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Copa America: Lionel Messi goal salvages 1-1 draw with Paraguay
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Copa America: Lionel Messi goal salvages 1-1 draw with Paraguay

Lionel Messi salvaged a vital point for Argentina as they struggled in a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Copa America in Belo Horizonte.

The Barcelona forward's 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from Paraguay's Richard Sanchez.

Argentina remain bottom of Group B with one point from two games.

"We are lucky that we are still alive in this tournament," said coach Lionel Scaloni, whose side must win Sunday's fixture against Qatar.

"Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn't control the play or create attacks. We had a very clear plan but couldn't execute it as we kept losing the ball.

"They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty. For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half-time that it was just one goal."

Minutes after Messi's equaliser, Paraguay were awarded a spot-kick of their own but Derlis Gonzalez's effort was punched away by Argentina keeper Franco Armani, who narrowly avoided a red card when he fouled Gonzalez outside his area at the end of the first half.

"We trust Franco. He is our starting goalkeeper. He saved a penalty and kept us alive. I'm glad he had a good performance," Scaloni said.

The draw followed their opening defeat by Colombia on Saturday. The two best third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals, meaning Argentina will be knocked out of the tournament with anything less than a win against Asian Cup winners Qatar.

Elsewhere in Group B, Colombia clinched the top spot with six points with a 1-0 win over Qatar.

Paraguay, who were held to a 2-2 draw with Qatar in their first game, are second on two points and must beat Colombia to be guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals.

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Argentina

1ArmaniBooked at 45mins
14Casco
6Pezzella
17OtamendiBooked at 83mins
3TagliaficoBooked at 80mins
7PereyraSubstituted forAgüeroat 45'minutes
5Paredes
20Lo Celso
16de PaulSubstituted forSuárezat 87'minutes
10Messi
22MartínezSubstituted forDi Maríaat 67'minutes

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2Foyth
4Saravia
8Acuña
9Agüero
11Di María
12Marchesín
13Funes Mori
15Pizarro
18Rodríguez
19Suárez
21Dybala
23Musso

Paraguay

12Fernández
2PirisBooked at 55mins
15GómezBooked at 32mins
13Alonso
18Arzamendia
10GonzálezSubstituted forEscobarat 90'minutes
6Sánchez
8RojasBooked at 43mins
20Rojas
23AlmirónSubstituted forOrtízat 87'minutes
9SantanderSubstituted forRomeroat 72'minutes

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1Silva
3Escobar
4Balbuena
5Valdez
7Cardozo
11Iturbe
14Torres
16Ortíz
17Pérez
19Domínguez
21Romero
22Aguilar

Referee:
Wilton Pereira Sampaio
Attendance:
35,265

Match Stats
Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamParaguay

Possession
Home56%
Away44%

Shots
Home7
Away10

Shots on Target
Home2
Away3

Corners
Home2
Away3

Fouls
Home20
Away19

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Match ends, Argentina 1, Paraguay 1.

Full Time
Posted at 90'+8'

Second Half ends, Argentina 1, Paraguay 1.

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Foul by Milton Casco (Argentina).

Posted at 90'+6'

Óscar Romero (Paraguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Offside, Argentina. Franco Armani tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

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Foul by Nicolás Tagliafico (Argentina).

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Óscar Romero (Paraguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt blocked. Nicolás Tagliafico (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

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Attempt missed. Matías Rojas (Paraguay) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left. Assisted by Iván Piris with a headed pass.

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Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Iván Piris (Paraguay).

Substitution
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Substitution, Paraguay. Juan Escobar replaces Derlis González.

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Argentina knock Scotland out of Women’s World Cup
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Argentina knock Scotland out of Women’s World Cup

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Scotland are out of the Women's World Cup after a twice-taken added-time penalty gave Argentina a dramatic draw.

The Scots needed to win and Kim Little turned in their opener with Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert netting from corners.

It was 3-2 after Milagros Menendez scored and a Florencia Bonsegundo shot went in via the bar and Lee Alexander.

A VAR-awarded spot-kick taken by Bonsegundo was saved by Alexander but she was off her line and, agonisingly, the striker scored second time around.

With 16 minutes to play, Shelley Kerr's Scots were on course to be one of the four best third-placed sides going into Thursday's final fixtures in Groups E and F but Argentina's recovery consigned the Scots to bottom place in Group D.

And Scotland captain Rachel Corsie was unhappy that referee Hyang-ok Ri allowed an Argentina free-kick to be taken while substitute Fiona Brown was coming on, with another substitute, Sophie Howard, ultimately penalised for her challenge on Aldana Cometti.

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For the third match running, Scotland conceded a penalty that cost them points.

Their opening two defeats by England and Japan had followed a similar pattern – two goals down including a spot-kick by half-time and a late rally producing a consolation goal.

The players and Kerr had spoken of the need to start the game on the front foot and that intent was clear as Cuthbert volleyed wide in the first minute.

Scotland's play was less nervous than it had been in the first two games but they were dealt a real scare when Mariana Larroquette headed against the crossbar from Bonsegundo's cross and Alexander had be alert to block Sole Jaimes' shot in the aftermath.

The Scots' response was brave, bold and ultimately rewarded. Cuthbert forced her way through the Argentina defence to shoot from the inside left channel and though Vanina Correa saved, Cuthbert had the presence of mind to turn the ball back for the outstretched foot of Little to touch home her 54th international strike.

The goal had come at a good time, just as Argentina were growing into the game, and the second prevented Carlos Borrello's side building any momentum at the start of the second period.

Caroline Weir's initial delivery from a corner was poor but the ball was recycled and the Manchester City midfielder floated the ball perfectly on to the head of Arsenal-bound Beattie, who found the net for a 23rd time on Scotland duty.

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The Scots were not content to sit on their lead and Cuthbert was not prepared to give Argentina's backline a minute's peace, forcing Correa to turn wide after another driving run.

And the Chelsea forward got the goal her performance deserved when she tucked in the rebound after Correa had turned Leanne Crichton's header on to the post.

However, the turning point came when Dalila Ippolito fed fellow substitute Menendez to finish calmly past Alexander before Bonsegundo's shot hit the bar and evaded the Scotland goalkeeper over the line.

With stoppage time came more twists and turns and a cruel end for Scotland.

Howard tripped Cometti and the referee was advised to view the incident again. She pointed to the spot and Bonsegundo's shot was blocked by Alexander.

But VAR was called into play again with Alexander judged not to have had at least one foot touching the goalline when the kick was taken and Bonsegundo fired in the retake.

The match had already surpassed the suggested four minutes of added time and finished with a whimper with the players initially not realising the final whistle had blown as the assistant referees came on the to pitch.

'It's heartbreaking' – analysis
Former Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay on BBC Four

It has to be heartbreaking. As a goalkeeper, you take your cues from the body of the striker – the way in which they plant their foot beside the ball and if they open their hips or if they don't open their hips tells you where they're going to go.

Lee has trained for 27 years in that way and now at a World Cup we're saying, 'no, you can't train that way, you have to train a completely different way'. It's ridiculous. I think we're going to have this World Cup decided by VAR with inexperienced officials who haven't had the ability or opportunity with this and I think that's wrong. Football should decide this World Cup, not VAR.

Player of the match – Caroline Weir (Scotland)
Little, Beattie and Cuthbert got the goals but Weir's class was every bit as vital to Scotland's periods of dominance.

The midfielder's use of the ball in both halves gave Scotland momentum and she had a hand in two of the goals.

Match stats

This was the first meeting between the sides.
Scotland picked up their first point at a World Cup.
Argentina's three goals were their first of the tournament.
The Scots had five different scorers in France, each scoring once.
Argentina were the only team ranked lower than Scotland in Group D.

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Scotland

1AlexanderBooked at 90mins
2SmithSubstituted forHowardat 86'minutes
4Corsie
5Beattie
3Docherty
10Crichton
9WeirBooked at 85mins
11EvansSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
8Little
18Emslie
22CuthbertBooked at 85mins

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6Love
7Lauder
12Lynn
13Ross
14Arthur
15Howard
17Murray
19Clelland
20Brown
21Fife
23Arnot

Argentina

1Correa
8Bravo
2Barroso
6Cometti
3Stabile
19LarroquetteBooked at 75mins
16Benítez
5SantanaSubstituted forMayorgaat 82'minutes
11Bonsegundo
10BaniniSubstituted forMenéndezat 60'minutes
9JaimesSubstituted forIppolitoat 70'minutes

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4Sachs
7Oviedo
12Garton
13Gomez
14Mayorga
15Potassa
17Coronel
18Chavez
20Ippolito
21Juncos
22Menéndez
23Pereyra

Referee:
Hyang-Ok Ri
Attendance:
28,205

Match Stats
Home TeamScotlandAway TeamArgentina

Possession
Home51%
Away49%

Shots
Home11
Away11

Shots on Target
Home6
Away5

Corners
Home5
Away1

Fouls
Home15
Away12

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Colombia urged to do more to protect ex-Farc rebels after killings
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Colombia urged to do more to protect ex-Farc rebels after killings

The leader of Colombia's former Farc rebels has called on the government to stop the "systematic murder" of ex-fighters following two killings.

In an open letter to President Iván Duque, Rodrigo Londoño said the cases highlighted the lack of protection of Farc members by authorities.

One ex-fighter was shot dead while working as a journalist and the other was killed after meeting a UN team.

President Duque has condemned the killings and ordered an investigation.

The 2016 peace deal between the government and the Farc put an end to more than five decades of armed conflict, and resulted in about 7,000 ex-fighters laying down their weapons.

Since then, some 160 ex-fighters and their family members have been killed, the Farc said. Previously known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Farc is now a political party, the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force.

Anderson Pérez Osorio, who worked as a journalist for a Farc-linked outlet, was shot dead on Monday in the south-western department of Cauca while Daniel Esterilla was killed as he left a meeting with the UN mission in the south-western department of Nariño, the Farc said.

Rodrigo Londoño – better known by his nom de guerre, "Timochenko" – said the cases were the latest in "the long list of… state violations" of the peace deal.

He called on political groups and the international community to demand "immediate and effective measures from President Duque… to put a definitive end to this bloodshed".

On Twitter, Mr Duque – a vocal critic of the peace deal – said officials would hold an emergency meeting to discuss and reinforce the protection measures, and vowed that those responsible for crimes would be "severely punished".

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Guatemala election: Former First Lady Sandra Torres wins first round
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Guatemala election: Former First Lady Sandra Torres wins first round

Former First Lady Sandra Torres has taken the lead in the first round of Guatemala's presidential elections, preliminary results show.

She now faces her nearest conservative rival, Alejandro Giammattei, in a run-off vote in August.

With 98% of polling stations tallied, Ms Torres took 25.70% of the vote, while Mr Giammattei got 13.92%.

The next president will be under pressure to tackle gang violence and poverty, which dominated campaigning.

Ms Torres said on Monday she would work to build alliances to win the run-off, which is due to be held on 11 August.

"The country needs unity: to unite the countryside with the city, to unite the workers with the business community, and also in civil society, in all sectors," the centre-left candidate told reporters.

Around 40,000 police officers were on duty during voting on Sunday amid fears of violence.

In San Jorge in the east of the country, voting was suspended after death threats were made against electoral authorities, according to Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart.

Nineteen candidates were running to succeed President Jimmy Morales.

Thelma Aldana, the former attorney-general, and Zury Ríos, the daughter of the late military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt, were barred from running for the presidency. Another candidate was arrested in Miami on suspicion of conspiring to import cocaine to the US.

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Guatemala electionSource: Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tibunal

The president is elected by absolute majority for a single four-year term. Under Guatemalan law, current President Jimmy Morales cannot stand for a second term.

Who is Sandra Torres?
Sandra Torres, 63, failed in her two previous attempts to be elected president, but the most recent opinion polls put her in the lead.

Ms Torres was married to Álvaro Colom, who governed Guatemala from 2008 to 2012, and who is currently under investigation for alleged fraud.

She divorced him in 2011 in order to bypass a law which banned close relatives of the president from succeeding him.

In 2011, her candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Court, but she was allowed to run in 2015. That time, she had enough votes to get her into the second round where she was defeated by Jimmy Morales by a large margin of almost 35 percentage points.

Ms Torres is running for the social-democratic National Unity of Hope party (UNE).

She and her party are under investigation for alleged illegal campaign financing during the last election, which she has denied.

Ms Torres says she will provide "comprehensive solutions like development, fight against poverty and job opportunities" to try to convince Guatemalans to stay in the country rather than migrating to the United States.

The former First Lady has also pledged to deploy troops in Guatemala's streets to crack down on drug gangs.

Who is Alejandro Giammattei, the runner up?
The 63-year-old candidate is standing for the right-wing Vamos (Let's Go) party and this is his fourth attempt at becoming president. Each time, he has run for a different party.

Mr Giammattei is a trained doctor who was named director of the Guatemalan prison system in 2006.

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Why are US tourists dying in Dominican Republic?
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Why are US tourists dying in Dominican Republic?

A New Jersey man has become at least the ninth US tourist to die in the Dominican Republic in a string of deaths the FBI is investigating.

Relatives of Joseph Allen, 55, say he was healthy and had been a frequent visitor to the Caribbean island nation.

Several of the tourists who died over the past year drank from their hotel minibar before falling ill, say family.

The FBI is helping local authorities with toxicology tests. No link has been established between the deaths.

What happened in the latest case?
Joseph Allen's family say he arrived at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua to celebrate a friend's birthday on 9 June.

His sister told ABC that on 12 June he had remarked to friends he was overheating. He decided to shower and go to bed early.

The next day, he didn't answer knocks on his door. When a maid entered, she found him cold and stiff on the floor, according to his sister, Jamie Reed.

His 23-year-old son, who had flown there to be with him on Father's Day, landed to discover he was dead.

Jason Allen told NBC: "We want some closure to figure out what's going on and why this is happening."

His family are currently trying to repatriate his body to US where they hope that a post-mortem examination will reveal his cause of death.

Dominican Republic country profile

Who else has died?
California man Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died on 14 April after getting sick at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.

The same month John Corcoran died in his hotel room, according to his sister, Barbara Corcoran, who stars on TV show Shark Tank. She attributed his death to "natural causes".

Miranda Schaup-Werner, a 41-year-old from Pennsylvania, died on 25 May after drinking from her hotel minibar, US media report.

Her body was found hours after she checked into the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville.

On 30 May, a hotel worker discovered the bodies of Cynthia Ann Day, 49, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, in their rooms.

Local investigators say both had internal bleeding and fluid in their lungs.

The 11 June death of Leyla Cox, 53, was confirmed by the US State Department. Her son has questioned the official ruling, which found she had suffered a fatal heart attack, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure.

Last July, David Harrison died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. His wife said he had been snorkelling the day before his death.

And last June, 51-year-old Yvette Monique Sport died at a Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana, after having a drink from the minibar, her sister told US media. Officials said a heart attack was the cause.

Perhaps it's just a coincidence?
Local officials have called the deaths "unrelated and isolated", attributing them to natural causes.

The US embassy in Santo Domingo said it had not yet found anything to indicate the cases are linked.

The deaths represent a tiny percentage of the Americans who holiday on the island every year.

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South America power cut: Argentina investigates ‘unprecedented’ outage
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South America power cut: Argentina investigates ‘unprecedented’ outage

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Argentina is investigating what caused a massive power cut that hit nearly 50 million people.

President Mauricio Macri called the outage "unprecedented", promising a thorough inquiry.

Almost all of Argentina, neighbouring Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay woke up to darkness on Sunday.

The disruption hit public transport while hospitals were forced to run on generators. Power had largely been restored by the end of the day.

Argentine officials said it began with a failure in the country's "interconnection system" but that the exact cause was unknown.

Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui said it was unlikely that a cyber-attack was responsible, and that it would take 10-15 days for the results of the investigation to be published.

Despite the massive outage he said the country's electrical network was "very robust".

How bad was it?
The power cut hit almost all of Argentina's 44 million population, with just one province not connected to the main system spared. Uruguay's 3.4 million inhabitants were also affected. The two countries share a power grid.

Local elections still took place as scheduled in Argentina, with local media showing voters using their mobile phones for torches.

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Guatemala election: Former First Lady Sandra Torres leads polls
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Guatemala election: Former First Lady Sandra Torres leads polls

Former First Lady Sandra Torres is currently ahead in the Guatemalan elections following the release of partial results.

Around 49% of the votes have been counted so far. Ms Torres has just under 24% of the vote while her closest rival, Alejandro Giammattei, has 15%.

Nineteen candidates are seeking to succeed President Jimmy Morales.

The election is not expected to yield an outright winner, as candidates need to win over 50% of the vote.

Around 40,000 police officers were on duty during voting amid fears of violence.

In San Jorge in the east of the country, voting was suspended after death threats were made against electoral authorities, according to Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart.

Gang violence and poverty have been the main topics that dominated campaigning.

Thelma Aldana, the former attorney-general, and Zury Ríos, the daughter of the late military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt, have been barred from running for the presidency. Another candidate was arrested in Miami on suspicion of conspiring to import cocaine to the US.

Here is a look at the candidates and the main issues.

Who's being elected?
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Guatemala electionSource: Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tibunal

How does it work?
The president is elected by absolute majority for a single four-year term. Under Guatemalan law, current President Jimmy Morales cannot stand for a second term.

If no candidate gets more than 50% in the first round on 16 June, the top two candidates will go through to a second round on 11 August.

Nineteen candidates are competing for the presidency, down from the original 24.

Who are the top candidates?
Sandra Torres: 'Leaving a loving marriage for the sake of a nation'

Sandra Torres, 63, is hoping it will be third time lucky for her. She failed in her two previous attempts to be elected president, but the most recent opinion polls put her in the lead.

Ms Torres was married to Álvaro Colom, who governed Guatemala from 2008 to 2012, and who is currently under investigation for alleged fraud.

She divorced him in 2011 in order to bypass a law which banned close relatives of the president from succeeding him. At the time, she said: "I'm divorcing my husband, but I'm getting married to the people".

She also said that she had found it "very difficult" to leave her "loving marriage" to Mr Colom.

In 2011, her candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Court, but she was allowed to run in 2015. That time, she had enough votes to get her into the second round where she was defeated by Jimmy Morales by a large margin of almost 35 percentage points.

Ms Torres is running for the social-democratic National Unity of Hope party (UNE).

She and her party are under investigation for alleged illegal campaign financing during the last election, which she has denied.

Ms Torres says she will provide "comprehensive solutions like development, fight against poverty and job opportunities" to try to convince Guatemalans to stay in the country rather than migrating to the United States.

The former First Lady has also pledged to deploy troops in Guatemala's streets to crack down on drug gangs.

Alejandro Giammattei: 'Wall of prosperity'

The 63-year-old candidate is standing for the right-wing Vamos (Let's Go) party and this is his fourth attempt at becoming president. Each time, he has run for a different party.

Mr Giammattei is a trained doctor who was named director of the Guatemalan prison system in 2006.

That same year, he led a controversial operation to take control of the Pavón prison, which had been run by inmates for a decade. Seven inmates died during the raids by the security forces.

Mr Giammattei was among eight people accused over the incident and after spending 10 months in pre-trial detention, he was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

He came fourth in the 2015 election.

He says that if he is elected he will build "a wall of prosperity" to keep Guatemalans from migrating to the US.

In order to lessen the disparity between the rich and the poor, he wants to attract more foreign investment to Guatemala by strengthening the protections granted to private property.

Roberto Arzú: 'Make Guate great'

The 49-year-old conservative businessman wants to follow in the footsteps of his late father Álvaro, who governed Guatemala from 1996 to 2000.

Roberto Arzú has never held public office but did preside over one of Guatemala's most successful football teams. He has had a string of businesses ranging from sports centres to shopping malls.

The outgoing president, Jimmy Morales, named him ambassador with a special mission to promote trade between Guatemala and South America.

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Vatican considers ordaining older married men in remote parts of Amazon
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Vatican considers ordaining older married men in remote parts of Amazon

The Vatican has raised the idea of ordaining older married men as priests in the Amazon's remote areas where there is a shortage of clergy, in what could be a historic shift, the BBC's religion editor Martin Bashir reports.

The issue was raised in detail in Pope Francis' landmark Encyclical on the Environment – Laudato Si – published in 2015.

He wrote that the region was confronting such challenges that it "requires structural and personal changes by all human beings, by nations and by the Church".

The document outlines areas for discussion at the forthcoming Amazon Synod which will focus on the region in October; bishops and indigenous people from Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana are due to attend the event in Rome.

These nations comprise 33 million people and are the source of one-fifth of the world's fresh water, one-fourth of all oxygen and more than one-third of global forest reserves.

Pope hints at possible ordination of married men
Is it even possible to live a celibate life?

The Vatican says the region represents a pastoral and environmental challenge – but it is the scarcity of priests that the Church can directly address.

And so this 45-page document, drafted after input from bishops conferences and local communities, suggests that the Synod in October should consider the possibility of ordaining elderly married men, who are respected in their communities.

It refers to "proven men of character" to deal with the shortage of priests – and says they should be outstanding members of the local Catholic community, with grown-up families.

The document also calls for some kind of "official ministry" for women in the area, although it does not elaborate.

This would be a dramatic change given that the First and Second Lateran Councils of 1123 and 1139 explicitly forbade priests from marrying – so we are almost past 1,000 years since the Catholic Church has maintained male celibate priests.

Eliminating the prospect of marriage ensured that children or wives of priests did not make claims on property acquired throughout a priest's life, which thus could be retained by the Church.

It took centuries for the practice of celibacy to become widespread, but it eventually became the norm in the Western Catholic Church.

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At the end of their conference, participants will vote on various articles in a final document, which will then go to the Pope, who will decide whether to make it an official Apostolic Exhortation based on the Synod meetings.

This is likely to raise the usual questions about whether Pope Francis is a reformer, battling to change the Church.

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MAGNA: Latin American Advertising Market to Grow by 7.3% in 2019
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MAGNA: Latin American Advertising Market to Grow by 7.3% in 2019

What: MAGNA has released its summer 2019 update of advertising forecasts, which predict the Latin American advertising market to grow by +7.3% this year.
Why it matters: Global market growth is slowing down compared to the record growth recorded in 2018 (+8%), mostly due to the lack of major cyclical events in 2019.

According to the latest MAGNA report, global advertising revenues are forecast to grow by +5% to reach US $600 billion in 2019. This is 3% less than 2018 growth, a difference that is due to the absence of major cyclical events this year. As the report mentions, this lack of cyclical events will affect editorial media that generally benefit from them, such as TV, print, radio, video, etc. Magna predicts editorial ad revenues to stagnate at US $366 billion this year, while direct digital ad sales, including search and social formats, will grow by +15%.

“Global ad spend continues to grow as the economy remains strong in key markets but two factors are slowing down the growth rates in 2019: one is cyclical (the lack of major events in 2019, following a record year in 2018) while the other is structural,” said Vincent Létang, EVP, Global Market Intelligence at MAGNA, and author of the report. “Digital ad formats now account for more than half of total advertising sales. However, product innovation (smart homes, cloud services, OTT, 5G) and marketing innovation (direct-to-consumer brands) will continue to drive ad spend growth this year and the next.”

Among the key predictions in the report, MAGNA forecasts ad spend will grow in all key markets this year, television ad revenues will shrink by -2%, print ad sales will decline by -10% and radio by -1%. Also, OOH will continue to outperform traditional media, and social media will be the fastest-growing digital format in 2019 (+23%) ahead of video (+22%), and search (+13%).

Also, MAGNA predicts that digital advertising revenues will grow by +14% this year, to reach US $304 billion, more than half of the total global advertising economy (51%). In 2020, digital advertising will grow by double digits again. The report points out that digital advertising growth has slowed down compared to the previous four years, which had been expected because digital media penetration is now near universal in many markets. However, growth remains strong: MAGNA anticipates search ad sales to grow by +13% this year, while social ad sales will grow by +23% and digital video by +22%.

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SALES LEADS LATAM: HSBC, Palace Resorts, The Unicomer Group…
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SALES LEADS LATAM: HSBC, Palace Resorts, The Unicomer Group…

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

For prior Sales Leads LatAm editions, click here.

HSBC wants to triple both onshore and offshore revenues, profits and ebitda in Brazil within five years.HSBC sold its corporate and wholesale banking operations as part the sale of its full Brazil business to Bradesco in 2016.The global bank immediately opened a new Faria Lima-adjacent office in São Paulo to support the international business for Brazilian clients. At the end of last year, the bank had 65 employees; it now has 100 and expects to close the year with a headcount of between 120 and 140. Alexandre Guião, president of HSBC Brazil,expects HSBC to have around 180 to 190 employees in Brazil by the end of 2020, Euro Money reported.The strategy behind that growth is to become a full-service wholesale and investment bank; there are no plans to re-enter retail or onshore private banking.

Palace Resorts

Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, luxury all-inclusive resort accommodations- announced the restructuring of its in-house marketing teams. Palace Resorts, which has previously managed its marketing and public relations efforts alongside some of the best marketing & advertising agencies, has decided to bring its efforts completely in-house, by building a global marketing team.Palace Resort's various brands market to a variety of segments in the travel space on a global level including direct consumer, travel industry professionals and those selling meetings and incentives. These marketing efforts are done not only in key markets such as the United States & Canada, but also to other international key vital markets that include Mexico, Latin America, the UK, and Japan among others. To maintain synergies across all world markets, it was important to build a stellar team that could accomplish the task of maintaining brand voice regardless of location or market segmentation. This approach allows the brand to have better control of its brand identity on a worldwide scale.The in-house global marketing & public relations structure is comprised of a team of over thirty talented professionals that include, creative, strategy, digital and content marketing, as well as a team of communication pros. Gerardo Garcia, Vice President Sales & Marketing at USA PALACE RESORTS is a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board.

The Unicomer Group

The Unicomer Group opened its MegaStore in Aruba, a one-stop shopping concept with six brands under one roof including AMC Unicon, Ashley HomeStore, Optica Unicon, Home and Nature, RadioShack and Smit & Dorlas Coffee Shop, offering a large assortment of products for everyday living, entertainment and enjoyment. The Unicomer Group operates more than 1,100 stores throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, with its retail brands: Courts, Courts Optical, Shop Courts, AMC Unicon, Lucky Dollar, ServiTech, Omni, RadioShack, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Home and Nature, Ready Cash, Price Hacker and Hagemyer.Unicomer Group brings well-being to more than 1.5 million customers in the market, through the sale of its prestigious brand products at affordable prices. The Group continues with its plans of expansion, and consolidates once again as leader of the retail industry in 26 countries throughout Caribbean, Central America, South America and U.S.A. With the project investment the group will benefit both the local economy and Unicomer Aruba to re-affirm its commitment to positively impact the wellbeing of the countries where it operates.

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CenturyLink

CenturyLink, the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers, is making a significant investment to expand its network in the South Florida market. Located in Miami – the gateway to Latin America – the new facility will also help the company serve the skyrocketing demand for enterprise services in Latin America, as well as from South Florida organizations doing business there.The expansion includes a new network gateway, to manage the flow of internet and data traffic on CenturyLink's robust global network, and a state-of-the-art, high-efficiency data center. Together, they will hRead More – Source

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