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Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 08:32 UTC

Mujica says Maduro is “mad as a hatter” and everybody in Venezuela “have gone nuts”

Mujica said he respects the Venezuelan president but “this does not mean I can't say that he's mad, mad as a hatter”.

Uruguayan ex president Jose Mujica said on Wednesday that in Venezuela “everybody has gone nuts” and president Nicolas Maduro is “mad as a hatter”. The former leader was reacting to the controversy between his former foreign minister and now OAS secretary general, Luis Almagro and Maduro.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Uruguay says beef and ethanol are included in Mercosur/EU proposals, but with no volumes or time span

Nin Novoa said beef and methanol were not specified, in volume or time periods, for the moment given the sensitivity of the issues.

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Thursday that all agriculture products are included in negotiations for a wide ranging trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. The chief negotiator for Mercosur underlined that contrary to what was announced by some media, beef and ethanol are included in the proposals exchanged on Wednesday in Brussels between the two blocks.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 04:42 UTC

EU and Mercosur exchanged market access offers; beef and ethanol excluded as 'sensitive' products

Negotiators, for EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and for Mercosur, Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, made the exchange in Brussels

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Novoa, on Wednesday exchanged EU and Mercosur offers on access to their respective markets of goods, services and establishment and government procurement. However this first exchange excluded 'sensitive' items such as beef and ethanol, according to EU sources. The details of the documents exchanged were not made public.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 06:00 UTC

Ian Duddy appointed next UK ambassador to Uruguay as of October

Mr. Duddy is no stranger to the River Plate since between 2003 and 2006 he was Political & Commercial Officer in the Buenos Aires embassy.

Ian Duddy has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Uruguay in succession to Ben Lyster-Binns, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Duddy will take up his appointment during October 2016.

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 11:10 UTC

Sea elephant sighted in the Uruguay River, some 200kms north of the River Plate

Apparently it's the same sea mammal sighted a few days ago, further south,  in Mercedes, Uruguay, which has also seen its coastline flooded.

A sea elephant has been sighted in the shores of Gualeguaychu, next to the River Uruguay, deep in the Argentine heartland province of Entre Ríos, which together with the opposite coast in neighboring Uruguay has suffered uncommon high floods that have left part of several cities covered in water.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 18:09 UTC

UK embassy in Montevideo celebrates the Queen's birthday and Shakespeare 400th anniversary

Ambassador Lyster-Binns addresses the guests on Thursday evening

The UK embassy in Montevideo celebrated the 90th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth at ambassador Ben Lyster-Binns residence on Thursday 28 with the attendance of 500 guests including Uruguayan government officials, lawmakers, diplomats, media and members of the British community in Uruguay.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 05:44 UTC

Mercosur unmoved by Rousseff''s invocation of the “democratic clause”

Argentina said it is most respectful of the Brazilian constitutional process

“We respect the Brazilian constitutional process” and thus Argentina does not have plans to follow on president Dilma Rousseff announcement that she will appeal to Mercosur to implement the “democratic clause” if the impeachment process to remove the head of state from office advances in the country's Senate.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 08:00 UTC

Sentenced ex FIFA vice-president in home arrest following surgery in Uruguay

Eugenio Figueredo was ex FIFA vice president and before also head of Uruguay's football association

FIFA's former vice-president and ex president of Uruguay's football association Eugenio Figueredo is under home arrest following prostate surgery. Judge Adriana de los Santos authorized the 'temporary' measure while the former official recovers. He was in hospital several days given his age, 84 and heart problems.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 07:14 UTC

Floods in Uruguay have 10.000 people displaced and losses are estimated in a billion dollars

The latest report indicates that 10.097 people have been forced to abandon their homes:  2.656 had to be evacuated while 7.699 did it on their own means

Uruguay's emergency committee reported on Thursday another death and over 10.000 people displaced because of widespread floods that followed a tornado and several days pouring rain. The ninth victim is a farmhand who fell off his horse while trying to cross an overflowed canal. A few hours before the body of a missing farmer was found kilometers down a river that sucked him while he was trying to save cattle.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 - 08:39 UTC

Uruguay's ruling coalition backs Rousseff and condemns the 'new kind of coups' in the continent

The release warns that if the coup prospers Rousseff will be replaced by Temer and Cunha both under investigation for corruption

Uruguay's ruling coalition, Broad Front, came out strongly in support of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and condemned the “coup which is being instrumented against the head of state who was supported by 54 million votes in free, open democratic elections”.

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