavez lay in state Thursday.

Uruguay faces further dips in growth

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Uruguay President Jose Mujica faced renewed pressure on approval ratings after senior aides revised estimates for earnings from inward tourism weeks after revised forecasts of declining national growth.

Chile expands Antarctica presence

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Chile is speeding up expansion of its civilian and defense capabilities in the Antarctic territory it claims as its own.

U.S. keen on consensus in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The United States is keen to see consensus emerging over future administration in Venezuela as questions remain over President Hugo Chavez being fit enough to be sworn in Thursday for a fourth term in office, U.S. officials said.

Uruguay's Mujica suffers popularity slump

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is facing a drop in approval ratings as the country's development targets slip and the president's alleged lackluster performance.

Isolated Paraguay pledged farmers' support

ASUNCION, Paraguay, July 26 (UPI) -- Paraguay's suspension from Mercosur has angered farmer groups across the trade bloc who want an amicable diplomatic resolution of the stand-off between the new government in Asuncion and regional powers withholding its recognition.
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