ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday a "tyrant" who has caused the ruin of the South American country and its...
Paraguay president calls Israel’s embassy move ‘exaggerated’
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez on Thursday urged Israel to reconsider the closing of its embassy in Asuncion, calling it an "exaggerated" response to the South American country's decision to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv.
Paraguay moves Israel embassy back out of Jerusalem
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay announced Wednesday it would immediately move its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem and back to Tel Aviv, less than four months after opening the new mission.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's agriculture minister and three other people have died in the crash of a small plane.
Civil Aeronautics official Ruben Aguilar says the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron went down in a marshy area shortly after taking off Wednesday night from the airport in Ayolas, some 235 miles (380 kilometers) south of the capital, Asuncion.
The dead included Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting, Vice Minister Vicente Ramirez and the pilot and co-pilot.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A Paraguayan court on Tuesday confirmed the extradition of Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South America's soccer confederation.
However, his defense attorney said they would appeal the decision at the country's Supreme Court.
The 89-year-old Leoz was charged in a corruption scandal being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department, and has been held under house arrest in Asuncion fighting the extradition order.
Messi’s life painted on soccer boots by Paraguayan artist
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A young Lionel Messi dribbles a soccer ball or poses for a photograph with his grandmother. As an adult, he embraces his children, kisses his wife, or points two fingers to the sky in memory of his grandmother after scoring a goal with Argentina.
Paraguayan rebel group frees 2 kidnapped Mennonite men
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A small rebel group in Paraguay has released two Mennonite men that it kidnapped four months ago in the country's north, authorities said Monday.
Mexican citizen Franz Hiebert, 32, and Paraguayan Bernhard Blatz, 22, were released in a forest in the state of Concepcion, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the Paraguayan capital, said Col. Victor Urdapilleta, spokesman for Paraguay's anti-terror force.
Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America.
"I've felt hate for not being heterosexual," said Sepulveda, 32, who now works for an advocacy group. "Raising a family, having a partner, adopting children seems out of reach because there are no legal conditions for us in Paraguay."
Nightclub shooting on Paraguay-Brazil border kills 4
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Police in Paraguay say a shooting at a nightclub near Brazil has left four Brazilian citizens dead and 10 people wounded.
The incident took place early Monday in the northeastern city of Pedro Juan Caballero at a launch party for the After Office club.
Police Chief Walter Gomez says witnesses report two attackers showed up in a car and opened fire.
Paraguay president says he won’t run in 2018 election
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes says he will not be a candidate in the 2018 election even if Congress approves a constitutional amendment to allow a second term.
Cartes made the announcement Monday in a letter to the Archbishop of Asuncion that he shared on Twitter. He said he was inspired by Pope Francis' call to avoid violence and seek political solutions.
Violent protests broke out last month after the Senate secretly voted in favor of the amendment.
Paraguayan rebel group releases kidnapped Mennonite man
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan authorities say a Mennonite man walked 20 kilometers (12 miles) to reach his home in the Rio Verde Colony after being released by a small rebel group that had kidnapped him in July.
Franz Wiebe was kidnapped by the Paraguayan People's Army while he was harvesting corn at a farm about 210 miles (340 kilometers) north of Asuncion. At the time, his father said the rebels set 15-day deadline to pay a $700,000 ransom but the family didn't have the money.
Paraguay’s Central Bank to count 30 tons of Venezuelan bills
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Central Bank employees will count about 30 tons of Venezuelan currency seized in a private house in Paraguay, while officials try to figure out why the vast quantity of 50- and 100-bolivar bills was brought into the country.
The cash was discovered in Salto del Guaira, a city about 370 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of the capital of Asuncion, on the border with Brazil in a region known for the contraband trade.
In Paraguay, 100 horses are protected, traded for moto-carts
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Nearly 100 horses that have clopped through the streets of Paraguay's capital for years, hauling heavy loads of junk, are being retired to a farm sanctuary.
Italian among 2 dictatorship victims identified in Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Human rights groups said on Tuesday that they have identified the remains of an Italian woman and a Paraguayan man who were seized by authorities during a bloody regional crackdown on dissidents in the 1970s.
Rights activist Rogelio Goiburu said in press conference that Rafaelli Filipazzi and Miguel Angel Soler were identified by DNA tests carried out by Argentina's Forensic Anthropology team.
8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in northern Paraguay on Saturday, just days after guerrillas and officials in Colombia reached a peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.