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Panama ex-dictator Noriega moves to house arrest for brain surgery

Panama - Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega has been allowed to move from prison to house arrest in order to undergo an operation for a non-malignant brain tumor, his lawyer said Monday.

Cuban migrants furious, disconcerted by end of US welcome policy

Panama - For Cubans trekking through Latin America to the United States, the sudden decision by President Barack Obama to end a longstanding policy giving them automatic entry has come as a cold, hard punch to the gut.

Panama sets up special office to probe alleged Odebrecht bribes

Panama - Panama's state prosecutor's office on Wednesday announced it was setting up a special office to investigate alleged bribery of officials by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht as it bid to secure public projects.

Sons of Panama's ex-president deny bribes from Odebrecht

Panama - Two sons of Panamanian ex-president Ricardo Martinelli denied on Monday reports that they had received $6 million intended as a bribe for their father from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Panama urges punishment of those who took Odebrecht bribes

Panama - Panama's government on Thursday warned of punishment for public employees who took any of the more than $59 million in bribes paid by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for contracts.

From Panama Papers to impeachments: 2016 rocked by corruption scandals

Panama - From the Panama Papers to the impeachments of the presidents of Brazil and South Korea, 2016 was a year marked by corruption scandals, and by rising public outrage over graft.

Lack of access to medicine in Latin America taken to rights body

Panama - Complaints over lack of access to medicine in Latin America were brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, with demands that big drug companies be punished for preventing the sale of generics.

Panama must free Dutch journalist: Transparency International

Panama - A Dutch journalist jailed in Panama on charges of defamation for reporting on alleged corruption should be freed immediately, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said Friday.

Hurricane Otto heads towards Central America, kills 3

Panama - Hurricane Otto was forecast to strengthen in the Caribbean as it churned toward Central America, causing three deaths in Panama and prompting coastal evacuations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Panama asks US to extradite former president on spying charges

Panama - Panama on Tuesday asked the United States to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli to face charges of spying against opposition members while in power.

Panama agrees to help migrants head on for US

Panama - Panama promised to help hundreds of migrants who have crossed its jungle border from Colombia to carry on toward the United States.

Stiglitz quits Panama Papers clean-up committee

Panama - Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz has resigned from a committee of international experts named to help reform Panama's financial services sector after the Panama Papers scandal, the government said Friday.

800 US-bound migrants in jungle on Panama-Colombia border

Panama - Around 800 US-bound migrants, most of them from Haiti, Africa, Asia and Cuba, are currently in dense jungle on the Panama-Colombia border, Panama's president said Friday, describing it as "another migration crisis.

Panama to identify victims of 1989 U.S. invasion

Panama - The government of Panama on Wednesday launched an independent commission to identify people killed or missing in the 1989 US invasion of the country that brought down dictator Manuel Noriega.

Surgery on Noriega brain tumor postponed: doctor

Panama - Scheduled surgery on imprisoned former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to remove a benign brain tumor has been postponed because of the 82-year-old's frail health, his doctor told AFP.

Panamanian ex-dictator set to undergo brain tumor surgery

Panama - Panama's imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega will undergo surgery next week for a benign brain tumor, his doctor said.Physician Eduardo Reyes told AFP on Friday the surgery is set for July 21 at the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City.

Panama judge asks Interpol to help catch ex-president

Panama - A judge in Panama asked Interpol on Tuesday to help arrest the country's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli on spying and corruption charges, police said.

Newly expanded Panama Canal opens for bigger business

Panama - Panama is preparing to officially open its canal this weekend to far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work aimed at boosting transit revenues and global trade.

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Panama - The law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal says it expects the prosecution of a worker from its Geneva office detained on suspicion of stealing company documents.

Millions of Latin Americans could fall back into poverty: UN

Panama - A third of Latin Americans who have risen out of poverty over the past 15 years could fall back into it due to the region's recession, a UN report showed Tuesday.
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