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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.

Paraguay faces new protests in re-election row

Asunci - Paraguay will face the threat of fresh unrest Monday as rival demonstrators march for and against President Horacio Cartes's controversial bid to allow himself re-election, which triggered deadly riots last week.

Paraguay opposition boycotts talks on re-election row

Asunci - Paraguay's main leftist opposition party boycotted talks launched by President Horacio Cartes on Wednesday aiming to settle a row over his bid for re-election which sparked deadly riots last week.

Paraguay suspends re-election amendment after riots

Asunci - Paraguayan lawmakers Tuesday suspended a controversial bill altering the constitution to allow the president to stand for re-election following riots and the death of an activist.

Paraguay president calls for talks after riots

Asunci - Paraguay's conservative President Horacio Cartes reached out to his opponents Monday for talks after a bid to lift a ban on him seeking re-election sparked deadly riots.

Mourners jam funeral of Paraguay opposition activist

Asunci - Demonstrators massed at a funeral for an opposition political activist killed by Paraguayan police after an anti-government break-in at Congress.

Paraguay president fires top aides after deadly protest

Asunci - Paraguay's president sacked his interior minister and police chief, following a clash that led to the death of a young activist as rioters angry about electoral reform stormed Congress.

Unrest as Paraguay senators back president re-election

Asunci - Paraguayan senators approved a contested law allowing the country's president to be re-elected, prompting furious protesters to break into the legislature, ransacking lawmakers' offices and igniting fires.

Exiled from forests, Paraguay's Ache people want land

- Forced from their ancestral forests by the arrival of big agriculture in eastern Paraguay, the Ache people gave up the hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had sustained them for centuries.

Paraguay attack kills eight soldiers

Asunci - Eight Paraguayan soldiers died Saturday in a roadside explosion, the government said, blaming it on a leftist guerrilla group.

Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite

Asunci - Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV.

Paraguay reports first two cases of Zika birth defect

Asunci - Paraguay reported its first two cases Wednesday of babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, which is blamed for a surge in the birth defect across Latin America.

Paraguay farmers' leader gets 35 years for massacre

Asunci - The man behind the 2012 massacre of 17 police and farmers in Paraguay, in a crisis that helped bring down a president, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Venezuela opposition rallies Latin America for support

Asunci - A top Venezuelan opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Paraguay villagers heap sandbags as flood threatens

Alberdi - Residents of a Paraguayan village that risks being submerged in floodwater were defying authorities' calls to evacuate on Thursday as a nearby dike threatened to burst, officials said.

Deaths, mass evacuations in South America floods

Asunci - Storms and floods battering South America claimed a sixth victim in Paraguay on Monday as river levels threatened to rise further after torrents drove tens of thousands from their homes.

Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 10 in South America

Asunci - Mudslides have killed at least four people in Brazil, one of several South American countries where torrential rains and flooding now have claimed at least 10 lives, officials said on Sunday.
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