Uruguay's senate passed a bill Wednesday that would legalize abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Leftist President Jose Mujica has said he will sign the bill into law, which will make it the latest in a number of laws in the region that go against the grain of the traditionally very Catholic, socially conservative Latin America.
Most countries in Latin America allow abortion only in cases of rape, incest, to save a woman's life, or when a fetus is malformed. Uruguay would become just the second Latin American country where abortion is legal on request.
The bill sparked heated debate in the South American country. The senate passed the bill by a 17-14 vote. TheÂ lower legislative house in August passed it by aÂ 50-49 vote after a 16-hour session.FULL STORY
Two male nurses face murder charges in Uruguay after admitting to killing a total of at least 16 patients in two hospitals in the country's capital, Montevideo, a judge told CNN affiliate Teledoce.
One of the men has been charged with five aggravated homicides, while the other has been charged with 11 aggravated homicides, Judge Rolando Vomero said in an interview with Teledoce, noting that the two men appeared to have acted independently of each other.
The authorities are also charging a woman as being an accomplice in one of the murders, he said.
According to Vomero, the two male nurses both said they killed the patients because they did not want to see them suffer. But not all those killed were terminally ill, he added.
The killings took place at the hospitals of Maciel and La Espanola in Montevideo, the judge said.FULL STORY