Friday, December 10th 2010 - 04:31 UTC

Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation hostage of Argentine/Paraguay conflict

President Lugo “strangled” by the Argentine boycott on fluvial trade

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo for the second time in a year withdrew the request from Congress for the approval of Venezuela’s incorporation as a full member of Mercosur. This leaves the issue for next year.

Thursday, December 9th 2010 - 07:57 UTC

Paraguay/Argentina Mercosur conflict: unions declare “five-day truce”

Hector Lacognata: “Mercosur in these conditions makes no sense”

The blockade of landlocked Paraguay’s maritime and fluvial trade which threatens Mercosur unity has been “granted” a five-day truce by the Argentine maritime workers union responsible for the industrial action.

Tuesday, December 7th 2010 - 20:26 UTC

Paraguay will not attend Mercosur summit if Argentina doesn’t lift fluvial blockade

 Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata makes the announcement

Landlocked Paraguay has called on Argentina to put an end to the blockade of Paraguayan maritime agencies which has virtually cut the country’s foreign trade. Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata also revealed that if the month-long issue is not solved in the next few days, “Paraguay will be absent from the coming Mercosur summit December 15”.

Thursday, December 2nd 2010 - 21:56 UTC

Paraguayan grains and oil seeds 2010 crop reached a record 12.7 million tons

Soybeans as in other Mercosur members is the main crop

Paraguay summer and winter crops in 2010 totalled 12.688.908 tons establishing a new record according to agronomist Luis Cubilla from the Agriculture Biotechnology Institute. The last best harvest was in 2008 with 10.5 million tons.

Thursday, December 2nd 2010 - 00:07 UTC

Mercosur: Paraguay Senate has been convinced and will vote for Venezuela

Lino Oviedo the “cork” always manages to be where the action is

The Paraguayan Senate is expected to finally vote for the incorporation of Venezuela as Mercosur full member next week following intense political negotiations. Paraguay’s vote is decisive to complete the Venezuelan membership process since lawmakers of the other Mercosur countries Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have already approved the incorporation.

Wednesday, December 1st 2010 - 07:01 UTC

Paraguayan leader toasts with mineral water the end of chemotherapy treatment

Dr. Boccia congratulates  President Lugo

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo and the team of Brazilian and Paraguayan doctors who are treating him for lymphatic cancer symbolically champagne-toasted with mineral water the last session of chemotherapy, which apparently has been successful.

Tuesday, November 30th 2010 - 20:18 UTC

Political deal in Paraguay to vote for Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur

President Fernando Lugo poised to deliver

Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur as full member seems closer as the Paraguayan Senate readies to consider the issue following on political agreements worked out by President Fernando Lugo.

Tuesday, November 30th 2010 - 05:35 UTC

Paraguay summons US ambassador: who wasn’t spied or followed?

US ambassador in Asunción Lilian Ayalde

Paraguay's Foreign Minister, Héctor Lacognata, summoned US Ambassador in Asunción Liliana Ayalde to express the concerns raised among the Paraguayan government after Wikileaks reported that US diplomats have been conducting numerous espionage activities within the country.

Friday, November 19th 2010 - 04:50 UTC

Museum suspends expedition to meet uncontacted tribes in the Paraguayan Chaco

Anthropologists estimate that around 150 Ayoreos are still living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle

London's Natural History Museum has suspended a planned expedition to a remote region of Paraguay after protests that it might disturb one of the world's last uncontacted tribes.

Friday, November 5th 2010 - 03:25 UTC

Paraguay could have the world’s largest titanium reserve

David Lowell, president of CIC Resources Inc also hit the copper jackpot in Chile

The US explorer who discovered the world’s biggest copper deposit in Chile has staked a claim in Paraguay to what he says may be the largest titanium find, according to a report from Bloomberg.


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