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A German couple who had been working as farmers in Paraguay for 30 years were found dead on Thursday, and authorities are blaming members of an elusive guerrilla group that threatened the owner of a neighboring farm just one week prior. Roberto Natto, 60, and Erika Reiser, 53, were abducted on Wednesday, along with four…

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Top Story — New Paraguayan President Federico Franco alleged that the Venezuelan government meddled in his country’s affairs by asking the military to support ousted former president Fernando Lugo last Friday. Franco is backing the claim by Paraguayan Defense Minister Maria Liz Arnold that Venezuela’s foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, met with Paraguayan military leaders last Friday and asked…

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Top Story — The ouster of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo from office on Friday has shocked and angered Paraguay’s Latin American neighbors, leading Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela to withdraw their ambassadors from Paraguay over the weekend. The presidents of Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic said they would not recognize the country’s…

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Top Story — On Friday, the Paraguayan Senate will decide whether Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo should be impeached for his handling of a violent land conflict that left at least 17 people dead. Paraguay’s lower house of Congress agreed in a near unanimous vote Thursday that impeachment proceedings against the president should begin after Lugo…

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Top Story — Rubén Candia Amarilla was sworn in Saturday as Paraguay’s new interior minister after Carlos Filizzola and Police Chief Paulino Rojas resigned due to violent clashes that left at least 15 people dead in Paraguay’s northeastern Canindeyu province. Six police officers and at least nine landless farmers died Friday, and many more were injured after Paraguayan police…

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Paraguayan health officials said this month “human error” led to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has seriously hurt the country’s vital cattle industry. “After the most recent laboratory analysis, we have confirmed that the outbreak of foot and mouth disease… came about as a result of problems with the vaccination of animals,” admitted…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Mexican police arrested the man who allegedly shot Paraguayan soccer player Salvador Cabañas in the head after an argument in a Mexico City night last January. José Balderas Garza was arrested in Mexico City with six other people said by police to be in a drug ring he…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Fernando Lugo is feeling optimistic that he can serve his full term as president of Paraguay, after finishing his first session of treatment for cancer. Lugo said that his illness was both “controllable and reversable” at a speech on Saturday. He gave the speech upon his return from São…

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Today in Latin America Top Story – Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo sent an additional 1,000 troops and police Monday to the country’s borders with Brazil and Bolivia to track down an armed left-wing guerrilla group. The country’s congress granted the Lugo administration special powers to hunt down the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a group linked…