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Montevideo, October 3rd 2023 - 17:05 UTC


  • Friday, July 28th 2023 - 10:09 UTC

    “Alive” survivor Coche Inciarte dies aged 75

    “There are 16 cordilleras, one for each of the 16 of us who have survived, and although based on the same facts, they are somewhat different,” wrote Coche in his memoirs

    José Luis “Coche” Inciarte, one of the 16 survivors from the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash into the Andes mountains on Friday, October 13, 1972, died Thursday at the age of 75, it was reported in Montevideo. With Inciarte's death, 14 survivors of the tragedy remain alive. On June 5, 2015, Javier Methol passed away due to cancer and severe bone problems.

  • Wednesday, July 26th 2023 - 20:16 UTC

    Spain summons Uruguayan ambassador over criticism of PSOE by interim vice-president

    Acting VP Graciela Bianchi (left) asserted that the PSOE “has secured funding and embraced the values of Ibero-American narco-dictatorships.” FM Bustillo (right) apologized to his Spanish counterpart

    The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Uruguay's Ambassador to Madrid, Ana Teresa Ayala, in response to controversial statements made by acting Vice President of the Uruguayan government, Graciela Bianchi, concerning Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE) in the wake of the recent Spanish general elections.

  • Saturday, July 22nd 2023 - 11:25 UTC

    Uruguay: Finnish pulp mills granted use of Fray Bentos free-trade zone until 2053

    UPM's request to extend the term goes hand in hand with its other free zone

    The Uruguayan Government this week extended the term of exploitation of the Fray Bentos duty-free zone to the company UPM until 2053, it was reported in Montevideo.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2023 - 09:00 UTC

    Dead penguins found on Uruguayan beaches

    Uruguayan authorities ruled out bird flu but still cautioned the population not to handle the dead animals because the health alert remains in force

    Uruguayan researchers have reported the finding of some 300 dead Magellanic penguins on local beaches, the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina confirmed. The birds were said to be extremely thin and might have died due to cold weather on their annual migration from Argentine Patagonia to southern Brazil in search of food and warmer weather.

  • Wednesday, July 19th 2023 - 10:33 UTC

    Uruguay signs green hydrogen deal with EU

    Lacalle stressed that he does not believe in “exacerbated protectionism”

    Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou Tuesday signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, and Green Hydrogen” with the European Union to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and held one-on-one meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Georgia Meloni on the closing day of the EU-Celac summit in Brussels.

  • Tuesday, July 18th 2023 - 22:55 UTC

    Four out of ten Uruguayans unaware of the reason for the holiday on Constitution Day

    Constitution Day holds deep significance for Uruguayans, marking the date when the country's first Constitution was promulgated in 1830.

    In celebration of Constitution Day, a national holiday in Uruguay, local TV program Telemundo took to the streets, traversing the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio, the most important in Montevideo's downtown, to gauge the public's awareness and engagement on this significant occasion. However, a surprising revelation emerged during their interviews with the public, as it was found that a considerable portion of Uruguayans interviewed remained uninformed about the reason for the holiday.

  • Tuesday, July 18th 2023 - 22:46 UTC

    Lacalle Pou urges swift action on EU-Mercosur Agreement: “Enough of 25 years of negotiations”

    President Lacalle Pou cautioned against excessive protectionism. He stressed the need for swift decision-making in the face of a rapidly evolving world

    In a strong plea for progress on the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou demanded an end to decades of fruitless negotiations, urging the involved parties to reach an agreement.

  • Tuesday, July 18th 2023 - 10:45 UTC

    Paraguayan minister wants a wall bordering Argentina

    Castiglioni insisted smuggling had grown due to Argentina's macroeconomic policies

    Paraguay's Minister of Industry and Commerce Luis Castiglioni Monday said he would like to see a wall across the border between his country and Argentina. He added the idea was inspired by former US President Donald Trump's plan to build such a structure con control illegal immigration from Mexico.

  • Tuesday, July 18th 2023 - 09:16 UTC

    Uruguay to purchase brand new OPVs from Spanish shipyard

    The Spanish-built OPVs “will have the mission of recovering control of the maritime space,” García explained

    Uruguayan authorities Monday announced they had placed an order for the purchase of two brand-new Ocean Patrol Vessels (OPV) from the Spanish shipyard Cardama for € 82 million, it was reported in Montevideo.

  • Monday, July 17th 2023 - 10:50 UTC

    UN Coordinator in Uruguay praises local gov't for efforts handling water crisis

    The experts who issued last week's critical report “are independent of any government or organization,” Ruiz Hiebra explained

    Pablo Ruiz Hiebra, United Nations (UN) Coordinator in Uruguay, Sunday highlighted the “efforts” of the South American country's government in the face of the water crisis.