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Upon their return from Haiti, five Uruguayan peacekeepers accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Haitian man were jailed Sunday, and a sixth was detained Monday, the local press reports. A military judge ordered the imprisonment of the first five sailors, who were recalled to Uruguay after blurry cell phone images showing a group of Uruguayans…

RUEDA DE PRENSA JOSÉ MUJICA NUEVO PRESIDENTE DE URUGUAY

Today in Latin America Top Story —  Uruguayan President José Mujica apologized for the “outrage” caused by United Nation’s peacekeepers accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Haitian man and said that there would be penalties for anyone found guilty. A cellphone video shows Uruguayan soldiers in the Haitian port town of Port-Salut allegedly sexually assaulting…

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Uruguay’s defense ministry said Sunday it would recall its commander and at least five officers from Haiti, in response to a controversy over alleged acts of sexual abuse. The ministry has opened an investigation into allegations that Uruguayan peacekeeping troops raped an 18-year-old Haitian man, after cell phone images allegedly showing Uruguayan peacekeepers in the…

Uruguayan President José Mujica.

Today in Latin America Top Story — Uruguay’s senate voted Tuesday night to annul an amnesty law for crimes against humanity committed during the country’s 1973-85 dictatorship. In a tight vote, the annulment adopts a measure that would overrule voters who upheld the law in two previous referendums. Partially thanks to the backing of President…

The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo after its inauguration in 1969.

NEW YORK — Forty years after U.S. AID official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and executed by Uruguayan guerillas, nine declassified State Department documents prove that high-level officials in the Nixon Administration advocated the use of death threats against Uruguayan guerrillas, political dissidents, and their families. The Washington-based National Security Archive released the documents last Wednesday…