With the intent of undermining the market for illegal drugs, Uruguay's government presented a bill to lawmakers that would legalize marijuana under a government monopoly.
Two male nurses face murder charges in Uruguay after reportedly admitting to killing at least 16 patients in two hospitals in the country's capital.
Uruguay recalls five peacekeepers from Haiti after cell phone video of an alleged assault appeared online.
Going into the Copa America, we posed questions about the campaigns of the 10 South American sides. Now that the 43rd Copa America is history, we look back to find out if the tournament came up with the answers. (Listed from winners down to the teams eliminated in the group phase)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- One figure has dominated this Copa America. The shadow of Sergio Markarian, the balding, bespectacled Peru coach who had such an influence on the philosophy of the sides who finished first, second and third, lurked in the background, but the man of the tournament was the tall, grey-haired figure with the limp who calmly wandered around shaking hands and exchanging hugs at fulltime in the final, as his players cavorted in one great mass of celebration.
Diego Forlan grabbed two goals as Uruguay thrashed Paraguay 3-0 in Buenos Aires to secure a record 15th Copa America title.
On Tuesday night, Oscar Washington Tabarez limped across the pitch in La Plata and paused, his knee injury apparently making him wary of progressing too far on the sodden, uneven surface. He looked at his celebrating players as though determined to soak in the spectacle and as they slowly broke off to trot in to the dressing-room, each made a point of going over to him. Tabarez's second coming as national coach has already been glorious, but on Sunday it might get even better.
A second-half brace from striker Luis Suarez secured Uruguay a 2-0 win over Peru and a place in the 2011 Copa America final.
Uruguay hero Fernando Muslera was delighted after his team stunned hosts Argentina in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the Copa America tournament, despite having a player sent off.
SANTA FE, Argentina -- As Martin Caceres' penalty soared into the top corner and confirmed Uruguay's passage to a fifth successive Copa America semifinal, a sense of disbelief fell over the Estadio Estanislau Lopez.
A look at how the Copa America quarterfinals match up:
Chile and Uruguay are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America after both teams picked up 1-0 wins on Tuesday to advance from Group C.
BUENOS AIRES -- Some thoughts after the first round of group games in the Copa America:
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scored in the closing moments of the first half to secure a 1-1 draw for Oscar Taberez's side against Peru in their opening match of the 2011 Copa America.
A look at the teams in Group C and their projected order of finish:
Four years ago, in the opening game of the last Copa America, Uruguay went down 3-0 to Peru. Panic stations!
A bill that would have allowed prosecution of members of Uruguay's military in cases linked to the country's former military dictatorship died in Congress early Friday.
Before they used to say "You were the champions? Sure, when football didn't even exist, but today they're looking at us in a different light," Edinson Cavani said in an interview in El Pais this month about the impact of Uruguay's World Cup campaign, which saw the country reach fourth place after decades of absence from center stage.
Before Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and company fired Uruguay into the semifinals of last year's World Cup, many people had forgotten (or never knew) that this little South American country with a population of under 3.5 million has an extraordinary soccer tradition.
"Eventually when the players have withdrawn, when time itself has finally consumed them, the ritual certainly will not be done" -- Jorge Luis Borges
In the days since Luis Suarez's decisive intervention in the last few moments of Uruguay's quarterfinal victory over Ghana at the World Cup, the cries of a nation (and a continent) pained by its failed destiny have given way to more considered sentiment. Or at least, amid Ghana sports minister Akua Sena Dansua's appeals to the African Union to campaign against African nations' unfair treatment at the World Cup (has Africa really been affected the worst by poor officiating?), she also made a rational call by asking FIFA to consider introducing "penalty goals."
Three-time champions Germany finished third for the second successive World Cup after coming from behind to defeat Uruguay 3-2 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night.
CNN's Brian Byrnes reports from Uruguay, where thousands gathered to watch the World Cup semi-final match-up.
A feeling of sadness but contentment reigns in Uruguay after the Sky Blues lost 3-2 to Holland in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal.
If the World Cup were contested among continents instead of countries, the tournament would have had only two winners in its 80-year history: South America and Europe. And now that the Netherlands beat Uruguay, the only South American team left standing in the final four, Europe has emerged victorious.
The Netherlands reached their third World Cup final with a 3-2 win over Uruguay in a dramatic semifinal in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez: "It was a match worthy of a semifinal. I am proud of my players, but we accept defeat against a team who were better than us. We are sad because we weren't far away."
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has warned his players against complacency ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Uruguay in Cape Town.
Uruguay beat Ghana in a dramatic penalty shoot out to reach the semifinals of the World Cup where they will face the Netherlands.
CNN's Christian Purefoy explains why Ghana's soccer team will return home heroes despite losing to Uruguay.
Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
France's World Cup nightmare finally came to an end in Bloemfontein but hosts South Africa narrowly failed to prevent Mexico and Uruguay progressing from Group A.
South Africa's World Cup dream is hanging by a thread after Uruguay took a firm grip on Group A with a ruthless 3-0 win over the hosts.
France and 10-man Uruguay played to a tame goalless draw in their Group A opener in Cape Town on Friday night.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay, the first stop in a six-nation Latin American tour that will take her to quake-ravaged Chile on Tuesday.
All 64 students and crew on a Canadian ship that sank 300 miles from the Brazilian coast have been rescued, a Canadian air force officer said Friday afternoon.
Every team at this summer's World Cup has key players on which it depends. But some squads have players who influence the game so much that their team simply isn't the same without them. These are the "untouchables" -- the guys for whom coaches, fans and even teammates at times say little prayers in hopes they'll stay healthy. Here are some of those players whose teams need them to be at their very best.
Uruguayans electing a new president in Sunday's runoff election will choose between a former guerrilla fighter jailed for 14 years and a politician who already has held the office.
Stepping back into the stadium after a big game, I often find strange and poignant moments. The radio report has been filed, the press conferences are over and, save a little bit of activity in the press box and from maintenance staff, the place is empty. The lights will soon be switched off and the stadium has the aspect of a tired giant preparing for sleep. The seething emotion it held inside itself just a short time ago has now dissipated.
A step away from reaching the 2010 World Cup, two-time champion Uruguay has the opportunity to return to the elite of world soccer. After beating Costa Rica 1-0 in San José in the first leg of their playoff last Saturday, la Celeste knows it's more than capable of getting the job done when the teams meet again in the return leg in Montevideo on Wednesday.
A former guerrilla fighter jailed for 14 years and an ex-president were headed for a runoff for the presidency of Uruguay, after neither was expected to capture more than 50 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.
Substitute Mario Bolatti scored in the 85th minute to give Argentina a 1-0 victory against 10-man Uruguay on Wednesday night and send the struggling South American football heavyweights through to next year's World Cup finals.
Argentina secures passage to World Cup finals, with 1-0 win over Uruguay. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.
Some of the world's top footballers remained eligible -- barely -- to compete in next year's World Cup after tense matches late Wednesday in Europe and South America.
Brazil and Paraguay already booked their tickets for the 2010 World Cup, but six other teams are still in the running. There are only two automatic tickets left for South America, and one playoff berth against the fourth-place team from CONCACAF.
Uruguay became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex couples to adopt children after the Senate voted to approve a bill modifying the country's adoption statute.
I'm off to Argentina for Saturday's anticipated World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil. It's a clash that resonates through the global game -- the two great South American rivals, producers of an extraordinary quantity of the greatest players ever, going at each other with regional pride at stake.
Uruguay drew one step closer to becoming the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex couples to adopt children with the passage of a bill by the lower house of Congress.
Uruguay has paid $42 million (973 million pesos) in compensation during the past three years to more than 3,000 former political prisoners and those who fled the country or hid from authorities, the state-run news agency said Monday.
They say people only ever remember the winners. They can say it all they like -- it doesn't make it true, especially when it comes to soccer.
Brazil have moved to the top of South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals after thrashing Uruguay 4-0 in Montevideo, their first victory in the country for 33 years.
Let's assume that Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil are going to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. It seems a fair assumption -- it could well be that from the seven remaining rounds, just two victories will be good enough to get Paraguay over the line, and three plus a draw may well prove sufficient for the continent's traditional two powers.
Paraguay remained four points clear at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage after defeating Colombia 1-0 on Saturday.
We're nearly halfway through the marathon campaign of South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, and the past week of action has been one of the more wild and unpredictable so far. Here are five things we've learned after seeing all 10 countries in action:
Now that the adrenaline rush of the transfer window has passed, attention turns to international soccer and the road to South Africa 2010. South America's marathon World Cup qualification campaign is well underway -- this coming weekend marks the seventh of the 18 rounds played -- and there's plenty at stake in all five of the matches on the calendar.
When I told friends that my husband and I were going to visit Uruguay, the first question was usually, "Why?" I had been to Uruguay before so the answer came easy: "The people, the food and the beaches."
Scientists have discovered the remains of a rodent the size of a small car which used to forage the South American continent. The 1-ton creature is believed to have been about 3 meters in length and 1.5 meters tall.
MARACAIBO, Venezuela -- There's been an idea going around South American soccer that the gaps are narrowing between the historic powers and the traditionally weaker teams.
When Uruguay faces Brazil in Tuesday's Copa Am�rica semifinal, there's no doubt it will be the clear underdog. The Uruguayans struggled in the group phase, scoring only once in three matches, and it wasn't surprising that no one gave them a chance against undefeated Venezuela in the quarterfinals.
While eight teams march on to the quarterfinals of the Copa Am�rica, the other four go home to recriminations and postmortems. Not qualifying for the second round in a tournament that only eliminates one-third of the teams is clearly a failure.
Uruguay prides itself on a glorious past. Its national team won two World Cups (in 1930 and 1950) during a time when it contested for every major international trophy. But the situation has changed drastically. Since it last won the Copa Am�rica in 1995, Uruguay has nothing to be proud of.
An embarrassing blunder by debutant Australia goalkeeper Brad Jones handed Uruguay a 2-1 victory in a lively friendly international on Saturday.
With the U.S. real estate market in the doldrums, look south - way south - to Uruguay. Uru-where? The tiny South American nation is wedged between Brazil and Argentina, whose sputtering currencies have been attracting globe-trotting bargain hunters in recent years. But it's getting harder to find a real deal in those countries, with all the competition from euro-flush investors and increasingly prosperous locals. That makes largely overlooked but delightfully cosmopolitan Uruguay the place to be.
Business at Gualeguaychú's Amalfi Hotel is always slow this time of year. Usually owner Fernando Benedetti doesn't let it worry him. Come summer, he knows the tourists will flock back to this Argen...
World Cup finalists Tunisia drew 0-0 with Uruguay in a warm-up match in Tunis on Friday.
Gonzalo Vargas scored twice in 13 minutes to give Uruguay a 2-0 win over Romania in a friendly international in Los Angeles.
Fabian Estoyanoff's 35 meter shot in the 33rd minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly international in East Rutherford.
Uruguay's first division soccer program will resume this weekend after government and sporting authorities said they had agreed to measures to improve public safety.
Uruguay promised drastic measures on Monday to find the murderers of a fan who was beaten to death at a bus stop following a match at the weekend.
Uruguay named Oscar Washington Tabarez as their new coach on Tuesday, bringing the 59-year-old back for a second stint in charge.
Midfielder Joe Cole lined up an equalizer and then scored a stoppage-time winner to give England a 2-1 comeback victory over Uruguay in a friendly at Anfield on Wednesday.
Villarreal striker Diego Forlan will be out for a month after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury playing for Uruguay against Australia last week.
Australia reached the World Cup finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Uruguay in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Dario Rodriguez headed a first-half goal to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over Australia in their World Cup playoff first leg.
Australia coach Guus Hiddink has played down the hostility which has continued to fester between his team and Uruguay, since their last meeting in a World Cup qualifier four years ago.
Uruguay have named striker Diego Forlan in their squad for the World Cup playoff against Australia, even though his Spanish club Villareal said he was unlikely to play.
Uruguay coach Jorge Fossati has included two injured goalkeepers in his 27-man squad for the two World Cup play-offs against Australia this month.
Captain Craig Moore has been left out of the Australia squad for their World Cup playoff with Uruguay because of a hamstring injury.
Uruguay lost 3-1 to Mexico on Wednesday in a warm-up for next month's World Cup playoffs against Australia.
Ecuador and Paraguay have qualified for the World Cup, leaving Uruguay, Colombia and Chile scrambling for the right to play off against Australia.
Paris St Germain have appealed against a FIFA decision not to authorise Uruguay internationals Carlos Bueno and Cristian Rodriguez to play for them.
Paris St Germain claim they have signed Uruguay internationals Carlos Bueno and Cristian Rodriguez on four-year deals.
South Africa coach Jake White has named a record five black players in his starting lineup for the one-off test against Uruguay at East London on Saturday.
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman praised his team's patience after they beat ultra-defensive Colombia 1-0 in their South American World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires.
Argentina rallied from a goal down to overcome Bolivia 2-1, and Colombia left Venezuela with a fifth draw in South American World Cup qualifying on Saturday.
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has asked to be left out of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Paraguay because he is unhappy at being relegated to the substitutes' bench.
Argentina and Brazil scored crushing victories in Saturday's World Cup qualifiers, the former beating Uruguay 4-2 in Buenos Aires and the world champions romping home 5-2 in Venezuela.
Uruguay captain Paolo Montero is battling a stomach problem and could miss the team's Copa America semifinal against Brazil on Wednesday, coach Jorge Fossati said.
Uruguayan captain Paolo Montero has been ruled out of Sunday's Copa America quarterfinal against Paraguay because of a groin strain.
Tuesday, July 6
Jorge Fossati has been named Uruguay coach, replacing Juan Ramon Carrasco who was sacked after 3-0 home defeat by Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier.
Uruguay and Bolivia have sacked their national coaches after both suffered disappointing results in South American World Cup qualifying.
THEY ARE MOSTLY gray-suited and sober-faced bureaucrats, but they understand magic: If each nation is free to concentrate on doing what it does best, the world will get richer. With that wizardry i...
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