RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - El Pais Uruguay says there was a moment in history, at the beginning of the 20th century, when Uruguay was compared to the great European powers.

Today, the country has a suicide rate of 20.25 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants -- twice the world average and twice the World Health Organization's target for 2020.

It does not seem to be a passing epidemic or a coincidence. Instead, the experts say, it is a trend that says more about Uruguayans than what the Uruguayans themselves say.

Since the beginning of the millennium, the suicide rate has . . .

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