Growing pains in Paraguay as economy modernizes

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In this May 13, 2015 photo, an electricity worker climbs down a ladder in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The city of 350,000 is a hub for immigrants from all corners, where the city streets buzz with vendors negotiating in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and indigenous Guarani. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay (AP) — Verna Fragadas stands with her arms crossed in front of Friendship Bridge, which separates this gritty, bustling Paraguayan city from Brazil and nearby Argentina.

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