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.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 20, 2013.
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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.

Mercosur puts a brave front on divisions

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Latin America's Mercosur regional pact extended Paraguay's suspension from its ranks to April next year in a move set to divide the region and exacerbate tensions.

Paraguay's diplomatic isolation dissipates

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Paraguay's diplomatic isolation is fast becoming a thing of the past as President Federico Franco receives Organization of American States endorsement and a Mercosur diplomatic campaign falters.

Venezuela escalates Mercosur Paraguay row

CARACAS, Venezuela, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Venezuela escalated its diplomatic row with Paraguay, expelling the remaining embassy staff of the landlocked country in a further blow to prospects for healing Mercosur divisions, caused by a June suspension of Paraguay and Venezuela's admission to the trade bloc.

Paraguay hopeful of return to Mercosur

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- President Federico Franco said Paraguay's restoration to Mercosur was only a matter of time because countries that engineered the suspension need it back.

Paraguay mulls security expansion

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Paraguay is taking measures to increase border security amid continuing standoff with neighbors over the removal of former President Fernando Lugo.

Mercosur muddle over Paraguay deepening

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Mercosur divisions are growing as landlocked Paraguay accuses Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay of undermining its small resource-dependent economy.

Chavez unveils $130 billion oil expansion

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, seeking re-election in Oct. 7 poll, says he plans to spend $130 billion over six years to double the country's daily crude oil output.

Paraguay plays down suspension by Unasur

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Paraguayan President Federico Franco played down the landlocked country's continued diplomatic isolation since he took office.

Paraguay row threatens Itaipu power deal

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A diplomatic row between Brazil and Paraguay is threatening Brazil's energy security as the Asuncion challenges Brazilian rights over the Itaipu Dam.

Paraguay row set to weaken Mercosur pact

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Paraguay's escalating diplomatic conflict with neighbors over its suspension from Mercosur and threatened exclusion from the Organization of American States shows no sign of abating.
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