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Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Shot Dead on Honeymoon

Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was killed in Colombia hours after pregnancy announcement

(Newser) - A Paraguayan prosecutor known for fighting against organized crime was shot dead Tuesday while vacationing in Colombia on his honeymoon, hours after his wife posted a pregnancy announcement. "The best wedding gift ... the approaching life that is a testimony to the sweetest love," read the caption of the...

After Clashing With Her Fans, Doja Cat Says She Quits

Singer posts resignation from music in angry exchange after show cancellation

(Newser) - After a back-and-forth Thursday with fans on Twitter, Doja Cat announced in a post that she's quitting music. "I'm out. Y'all take care," the rapper posted. She then changed her Twitter name to "i quit," the AV Club reports. The singer and fans...

Paraguayan Presidential Guard Killed in Bizarre Attack

The axis deer had been given to the presidential residence, gores guard to death

(Newser) - A member of the Paraguayan presidential guard was killed Monday in a deer attack. While serving a security detail at the presidential residence in the South American country, the military officer approached the axis deer, an animal native to India that was donated to the presidential residence and kept in...

Cartel Boss Allegedly Killed Woman for Cushier Prison Cell

Marcelo Pinheiro's alleged plan to avoid extradition fails

(Newser) - What's one more murder when it might secure you a spot in a cushier prison? That was allegedly the thinking of a Brazilian cartel boss jailed in Paraguay, who authorities say killed a woman in his high-security cell in the hope that fresh charges would prevent him being extradited...

14-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies in Childbirth

'Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,' hospital director says in Paraguay

(Newser) - Paraguay is facing pressure to rewrite its strict abortion laws following the death of a 14-year-old rape victim during childbirth. Complications meant the unnamed teen—whose alleged rapist, 37, is in custody—was hospitalized for 20 days before going into labor. She then experienced a respiratory issue that prompted an...

City Closes Shop Selling Alleged Transgender Dolls

Paraguay's Ciudad del Este says it's 'pro-life and family'

(Newser) - Authorities in the Paraguayan border town of Ciudad del Este have temporarily closed a shop accused of selling transgender dolls, the AP reports. Mayor Sandra McLeon justified Tuesday's closure by noting that the city, most widely known as a smuggling and counterfeiting haven, last year declared itself "pro-life...

In 'Robbery of the Century,' 50 Men Allegedly Attack

Security firm Prosegur hit in Paraguay's Ciudad del Este

(Newser) - It's like a mix of The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven, just with an alleged cast of 50 criminals. Paraguayan officials are calling it the robbery of the century: the theft of millions from private security firm Prosegur in Ciudad del Este that is said to have involved...

Protesters Set Paraguay Congress Building on Fire
Protesters Torch
Paraguay Congress

Protesters Torch Paraguay Congress

Clashes follow vote on re-election measure

(Newser) - Protesters smashed the windows of the Congress building in Asuncion, Paraguay and set fire to the interior Friday after a majority of Paraguayan senators approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the election of a president to a second term, the AP reports. The amendment was called illegal by...

11-Year-Old Rape Victim Gives Birth

Case of girl abused by stepfather divided Paraguay

(Newser) - An 11-year-old rape victim in Paraguay is now a mother. The girl, whose case caused a fierce debate on abortion that divided the country, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at a hospital in Asuncion yesterday, CNN reports. The infant was delivered via C-section and weighed 7 pounds, 13...

Paraguay Busts Alleged Rapist at Heart of Its Abortion Furor

Man accused of impregnating girl, 10

(Newser) - The man who stands accused of impregnating the 10-year-old daughter of his girlfriend—and consequently igniting a firestorm of controversy over Paraguay's refusal to allow the child an abortion —has been arrested after more than two weeks on the lam. And as the AFP reports, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez...

10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion

Paraguay only allows abortion in cases that threaten mother's health

(Newser) - The girl is 10 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with the child of the stepfather who raped and impregnated her even after he was reported to social services. And she's the subject of a fierce debate among adults over the moral, legal, physical, and psychological implications of whether she...

Bus Drivers Crucify Themselves to Get Jobs Back

Paraguayan men, some wives refuse to budge until all jobs restored

(Newser) - A group of bus drivers in Paraguay is going to extreme measures to get back the jobs they lost: They crucified themselves—three weeks ago, reports the BBC . The men (some media reports say five, other say eight) used 15-inch nails to affix their hands to crosses that have been...

Paraguayan Peasant Leader Assassinated

Gunmen kill spokesman for the landless

(Newser) - Gunmen have murdered one of the surviving leaders of a peasant movement whose land dispute with a powerful politician prompted the end of Fernando Lugo's presidency earlier this year. After he stepped outside his home to feed his farm animals, Vidal Vega, 48, was hit four times by bullets...

Paraguay in Crisis After Ouster of Leftist President

South American leaders call removal of Fernando Lugo a 'coup'

(Newser) - The ouster of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop elected with a strong anti-poverty mandate, is whipping up fierce criticism around the region, with the leaders of other South American countries calling it a "coup" and threatening not to recognize the new government, reports the AP...

Aerosmith Singer Steven Tyler Rushed to Hospital After Shower Fall
Dehydrated Tyler Knocked Teeth Out in Fall

Dehydrated Tyler Knocked Teeth Out in Fall

Aerosmith rocker suffered from food poisoning

(Newser) - Dehydrated from food poisoning, rock star Steve Tyler whacked his face hard in a shower in Paraguay today and knocked out several teeth, reports TMZ . After Tyler's release from a hospital, his manager described the injuries as "minor" and said tonight's canceled Aerosmith concert was rescheduled for...

Paraguay Discovers Bags of White Rice Actually Cocaine

A whopping 1,900 pounds seized

(Newser) - Paraguay made its largest cocaine seizure in history yesterday: more than 1,900 pounds of white powder disguised as bags of rice. Port workers grew suspicious about the rice, which was headed to Mozambique, probably en route to Europe where it would be worth $131 million on the streets. One...

Not Just Drugs Anymore: DEA Now a Vast, Global Spy
Not Just Drugs Anymore:
DEA Now a Vast, Global Spy


Not Just Drugs Anymore: DEA Now a Vast, Global Spy

WikiLeaks cables reveal the growing reach of the DEA

(Newser) - It's not your daddy's Drug Enforcement Agency: The DEA reach is now so vast and global that it extends far beyond illegal drugs into global intelligence gathering, reports the New York Times . The DEA, with 87 offices in 63 countries, has developed strong ties with foreign governments, including those that...

Expedition to 'Lost Tribe' Lands Halted

Museum fears operation could threaten Paraguay's Ayoreo

(Newser) - A British expedition to a remote region of Paraguay has been halted to ensure that one of the world's last uncontacted tribes stays that way. The expedition from London's Natural History Museum had planned to search for new species of plants and insects in the Chaco wilderness, but officials feared...

Soccer Star Shot in Mexican Bar
 Soccer Star Shot in Mexican Bar 

Soccer Star Shot in Mexican Bar

Salvador Cabanas, about to quit Mexican team, fights for life

(Newser) - One of Latin America's leading goal-scorers is fighting for his life after being shot in the head in a Mexico City bar in an attack that may be linked to his role as an athlete. Salvador Cabanas, a striker with Mexican team Club America who was expected to play a...

Dad Finds Baby Boy Alive Inside Coffin

(Newser) - In what was either a miracle or a grievous hospital error, a Paraguayan man found his baby son alive inside his coffin hours after he was pronounced dead, the Daily Telegraph reports. Jose Alvarenga was told that his prematurely born son had died shortly after birth, and the coffin was...

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