A new right wing president in Argentina and the gathering force of the opposition in Venezuela has left the longtime dominance of leftist governments in Latin America looking shaky.
Former President Jose Mujica welcomed the Syrians from a refugee camp in Lebanon, but the current government said Lebanese officials don't want the unhappy Syrians back.
Days after taking office, President Tabaré Vázquez postponed the sale of cannabis in pharmacies. Vázquez, who served once as president before, has said drug legalization is a "story that ends badly."
Independent marijuana growers in Uruguay are slowly embracing the new legalization laws. But the country's landmark legislation could be at risk in the presidential election on November 30.