Uruguay sees deepwater port as regional master plan

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is pushing the country's deepwater port project as a multibillion-dollar regional undertaking, built on Uruguayn soil, leased to neighboring countries and operated by their state enterprises or private business.

Paraguay's Cartes vetoes grain export tax

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has moved to remove a law that critics say could cripple the landlocked country's cereals and oilseeds export trade.

Paraguay mulls patch-up with Venezuela

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Paraguay will patch up differences with Venezuela that have paralyzed Mercosur and put free trade talks with Europe on the back burner.

Paraguay comes in from the cold after post-coup isolation

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Paraguay is emerging stronger from diplomatic isolation, slapped on the landlocked country by Latin American neighbors after a June 2012 congressional impeachment ousted former President Fernando Lugo.

Paraguay snub adds to Maduro's problems

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Paraguay's comprehensive humiliation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro adds to the president's multiplying "things-to-fix" agenda as he tackles a faltering economy, opposition gains and diplomatic isolation.

Paraguay upset over Argentine nuclear plant near border

ASUNCION, Paraguay, July 23 (UPI) -- Argentina has upset land-locked Paraguay with iits plan to build a nuclear power reactor near the border without formal consultations.

Mercosur mired in row over Paraguay's suspension

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, July 18 (UPI) -- Latin America's leading trade bloc Mercosur emerged from its latest summit conference in the Uruguayan capital more divided than before the talks began.

Resource boom helps Latin America improve credit ratings

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (UPI) -- Increase in earnings from commodities and other natural resources helped Latin American countries improve their credit ratings during the first half of this year, but growth has come with costs as inflation begins to bite.

Paraguay ups stakes in electricity row with Brazil, Argentina

ASUNCION, Paraguay, May 17 (UPI) -- It began as a Mercosur wrist-rapping of little landlocked Paraguay but an Argentine-Brazilian-Uruguayan diplomatic effort to isolate Asuncion is backfiring with more backlash against the trio from Paraguay's newly legitimized government.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 20, 2013.
By United Press International

Paraguay set against Venezuela pact role

ASUNCION, Paraguay, March 27 (UPI) -- The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has widened the gulf between his country and Paraguay.

U.K. envoy move eases Paraguay isolation

ASUNCION, Paraguay, March 21 (UPI) -- Britain's reopening of its embassy in Asuncion will help President Federico Franco recover from diplomatic setbacks.
Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 5 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced in a televised address. Chavez was 58.

Slow progress in Latam, EU trade talks

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Argentine protectionist tendencies and Brazil's economic downturn seem set to determine the direction of a much delayed trade deal between South America's Mercosur trade bloc and the European Union.

Venezuela intent on freezing out Paraguay

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Latin America's Mercosur trade bloc is facing renewed internal squabbles as plans for consolidation and expansion are clouded by the aftermath of last year's fractious admission of Venezuela as full member and suspension of founding member Paraguay.
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Fernando Lugo

Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez (Spanish pronunciation: ; born May 30, 1951) is the current President of Paraguay and the former Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of San Pedro.

Lugo's family was not particularly religious; by his own account, he never saw his father set foot in a church. However, the influences during his upbringing were distinctly political. His maternal uncle Epifanio Méndes Fleitas was a Colorado Party dissident and was persecuted and exiled by General Stroessner's regime. Lugo's father was imprisoned twenty times, and some of his elder siblings were sent into exile. He received his basic education at a religious school in Encarnación, all the while he worked selling snacks on the streets.

At age 17 or 18, against his father's wishes of him becoming a lawyer, Lugo entered a normal school, and began teaching at a rural community. He was well accepted within this people, who were very religious, but they had no priest. He recalls that he was touched by that experience, discovering his vocation to the Roman Catholic priesthood, and he decided to enter a seminary operated by the Society of the Divine Word at age 19. Lugo was ordained a priest on August 15, 1977. That year he was sent to Ecuador, where he served as a missionary for five years. In Ecuador he had the opportunity to learn about the controversial liberation theology, a movement later criticized in large measure by the Vatican.

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