File photograph of detainees held  in the US military prison for “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo Bay. Of the 143 prisoners still detained there, 71 are approved for transfer. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

The Pentagon has told members of the US Congress it plans to transfer six prisoners at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention camp to Uruguay, the(...)

Plane wrongWhat is it with airlines and Twitter and the World Cup? First, Delta were mercilessly slagged for choosing an image of a giraffe to represe(...)

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica  has laid into Fifa verbally. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has called Fifa “a bunch of old sons of bitches” in another attack on football’s world governing body following Luis (...)

A Uruguayan fan holds a sign in solidarity with player Luis Suarez while waiting for his arrival outside Montevideo’s Carrasco international airport . Photograph: Carlos Pazos/Reuters

Following its vehement defence while waiting on Fifa’s judgement, all Uruguay is today grieving with the condemned Luis Suárez, thrown out of the Worl(...)

 Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match between Argentina and Iran. Photograph: Ballesteros/Epa

Diego Maradona has criticised the “Fifa mafia” following the decision by the game’s global governing body to impose a four-month ban on Luis Suarez f(...)

Supporters of the bill celebrate after the Uruguayan  Senate approved a government-sponsored bill that provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana during a session in Montevideo. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters
Uruguay moves to legalise marijuana
  • World
  • December 11, 2013, 06:36

Uruguay’s Senate has approved pioneering legislation that will allow the country to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana on a nationwide s(...)

People applaud after Uruguayan legislators of the ruling Frente Amplio party voted on a bill to regulate cannabis growth and sale. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Uruguay’s lower house last night approved a sweeping bill to legalise cannabis. The move opens the way for the authorities to create one of Latin Amer(...)

A screengrab taken from a live broadcast on Youtube.com of the New Zealand parliament’s vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of jubilant gay rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s parliament today as the country become the 13th in the world and the firs(...)

Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner was described by Uruguayan president José Mujica as an “old hag” and as “obstinate”. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

Uruguayan president José Mujica has sparked a diplomatic incident after he was caught referring to his Argentinian peer, Cristina Kirchner, as (...)

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner visits residents affected by floods after heavy rains in Villa Mitre slum, in Buenos Aires earlier this week. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

Uruguay's president Jose Mujica, speaking without realising a microphone was on, has said Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (...)