March 18, 1986 |
The guerrillas of yesterday were playing street soccer in a poor part of town. Their goalkeeper was white-haired but tenacious, and his old comrades in revolution scored few goals against him. Maybe it was the light. In Uruguay, it looks like dusk for the guerrillas, although they think it is dawn. Julio Marenales Saenz, 56, watched the play with paternal affection. He is strong and wiry, with a thick shock of gray hair. He is a teacher, a mason, a Marxist, a bank robber, a terrorist.
November 18, 2006 |
Police have arrested former dictator Juan Maria Bordaberry and his foreign minister in connection with four "dirty war" killings dating to 1976, officials said Friday. The arrest of Bordaberry, 78, and former Foreign Minister Juan Blanco marked a new chapter in efforts by this small South American country to grapple with the 1973-85 dictatorship and its legacy of disappearances, torture and exile of thousands of political dissidents.
April 28, 2002 |
Floods in Uruguay have forced more than 3,600 people to evacuate their homes and cut off major highways in the middle of harvest season, government officials said Friday. The small, mostly agricultural South American nation of 3 million people has been pounded by rains through much of April on the heels of its rainiest March in 100 years. The heaviest rains have been in the north and northeast, bordering Brazil.
December 7, 2003 |
This small country's only oil refinery is a desultory antique on the outskirts of the capital whose tower casts a perpetual plume of black smoke over the shanties and homes that surround it. The diesel fuel produced there is of poor quality, yet its gasoline is among the most expensive in the Americas: Filling up a 15-gallon tank here can set you back $50. And yet, Uruguayans are expected to vote in large numbers today to overturn a law designed to rectify the problem.
December 4, 2004 |
The discovery of a 4,800-year-old farming community on the plains of Uruguay's La Plata Basin indicates that agriculture was much more widely dispersed in the early history of South America than researchers had previously believed. Inhabitants of the region were once thought to be only hunters and gatherers, but new findings by archeologist Jose Iriarte of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and his colleagues indicate that a change in climate led to farming communities.
January 7, 2006 |
Every summer they line up on the sides of the stage, chewing their cud as sweet notes of jazz float over the tranquil countryside. But the cows aren't the only regulars at the Lapataia International Jazz Festival. Top U.S. and Latin musicians come to play year after year in the pastures of a Uruguayan dairy farm, making the festival the top stop in South America on the world jazz circuit.
March 11, 2007 |
Over lamb chops and cuts of beef, President Bush chatted amiably Saturday at this presidential retreat with a former leader of a legendary band of leftist guerrillas known as the Tupamaros. "I respect you and I'm proud to be in your country," Bush told Jose "Pepe" Mujica, who is now Uruguay's minister of agriculture and livestock, according to a White House aide. Mujica, the aide said, was pleased to give Bush an expansive overview of this tiny nation's agricultural needs.
June 22, 2010 |
Reporting from Rustenburg, South Africa — Mexico's trip through group play at the World Cup was a little like a visit to a buffet in that they got to try everything — a tie, a win and a loss. In the end, that was enough to earn Mexico an invitation to stay for the next course, the tournament's knockout round. Yet, backing in on goal differential after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Tuesday was far from appetizing. "It leaves a bitter taste," said Mexico defender Rafael Marquez.
March 27, 2006 |
The slender smokestack of the new paper mill rises from the shore of the Uruguay River like an all-seeing sentinel -- a beacon of hope for some, a cause of despair for others. The soaring chimney has become emblematic of the bitterest dispute in generations between the countries on either side of the river, Uruguay and Argentina.
April 24, 2010
France A controversial playoff win over Ireland gave France a place in the tournament but might have cost it a seeding in group play. The near-debacle in qualifying also showed that France is still rebuilding and could be a first-round casualty in a well-balanced group. Only captain Thierry Henry remains from the 1998 championship team. Mexico Mexico has reached the quarterfinals only twice, both times when the tournament was played at altitude, a good omen considering El Tri will play all three group matches above 4,000 feet.