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Spain stay clear at top of world rankings

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Blackburn in Santa Cruz deal

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Paraguay is on the eve of a historic political transition as a left-leaning former bishop promises to oust the world's longest-ruling party from power tomorrow. Fernando Lugo quit his job preaching liberation theology to the impoverished masses to tackle the entrenched power of the Colorado Party, which has ruled the Latin American nation for the past 62 years.

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