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July 7, 2010 | Grahame Jones
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa — So, a few more Dutchmen have landed on their feet in Cape Town. It was 358 years ago that the city's founder, Jan van Riebeeck, sailed into Table Bay from Holland, set foot on shore and is believed to have said, "This would be a pretty good place to hold a World Cup semifinal one day." On Tuesday night, his compatriot, Bert van Marwijk, wholeheartedly agreed. The coach of the Netherlands was in fine spirits after the Dutch team's 3-2 victory over Uruguay that earned it a place in Sunday's final, against either Germany or Spain, who play in Wednesday's other semifinal.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the U.S., where he is on tour publicizing his new book "Why Soccer Matters. " “People should be careful," Pele warned in a short phone interview. "Because I think here in the United States today, they play more soccer than they play in Brazil.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: URUGUAY FIFA ranking: 18 Overall World Cup record: 15-15-10 Coach: Oscar Tabarez Best performance: Winner, 1930, 1950 Overview: La Celeste will be counting on a high-scoring attack led by Ajax Amsterdam captain Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan, whose father and grandfather played in the World Cup for Uruguay. The young, resilient Uruguayans will be directed by 62-year-old coach Oscar Tabarez, who got the team to the round of 16 in 1990, equaling the country's best performance since 1970.
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December 22, 2013 | KEVIN BAXTER
There's no doubt the U.S. was drawn into the toughest group for next summer's World Cup in Brazil, where it will be matched with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. But don't expect the U.S. to get any sympathy from England, which drew Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. If the Americans landed in the "Group of Death," then the English, at the very least, can claim to be in the "Group of Excruciating Pain. " "In the World Cup, of course you want a little bit of luck with the draw and you hope that you get a so-called easy group," said English striker Daniel Sturridge, who has learned a thing or two about bad luck in the last six months.
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August 31, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan on Friday nominated a retired federal appeals judge, Malcom Wilkey, to be ambassador to Uruguay, and longtime State Department Soviet specialist Roger Kirk to be ambassador to Romania.
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December 16, 1987
Ricardo Viera's shot from 18 feet went off the goal post early in the second half to help preserve a 0-0 tie between the Penarol team of Uruguay and Guadalajara of Mexico Tuesday night in an international soccer match. Guadalajara, Mexico's national soccer champion, dominated the field in the first half but had no clear opportunity to score in front of 12,103 fans at the Coliseum.
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April 18, 1989
The outcome of Sunday's special plebiscite in Uruguay was more pragmatic than inspiring. A bare majority of the nation's 2.3 million voters, 52%, chose to uphold an amnesty law that prevents the persecution of military officers accused of abusing human rights. Prior to a military takeover in 1973, Uruguayans had proudly regarded their nation as the "Switzerland of South America" because of its tradition of democratic government. But when the military seized power after several years of political turmoil and terrorism, Uruguay's noble traditions were forgotten.
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June 26, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Paulinho's header off a Neymar corner kick in the 86th minute lifted Brazil to a 2-1 victory over Uruguay and into this weekend's final of the Confederations Cup. The host nation will meet the winner of Thursday's semifinal between Spain and Italy. The eight-team tournament is considered something of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, which will take place in Brazil next summer. And Brazil is bidding to win it for the third consecutive time and for the fourth time in seven tournaments.
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March 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Julio Sanguinetti was inaugurated president today, ending nearly 12 years of rule by the rightist armed forces and bringing Uruguay into the growing ranks of democratic Latin American nations. Sen. Jorge Batelle, head of the joint assembly, administered the oath of office to the new centrist leader in the somber red-carpeted House of Representatives as the legislature and delegates of 72 nations, including U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, watched.
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December 10, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In a bold and controversial move, Uruguay on Tuesday became the first country to legalize marijuana and make it a farm-to-table state business. President Jose Mujica championed the bill that narrowly passed the Chamber of Senators, arguing that "the repressive path has failed" to discourage drug use. Despite penalties for buying or selling marijuana, its consumption has grown and served to enrich the criminals who control illegal trade, he said....
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December 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann won a World Cup with Germany in 1990 and coached the country to the tournament semifinals 16 years later. Now he'll be out to beat his homeland after the U.S. team he now leads was drawn into a group headed by Germany for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Klinsmann feared Friday's draw would land the U.S. in a difficult group and those fears were realized when it was paired with not only Germany, one of the tournament favorites, but also with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and Ghana, the African nation that eliminated the U.S. in the last two World Cups.
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November 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Mamadou Sakho's second goal capped a wild comeback Tuesday that earned France a 3-0 win over Ukraine and a berth in next summer's World Cup while Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly gave Portugal a ticket to Brazil, scoring three times to beat Sweden, 3-2, in a UEFA runner-up playoff in Sweden. Ghana, Algeria, Greece and Croatia also earned World Cup spots Tuesday, leaving just two of the 32 invitations to Brazil unclaimed. Mexico, holding a 5-1 lead over New Zealand, could grab one of those when it kicks off the second-leg of its intercontinental playoff  in Wellington at 10 p.m. PST Tuesday while Uruguay will meet Jordan to decide the other spot Wednesday in Montevideo with the South Americans leading 5-0. Needing three scores to avoid missing the World Cup for the first time since 1994, France started quickly, getting first-half scores from Sakho, in the 27 th minute, and Karim Benzema in the 34 th . But with Ukraine having won the first end of the two-leg UEFA playoff, 2-0, at home, those two goals simply pulled France even in aggregate goals.
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September 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. moved up six spots, to No. 13, in September's FIFA world rankings, the highest the national team has been since July 2010. Mexico, meanwhile, fell out of the top 20 for the first time in a year following World Cup qualifying losses to Honduras and the U.S. Despite the huge jump -- the best among teams now in the top 20 -- the U.S. is still six places short of what it may need to get a group seeding in next summer's World Cup in Brazil....
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August 21, 2013 | By Peter Hakim and Cameron Combs
The United States' take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It is expected soon to be the only nation to legalize the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana on a national scale. President Obama has said on several occasions that "legalization is not the answer.
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August 21, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
The Marijuana Policy Project recently surprised NASCAR fans with an ad pushing recreational marijuana use. The commercial not only mimicked a beer ad to point out the hypocrisy of legalizing alcohol and not marijuana, it also made a case for why marijuana is safer. “If you're an adult who enjoys a good beer, there's a similar product you might want to know about,” says the narrator . “One without all the calories and serious health problems. Less toxic so it doesn't cause hangovers or overdose deaths, and it's not linked to violence or reckless behavior.” The tagline: “Marijuana, less harmful than alcohol and time to treat it that way.”  In Colorado and Washington state, of course, voters passed laws in November legalizing marijuana for recreational use at the state level.
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June 18, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- Mexico had scored only one goal in more than a game and a half in the World Cup when Javier Hernandez came off the bench late in a scoreless tie with France on Thursday. Less than 20 minutes later, El Tri had a 2-0 lead en route to a crucial win over France that has Mexico all but assured of a spot in the second round. Hernandez had scored the first goal of the match. And that may have assured him a spot in Mexico's lineup when it ends group play next week against Uruguay.
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July 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A suspected planner of the 1997 Luxor massacre that killed 62 people -- mostly tourists -- was handed over by Uruguayan authorities to Egyptian police, Egypt's Middle East News Agency said. Uruguayan police arrested Mohammed Ali Hassan Mokhlis in early 1999. Mokhlis was taken into custody after his arrival at Cairo's international airport, according to the news agency. He is wanted in the Nov.
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August 1, 2013 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
BUENOS AIRES -- Uruguay appears likely to become the first Latin American country to legalize marijuana after its lower house of Congress approved a bill to regulate and sanction the consumption of pot. Uruguay's upper house, the Senate, still must pass the measure, but analysts believe the government-led majority favors the law and that it will be approved by October. President Jose Mujica is a strong proponent of the measure, though polls have shown a majority of Uruguayans oppose it. The 50-46 vote in the capital, Montevideo, late Wednesday came as legalization or decriminalization of drugs increasingly is debated among Latin American leaders who see the U.S.-led war on drugs as a failure.
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June 26, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Paulinho's header off a Neymar corner kick in the 86th minute lifted Brazil to a 2-1 victory over Uruguay and into this weekend's final of the Confederations Cup. The host nation will meet the winner of Thursday's semifinal between Spain and Italy. The eight-team tournament is considered something of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, which will take place in Brazil next summer. And Brazil is bidding to win it for the third consecutive time and for the fourth time in seven tournaments.
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