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Panama Papers law firm partners get bail

Panama - The partners of the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal were given bail pending further legal action over allegations they helped launder money related to a huge Brazilian bribery case.

Panama seizes ex-president's helicopter over bribery claims

Panama - Panama on Tuesday seized a helicopter belonging to a wealthy former president, Ricardo Martinelli, whose family is under suspicion of accepting bribes from a Brazilian construction group.

Law firm at heart of Panama Papers a shadow of its former self

Panama - Panama has a new tourist attraction: the building hosting the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal.

Panama creates anti-narco force as drug seizures rise

Panama - Panama's president on Friday presented a new elite counternarcotics police unit to combat smuggling of increased cocaine production in neighboring Colombia.The Eagle force, as it is called, consists of 300 officers with access to intelligence.

Assets in Panama banks reach record level despite 'Panama Papers'

Panama - Banks based in Panama managed a record level of assets last year -- $121 billion -- despite fallout from the "Panama Papers" scandal, an industry body in the Central American country said Thursday.

Panama ex-dictator Noriega remains in critical state after surgery

Panama - Panama's former dictator, Manuel Noriega, remained in a critical condition on Wednesday following surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, one of his daughters told AFP."We have no news.

Thousands protest in Panama against corruption

Panama - Thousands marched in Panama on Thursday to protest a scandal over huge bribes paid by a Brazilian company in exchange for public contracts.

Panama says Interpol has issued alerts for ex-president's sons

Panama - Panama said Tuesday that Interpol has issued international wanted notices for two sons of former president Ricardo Martinelli on allegations they accepted bribes from disgraced Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Panama asks for Interpol alert on ex-president's sons

Panama - Panama has asked Interpol to issue an international alert for the arrest of two sons of former president Ricardo Martinelli on allegations they accepted bribes from disgraced Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

'Panama Papers' lawyers held in Brazil graft probe

Panama - The founders of the law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal were being held Friday as part of a probe into a sprawling graft case involving Brazilian construction group Odebrecht.

'Panama Papers' firm partner says Panama leader received Odebrecht 'donations'

Panama - A partner in the law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" scandal fell out publicly with Panama's president -- a former friend -- on Thursday, accusing him of accepting "donations" from a Brazilian company that has admitted to graft.

Panama suspends Panama Papers probe

Panama - Panama is suspending its probe into the Panama Papers, the leak of a legal firm's files on clients who stored assets in opaque offshore companies, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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.
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