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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.

More than 160,000 evacuated in deadly South American floods

Asunci - More than 160,000 people have been driven from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in some of the worst floods in decades, which have left at least six people dead, authorities have said.

Five dead, 150,000 evacuated in Latin America floods

Asunci - Flooding dampened Christmas eve celebrations in parts of Latin America on Thursday, leaving five people dead and driving almost 150,000 from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

Argentina-Venezuela showdown over 'political prisoners'

Asunci - Argentina's conservative new President Mauricio Macri urged Venezuela Monday to free all "political prisoners," drawing a caustic reply from his socialist counterpart Nicolas Maduro's government, which told him to quit "meddling.

Paraguay ruling party loses key mayoral vote

Asunci - Paraguay's ruling conservative party lost the mayor's office in the capital Asuncion on Sunday in a surprise midterm setback for President Horacio Cartes.

Denied abortion, 11-year-old Paraguay rape victim gives birth

Asunci - An 11-year-old Paraguayan girl who was raped by her mother's boyfriend gave birth Thursday, rekindling the uproar over authorities' refusal to let her have an abortion.

Pope leaves for Rome after South America visit

Asunci - Pope Francis departed Paraguay for Rome late Sunday, bringing to a close a weeklong visit where he drew attention to the poor and marginalized in some of the region's poorest nations.

Pope laments corruption as 'gangrene of a people'

Asunci - Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the "gangrene of a people" in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant.

Pope takes message of equality to Paraguay

Asunci - Pope Francis brought his message of equality to Paraguay, on the third and final stop of a South America tour that has burnished his reputation as a powerful voice for the downtrodden.

Paraguay captures man who allegedly impregnated stepdaughter

Asunci - The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter, sparking a debate on abortion in Paraguay, was arrested Saturday after 15 days on the run, police said.

Ten-year-old's pregnancy sparks Paraguay abortion debate

Asunci - A 10-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather and is now five months pregnant has become the focal point of a wrenching debate over abortion and child abuse in this conservative Catholic country.

Outrage over 10-year-old Paraguayan pregnant by stepfather

Asunci - The case of a 10-year-old girl raped and impregnated by her stepfather has triggered outrage in Paraguay, where the health minister has blocked her from having an abortion.

New York woman celebrates 100th birthday with a skydive

Gansevoort - A New York woman became one of the oldest women skydivers ever when she celebrated her 100th birthday with a skydive recently. She bested former United States President George H.W. Bush who had celebrated his 90th birthday with a skydive.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

Watchdog group alleges Pope Francis covered up sex abuse

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis is accused of looking the other way when sex abuse occurred while he was still the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Flooding in Paraguay sends thousands fleeing to shelters

Fernando De La Mora - Flooding has forced the evacuation of about 150,000 people in Paraguay's capital city Asuncion, authorities said.

Tigre — History, art and nature in the growing Paraná River Delta Special

Tigre - The town of Tigre is located on an island of the Tigre River, one of the branches in the lower delta of the great Paraná River, a major tributary of the "Río de La Plata." The location is an important recreation area for residents of Buenos Aires.
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