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Uruguay's Mujica: Guantanamo turned inmates ''halfway into vegetables''

Six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay as part of a push by President Barack Obama to close the US military`s prison camp in Cuba were "turned halfway into vegetables" during their detention, outgoing President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday.

World champions Germany stay top in FIFA rankings
World champions Germany stay top in FIFA rankings

World champions Germany remain top of the FIFA rankings for January released on Thursday as France drop one spot to eighth without having played.

Uruguay soccer star Diego Forlan denies cheating taxes
Uruguay soccer star Diego Forlan denies cheating taxes

Uruguayan soccer player Diego Forlan on Monday denied evading taxes by hiding money in Swiss accounts with the British bank HSBC Holdings PLC.
 

Argentina football team seal Rio Olympic spot with under-20 triumph
Argentina football team seal Rio Olympic spot with under-20 triumph

Argentina will return to Olympic football next year after sealing victory in the South American under-20 qualifying tournament in Uruguay on Saturday.

Uruguay expels Iran diplomat over bomb scare: Israel media

Uruguay has expelled a senior Iranian diplomat over last month`s planting of a dummy bomb near Israel`s embassy in Montevideo, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.

Simeone junior keen to make his own name with Argentina
Simeone junior keen to make his own name with Argentina

Giovanni Simeone wants to be known for his skills and not as the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone after impressing in a two-goal performance for Argentina`s under-20 side.

Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez
Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez

Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez was thrilled after scooping the best goal award of 2014 but said that it would be difficult to match his strike against Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache
Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache

Uzbek coach Mirdjalal Kasimov on Friday said their World Cup play-off defeat to Jordan still rankled as the Central Asians prepare to open their Asian Cup against North Korea.

Copa America 2016 games lure 24 US hopefuls
Copa America 2016 games lure 24 US hopefuls

Two dozen US cities want to host matches in the 2016 Centennial Copa America tournament, the first time the event will be staged outside South America, USA Soccer announced Thursday.

Uruguay archbishop `shocked` to be named cardinal

 Uruguay`s Archbishop Daniel Sturla spoke of his shock on Sunday after being named as one of 20 new cardinals by Pope Francis.

Barbecues add heat to Uruguay's summertime Christmas dinners
Barbecues add heat to Uruguay's summertime Christmas dinners

The soaring temperatures of the Southern Hemisphere summer do not keep people from enjoying quantities of grilled meat during the Christmas season in Uruguay, the most carnivorous country in the world and one that celebrates the holiday season, like its ancestors, with festivities around the flames of a barbecue.

500 Christmas gift baskets for children; other side of controversial Luis Suarez
500 Christmas gift baskets for children; other side of controversial Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is not all about biting, diving and racism charges. On the eve of Christmas, the Barcelona star showed his humane side by sending gift baskets for children and families at a hospital in Uruguay.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates start Uruguay lives in freedom

Six Guantanamo inmates transferred to Uruguay were to leave hospital Monday in freedom after more than a decade in what one called the "black hole" of the US military prison.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates to leave Uruguay hospital

Six Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay will leave hospital "in a matter of hours" and begin new lives as free men in the South American country, the defense minister said Monday.

Six Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay

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.

Six Guantanamo detainees sent to Uruguay: Pentagon

Six Guantanamo detainees, including four Syrians, one Palestinian and one Tunisian, have been transferred to Uruguay from the American military base in Cuba, where 136 detainees remain, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

Uruguay's Vazquez wins presidential vote, extends leftist rule

  Tabare Vazquez won back his old job as president of Uruguay in a runoff election on Sunday, extending the decade-long rule of a leftist coalition and allowing it to roll out a groundbreaking law that legalizes the production and sale of marijuana.

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay runoff with 53%: Exit polls

Former president Tabare Vazquez has won Uruguay`s runoff election to extend the left`s decade-long hold on power in the South American country, exit polls found Sunday.

Leftist Vazquez poised for Uruguay presidential repeat

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.

 

World's poorest president Jose Mujica not to sell his Beetle

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has said he will not take up an Arab sheikh`s offer of $1 million for his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle because selling the car "would offend" the friends who bought it for him and his wife.