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Panama president pledges new beginning in corruption fight

Panama - Panama's new president Laurentino Cortizo took office on Monday faced with the task of sprucing up his corruption-tainted country's image and reviving a floundering economy.

Court orders release of jailed Panamanian ex-president

Panama - A court in Panama on Wednesday ordered the release of detained ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, one year after he was extradited from the United States to face corruption charges.

Migrants dreaming of US brave hellish Panamanian jungle odyssey

Marragant - Some have died on the way, pregnant women lost their babies and one Haitian was shot in the arm, yet migrants still trek on foot through Panama's perilous Darien forest in the hope of one day reaching the United States.

Nike ditches shoe design after Panama's indigenous Guna protest

Panama - US sportswear giant Nike said Tuesday it was withdrawing its latest shoe after Panama's indigenous Guna community accused it of "pirating" a protected traditional design.

Earthquakes in Panama leave five injured, minor damage

Panama - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Panama on Sunday, injuring at least five people and causing damage to businesses and homes, officials said.

'Nito' Cortizo: cattle rancher and veteran of Panama politics

Panama - Social democrat Laurentino Cortizo, who won Sunday's presidential election in Panama, is a veteran politician and former agriculture minister of the small Central American country.

Panama's Cortizo wins close presidential vote

Panama - Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo won Panama's presidential election Sunday in a close race that saw a large number of voters turn out amid concerns over corruption scandals and the country's image as a money-launderer's paradise."I feel very happy.

Odebrecht scandal casts shadow over Panama poll

Panama - Seated next to dozens of workers in helmets and yellow jackets, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela posed last month for a shared selfie after inaugurating the Central American country's latest project by Odebrecht -- the Brazilian firm whose million...

Veteran lawmaker poised to win Panama presidential election

Panama - Voters go to the polls to elect a president on Sunday in booming Panama, with anti-graft candidate Laurentino Cortizo the favorite to succeed incumbent Juan Carlos Varela.

Panama ex-president Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail for spying on political foes, reporters and business leaders while in power, prosecutors said Friday.

Op-Ed: Humanity vs tax avoidance at Davos — All too true

Davos - When Dutch historian Rutger Bregman raised the issue of tax avoidance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he was talking about equality. It’s anyone’s guess what the insular ignoramuses got from that speech.

Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Panama - Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Sunday, winding up a five-day visit during which he defended Central American migrants and acknowledged the Church had been hurt by sex abuse scandals.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope to tackle dwindling vocations to priesthood at Panama meeting

Panama - Pope Francis will meet young student priests on Saturday on the fourth day of his visit to Panama for World Youth Day celebrations, a day after the clergy sex abuse scandal haunting his papacy returned to the spotlight.

'We exist' gays say in message to pope in Panama

Panama - A long and tender kiss between two women in downtown Panama on Friday was a quiet but symbolic message from the LGBT community to the visiting Pope Francis: "We exist!

Church sex abuse summit a bid for 'concrete change': Vatican

Panama - The Vatican said Friday that next month's meeting of Church leaders in Rome was a unique chance to tackle the "terrible plague" of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy.

Pope defends migrants, marginalized, at Panama meeting with young

Panama - Pope Francis railed Friday against the marginalization of convicts and others who society has deemed "sinners," and staunchly defended migrants as he joined hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in Panama.

Pope in Panama calls for rejection of 'all forms of corruption'

Panama - Pope Francis began his visit to Panama on Wednesday with a call to political leaders to reject "all forms of corruption" in a speech to the diplomatic community.

Pope in Panama blasts 'fears and suspicions' over migration

Panama - Pope Francis said in Panama Thursday that the Church must work to overcome the world's "fears and suspicions" of migration, and pledged his support for "all efforts" to avoid further suffering in crisis-torn Venezuela.
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