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Argentina lose again; Paraguay seal World Cup berth

Argentina lose again; Paraguay seal World Cup berthAsuncion, Paraguay  - Paraguay beat Argentina 1-0 in Asuncion to secure a berth in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and complicate Argentina's chances of qualifying.

Nelson Haedo Valdez scored the lone goal Wednesday in the 29th minute after a pass from striker Salvador Cabanas. Moreover, Paraguay hit the woodwork twice in the first half and appeared to dominate the match from start to finish.

"We stayed orderly, and that's what is important," Cabanas said.

UN: Chaco indigenous people suffer forced labour, abuse

United NationsNew York  - Indigenous people of the Chaco regions in both Bolivia and Paraguay suffer forced labour, severe poverty and human rights abuses, a United Nations panel on indigenous issues said in a report released Monday.

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said, following visits to the regions in April and May, that forced labour continued to be practised despite government efforts to stop it.

Brazil, Paraguay reach “historic agreement” about Itaipu hydroelectric dam

Brazil, Paraguay reach “historic agreement” about Itaipu hydroelectric damBringing the decades-long row with its neighbor Paraguay to an end, Brazil Saturday announced its decision of a three-fold increase in its annual compensation to Paraguay for operating the massive, jointly-owned Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the common border of the two countries.

Remains of victims of Paraguay dictatorship found

Remains of victims of Paraguay dictatorship foundAsuncion, Paraguay  - The remains of two victims of Paraguay's military dictatorship under Alfredo Stroessner have been found on the site of a police barracks near the capital, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola said Thursday that it was more than certain that the body parts were of victims persecuted, tortured and murdered by Stroessner's regime. He did not rule out that more bodies could be found at the site near Asuncion.

Prosecutors ordered the remains to be exhumed immediately.

Paraguayan President Lugo admits he fathered 2-year-old

Paraguayan President Lugo admits he fathered 2-year-old Asuncion, Paraguay - Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo publicly admitted Monday that he fathered an illegitimate who is now 2 years old, in the wake of a legal complaint filed by the boy's mother. "It is true that there was a relationship with Viviana Carrillo, I take every responsibility that might derive from that event, admitting to being the boy's father," Lugo said in a press conference at the government palace in Asuncion.

The boy was conceived while Lugo was a Roman Catholic bishop and therefore under a vow of celibacy.

EU court annuls EU-wide trademark for US Bud beer

EU court annuls EU-wide trademark for US Bud beer Prague - A European Union court Tuesday annulled an EU-wide trademark for Anheuser-Busch's Bud beer, which has been contested by Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar NP.

The Luxembourg-based European Court of First Instance said in its ruling that the bloc's trademark registry, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), made mistakes when rejecting Budvar's complaint against Anheuser-Busch's registration.

Anheuser-Busch, which was taken over by Belgium's InBev earlier this year, can appeal the verdict to the European Court of Justice.

Foreign ministers of Jordan, Paraguay discuss Mideast peace process

Foreign ministers of Jordan, Paraguay discuss Mideast peace process Amman  - Jordanian Foreign Minister Salah Bashir conferred Saturday with his visiting Paraguayan counterpart Alejandro Hamed Franco on latest developments in the Middle East and means of boosting bilateral ties.

"Bashir expressed Jordan's keenness on building ties of cooperation with Paraguay either on bilateral basis or within the regional framework of the Mercosur states in various spheres, particularly in the economic field," a foreign ministry statement said.

Taiwan is concerned about Paraguay's intention to recognize China

Taipei Taiwan is concerned about Paraguay's intention to recognize China after Paraguayan Foreign Minister Alejandro Hamed said that Asuncion will make a decision on diplomatic relations within months, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

According to the Liberty Times, Hamed said Tuesday in Brazil that Paraguay's new government has begun a new era for the South American nation's diplomacy, and one of its goals is to launch full relations with China.

"The new government will make a decision on this issue within a few months," the Liberty Times quoted Hamed as saying in Brazil's capital Brasilia, where he is preparing for President Fernando Lugo's visit to Brazil starting September 17.

Taiwan denies ties with Paraguay are shaky

Taipei - Taiwan on Tuesday denied that its diplomatic ties with Paraguay are shaky, following press reports that Paraguay will stop backing United Nations membership for Taiwan.

"In our allies' change of government, there might be changes in their support for our joining international organizations, but it will not affect bilateral ties," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Chen Ming-cheng told reporters.

"President Lugo has said several times that Paraguay-Taiwan ties are solid, so Taiwan-Paraguay ties will not change because of change in Paraguay's support for Taiwan's UN bid," he noted.

Former bishop Fernando Lugo inaugurated as Paraguay's new president

Former bishop Fernando Lugo inaugurated as Paraguay's new presidentAsuncion, Paraguay  - Former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was sworn in Friday as Paraguay's president, in a historic transfer of power after 61 years of uninterrupted rule by the conservative Colorado Party.

The centre-left Lugo, 57, was inaugurated for a five-year term, at a ceremony in front of the Congress building in Asuncion attended by a slew of international dignitaries and thousands of citizens.

Paraguayan Congress lacks quorum to vote on president's resignation

Paraguayan Congress lacks quorum to vote on president's resignationAsuncion, Paraguay  - The Paraguayan Congress could not reach a quorum due to the boycott of opposition legislators Tuesday, making it impossible for the body to vote on the resignation of President Nicanor Duarte Frutos.

Duarte Frutos resigned Monday, in order to be free to take up next week the Senate seat he was recently elected to hold.

According to the South American country's Constitution, presidents can only be elected for a single five-year mandate, and once they leave office they become senators for life.

Disappointing Brazil loses 2-0 to Paraguay

Asuncion - Paraguay beat Brazil 2-0 Sunday in Asuncion, with a solid performance from the host that cast many shadows on Brazil's path towards the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Roque Santa Cruz, in the 26th minute, and Salvador Cabanas, in the 49th minute, sealed the victory for the host before some 65,000 spectators.

Beyond its two goals, Paraguay - the lone leader in the South American qualifiers - had other clear chances.

The host's attacking pair deeply troubled the Brazilian defence, and Cabanas - who had heeled the ball to assist Santa Cruz in the first goal - hit the post in the first half and the crossbar in the second half.

Taiwan denies 71-million-dollar pledge to new Paraguay government

Taipei - Taiwan on Saturday denied promising Paraguay's incoming government a donation of 71 million US dollars, saying it is Paraguay's request and Taipei has not approved it yet.

"Paraguay's incoming government has expressed the wish (for the donation) to our embassy, but we have only made preliminary contacts with Paraguay's incoming government and have not discussed details of cooperation projects yet," Foreign Ministry's acting spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh said.

"Paraguay is Taiwan's sole diplomatic ally in South America and we have had diplomatic ties for 51 years. Our cooperation projects with Paraguay are proceeding well and on schedule," she told reporters.

Lugo defies one-party rule, Vatican to win Paraguay vote

Fernando LugoAsuncion, Paraguay - While Fernando Lugo speaks with the soft tone characteristic of many Roman Catholic priests, his win in Paraguay's presidential election was trumpeted as a political earthquake that ended the 61-year rule of the conservative Partido Colorado.

Sunday's vote opened "a new page in national political history," said the candidate who took on one-party rule and defied the Vatican to run.

Lugo thanks supporters for likely triumph in Paraguay

Former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando LugoAsuncion - Former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo thanked his followers for his apparent triumph in Sunday's presidential election in Paraguay.

"Thank you for accompanying us from the start, from that small and humble experience of listening to people. Today we can say that those who are small are also able to win," Lugo told a crowd of supporters in Asuncion.

Both exit polls and preliminary official results put Lugo, 56, ahead in the election.

Paraguay votes in close, historic presidential election

ParaguayAsuncion, Paraguay  - A former bishop, a woman and a former coup leader are the main candidates in Sunday's presidential election in Paraguay, in a historic vote that could cost the long-time ruling- party the presidency.

Paraguay has been governed by the Partido Colorado for 61 years, but according to opinion polls its candidate, Blanca Ovelar, is likely to come in behind former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo, 56. General Lino Oviedo, a former coup leader, is tied with Overal for second place.

Paraguay gets closer to historic leadership change

Asuncion - Paraguay has been governed by the Partido Colorado for 61 years, but the end seems near as the South American country prepares to vote in presidential elections on Sunday.

According to all opinion polls, former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo, 56, is the main favourite, although many Paraguayans have expressed a fear that fraud may be used to preserve the status quo.

Lugo is the candidate of the Patriotic Alliance for Change (APC), a coalition of some eight opposition parties and a score of social movements.




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