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¡Felicidades! Paraguay on Your 202nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Paraguay on Your 202nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Paraguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted natives to Christianity and enslaved native Indian populations. continue reading »

Asuncion Street Vendors, Paraguay’s Informal Economy In Action

Asuncion Street Vendors, Paraguay’s Informal Economy In Action

Money changers and car parkers, paperboys, vendors of fruit juice and handicrafts, soccer articles and herbs for the popular drink called "terere," populate the streets of Asuncion and represent the informal economy that allows hundreds of thousands of families to survive. continue reading »

General Elections Underway in Paraguay

General Elections Underway in Paraguay

Paraguay is holding general elections on Sunday, with the presidency, vice presidency, congressional seats, governorships and other posts up for grabs. continue reading »

Elton John Performs for the First Time in Paraguay

Elton John Performs for the First Time in Paraguay

As promised, British music icon Sir Elton John served up an intimate performance for his first-ever concert in Paraguay. John gave his band the night off, appearing alone on stage with his piano before some 5,000 fans gathered in a courtyard at the Yacht y Golf Club Paraguayo, just outside Asuncion. continue reading »

Mayor in Paraguay Gunned Down Five Years After his Predecessor His Brother Also Gunned Down

Mayor in Paraguay Gunned Down Five Years After his Predecessor His Brother Also Gunned Down

The mayor of the southeastern Paraguayan town of Jose Leandro Oviedo was shot to death on Tuesday, a little more than five years after his brother, who preceded him in the office, died in similar circumstances. continue reading »

Paraguayan Robin Hood Claims to Have Distributed Stolen Money Among Poor

Paraguayan Robin Hood Claims to Have Distributed Stolen Money Among Poor

An employee of a security company who made off with nearly $500,000 before turning himself in to the Paraguayan police 30 hours later with just $200 in his pocket said he had distributed the cash among the poor. continue reading »

Body of Lino Oviedo Retrieved from Site of Crash in Paraguay

Body of Lino Oviedo Retrieved from Site of Crash in Paraguay

The remains of Paraguayan presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, who died on the weekend in a helicopter crash, were delivered Sunday to the morgue in Asuncion, where on Monday forensic specialists will undertake their "reconstruction." continue reading »

Paraguayan Presidential Candidate Killed in Helicopter Crash

Paraguayan Presidential Candidate Killed in Helicopter Crash

Paraguayan presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in a helicopter crash in Chaco province, officials said Sunday. A search team found the wreckage of the helicopter, which went down Saturday night, at a ranch in the city of Presidente Hayes, media reports said. continue reading »

Paraguayan Police Seize 745 Lbs of Cocaine Stashed in Tomato Cans

Paraguayan Police Seize 745 Lbs of Cocaine Stashed in Tomato Cans

A Paraguayan exporter was arrested in a police operation that found 338 kilos (745 pounds) of cocaine hidden in a shipment of 1,400 cans of a tomato product being sent to Spain, officials said Saturday. continue reading »

Latin America News:  Paraguay Unable to Defeat Dengue, Declares National Alert

Latin America News:  Paraguay Unable to Defeat Dengue, Declares National Alert

Paraguay’s Health Minister, Antonio Arbo, has declared a national epidemic alert since the country was unable to eliminate the dengue disease only control an outbreak. continue reading »

Survey: Latin Americans Are Most Positive People in the World

Survey: Latin Americans Are Most Positive People in the World

Latin Americans are the most positive people in the world, with their region being home to eight of the top 10 countries for positive emotions worldwide. Residents in Panama and Paraguay are the most likely to report experiencing positive emotions. continue reading »

‘Landfill Harmonic’:  Young Orchestra Musicians and Their ‘Trash’ Instruments (VIDEO)

‘Landfill Harmonic’:  Young Orchestra Musicians and Their ‘Trash’ Instruments (VIDEO)

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments made from trash. continue reading »

Human Rights Commission Reacts to Murder of Paraguayan Peasant Leader

Human Rights Commission Reacts to Murder of Paraguayan Peasant Leader

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in Paraguay of human rights defender Vidal Vega, leader of the Campesinos sin Tierra movement continue reading »

Paraguay Hopes to Join Petroleum Producers Club after Large Oil Find

Paraguay Hopes to Join Petroleum Producers Club after Large Oil Find

A large oil discovery has been made in the Chaco region and Paraguay could join the petroleum producers club in 2013, President Federico Franco said. continue reading »

Paraguay Gives “Kiss” Band Lots of Love

Paraguay Gives “Kiss” Band Lots of Love

The American rock band Kiss thrilled 30,000 fans in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion with songs and a show that went back over the group's 40 years as an international rock sensation. continue reading »