Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid

America 06/17/19, 16:18

The huge blackout that left tens of millions of people in the dark in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay over the weekend raised serious questions about the vulnerability of the power grid in South America and brought criticism down on Argentina's leader. President Mauricio Macri promised a thorough investigation into the cause ...

South America blackout leaves tens of millions without power

America 06/16/19, 15:47

A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries' interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power, but by mid-afternoon nearly half of Argentina's 44 million people were still in the ...

A woman takes leadership of Paraguay’s Maka people

America 05/23/19, 23:06

For the tiny Maka culture of Paraguay, political authority has passed from father to son for generations even as the band has struggled for survival, its way of life uprooted by war and migration from a vast, isolated countryside to an urban neighborhood near the capital.So the death in February ...

PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Baseball 05/09/19, 23:05

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.The arrest of a top opposition leader in Venezuela unleashed fears of a wider crackdown, even as members of the opposition issued renewed ...

Flooding in Paraguay sends 40,000 people to higher ground

America 05/07/19, 14:18

Officials in Paraguay say they've had to evacuate some 40,000 people because of flooding across the South American nation.National emergency official Joaquín Roa says more than 10,000 of the evacuees are in the capital of Asuncion. They've been moved to higher ground at military bases, public plazas and roadsides.The other ...

Pompeo prioritizes Venezuela crisis on Latin American tour

America 04/13/19, 14:19

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday a "tyrant" who has caused the ruin of the South American country and its people.Pompeo made the comment during a four-day Latin American tour that brought him to the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion, where he talked with ...

South American coalition relaunches bid for 2030 World Cup

Sports 03/20/19, 16:30

A South American coalition hoping to host the 2030 World Cup relaunched its bid on Wednesday with the addition of Chile to the group.The head of South American soccer body CONMEBOL, Alejandro Dominguez, announced the decision after a meeting in Buenos Aires with the presidents of the four nations, which ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro praises late Paraguay dictator Stroessner

America 02/26/19, 17:09

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is known for praising his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship and on Tuesday he also paid tribute to the late military strongman in neighboring Paraguay, calling Gen. Alfredo Stroessner "a man of vision."Bolsonaro, a far-right ex-army captain, made the comments during a ceremony at the Itaipu hydroelectric dam ...

Suspect in 2010 Cabanas shooting gets 20 years in Mexico

Soccer 02/17/19, 18:22

The man suspected of shooting former Paraguay national soccer team standout Salvador Cabanas in the head in 2010, effectively ending his career, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico, authorities announced Sunday.But federal prosecutors said in a statement that the man identified as Jose Jorge "B," with ...

Host Brazil gets easy path in Copa America draw

Sports 01/24/19, 18:37

Copa America host Brazil has been drawn in a relatively easy group for this year's tournament, where it will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.The draw was made on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, and saw Lionel Messi's Argentina facing the toughest path of the top-seeded teams as it was placed ...

Paraguayan firefighters get naked in calendar to raise funds

World 01/17/19, 00:01

Fatima Olmedo was first to pose naked for the calendar, holding a rolled-up hose in her hands that barely covered her pregnant belly.Other volunteer firefighters then followed. There's Jorge Leiva, who used a chain saw to cover the area south of his navel and north of his knees. And Daniel ...

CONMEBOL opens hearing against River Plate after bus attack

Soccer 11/27/18, 04:33

South American soccer body CONMEBOL has opened a disciplinary hearing against River Plate after its fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus before the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday.CONMEBOL made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. It said River has 24 hours to present its defense to the hearing at ...

Paraguay contestant wins, then swoons at beauty pageant

Entertainment 10/25/18, 23:54

A Paraguayan beauty pageant winner swooned on stage after admitting the anticipation just before the announcement was unbearable. Miss Grand International 2018 Clara Sosa fell as soon as she was announced this year's winner. At the time, she was holding hands with the first runner-up, Meenakshi Chaudhary of India, who tried ...

South American officials scrap red card awarded after VAR

America 09/27/18, 12:55

Conmebol says it has canceled a red card that was awarded to a Brazilian player following a VAR decision.South American soccer's ruling body chose to overrule the decision to send off Cruzeiro defender Dede in a Copa Libertadores tie against Boca Juniors last week.Paraguayan referee Eber Aquino dismissed Dede in ...

Brazil arrests man linked to Hezbollah on crimes in Paraguay

America 09/21/18, 15:12

Brazilian police on Friday arrested a fugitive whom U.S. authorities have accused of serving as Hezbollah's financier and who has repeatedly been accused of illegal activity in a lawless border area where three South American nations meet.Police took Assad Ahmad Barakat into custody in the Brazilian city of Foz do ...

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