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Montevideo, May 31st 2023 - 02:49 UTC

Stories for 2023

  • Sunday, March 5th 2023 - 11:06 UTC

    Bolsonaro claims he did nothing wrong regarding the case of the First Lady's jewels

    Despite Bolsonaro's statements, Minister Dino wants a police enquiry into the case

    Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was being falsely accused in the case of the jewels he allegedly tried to smuggle into the South American country last year after an official trip to Saudi Arabia. “They are accusing me of a gift that I did not ask for, nor did I receive. There is no illegality on my part,” Bolsonaro insisted.

  • Sunday, March 5th 2023 - 10:57 UTC

    US Congresswoman warns Buenos Aires not to build Chinese fighter jets

    Casa Rosada sources said Salazar's statements were inaccurate and that there were no plans to build JF-17 fighters locally

    US Representative María Elvira Salazar warned last week that Argentina was planning to install a factory of Chinese warplanes in the South American country. The former Spanish-language news anchorwoman of Cuban heritage stressed that President Alberto Fernández and Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) had embarked on a deal with the Devil that they would regret sooner than later.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 09:35 UTC

    Scandal: Bolsonaro tried to smuggle Arabian jewels into Brazil

    Saudi Arabia gave First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro US$ 3 million worth of jewels right after Petrobras sold them a refinery for US$ 1.8 billion

    Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tried to smuggle into his country almost US$ 3 million worth of jewels, O Estado de Sao Paulo reported. The newspaper article also explained that “a necklace, a ring, a watch and a pair of diamond earrings,” had been a gift Saudi Arabia gave then-First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro in Oct. 2021.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 09:09 UTC

    Lula tells Zelenski once again that Brazil wants to mediate with Russia

    Lula insisted on his idea of a “peace club” while Zelenski believes his stance is not fully understood

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva Friday told his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelenski once again through a video conference that the South American country was willing to broker a peaceful solution with Russia.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 08:56 UTC

    Former DINA operatives convicted in Chile

    With these new convictions, the defendants accumulate over 900 years in prison

    A Chilean court Friday unanimously repealed a previous acquitting ruling and upheld the prison sentences imposed on 59 former operatives of the General Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship (1973-1990) who were found guilty of aggravated kidnappings, mostly of members of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) in what became known as Operation Colombo.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 08:38 UTC

    Mujica wants the region to stand together and break medical patents

    “It is not about being right or left, it is about not being stupid,” Mujica told attendees of a conference in Brasilia

    Former Uruguayan President José Pepe Mujica called all South American countries this week to stand together and break patents on vaccines and medicines. He made those remarks from the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, where he attended a gathering with President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva and other local authorities.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 08:10 UTC

    Drug gangs off limits for Argentine armed forces, despite opposition's claims

    “Security is a problem of the Ministry of Security,” General Paleo explained

    After a mafia-style attack on Thursday against a supermarket in Rosario owned by relatives of Lionel Messi's wife, many opposition leaders in Argentina suggested the Armed Forces be deployed against the drug-trafficking gangs operating in the country's third-largest city.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2023 - 07:47 UTC

    Argentine Customs create Uruguay River task force to tackle cocaine trafficking

    Cocaine shipments seek the port of Montevideo en route to Europe and Africa

    Argentina's Customs General Directorate created a department within its structure to monitor drug trafficking through the Uruguay River, it was announced Friday. The new task force will increase controls on regional transshipments where various containers featuring cocaine have been detected recently.

  • Friday, March 3rd 2023 - 20:31 UTC

    Falkland Islands responds to Argentina’s decision to end the “Foradori-Duncan Pact”

    MLA Leona Roberts said: “It is very disappointing that Argentina have made this decision but it is not unusual.

    Members of the Legislative Assembly are disappointed to hear of Argentina’s decision to put an end to the “Foradori-Duncan Pact” of 2016. This pact looked at improving relations on trade and security between the UK and Argentina but it also ensured the agreement to identify the remains of the unknown Argentine soldiers buried near Darwin.

  • Friday, March 3rd 2023 - 10:08 UTC

    “We have earned international recognition,” Lacalle tells MPs

    Uruguay has “the lowest country risk in all South America,” Lacalle underlined when opening the new Legislature

    Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou Thursday told his country's Legal Assembly that the economy was showing signs of recovery and that “we have earned international recognition, thanks to the performance of our finances.” The head of state made those remarks while launching the new Legislature in Montevideo, which also marked the beginning of his fourth year at the helm of Torre Ejecutiva.