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Israel retaliates after Paraguay says embassy to leave Jerusalem

Asunci - Paraguay said on Wednesday it was moving its embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order the closure of Jewish state's mission in the South American country in retaliation.

Stolen Paraguayan police rifles replaced with toy guns

Asunci - Paraguayan police are investigating the theft of 42 rifles from a depot that were replaced with toy ones, Minister of the Interior, Ernesto Villamayor said on Monday. The air rifles were replaced with replicas made from plastic or wood.

New Paraguay president sworn-in amid ruling party rift

Asunci - Mario Abdo Benitez took office Wednesday as Paraguay's new president, four months after playing down close family ties with the South American country's late dictator to win a tight election race.

Paraguayan minister, deputy die in plane crash: rescuers

Asunci - Paraguay's agriculture minister and a deputy minister were among four people killed in an airplane crash near the Argentine border, rescuers said Thursday.

Paraguay to have its first woman president

Asunci - Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down Monday ahead of schedule.

Paraguay to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Asunci - Paraguay announced Wednesday that it intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the third country to do so after the United States and Guatemala.

Paraguay's Abdo Benitez: son of dictator's aide

Asunci - Mario Abdo Benitez's family may have been linked with Paraguay's late dictator Alfredo Stroessner, but it didn't harm his campaign, as the 46-year-old on Sunday became the country's newly-elected president.

Conservative wins Paraguay presidency with narrow victory

Asunci - Paraguay's Mario Abdo Benitez, who represents the country's long-dominant Colorado conservatives, was elected as president on Sunday, landing the top job in one of Latin America's poorest countries.

Son of dictator's aide, lawyer vie for Paraguay presidency

Asunci - The US-educated son of a top aide to Paraguay's late dictator Alfredo Stroessner is favorite to win Sunday's presidential election in the Latin American country.

Paraguay: wracked by trafficking, corruption

Asunci - Paraguay, which holds a presidential election on Sunday, is a small landlocked nation in Latin America where corruption and drug trafficking are rampant. Here are a few key facts about this nation of nearly seven million people.

Paraguay: key milestones

Asunci - Here is a list of key developments in the history of Paraguay, the landlocked Latin American nation which is holding a presidential election on Sunday:- From discovery to independence -In 1515, the region of Paraguay, which is populated by Guarani Indi...

Conservative tipped to win Paraguay presidential poll

Asunci - In power for almost all of the past seven decades, Paraguay's conservative Colorado party appears to be heading for a new victory in Sunday's presidential poll, with its candidate the frontrunner despite his father's ties to the dictatorship.

EU and South American bloc extend trade talks

Asunci - The European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur are extending talks on a free trade deal by a couple of weeks to resolve "four or five" outstanding issues, officials from both sides said on Friday.

EU, Mercosur to resume talks on trade deal Wednesday

Asunci - Negotiators from Mercosur and the European Union are due to resume talks on Wednesday after edging closer to a historic trade deal during the last round in Brussels.

State of emergency as floods worry Paraguay capital

Asunci - Authorities in Paraguay's capital Asuncion on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for a month after the Paraguay River burst its banks, leaving at least 20,000 people homeless.

Rare giant lily pads draw impressive crowds to Paraguay lagoon

Asunci - An off-the-beaten-path corner of Paraguay has become a tourist attraction this month as visitors flock to see a rare delight floating on a hidden lagoon: giant round water lilies spanning over 1.5 meters (five feet).

Air France jet makes emergency landing due to electrical problem

Asunci - An Air France jetliner flying from Buenos Aires to Paris dumped some its fuel in mid-air and made an emergency landing in Paraguay because of an electrical problem, airport officials and the company said Wednesday.

Paraguay judge rules ex-soccer boss Leoz can be extradited

Asunci - A court in Paraguay ruled Thursday that ex-South American soccer chief Nicolas Leoz could be extradited to face trial in the United States over alleged bribery and money laundering.

Heavily armed gang steals millions in stunning Paraguay heist

Asunci - Dozens of suspected Brazilian gangsters blasted into a secure vault containing millions of dollars in southeastern Paraguay on Monday, leaving a policeman dead in what officials called the "robbery of the century.

Paraguay president backs off re-election bid

Asunci - Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes said Monday he will no longer seek re-election next year, after his bid to change the constitution triggered deadly riots.
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