BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A South American coalition hoping to host the 2030 World Cup relaunched its bid on Wednesday with the addition of Chile to the group.
Uruguay’s president removes commander of the army
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's president on Tuesday removed the country's commander of the army after he questioned how local courts have handled cases involving members of the military...
China calls for peaceful dialogue on Venezuela crisis
BEIJING (AP) — China insists that peaceful dialogue and political means are the "only way" toward enduring peace in Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry said, adding that it backs multinational efforts to reach such an outcome.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying's statement came in response to a question about a meeting Thursday of an "International Contact Group" led by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and attended by leaders of 14 countries, including Spain, Italy, Portugal and Sweden.
The Latest: China says dialogue only way to Venezuela peace
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
China says peaceful dialogue and political means are the "only way" toward enduring peace in Venezuela and says it backs multinational efforts toward that end.
LA Galaxy sign Uruguay’s Diego Polenta to bolster back line
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Uruguayan defender Diego Polenta has signed with the LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy announced the acquisition Thursday.
Polenta, who turned 27 years old on Wednesday, is a left-footed center back who has spent the past four seasons with Nacional in Uruguay's top division, appearing in 136 matches.
Uruguay is betting on exports of medical marijuana
NUEVA HELVECIA, Uruguay (AP) — When he was younger, the only thing that Enrique Morales knew about marijuana was that you smoked it to get high.
Today, the former driver for a dairy company is a horticulturist on a cannabis plantation about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and he says drops of marijuana oil have been key to treating his mother's osteoarthritis.
"My perception has now changed. It is a plant that has a lot of properties!" he said.
Struggle for control of Venezuela returning to the streets
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Momentum is growing for Venezuela's opposition movement led by lawmaker Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets for nationwide protests Saturday, escalating pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
A defiant Maduro's socialist government has called on its own loyalists to flood the streets waving flags to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution launched by the late Hugo Chavez.
Host Brazil gets easy path in Copa America draw
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Copa America host Brazil was drawn in a relatively easy group for this year's tournament, where it will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.
The draw was made on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, and gave Argentina the toughest path of the top-seeded teams as it was placed in a group with Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar.
In the third group, Uruguay will start its campaign against Ecuador, then play against guest Japan before finishing against defending champion Chile.
Cafu to present Copa America draw in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former World Cup winner Cafu will present Friday's Copa America draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Tournament organizers said on Tuesday the Brazilian will be assisted by countrymen Zico, Ze Roberto and Marta, Argentina's Javier Zanetti, Uruguay's Diego Lugano, Colombia's Francisco Maturana and Paraguay's Romerito.
Uruguay rejects Peru Ex-President Garcia’s asylum request
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Monday he would cooperate with prosecutors investigating him for possible corruption after Uruguay turned down his asylum request and forced him to leave the residence of its ambassador to the Andean nation.
In denying Garcia's asylum claim, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez said there was no evidence to support the politician's claim that he is being targeted politically.
US falls to Argentina in FIBA World Cup qualifier, 80-63
LA RIOJA, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. will have to wait at least a few more days before clinching a berth in the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
Nicolas Laprovittola scored 17 points, Lucio Redivo added 14 and Argentina shook off a slow start to beat the U.S. 80-63 in a World Cup qualifying game on Thursday night. The win put Argentina (8-1) atop Group E qualifying in the Americas region, one game up on the U.S. (7-2) with three contests remaining for both teams.
Julian Washburn added to USA Basketball’s World Cup roster
HOUSTON (AP) — USA Basketball has added Julian Washburn to its roster for looming FIBA World Cup qualifying games at Argentina and Uruguay.
Washburn is replacing Jarnell Stokes on the 12-man roster.
The games Thursday at Argentina and next Sunday at Uruguay will be the first ones Washburn participates in for the Americans during this qualifying cycle. The U.S. is 7-1 so far in qualifying, and enters this week on the brink of securing a spot for next year's World Cup in China.
World champion France beats Uruguay to cap successful year
PARIS (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored from the penalty spot for France as the world champion beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly match on Tuesday to conclude an exceptional year with a rather mundane display.
The French bounced back from a 2-0 loss at the Netherlands that cost them a spot in the UEFA Nations League finals but failed to impress in front of their home crowd ahead of a four-month pause before the next international break in March.
France forward Mbappe injured vs. Uruguay
PARIS (AP) — France striker Kylian Mbappe has been forced off the pitch with an apparent shoulder injury during the world champion's friendly game against Uruguay on Tuesday.
The PSG star had to be substituted after he fell awkwardly on his right shoulder near the half-hour mark at the Stade de France with the match scoreless.
Mbappe jumped to avoid contact with goalkeeper Martin Campana and went down in pain, forcing coach Didier Deschamps to substitute him for Marseille forward Florian Thauvin.
Peru says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has sought asylum in Uruguay's diplomatic mission hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe.
Peru's foreign ministry said Sunday it was informed by Uruguay's ambassador that Garcia entered his residence Saturday night. From there, he called Uruguay President Tabare Vasquez seeking protection.
Neymar scores from spot as Brazil beats Uruguay 1-0
LONDON (AP) — Brazil extended its winning streak since the World Cup to five after Neymar scored a controversial penalty to beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly at Emirates Stadium on Friday.
After defender Danilo fouled Uruguay defender Diego Laxalt, Neymar calmly placed his 76th-minute spot kick to the right side of the Uruguay goal as goalkeeper Martin Campana dived the wrong way.
Designer of Brazil soccer team kit dies at age 83
SAO PAULO (AP) — The man who designed Brazil's soccer uniform has died at age 83.
The family of Brazilian journalist Aldyr Schlee announced his death on Thursday after a six-year battle against skin cancer.
A moment of silence was held for Schlee before the Brazil -Uruguay friendly in London on Friday, shortly after his body was buried in the city of Pelotas, in southern Brazil.
Jorge Drexler dominates Latin Grammys with 3 wins
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Uruguayan Jorge Drexler owned the Latin Grammys on Thursday, picking up three awards including song and record of the year for "Telefonia" at a ceremony where other stars used their platform to promote messages of unity and justice.
Drexler also won best singer-songwriter album with "Salvavidas de Hielo." Spanish sensation Rosalia followed him with two awards, best urban fusion/performance and best alternative song, for the flamenco and trap hit "Malamente."
Uruguay’s Senate Oks law for entry of US planes, personnel
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Senate approved a law Thursday allowing U.S. aircraft, military personnel and civilians into the South American country to help provide security for a Group of 20 summit of world leaders in neighboring Argentina.
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
Martial, Pogba, Lacazette latest injuries in France squad
PARIS (AP) — An avalanche of injuries has struck World Cup champion France after four more players were ruled out on Monday.
Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial as well as Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette and Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy will miss the trip to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League and a home friendly against Uruguay.
Injured Coutinho, Marcelo dropped for Brazil friendlies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Real Madrid left back Marcelo have been dropped for Brazil's upcoming friendlies in England because of thigh injuries.
Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto and Juventus' Alex Sandro will be their replacements for games against Uruguay in London on Nov. 16 and Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Nov. 20.
Coutinho, who has a left thigh injury, and Marcelo, who injured his right thigh, would have started the games.
Paulinho back with Brazil for 2 London friendlies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has returned to Brazil for friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon in November.
Brazil coach Tite announced his squad on Friday for the two matches in London on Nov.16 and 20. Both games will be at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year old Paulinho returned to China's Guangzhou Evergrande after the World Cup. He was not called in the two squads announced after the tournament in Russia.
CONMEBOL removes Wilmar Valdez from his FIFA Council role
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — South American soccer's governing body has removed the former head of the Uruguayan federation from his FIFA Council role.
CONMEBOL announced the decision to remove Wilmar Valdez on Friday during a meeting in the Chilean capital. It announced Argentine Football Federation President Claudio Tapia as Valdez's interim replacement.
Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Congress has approved a law that guarantees rights to the South American country's transgender community.
Lawmakers in the lower house voted in favor of the measure late Thursday. It had already been approved by the Senate.
The law grants transgender people the right to get an operation that matches their sexual identity. It will be paid by the Uruguayan state along with hormone treatments.
Son misses penalty but South Korea beats Uruguay 2-1
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Despite Son Heung-min's penalty being saved, South Korea defeated Uruguay 2-1 for the first time in a friendly at sold-out Seoul World Cup Stadium on Friday.
While Matias Vecino canceled out Hwang Ui-jo's opener after 71 minutes, Jung Woo-young scored the winner with 11 minutes remaining in front of more than 64,000 spectators.
More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed
DELTA, British Columbia (AP) — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there.
Years later, it's no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it. The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it's the Canadian government.
Son to lead South Korea against Uruguay, Panama
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will lead South Korea at home against Uruguay in a friendly on Oct. 12, and again against Panama on Oct. 16.
Son was one of eight European-based players named to a 25-man team on Monday by coach Paulo Bento. Portuguese Bento was named national team coach in August.
Bento also handed France-based striker Suk Hyun-jun a recall after two years off the national team. Suk would replace injured Ji Dong-won of German club FC Augsburg.
Tabarez extends contract with Uruguay for 4 years
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Oscar Tabarez will remain Uruguay coach for four more years.
Uruguay's soccer association announced the contract extension on Friday without elaborating. Tabarez signed under the auspices of an intervention commission from FIFA, which is managing the association to February, when a disputed election is hoped to be resolved.
It will be his fifth World Cup cycle with Uruguay, the fourth in a row.
US heads to Panama for next FIBA qualifying test
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The arena where the Americans will face Panama when qualifying for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup resumes is named for boxer Roberto Duran, which seems appropriate to U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy. He is expecting a fight.
US rolls past Uruguay in FIBA World Cup qualifying, 114-57
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. is another step closer to qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Frank Mason III scored 16 points and the U.S. beat Uruguay 114-57 on Friday night in the Americans' first game of the second round of qualifying for next year's World Cup. The Americans took command with a 15-0 run late in the first quarter, and finished the game shooting 61 percent.
USA Basketball looks to move closer to World Cup
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The spot that USA Basketball hopes to have in next year's FIBA World Cup cannot be clinched nor lost on Friday, when the Americans play host to Uruguay to begin the second round of qualifying.
This much is certain: The road to China gets a whole lot smoother with a win.
FIFA takes control of Uruguay federation amid World Cup bid
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — FIFA has taken temporary control of the Uruguayan soccer federation because of governance concerns as the country campaigns with Argentina and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup.
FIFA said officials decided Tuesday to appoint a "normalization committee" that will run the federation, known as AUF, until Feb. 28, 2019.
The intervention follows the AUF's president, Wilmar Valdez, quitting a day before he was to stand for re-election last month. The vote was put on hold.
Former President Jose Mujica retires from Uruguay’s Senate
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Former President Jose Mujica resigned his senatorial seat Tuesday despite having the right to remain as a Uruguayan lawmaker until 2020.
Mujica said in a letter read in the Senate chamber that he was stepping down for personal reasons. He first announced his resignation in 2016 but had postponed it.
"I'd say it's exhaustion after the long journey," Mujica said.
The 83-year-old former guerrilla leader was long imprisoned before he became a politician.
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.
Ex-Uruguay diplomat detained for killing London neighbor
LONDON (AP) — A former Uruguayan diplomat has been sent to a secure psychiatric facility for killing his London neighbor after a long-running dispute.
Enrique Facelli, who spent 18 years as cultural attache at Uruguay's London embassy, was charged with the murder of Julian Aubrey, who lived in the same apartment building.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A former Guantanamo detainee who has been unhappy with resettlement in Uruguay has once again left the South American nation, an official said Tuesday.
Abu Wa'el Dhiab went to Turkey in late June, said Christian Mirza, the government's liaison with six ex-Guantanamo Bay inmates resettled in Uruguay. Mirza said that it's unclear if the Syrian native is still in Turkey or if he was deported.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — USA Basketball's quest to qualify for next year's FIBA World Cup will resume Sept. 14 in Las Vegas, where the Americans will face Uruguay.
That will be the first U.S. game in the second qualifying round for next year's world championships in China.
Like the first round, the U.S. will continue being coached by Jeff Van Gundy and will have a roster made up primarily of G League players. The Americans went 5-1 in the first round.
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Brazilians and Uruguayans suffered when their national soccer teams crashed out of the World Cup with disheartening losses in quarterfinal matches.
In Haiti, people rioted in Port-au-Prince and other cities, leading the government to back down on its plan to raise prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene from 38 percent to 51 percent.
Arsenal sign Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal signed Uruguay defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Torreira is the fourth acquisition by Arsenal since Unai Emery was appointed as coach in May. The cost and length of his contract were not disclosed.
Torreira played a part in all of Uruguay's World Cup matches and started their quarterfinal defeat to France last Friday.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Only five countries have won the World Cup more than once. None of them have a chance to win another this year.
Five-time champion Brazil and two-time champion Uruguay were both eliminated Friday, losing in the quarterfinals. Argentina, another two-time winner, lost in the round of 16 while four-time champion Germany couldn't make it out of the group stage.
Italy, which also has won four titles, didn't even qualify, losing to Sweden in the playoffs.
MOSCOW (AP) — The World Cup is staying in Europe, and it's not even a close race.
All four semifinalists at this year's tournament in Russia will be European. The most powerful continent in world soccer is also assured of having its fourth straight title winner from a fourth different country.
Europe's overwhelming dominance in club soccer — fueled by wealth to hire the best global talents — is also playing out on the World Cup stage.
MOSCOW (AP) — Uruguay and Brazil have won seven World Cups between them, a third of all World Cups that have been played. They came into the quarterfinals in Russia missing key players but boasting the tournament's toughest defenses. Friday, though, was for the new guard. Without top scorer Edinson Cavani, Uruguay struggled to respond when France went up on Raphael Varane's header. And when Antoine Griezmann's tricky blast from outside the box glanced off Fernando Muslera's hands and into the net to make it 2-0, scrappy Uruguay was minutes from going home in tears.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann.
The France striker scored the second goal in his team's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at a waiting Fernando Muslera. But the ball hit the keeper on the palms, bounced off and looped over his head and into the net.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — It didn't work at either end of the field for Uruguay in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Most clearly, when goalkeeper Fernando Muslera allowed Antoine Griezmann's seemingly straightforward shot to bounce off his hands and into the net to put France ahead 2-0 on Friday.
"Fernando is a top goalkeeper. We all make mistakes. That's football," Uruguay captain Diego Godin said. "We have to move on."
Before that blunder at the back, Uruguay was struggling up front.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local):
Edinson Cavani is not in Uruguay's starting lineup for the World Cup quarterfinal against France in Nizhny Novgorod.
The striker, who scored two goals and then injured his left calf in the round of 16 win over Portugal last Saturday, hasn't fully recovered and is replaced by Cristhian Stuani.
That's the only change made by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez from the 2-1 victory over Portugal.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — First, it was his hand. Then, his teeth. Luis Suarez's feet and football ability are yet to take center stage for Uruguay at a World Cup.
Maybe this time, now that his head is right.
Like Barcelona teammate and close friend Lionel Messi, Suarez could be playing for his World Cup legacy in Russia. At best he has three games left, starting with Friday's quarterfinal against France.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — France picked up two trophies in 1998: One, of course, was the country's only World Cup title, won on home soil. It was also the birth year of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who's emerging as one of the biggest stars of the World Cup.
"Well, that was a good year for him to be born, even if he didn't see much of the 1998 World Cup," joked French coach Didier Deschamps, who was the captain in '98. "I'm very happy that Mbappe is a French citizen."