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Montevideo, March 24th 2023 - 19:12 UTC


  • Friday, March 24th 2023 - 09:57 UTC

    US adds 3 Paraguayans to list of significantly corrupt officials

    The infamous list already includes former President Horacio Cartes and current Vice President Hugo Velázquez

    The US State Department has added three Paraguayan nationals to its list of “significantly corrupt” officials just one day after signing a new arrangement with the South American country whereby military engineers would assist in future waterway developments.

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  • Thursday, March 23rd 2023 - 10:29 UTC

    New team of prosecutors to investigate former Paraguayan President Cartes

    The opposition presidential hopeful has filed some of the cases now brought back to active status

    A new team of prosecutors created this week by Attorney General Emiliano Rolón will investigate former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes for alleged false statements in the Pandora Papers inquiry and for his involvement in the operations of the Venezuelan-Iranian Boeing 747-300 freighter and its 18 crew members.

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  • Tuesday, March 21st 2023 - 10:05 UTC

    Argentina tries to collect toll from Paraguay for Parana waterway traffic

    “This attitude of the Argentine authorities of not recognizing and ignoring international agreements and pacts is very striking,” Dos Santos explained

    As of Monday last week, Argentina's General Administration of Ports (AGP) started issuing invoices for “navigation settlements of the previous months.” In other words, a fee began to be collected for the passage of Paraguayan cargo through the Santa Fe-Confluencia section.

  • Tuesday, March 21st 2023 - 09:55 UTC

    Enslaved Paraguayan workers freed in Rio de Janeiro

    The 19 Paraguayans had been brought in blindfolded and were not aware that they were in Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil's Federal Police Monday freed 19 Paraguayan nationals who were working at a Rio de Janeiro clandestine cigarette factory in slave-like conditions, Agencia Brasil reported. The workers arrived in Brazil blindfolded and did not even know they were in the municipality of Duque de Caxias, in Baixada Fluminense.

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  • Friday, March 17th 2023 - 10:18 UTC

    Lula and Abdo discuss Itaipú, Unasur, and UE deal

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva Thursday told his Paraguayan colleague Mario Abdo Benítez about his intentions to reorganize Unasur and reinforce Mercosur's unity. Lula and Abdo met at the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant in Foz do Iguazú.

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  • Thursday, March 16th 2023 - 06:11 UTC

    Paraguayan gov't wants no more red tape from US on beef exports

    Ambassador Ostfield was moderately optimistic about the issue

    Paraguayan authorities insisted this week before the US Embassy that there were no sanitary impediments for the northern country to welcome beef shipments from the South American nation, only red tape was hindering progress in that regard.

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  • Monday, March 13th 2023 - 10:37 UTC

    Peña is Cartes' puppet, Paraguayan Presidential hopeful Alegre argues

    Alegre insisted: “We cannot allow illegality to be normalized.”

    Paraguay's leftwing Concertación's presidential hopeful Efraín Alegre stressed this weekend that “a person who is not willing to submit to a debate before the public opinion cannot aspire to be President.” He made those remarks after candidate Santiago Peña of the ANR refused to discuss with him how he planned to rule the country if elected on April 30.

  • Saturday, March 11th 2023 - 12:52 UTC

    Presidents Fernández and Abdo agree on Mercosur bilateral agenda

     Abdo  and Fernández agrees over lunch to boost bilateral and Mercosur ties

    Presidents Alberto Fernández of Argentina and Mario Abdo Benítez of Paraguay met Friday at the former's Olivos residence to discuss a broad bilateral and regional agenda, including the current situation of Mercosur and the challenges facing the bloc under Buenos Aires' pro-tempore presidency.

  • Saturday, March 11th 2023 - 12:18 UTC

    Chikungunya: 43 deaths and 11,467 cases confirmed in Paraguay

    With 30% of healthcare staffers on sick leave, chikungunya is also creating a work overload for those still on call

    Paraguayan health authorities Friday confirmed 43 people had died nationwide of chikungunya, while the total number of cases rose to 11,467 over the past three weeks. Eight of the victims were children under one year of age, while 35 others were adults aged over 30, according to the latest epidemiological report released by the General Directorate of Health Surveillance. “The mortality rate is 0.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and the case fatality rate is 0.1 %,” the document read.

  • Friday, March 10th 2023 - 10:31 UTC

    FMs of Brazil, Paraguay highlight mutual progress

    Since Lula took office on Jan. 1, Brazil's connections with its neighbors are a priority again, Vieira told Arriola

    Foreign Ministers Mauro Vieira and Julio Cesar Arriola Thursday underlined in a joint statement how bilateral trade and cooperation in security areas between Brazil and Paraguay was progressing. The document was released Thursday during Vieira's first official visit to Asunción, where he also met with President Mario Abdo Benítez.