A former Education Minister was leading a close race for the presidential nomination of Paraguay's ruling Colorado Party, opening the chance for a third sitting woman president in South America.
The Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo who is running for Paraguay's presidency and leading in the opinion polls, has polarized the Church with some backing him as a force for change and others saying he violated age-old doctrine.
Populist former Paraguayan Army General Lino Oviedo was cleared on Tuesday by the country's Supreme Court of a mutiny conviction clearing the way for him to compete in April's presidential election.
A former Roman Catholic bishop running for president of Paraguay said yesterday his opposition coalition has split over a dispute with factions loyal to a former coup plotter.
Wind-blown fires scorching the parched Paraguayan countryside have scarred almost 3 million acres of forest, brush, pasture and farmland, officials said Friday, forcing the evacuation of 15,000 people and threatening nature reserves.
Paraguay's government declared a national state of emergency on Wednesday amid the worst ever forest fires there.
President Hugo Chávez warned on Wednesday that if Venezuela's entry into Mercosur is not approved ending this year he would have to change his goals, though he was careful to add he was not giving any ultimatum.
A Catholic bishop who resigned to run for president of Paraguay has formally launched his campaign for an April 2008 election, but only some 200 people showed up at his campaign kickoff.
Paraguay vaccinated 98% of its cattle herd against foot and mouth disease to ensure the normal flow of beef exports reported on Tuesday the government in the capital Asuncion.
Paraguay's president Nicanor Duarte Frutos announced the naming of a new Finance minister following the unexpected resignation for strictly personal reasons of Ernst Bergen who had been on the job for 26 months.