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Uruguay Congress debates bill to regulate legal marijuana use

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Legislators in Uruguay hotly debated on Wednesday a measure backed by leftist President Jose Mujica that would create a government body to control the cultivation and sale of marijuana and allow people to grow it at home or as part of smoking clubs. Full story

US spirits sales lift Diageo's full-year profits

Drinks company Diageo PLC says rising spirits consumption in the U.S. helped its profit in the year to end-June to swell by 28 percent to 2.48 billion pounds ($3.79 billion). Full story

Breaking taboo, Mexico government aims to tax food, medicine

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico plans to boost its tax coffers by an extra $50 billion a year with an overhaul that aims to extend sales tax coverage, close tax loopholes and could impose charges on capital gains. Full story

Colgate-Palmolive lowers profit view on Latam woes

(Reuters) - Colgate-Palmolive Co <CL.N> on Thursday posted lower quarterly profit as the impact of the stronger dollar pressured its international business, and the toothpaste maker lowered its 2013 earnings forecast as Latin American sales slipped. Full story

Priestly vocations a challenge for Pope Francis

Camilo Sandoval says he faces the choice of a lifetime: He can study engineering in college or he can devote himself to the church. Full story

U.N. lowers 2013 Latam growth forecast on Brazil, Mexico

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean are seen expanding 3 percent in 2013, more slowly than initially forecast as a gloomier global economy limits exports and domestic demand, a United Nations body said on Wednesday. Full story

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