Uruguay: human cake entertains outside birthdays amid pandemic | AFP

A couple of Montevideo residents create a giant cake costume to continue celebrating birthdays despite the ban on large gatherings in Uruguay. Alexis and Estella drive and walk outside homes, pushing the volume of their loudspeaker to ensure that the spirit of festivities reigns amidst orders of social distancing.

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The show must go on: drive-in cinemas revival worldwide | AFP

From Seoul to Florida, Lithuania to Uruguay, drive-in cinemas, which gained immense popularity during the 1950s and ’60s, are making a comeback worldwide. With theatres closed across the globe to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, drive-ins are an attractive and safe alternative for cinemagoers.

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Passengers from COVID-19 hit cruise disembark at Montevideo port | AFP

Most passengers of COVID-19-stricken Greg Mortimer cruise ship, stranded for several days off the coast of Uruguay, finally disembark at the port of Montevideo before being transferred to the airport and flying back home. IMAGES

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Virus-infected Australian cruise ship arrives at Montevideo port | AFP

An Australian cruise ship stranded off the coast of Uruguay for two weeks with more than 100 people aboard infected with the new coronavirus arrives at the port of Montevideo. IMAGES

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COVID-19 hits Uruguay’s mate drinkers | AFP

Much Uruguayan social life revolves around the sharing of a traditional hot herbal infusion called mate, and although health experts advice against it amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some continue to drink it from the same metal straw with partners or family.

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The surprising rise of climbing in ‘flat’ Uruguay | AFP

Often visitors are taken aback by Uruguay’s distinct lack of mountains, and yet, rock climbing is a growing activity in the South American country — once people realise it’s possible. ARRANGED IN SEQUENCESN°1PR5U9

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Uruguay: musical theatre group puts politics front and centre | AFP

La Gran Muneca plays murga – a type of musical theatre – on stage at Uruguay’s carnival contest. Their colourful performance presents a stinging criticism of the move to the political right in some countries on the continent.

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Uruguay’s new president Luis Lacalle Pou receives presidential sash | AFP

Luis Lacalle Pou becomes Uruguay’s new president after receiving the presidential sash from former president Tabare Vazquez, ending 15 years of left-wing rule that brought important social reforms but left a stagnated economy and soaring crime. IMAGES

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Lacalle Pou sworn in as new president of Uruguay | AFP

Luis Lacalle Pou is sworn in as Uruguay president to herald a new era in the South American country following 15 years of left-wing rule that brought important social reforms but left a stagnated economy and soaring crime. IMAGES

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A virtual currency seeks to remove plastic from the beach in Uruguay | AFP

In Piriápolis, a historical seaside resort on the coast of Uruguay, an organization seeks to eliminate plastic from the beach by encouraging people to collect, clean and compact it, in exchange for a virtual currency that grants discounts and allows to buy certain products.

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Uruguay celebrates Three Kings Day with colourful parade | AFP

Dozens of comparsa groups made up of dancers, drummers, and flag wavers perform in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo to honour King Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men, on Three Kings Day.

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Uruguay celebrates Three Kings Day with colourful parade | AFP

Dozens of comparsa groups made up of dancers, drummers, and flag wavers perform in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo to honour King Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men, on Three Kings Day.

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Luis Suarez and wife renew wedding vows | AFP

Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi hold a ceremony to renew their wedding vows after a decade of marriage in Uruguay, attended by his club teammates including Lionel Messi.

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Ruling party candidate concedes defeat in Uruguay presidential vote | AFP

The ruling Broad Front candidate in Uruguay’s presidential election concedes defeat to Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party on Twitter, bringing an end to 15 years of leftist rule. ANIMATED TWEET

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Uruguay votes for president | AFP

Uruguay’s long-dominant leftist ruling party is facing defeat in a presidential election run-off on Sunday as the small South American country prepares to swing to the right. Images of polls opening in Canelones. Polls open in Canelones, Uruguay, for the presidential elections where leftist candidate Daniel Martinez and center-right Luis Lacalle Pou will dispute the vote. IMAGES

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Uruguay’s center-right candidate Lacalle Pou votes | AFP

Center-right National Party presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou votes in Canelones for Uruguay’s general election. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

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Remains found in Uruguay at site of former detention center | AFP

Forensic experts in Uruguay dig up remains found in Montevideo’s Battalion 13, a former detention and torture centre used during the country’s dictatorship (1972-1985). IMAGES

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Images of former Uruguay detention centre where remains found | AFP

Forensic experts found remains in Montevideo’s Battalion 13, a former detention centre used during the dictatorship in Uruguay (1972-1985). IMAGES of Montevideo’s Battalion 13

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Vegan activists in Uruguay hold vigil for cows at slaughterhouse | AFP

In a country where the consumption of beef is around 60 kilograms a year per person, members of Animal Save Movement Uruguay hold a vigil for the cows arriving at the slaughterhouse of Carrasco, to comfort them in their final moments.

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Uruguay fans dream of 16th Copa America victory | AFP

Uruguay fans dream of a 16th Copa America victory, after their 1-0 defeat of Chile in Rio de Janeiro moves them into the quarter-finals, where they will face Peru.

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Argentina restore power after massive blackout | AFP

Electricity services have been restored to all of Argentina and Uruguay following a massive blackout that left around 48 million people without power on Sunday, authorities said.

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Blackout affects tens of millions in South America

A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries’ interconnected power grid. (June 16)

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A massive outage blacked out Argentina | AFP

A massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said. IMAGES

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