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...
Pompeo prioritizes Venezuela crisis in Paraguay
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Civil defense officials say heavy rains in northeastern Brazil have killed at least three people and displaced 3,600, while apparently unrelated flooding far to the south in...
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A South American coalition hoping to host the 2030 World Cup relaunched its bid on Wednesday with the addition of Chile to the group.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are celebrating Carnival in Bolivia.
The largest parade took place Saturday in the Andean city of Oruro, which is located 120 kilometers...
CONMEBOL refuses US offer to host tournament in 2020
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — South America's soccer governing body CONMEBOL has refused an offer from the U.S. Soccer Federation to organize and host a continental competition in 2020.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro praises late Paraguay dictator Stroessner
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is known for praising his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship and on Tuesday he also paid tribute to the late military strongman in...
Suspect in 2010 Cabanas shooting gets 20 years in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man suspected of shooting former Paraguay national soccer team standout Salvador Cabanas in the head in 2010, effectively ending his career, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico, authorities announced Sunday.
But federal prosecutors said in a statement that the man identified as Jose Jorge "B," with no full last name given, was sentenced for organized crime, not attempted murder.
Paraguay seizes largest cocaine cargo in country’s north
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Authorities in Paraguay say they have seized more than two tons of cocaine in the country's north in the biggest seizure of the drug in the South American nation's history.
National Anti-drug Secretariat spokesman Francisco Ayala said Thursday that the 2,199-kilogram cargo was found at a ranch in a small town about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the capital, Asuncion.
Host Brazil gets easy path in Copa America draw
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Copa America host Brazil was drawn in a relatively easy group for this year's tournament, where it will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.
The draw was made on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, and gave Argentina the toughest path of the top-seeded teams as it was placed in a group with Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar.
In the third group, Uruguay will start its campaign against Ecuador, then play against guest Japan before finishing against defending champion Chile.
Many Latin American governments support Venezuela’s Guaido
Numerous governments in the Western Hemisphere quickly recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of his crisis-torn country Wednesday.
The United States and all but one member of the Lima Group of regional nations threw their support behind Guaido after he declared himself interim president in a defiant speech before masses of anti-government demonstrators.
Cafu to present Copa America draw in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former World Cup winner Cafu will present Friday's Copa America draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Tournament organizers said on Tuesday the Brazilian will be assisted by countrymen Zico, Ze Roberto and Marta, Argentina's Javier Zanetti, Uruguay's Diego Lugano, Colombia's Francisco Maturana and Paraguay's Romerito.
Paraguayan firefighters get naked in calendar to raise funds
SAN ROQUE GONZALEZ, Paraguay (AP) — Fatima Olmedo was first to pose naked for the calendar, holding a rolled-up hose in her hands that barely covered her pregnant belly.
Other volunteer firefighters then followed. There's Jorge Leiva, who used a chain saw to cover the area south of his navel and north of his knees. And Daniel Rodriguez who proudly dropped his suspender trousers all the way to his rubber boots.
Leader of Brazilian criminal group arrested in Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The leader of the Brazilian criminal organization Pure Third Command has been captured in Paraguay's capital and will be expelled from the country.
Boca-River Libertadores final will be in Madrid next week
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The twice-postponed Copa Libertadores final between Argentina archrivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played in Madrid on Dec. 9.
The second leg was supposed to be played last Saturday, but Boca players were injured when their bus was attacked by River fans. The match was postponed again on Sunday, and CONMEBOL decided to play it outside of Argentina.
CONMEBOL opens hearing against River Plate after bus attack
South American soccer body CONMEBOL has opened a disciplinary hearing against River Plate after its fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus before the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday.
CONMEBOL made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. It said River has 24 hours to present its defense to the hearing at the confederation headquarters in Luque, Paraguay.
Later in the day, confederation executives will also gather to decide the fate of the second leg.
14-year-old Ovelar scores 1st professional goal in Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Still only 14 years old, Fernando Ovelar scored his first goal for Cerro Porteno one week after becoming the youngest to ever play for the Paraguayan club.
Ovelar scored in the 15th minute of Sunday's 2-2 draw against Cerro Porteno's biggest rival, Olimpia. The midfielder calmly knocked the ball over goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar for the opening goal.
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Paraguay contestant wins, then swoons at beauty pageant
BANGKOK (AP) — A Paraguayan beauty pageant winner swooned on stage after admitting the anticipation just before the announcement was unbearable.
Miss Grand International 2018 Clara Sosa fell as soon as she was announced this year's winner. At the time, she was holding hands with the first runner-up, Meenakshi Chaudhary of India, who tried to help but failed to catch Sosa as she collapsed and hit the floor.
Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension
TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen hosted her Paraguayan counterpart Tuesday at a military exercise in a sign of the island's determination to withstand China's diplomatic onslaught.
The joint land and air training exercise simulated an attempt by Chinese forces to attack a Taiwanese air base in the north of the island.
South American officials scrap red card awarded after VAR
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Conmebol says it has canceled a red card that was awarded to a Brazilian player following a VAR decision.
South American soccer's ruling body chose to overrule the decision to send off Cruzeiro defender Dede in a Copa Libertadores tie against Boca Juniors last week.
Paraguayan referee Eber Aquino dismissed Dede in Buenos Aires after a collision with Esteban Andrada which led to the goalkeeper breaking his jaw.
UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.'s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected trip to the world body's headquarters to deliver a nearly hourlong speech declaring his nation "will never give in."
Brazil arrests man linked to Hezbollah on crimes in Paraguay
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police arrested a fugitive Friday who is alleged by U.S. authorities to be Hezbollah's financier and who has repeatedly been accused of illegal activity in a lawless border area where three South American nations meet.
Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Roman Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence have been suspended, authorities said Wednesday.
A report by a special jury in charge of the prosecution of magistrates said judges Fabian Iglesias, Nelio Prieto and Blas Zorrilla will not be able to continue in their posts while their decision is investigated.
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.
Arab League welcomes Paraguay embassy move out of Jerusalem
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has welcomed Paraguay's decision to relocate its embassy from the contested city of Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.
Saeed Abu Ali, assistant to the league's secretary-general for Palestinian affairs. told reporters Thursday the move serves as a model for other countries in the face of Israeli plans and U.S. pressure. He also said it will also positively reflect on Arab-Paraguayan relations.
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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.
Paraguay hires former Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay hired former Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio to lead its own national team on Monday.
Osorio was contracted to the end of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Paraguay Football Association said in a statement.
Osorio guided Mexico at the World Cup in Russia, where it was eliminated in the round of 16 by Brazil.
Ex-South American soccer official gets prison sentence
NEW YORK (AP) — A former top South American soccer official was sentenced on Wednesday to nine years in prison for pocketing millions of dollars in cash bribes as part of the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal.
FIFA takes control of Uruguay federation amid World Cup bid
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — FIFA has taken temporary control of the Uruguayan soccer federation because of governance concerns as the country campaigns with Argentina and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup.
FIFA said officials decided Tuesday to appoint a "normalization committee" that will run the federation, known as AUF, until Feb. 28, 2019.
The intervention follows the AUF's president, Wilmar Valdez, quitting a day before he was to stand for re-election last month. The vote was put on hold.
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Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez denied new corruption allegations aimed at her, while she refused to answer an investigative judge's questions about in case in which she is purported to have led a corruption scheme involving government officials and business leaders.
New president takes over in Paraguay, vows to cut poverty
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Mario Abdo Benitez took over as Paraguay's new president on Wednesday, replacing a seemingly disgruntled Horacio Cartes, who left the inauguration ceremony before it finished.
Abdo Benitez, 46, promised to combat poverty and entrenched corruption, and urged Paraguayans to "look toward the future and not remain stuck in the past" as he took the oath of office to start a five-year term
South American cup finals to be played in single match
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The final matches of South America's top club tournaments will be one game starting in 2019.
The region's football body Conmebol said Tuesday the finals of Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana will have a host city next year, and not home-and-away games between finalists.
The last game of the 2019 edition of Copa Libertadores will be played in Santiago, while the Copa Sudamericana will be decided in Lima.
Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught
BEIJING (AP) — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she'll be traveling to a region she's already visited three times in two years.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The Paraguayan government expressed "discomfort" Monday over a tweet by Britain's ambassador that reacted to the acquittal of peasants convicted in the killing of police officers in a land dispute.
The Supreme Court overturned the 2016 conviction of the 12 poor farmers Friday citing a lack of evidence. Six police officers and 11 peasants were killed in 2012 when clashes broke out during the forced eviction of peasants occupying a disputed soy farm.
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) — Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes said Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation, signaling at least temporary defeat in his effort to take a full Senate seat and extend his influence — and perhaps legal protections — after his term ends in August.
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Japan won its first match under coach Akira Nishino, scoring four times in the second half in a 4-2 win over Paraguay on Tuesday to end a 231-minute goal drought.
Japan had lost 2-0 to both Ghana and Switzerland in its previous matches under Nishino, who took over from Vahid Halilhodzic in April.
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Ignacio González Bozzolasco, Universidad Católica de Asunción
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes on Wednesday suffered at least a temporary a setback in his effort to take up a Senate seat once his term ends after his opponents boycotted a congressional session on his resignation.
The lack of a quorum blocked a vote on Cartes' request to step down, which he wanted to do assume the Senate seat he won in the April 22 general elections. He ran while he was still president.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Horacio Cartes resigned from the presidency of Paraguay on Monday — a long-expected step that paves the way for him to take a Senate seat.
The recently approved Vice President Alicia Pucheta will take over as leader. The Senate now must vote on whether to accept the resignation, but approval seems likely.
Cartes' five-year term ends in August and Paraguay's constitution says former presidents automatically become senators for life, with a voice but without a vote.
Sudden death is used in an array of sports to determine the outcome of a match when the score is tied.
Soccer decided to embrace the concept in the mid-1990s, and FIFA sanctioned its use in the World Cup for the first time in France in 1998.
The hope was that the "golden goal" — the linguistically more positive term used in soccer — would promote attacking play and reduce the likelihood of a penalty shootout, which many in the game considered to be an unfair way of deciding matches.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, following in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala.
President Horacio Cartes dedicated the embassy, making Paraguay the third country to transfer its diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are also considering doing the same.
Paraguay to open Jerusalem embassy next week
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's government says President Horacio Cartes will open the country's new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala.
Government spokesman Mariano Mercado says Cartes will leave for the trip on Saturday.
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Ignacio González Bozzolasco, Universidad Católica de Asunción
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan authorizes have issued an arrest warrant for a man President Horacio Cartes has described as his "soul brother" as part of a sweeping investigation into corruption in Latin America.
A financial crimes prosecutor on Wednesday accused the president's friend, Dario Messer, of money laundering and criminal association. The dual Brazilian-Paraguayan citizen has been on the run since Friday, when Brazilian authorities issued an arrest warrant there.
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the country will shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the U.S. and Guatemala in a change long sought by Israel's government but opposed by Palestinians.
The ministry said in a statement that it "has begun the process" of carrying out the order by President Horacio Cartes.
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.