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Coronavirus: Costa Rica, from example to deterioration

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica, which in March, April and May became one of the Latin American champions in combating the coronavirus with Uruguay and Paraguay, began to give way rapidly in June in a deterioration that worsened in July and predicted implacable sanitary turbulence for...

Cocaine Worth $1B Seized in Uruguay’s Capital

4.4 tonnes of cocaine worth US$1 billion dollars were found in containers with soybeans in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital. Later, another ton was confiscated in a joint operation of security forces in the region of Soriano. The 4,417.7 kilograms of cocaine was destined...

Massive cocaine haul seized in Uruguay

A record 4.4 tons of cocaine packed in containers of soy flour and destined for Togo has been seized in Montevideo. Uruguay has increasingly become a hub for South American narcotics shipments to Africa and Europe. Uruguayan navy and customs officials said image scans showing...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Multiple Countries Warn Travelers Against Visiting U.S.

Amnesty International, along with Uruguay and Venezuela, joined a growing list of travel warnings for foreign citizens planning U.S. visits; all cited a high level of gun violence following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. “Travelers to the United States should...

Prison Break of “Cocaine King of Milan” Threatens Uruguay’s Reputation

Insightcrime.org - The high-profile prison break of Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito from a prison in Montevideo has further called into doubt Uruguay’s reputation as one of the continent’s safest and least corrupt nations. On the night of June 23, “the Cocaine King of Milan”...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

Costa Rica has the fourth most expensive city in Latin America

Only three cities in Latin America are more expensive than San José, according to an analysis of the El Orden Mundial (EOM) - World Order. Costa Rica's capital city as positioned behind the capitals of Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. The ranking includes 15 cities and...

Why Are Gringos So Obsessed With Shit Paper?

Guest Post by Colin Post, Expat Chronilces - This installment of When Readers Attack! addresses a more moderate “attack” compared to others in the series, mostly free of condescension. But patently false nonetheless and grossly misleading to the point where I thought for a couple...

Why Uruguay Is So Passionate About 2018 World Cup Stickers

In the three months prior to each World Cup, Uruguay is struck by a 'fever' for collecting Panini album stickers. This phenomenon affects children and adults, young and old, women and men. If a foreigner walks along July 18 Avenue, Montevideo's high street, they'll be...

‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Democracy, Armed forces and Police, the most trusted institutions in Uruguay

(Merco Press) Support for democracy in Uruguay reached 70% this year, two points higher than in 2016, and leads in Latin America in its overall sustained commitment to democracy, according to the latest release from the Latinbarometer report. But as in the rest of the...

Croway Aims to Be the Airbnb of Car Rentals in Uruguay

A new digital car rental service has begun operation in Uruguay. It’s called Croway, and similar to Airbnb’s housing rental model, the app serves as an intermediary between private car owners and people looking for a temporary way to get around. “It’s a way to...

Fugitive Italian Latest Foreign Crime Boss Captured in Uruguay

(Insightcrime) An Italian crime boss and one of Italy's most wanted criminals has been arrested in Uruguay after decades on the run, highlighting another case in which an international criminal has sought refuge in the country. On September 3, authorities arrested Rocco Morabito -- the...

Costa Rica’s Fight Against Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force on Latin America highlighted Costa Rica's progress achieved in the area of ​​financial sanctions, transparency and final beneficiary of legal societies. From a statement issued by Casa Presidencial: The Technical Working Group on Mutual Evaluations of the Latin American Financial Action...

Uruguay’s Pharmacies Ran Out of Government Marijuana within Hours on First Day of Legal Sales

Q24N - Uruguay became the first country in the world to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in pharmacies. But on the very first day it became available in stores, the product ran out in all pharmacies and the registration system collapsed. The...

Women´s Football (Soccer) in Latin America

(Q24N) We need to talk about the organization that oversees all international football matters, the South American Football Confederation (or Conmebol in Spanish). They divide the players into categories, for both male and female players, like U-17, U-20, and the Copa Libertadores that is...

Uruguay Ex-President Wants to Bring Back “Duels” to Solve Legal Disputes

(Q24) Former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has some interesting ideas about how to settle legal disputes — a quick-draw being one of them. “There should be a law that would allow people to settle conflicts with a gunshot,” Mujica said recently in a television interview,...

Costa Rica Among The 12 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to, Y’Know… Live Abroad All of a Sudden

(Q TRAVEL via Thrillist.com) America's classic shut-down line is "Love it or leave it," which, strictly speaking, is a false choice. You can love your country and leave it. Now might be one of those times. Where to go, though, is an open question. Americans...

Delays in Uruguay Marijuana Law Leave Door Ajar for Drug Trafficking

(Q24N, Insightcrime.org) Three years after Uruguay became the first South American country to create a legal market for marijuana, seven out of every ten cannabis consumers still acquire the product on the black market. The delays in the implementation of the legalization law have left...

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Q24N NEWS - A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country's history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the Andean nation infamous for its production of fake bills. The Peruvian Interior...

Senasa Prohibits Pork Exports Of Three Chile Plants To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Authorities of the National Animal Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal - SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), concluded this week the inspection of six plants exporting pork to Costa Rica and took the decision to prohibit exports from three,...

Costa Rica Compensates Uruguay and Argentina

QCOSTARICA - Uruguay and Argentina have been granted import quotas for rice and wine as compensation for the increase from 35% to 62% in the tariff for milled rice. Authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) indicated that Uruguay has been granted a quota 11,080...

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