Death of man found near suicide victim investigated
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a South Dakota man who was found next to a woman who officials say committed suicide in western...
BERLIN (AP) — German customs authorities say they have seized 4.5 tons (nearly 5 U.S. tons) of cocaine in a container shipped from Uruguay, a haul with an estimated street value of nearly 1...
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A court in Italy sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their involvement in human rights crimes committed during the "Operation Condor" offensive by South American...
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan officials said Wednesday they have captured one of the three men who escaped along with an Italian mob boss who was facing extradition.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A top Italian organized crime boss escaped during the night from the Uruguayan prison where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, Uruguay's interior ministry said...
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A court in Uruguay ruled Friday that the government must sell a huge Nazi bronze eagle that was recovered off the South American country's coast in 2006.
Uruguay prison turns inmates into entrepreneurs
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Rolando Bustamante watches his employees turn out one concrete block after another, occasionally checking an electronic tablet that records orders from clients and that...
NEW YORK (AP) — A team of NBA G League players will compete in an international tournament in September.
The NBA G League International Challenge will take place Sept. 18-22 in Montevideo,...
Montevideo police chief accused of inappropriate texts
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — The police chief in Montevideo is on paid leave after being accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a teenage girl.
Correction: Uruguay-G20 Summit-US story
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Uruguayan lawmakers had given final approval to a measure allowing U.S. troops to enter Uruguay for G20 security duties. Amendments in the lower house mean the measure requires final re-approval by the Senate.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Uruguay lawmakers OK entry of US planes, soldiers for summit
Ex-Gitmo detainee now selling sweets in Uruguay capital
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A bit of sweetness has entered the life of at least one of the men formerly held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Ahmed Ahjam opened a small stall selling Arabic pastries Monday at a public market in the Uruguayan capital, passing out free samples of cellophane-wrapped ma'amul to supporters, local officials and potential customers.
Montevideo police investigate fatal shooting
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in the southwest Minnesota community of Montevideo.
Authorities say officers arrived at a home Tuesday afternoon and found a 41-year-old woman with two gunshot wounds. Fifty-five-year-old David Schwartz was pronounced dead at the scene.
KSTP-TV reports the woman was taken to a local hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.
The 21st World Cup gets underway next month in Moscow and billions around the world are expected to tune in during the monthlong tournament — a far cry from its low-key start in 1930 in Uruguay.
Back then, many European countries, including Germany and Italy, opted against making the multi-week boat trip to Montevideo, while England and the other three British associations had withdrawn from FIFA following a dispute over payments. In the end, only four teams from Europe made the trip.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — It's a Holy Week tradition in Uruguay's capital — the most important rodeo of the year.
"Gauchos," as the cowboys from the plains of Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil are known, compete by trying to stay on bucking wild horses for 8 to 10 seconds. The rodeos — called "jineteadas" — involve only riding horses.
Uruguay will extend aid to ex-Guantanamo inmates for a year
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government has decided to extend for another year the economic aid that it has given six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who resettled in the country in 2014, an official said Thursday.
Brazil’s Chapecoense knocked out of South American cup
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Brazil's Chapecoense has been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.
The Brazilians lost at Uruguay's Nacional 1-0 on Wednesday, the same score of the first leg of the pre-group faceoff.
Chapecoense qualified for the tournament only one year after it lost 19 players in an air crash in Colombia in Nov. 2016.
Boosted this season by an early, prolonged cold snap, Minnesotas ice fishing scene continues to grow in step with the popularity of so-called wheel houses, tow-behind fish houses that increasingly resemble RVs.
Business is booming for us, said Chad Hiepler, office manager of Montevideo-based Ice Castle Fish Houses.
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Second suspect found guilty in baseball bat beating death
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year.
Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home.
The jury convicted him after less than two hours of deliberations Wednesday, following a two-day trial. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole when he's sentenced Friday.
LAFC signs Uruguayan teen Diego Rossi as designated player
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uruguayan teenager Diego Rossi has joined Los Angeles Football Club as a designated player.
LAFC announced the promising forward as its second designated player signing Thursday, joining Mexican forward Carlos Vela.
The 19-year-old Rossi spent the past two seasons with Penarol in his native Montevideo. He scored 10 goals this season while Penarol won the title in Uruguay's top league.
Auto shop worker fatally pinned in Montevideo
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Police say the death of an auto shop worker in Montevideo is accidental.
Authorities said Monday 55-year-old Richard Fultz was pinned between a pickup truck and a tool chest that was up against a concrete wall when the owner of Backstreet Auto accidentally stepped on the truck's accelerator.
A Nazi eagle inflames a heated debate in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A big Nazi eagle with a swastika under its talons is such a divisive symbol that it has been kept hidden inside a sealed crate in a Uruguayan navy warehouse for more than a decade.
Uruguay weighs what to do with Nazi eagle from battleship
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government is asking political and religious leaders what it should do with a Nazi bronze eagle recovered off its coast in 2006, the defense minister said Wednesday.
The eagle was part of the stern of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee, which sank off Uruguay at the outset of World War II.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy pot as a law regulating its sale took full effect.
Customers sniffed pungent green buds and grinned as they showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the plant, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made Uruguay the first nation to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The Latest on legal marijuana sales in Uruguay, which began Wednesday at 16 pharmacies across the South American nation (all times local):
One of Uruguay's first customers for legal, pharmacy-sold marijuana is hailing the application of a law that passed in 2013.
Thirty-five-year-old construction worker Santiago Pinatares emerged from the Antartida pharmacy in the capital, Montevideo, with a packet of pot he purchased there.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil was not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, beating second-place Uruguay 4-1 in South America's World Cup qualifying group to retain the lead in the standings after 13 matches. Midfielder Paulinho scored a surprising hat trick, with Barcelona star Neymar adding another, to keep their team firmly on course for football's main event in Russia next year.
Montevideo police investigating baby’s death as homicide
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Police in western Minnesota are investigating the death of a newborn baby as a homicide.
Montevideo police were called on Jan. 18 to the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital about an infant who had died. An 11-day-old infant was brought to the emergency room by the baby's family. Medical staff tried to revive the baby, but the infant was pronounced dead.
Ex-Guantanamo detainee leaves Uruguay for South Africa
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A former Guantanamo detainee who had resettled in Uruguay left the South American country for South Africa on Thursday, ending a two-year campaign to be allowed to go.
Christian Mirza, who had been the government liaison for six ex-Guantanamo prisoners resettled in Uruguay nearly two years ago, said Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab had taken a flight to Johannesburg.
Minnesota man to stand trial in South Dakota slaying
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged in the slaying of a man in eastern South Dakota is set for trial early next year.
Thirty-two-year-old Jose Vega, of Montevideo, Minnesota, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in June in the May beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home.
KOKK radio reports that Vega's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17.
Marshall chosen to host 2017 MN Governor’s Pheasant Opener
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — The southwestern Minnesota city of Marshall will host the 2017 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener.
The announcement was made Friday night during a community banquet at this year's opener event, which is being hosted by Montevideo (mont-uh-VID'-ee-oh).
Late harvest will give pheasants cover for season opener
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers are predicting decent hunting for Minnesota's pheasant season, though the late harvest means the birds will have ample cover.
Corn and soybean harvests across the state's pheasant range are running about a week behind their normal pace to due wet conditions, which means late-season hunters may have better luck at finding and flushing ringnecks than those who go out when the season opens Saturday.
Doctors: Ex-Uruguay president Batlle in critical condition
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Doctors say former Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle was in critical condition following surgery after he fainted and struck his head.
The 88-year-old underwent surgery on Friday to stop a cerebral hemorrhage.
Dr. Martin Fernandez, a neurosurgeon on operated on the former president, said Batlle's situation remained critical Friday despite the procedure's success.
Uruguay offers to bring family of striking ex-Gitmo detainee
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government on Tuesday offered to bring the family of a hunger striking former Guantanamo prisoner to the South American country.
Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than two months to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014. He wants to join his wife and children in Turkey, where they are refugees, or in another nation.
Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee asks Uruguay for answers
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A hunger-striking former Guantanamo prisoner is threatening to stop drinking liquids to press Uruguay's government into allowing him to leave the South American country and reunite with his family.
Uruguay took Abu Wa'el Dhiab in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014. Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than 50 days demanding to join his wife and children in Turkey or in another nation.
Uruguay says ex-Gitmo detainee demands exceed government
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — President Tabare Vazquez said Wednesday that the demands of a former Guantanamo detainee who is on a hunger strike exceed Uruguay's capacity to deliver.
Abu Wa'el Dhiab has not been eating for more than a month trying to pressure the government into letting him join his wife and children in Turkey or in another nation. He agreed to start drinking water late Monday to give the government more time to offer him a proposal to leave Uruguay.
Uruguay: Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee not at death risk
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — An Uruguayan judge on Friday rejected a call to forcibly hospitalize a former Guantanamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike, saying medical officials determined that he's not at imminent risk of death.
Judge Carlos Garcia said the medical evaluation of Abu Wa'el Dhiab found him to be thin but lucid, and that exams were normal. He denied a request by local health authorities to hospitalize the 45-year-old Syrian.
Ex-Guantanamo prisoner out of coma, not danger in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A judge in Uruguay ordered a medical evaluation Thursday of a hunger striking former Guantanamo prisoner who emerged from a brief coma but was still in danger from his protest aimed at calling attention to his desire to leave the South American country.
Doctor: Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo prisoner slips into coma
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A former Guantanamo prisoner on a hunger strike slipped into a coma Wednesday, said a doctor in Uruguay, where the ex-detainee was taken in as a refugee nearly two years ago but has been demanding to move elsewhere to reunite with his family.
Uruguay searching for country to take ex-Guantanamo detainee
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's government said Wednesday it is searching for another country to take a former Guantanamo detainee who is threatening to die on a hunger strike if he is not allowed to reunite with his family abroad.
Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab has repeatedly said he is unhappy in Uruguay and is demanding to be allowed to leave the South American country, which took him in with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014.
Friend says ex-Guantanamo detainee weak from hunger strike
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Former Guantanamo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab is weak from a hunger strike and could need to be hospitalized, a friend said Monday.
Dhiab, who suffers health problems related to his hunger strikes and forced feedings while in U.S. custody, has repeatedly said he is unhappy in Uruguay, which took him and five other former Guantanamo prisoners in for resettlement in 2014. He has been demanding that he be allowed to leave the South American country.
Ex-Guantanamo detainee returns to Uruguay from Venezuela
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A resettled Guantanamo prisoner who went missing for weeks and later resurfaced in Venezuela has now been deported back to Uruguay, authorities in the South American country said Tuesday.
Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab "has arrived and is well," said Christian Mirza, the Uruguayan government-appointed liaison with the former Guantanamo prisoners. Mirza said authorities planned to talk with him in the coming hours.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, a founder of the Tupamaro rebels who went on to become Uruguay's defense minister, died Friday at age 74, the government said.
A Uruguayan government communique said Fernandez Huidobro died from respiratory problems at the country's military hospital.
Fernandez Huidobro was born in Montevideo in 1942. He was among the founders of the leftist Tupamaros National Liberation Movement, which fought against the...
Power outage strikes most of Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — State electric company officials say the failure of two important power lines left most of Uruguay without electrical power for several hours.
Company officials say the power went out at 10:30 a.m. (9:30 EDT; 1330 GMT) Wednesday to 1.2 million customers in the country of 3.3 million people.
Distribution manager Luis Garcia says power was back to most customers within three hours, though some 189,000 customers in Montevideo remained...
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A resettled former Guantanamo prisoner who disappeared last month in Uruguay, setting off alarm bells in neighboring countries and recriminations in Washington, has reappeared in Venezuela, the government said Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa told The Associated Press that Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab showed up at Uruguay's consulate in Caracas. Consulate officials refused to provide information or entry to AP journalists gathered...
Uruguay marijuana growers compete in Cannabis Cup
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay is home to the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it's not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana.
At the Cannabis Cup over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.
Silver cups were awarded to the winners, such as Guillermo Amandola, who won in the...