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Think Uruguay’s president is fascinating? Meet his wife

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — By most accounts, Uruguay’s President Jose 'Pepe' Mujica is pretty badass. He survived 14 years in prison, fought as a revolutionary, gives away most of his salary, drives a crumbling VW bug and shows up to official meetings in his sandals. Hell, he even signed a law making Uruguay the first country on the planet that will grow, harvest, sell and tax marijuana. But you know who’s just as much of a badass, if not more? His wife.

These are the 5 Guantanamo detainees who might be moving to Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO — GlobalPost put together a handy guide on the identities of the possible Guantanamo prisoner transfer to Uruguay. The US government has yet to confirm or deny the names, but when President Jose Mujica described the prisoners' nationalities on Uruguayan radio, he left little room for doubt.

8 reasons Uruguay’s not all that

MONTEVIDEO — This country’s nice and all, but it’s also got some pretty significant downfalls that have been mentioned in the briefest of terms among all the recent fluff. So here’s some bitching and moaning from someone who’s spent more than a couple of days in Uruguay, and who reckons most of you should actually think twice before packing your bags and moving down here.

Uruguay to create world's first national marijuana trade

Uruguay lawmakers voted 16 to 13 to allow the new government-run marijuana industry, which Mujica says is an effort to take a more positive approach to the global drug war.

UN narcotics body says Uruguay marijuana bill violates global drug treaties

“Such a law would be in complete contravention to the provisions of the international drug control treaties, in particular the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, to which Uruguay is a party,” the International Narcotics Control Board said in a statement issued hours after the bill was passed in Uruguay’s lower house.

5 key takeaways from Uruguay's push to legalize marijuana

MONTEVIDEO — Legislators in the lower house narrowly passed Uruguay's Regulation of Marijuana bill, wide-ranging legislation that, if successful, will propel this small South American nation to the vanguard of progressive drug policy worldwide. The Uruguayan government plans to experiment with policies that have never before been tested on a national scale. Will it work?

Uruguay to vote on marijuana legislation bill

If passed by both the House and the Senate, Uruguay would be the first country to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana.

Latin America takes action to decriminalize abortion

Roe v. Wade provides framework for progressing past restrictive laws.
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The Uruguayan Senate passes the law legalizing abortion, in Montevideo, on Oct. 17, 2012. Uruguay became only the second country in mostly Catholic South America to legalize abortion when the Senate approved the bill with a vote of 17 to 14. (Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)
While policymakers may be under the impression that restrictive laws help curb abortion rates, research shows the opposite is true. In places where abortion is illegal or heavily restricted, an unwanted pregnancy leaves women with two options: seek out a clandestine abortion that could be unsafe or continue a pregnancy that was neither chosen nor planned for.
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Uruguay approves abortion law

LIMA — Uruguay is set to become the third nation in Latin America to allow abortion on demand. The country’s senate approved a bill Wednesday, by 17 votes to 14, which would permit pregnancy terminations for Uruguayan residents in the first trimester. The move marks a watershed in deeply Catholic Latin America. But there's a catch.

Uruguay’s president mulls a state marijuana monopoly

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — In November 2010, 68-year-old Argentine writer Alicia Castilla moved across the River Plate to Uruguay in search of a tranquil life. But just months later, her new home became the target of a police drug raid. “Fourteen officers stormed in,” she told GlobalPost. “They thought I was the female version of Pablo Escobar.”
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