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Ronaldinho released from Paraguay detention after five months

Asunci - Former Brazil football star Ronaldinho was released on Monday by a Paraguayan judge after spending five months in detention over a forged passport.

South American football to restart with 'maximum guarantees'

Asunci - South American football will restart with the "maximum guarantees" for the health of players and those involved, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez told the medical teams of the region's 10 member associations by video call on Thursday.

Ronaldinho enjoys 'golden cell' in locked-down Paraguay capital

Asunci - With Paraguay's capital in lockdown, former Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho is spending his second week under house arrest in an exclusive hotel in Asuncion, where a ballroom has been set up to allow him to keep us his soccer skills, as he awaits trial f...

Paraguayan judge orders Ronaldinho to remain in prison

Asunci - Brazilian football great Ronaldinho will remain in pre-trial detention in Paraguay after being refused bail or house arrest on accusations of entering the country with a fake passport.

Ex-Brazil football star Ronaldinho, brother arrested in Paraguay

Asunci - Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested Friday in Asuncion, Paraguay's public ministry said, after entering the country on fake passports.

Nearly 80 'highly dangerous' inmates escape Paraguay prison

Asunci - Nearly 80 prisoners, many of them members of a Brazilian drug- and arms-trafficking gang and described as "highly dangerous," have escaped from a Paraguayan prison near the border, police said.

Paraguay police search for more bodies in ex-dictator's house

Ciudad Del Este - Paraguayan authorities were searching Friday for more bodies at the former home of late dictator Alfredo Stroessner, where the remains of three people were unearthed last week, as police investigate whether they belong to some of the 423 people killed ...

CONMEBOL bans Messi for three months after Copa outburst

Asunci - Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticized the South American football governing body during the Copa America.

Brazil, Paraguay scrap controversial energy deal

Asunci - Brazil and Paraguay on Thursday formally canceled a controversial energy agreement -- signed in May but only revealed last week -- after it threatened to upend the government of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo.

Paraguay floodwaters force thousands to evacuate homes

Asunci - Like 70,000 people living close to the broken banks of the Paraguay River, where the water level has risen seven meters (23 feet) in some places, Graciela Acosta has had to pack up her belongings and evacuate.

70,000 families displaced in Paraguay flooding

Asunci - Heavy flooding in Paraguay has displaced 70,000 families and is threatening to further inundate the capital Asuncion in the coming weeks, the country's weather bureau said.Water levels on the Paraguay River are rising at a rate of 4-5 centimeters (1.

Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour

Asunci - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

Flooding in Paraguay's capital due to heavy rain

Asunci - More than 20,000 families across Paraguay have been affected by severe flooding from two weeks of heavy rain that caused the country's main river to burst its banks, a senior official said Wednesday as an emergency was declared in the capital.

Copa Libertadores final to be played outside Argentina

Asunci - The twice-postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between fierce local rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played next month outside Argentina, South American football administrators Conmebol said on Tuesday.

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.
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