Latest Uruguay News

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Make South America Great Again

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Argentina (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged his South American colleagues Wednesday to borrow a slogan from Donald Trump and focus on making their own nations great rather than emphasizing regional brotherhood. "We don't want a 'Great homeland,'" the far-right Bolsonaro said at a...

Lobster bait fish coming to Maine from Uruguay amid shortage

Jul. 11, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen will be able to use a new species of bait fish to try to get through a shortage of herring that has troubled the industry in recent years. Lobstermen typically bait traps with Atlantic herring, but federal fishery regulators have enacted dramatic cutbacks to...

Italy court sentences 24 people to life for Operation Condor

Jul. 8, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A court in Italy sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their involvement in human rights crimes committed during the "Operation Condor" offensive by South American governments to hunt down dissidents within the region and beyond, the Uruguayan government said Monday. It...

Brazil beats Peru to win 1st Copa América title since 2007

Jul. 7, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil didn't need Neymar to win another Copa América title at home. With its injured star watching from the stands at a packed Maracanã Stadium on Sunday, Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win its first South American title since 2007. It was Neymar's replacement, Everton, who led...

EU, South American bloc strike long-sought free trade deal

Jun. 28, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South America's Mercosur bloc and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Friday after two decades of negotiations that concluded amid global trade tensions and rising protectionism. The agreement announced by both sides came as trade talks between the EU and the United...

The Latest: EU hails new trade deal with Mercosur

Jun. 28, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Latest on the European Union-Mercosur trade deal (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The European Union is hailing its new trade deal with the Mercosur trade bloc as "an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive agreement" that sends a strong positive signal amid global trade...

Uruguay protests role of Venezuela's opposition at gathering

Jun. 27, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A representative for Uruguay walked out of a meeting of regional countries in Latin America on Thursday leading a protest over the participation of diplomats appointed by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro have been locked...

Uruguayan prison chief quits after Italian mobster escapes

Jun. 25, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The director of Uruguay's prison system has resigned following the escape of a top Italian organized crime boss from the jail where he was being held while awaiting extradition to Italy. The government announced Tuesday that it had accepted Alberto Gadea's resignation. Rocco...

Italian mobster Rocco Morabito escapes from Uruguayan prison

Jun. 24, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A top Italian organized crime boss escaped during the night from the Uruguayan prison where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, Uruguay's interior ministry said Monday. Rocco Morabito and three other inmates got out "through the roof" of a prison in Montevideo around midnight...

Court tells Uruguay to sell Nazi eagle from battleship

Jun. 21, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A court in Uruguay ruled Friday that the government must sell a huge Nazi bronze eagle that was recovered off the South American country's coast in 2006. The eagle with a swastika under its talons was part of the stern of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee that sank off...