Wednesday, September 16th 2009 - 12:15 UTC

US Senator introduced bill to extend trade benefits to Uruguay

The influential Senator Richard Lugar

United States Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill Tuesday to extend US trade benefits to Uruguay. The move he says would increase pressure on Brazil to deepen commercial ties.

Wednesday, September 16th 2009 - 11:03 UTC

Uruguayan economy recovers in the second quarter with 0.5% GDP growth

Livestock and power generation were the sectors which most suffered the contraction

The Uruguayan economy performed better than expected in the second quarter of 2009, having advanced 0.5% over the previous quarter and 0.2% over the same period a year ago, according to the latest release from the Central Bank.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009 - 09:49 UTC

Argentina accuses Uruguay of “irreversible damage” to the ecosystem

Argentine delegate Susana Ruiz Cerutti

Argentina told the International Court of Justice Monday that Uruguayan pollution of a border river was a grave infringement of Argentinean rights. Argentina and Uruguay have been wrangling for years over a giant pulp mill sited on the Uruguay River, which divides the two South American nations.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009 - 08:31 UTC

Mujica repentant for condemning Uruguay to endure military dictatorship

The incumbent candidate promises “no surprises or adventures with the economy”

Uruguay’s incumbent presidential candidate and former Tupamaros guerrilla leader Jose “Pepe” Mujica sent shockwaves both inside the ruling coalition and the opposition as a result of a long controversial Sunday interview with the Buenos Aires daily La Nación.

Monday, September 14th 2009 - 09:16 UTC

Botnia dispute in The Hague: first round of hearings begins

The Botnia plant is already producing a million tons of pulp annually

Argentina begins Monday a round of public hearings before the International Court of The Hague and will be arguing against Uruguay’s alleged unilateral decision to allow the construction of a pulp mill on a jointly managed river and which has been at the heart of a long standing litigation between the neighbouring countries.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 10:49 UTC

US federal budget deficit at an all time record

This year’s red ink is three times that of last year

The US federal deficit has reached 1.38 trillion US dollars with one month left for the current fiscal year, according to Treasury Department statistics released on Friday. In August the deficit was 111.4 billion US dollars.

Thursday, September 10th 2009 - 11:50 UTC

US hopes for “truly exceptional” relations with new Uruguayan government

Everett Eissenstat said the TIFA experience with Uruguay has been a complete success

United States has a “truly exceptional” relation with Uruguay and expects whoever wins the coming election, to keep that “very solid” link said Everett Eissenstat, US Assistant Trade Representative for the Americas during a meeting with a delegation of visiting Uruguayan journalists.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 11:09 UTC

Uruguayan presidential candidates criticize Iran’s policy towards Israel

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, a close ally of Teheran, was the target of three of the four candidates

The four Uruguayan presidential candidates coincided in criticizing Iran’s position regarding the state of Israel and favoured including in the schools programs teaching the Shoa or Holocaust.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 11:04 UTC

Uruguay’s junior opposition party does not discard coalition with Mujica

Pedro Bordaberry, Colorado Party presidential candidate

Uruguay’s opposition junior party presidential candidate did not discard a coalition or unity government with either of the two forces that have the best chances of winning next October’s elections.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 10:54 UTC

Uribe ratifies re-election referendum bill and further stirs controversy

Uribe apparently won’t announce if he is running until after the referendum

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday signed a bill which opens the way for his second consecutive re-election and immediately addressed it to the Constitutional Court for its review.


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