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Paraguay

  • Saturday, September 22nd 2018 - 06:49 UTC

    Police arrests alleged leading Hezbollah financier in the triple border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

    Assad Ahmad Barakat, 51, was arrested on Brazil's three-way border with Argentina and Paraguay, Ciudad del Este, close to the world-renown Iguazu Falls

    Brazilian police on Friday arrested a Lebanese citizen on suspicions of raising funds for Lebanon-based Shiite military group Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group.

  • Thursday, August 16th 2018 - 08:52 UTC

    New president takes office in Paraguay pledging to combat poverty and corruption

    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”

    Mario Abdo Benitez, “Marito”, 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.

  • Tuesday, July 31st 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    Taiwan president will attend inauguration of Paraguay's Mario Abdo Benitez

    President Tsai's itinerary in Paraguay includes visiting Taiwan's technical mission and the site of a planned Taiwan-Paraguay university of industrial technology

    President Tsai Ing-wen will visit two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Paraguay and Belize, Aug. 12-20, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Maria Liu said on Monday. On the trip, Tsai will make transit stops in the United States - in Los Angeles on first leg and in Houston on the return journey, Liu said.

  • Friday, July 27th 2018 - 07:10 UTC

    Paraguayan agriculture minister and his deputy die in air crash

    Gneiting, prior to his current ministerial post, was a former governor of Itapua department, one of Paraguay's main soy- producing regions.

    Paraguay Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting and three others died when the twin-engine airplane carrying them to the capital Asuncion crashed into a wetland on Wednesday night, an official told reporters on Thursday.

  • Tuesday, July 24th 2018 - 07:00 UTC

    EU waters down Mercosur expectations of a trade agreement next September

    A trade pact between the EU and South American bloc Mercosur could be agreed in early September, Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie said last Thursday.

    Despite EU and Mercosur countries remaining committed to reaching a trade agreement, the European Commission did not endorse the South American bloc’s target to reach an agreement by September, as substantial gaps remain between the two sides.

  • Sunday, July 15th 2018 - 22:15 UTC

    Paraguayan Liberal lawmaker agrees retirement should be at age 75

    ”It is not my position that will prevail, I want the voice of the rest to prevail,” said Congresswoman Amarilla.

    Liberal deputy Celeste Amarilla agreed 75 years is a right age for retirement. She made those remarks during a radio interview as she argued that at 60 people still have a lot of intellectual and physical strength and called for the matter to be discussed.

  • Monday, June 18th 2018 - 11:14 UTC

    Uruguay chair of Mercosur, targets accord with China, exhausted of negotiations with the EU

     Nin Novoa fears negotiations with EU could temporarily “breakdown”, although he anticipated he was committed to avoid such a situation.

    Uruguay will be handed the rotating chair of Mercosur this Monday in a brief summit ceremony to take place in Paraguay. Attending will be Brazil's Michel Temer, Uruguay's Tabare Vázquez, the host Paraguay Horacio Cartes and in representation of Argentina, vice president Gabriela Michetti. President Mauricio Macri is in the midst of a cabinet reshuffle and waiting for market reaction this Monday following the naming of a new Central Bank chairman.

  • Monday, June 11th 2018 - 08:16 UTC

    WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free

     “Success stories like Paraguay’s show what is possible. If malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries” said Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since Cuba in 1973. “It gives me great pleasure today to certify that Paraguay is officially free of malaria,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, in a recorded statement.

  • Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 08:57 UTC

    Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in history

    Parliament is due to confirm Cartes' resignation and proclaim Pucheta as interim president this week. Pucheta is from the right-wing Colorado Party

    Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes decided to step down ahead of schedule. Vice-President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes' mandate after he resigned to become a senator.

  • Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: Cartes-Netanyahu summit

    Netanyahu gave a speech at the ceremony in which he emphasized that both countries “have great cooperation and it will be even better.”

    Paraguay officially moved the country's embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, with President Horacio Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Paraguay, a member of Mercosur, is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The inauguration ceremony took place at noon at the embassy’s new home in the Malkha technology park, which also houses the Guatemalan embassy.