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Uruguay Formally Ends its Presidency of Mercosur Trade Bloc

Uruguay has ended its term as president of the Mercosur trade bloc, the foreign ministry said on Friday. The ministry said in a statement that there are no legal arguments for blocking the transfer of the presidency to Venezuela. But Uruguay stopped short of announcing that Venezuela would now lead the South American group, saying that the bloc's presidency "has always been guided by the utmost respect'' for its institutional norms and international laws. The...

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