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Panama asks US to 'respect' Taiwan snub

Panama - Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela on Sunday asked the United States to respect his country's sovereignty after the US recalled its envoys from three regional countries for switching diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.

Panama prosecutors request 21-year spying sentence for ex-president

Panama - Panamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital Panama City.

Extradited former Panama president Martinelli hospitalized

Panama - Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli was taken to hospital early Tuesday, one day after he was extradited from the United States to face charges of spying on journalists and opponents.

Former Panama leader Martinelli extradited home from US

Panama - Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli arrived home Monday after his extradition from the United States to face charges of spying on journalists and political opponents.

Panama suspends Venezuelan airlines in tit-for-tat move

Panama - Panama announced Tuesday it was suspending Venezuelan airlines from flying into the country in a tit-for-tat move after Caracas last week barred its main carrier Copa.

Panama won't back Trump Organization in luxury hotel spat

Panama - Panama will not intercede on behalf of the Trump Organization in a bitter dispute with the new owners of a luxury hotel in Panama City, the country's foreign minister said Monday.

'Panama Papers' law firm shuts down operations

Panama - The law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" global tax evasion scandal that brought down two world leaders announced Wednesday it would shut down operations, citing negative press and what it called unwarranted action by authorities.

Trump Organization taking legal action over Panama Hotel name change

Panama - The Trump Organization is taking legal action over the name change of a luxury hotel it used to manage in Panama -- as it remains entangled in a complex battle with the new owner, who removed Trump's name from the facade of the building.

Trump name stripped from Panama hotel in property dispute

Panama - Workers pried the name "Trump" off a luxury hotel in Panama City on Monday as its owner said he had succeeded in expelling the American president's family from managing the building.

Trump name stripped from Panama hotel in property dispute

Panama - The owner of the Trump Hotel in Panama City said Monday he had succeeded in expelling the management company of the US president's family from the building.

Panama to extradite former Mexican governor next week

Panama - Panama is to extradite a former Mexican governor wanted in his home country on charges of corruption next week, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Panama signs off on extradition of ex-Mexican governor

Panama - Panama's government on Friday signed approval for the extradition of a former Mexican governor wanted in his home country on corruption charges, according to the foreign ministry.

Jailed Mexican ex-governor fails in appeal against extradition

Panama - Roberto Borge, a former Mexican state governor wanted for corruption and detained in Panama, has failed in a bid to halt extradition proceedings, Panama's Supreme Court said Monday.

Panama eyes S. Korea alliance to get off EU tax haven list

Panama - Panama is looking to join forces with South Korea as it wages a "diplomatic offensive" to get off a newly unveiled EU tax blacklist, officials from the Central American nation said Thursday.

Latin America is world's most violent region for women: UN

Panama - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women, the United Nations said Wednesday, highlighting Central America and Mexico as particularly dangerous.

US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama

Panama - The United States has started destroying a stock of old, World War II-era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago, the foreign ministry said.

Detained Mexican ex-governor on hunger strike in Panama

Panama - A former Mexican governor detained in Panama pending extradition proceedings on graft charges is on a hunger strike to protest violations of his human rights, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

Blackout hits flights in Panama, a major Latin America hub

Panama - A blackout at Panama's main international airport -- a major hub for Latin America -- caused more than 200 flights to be canceled and many others delayed on Monday, airport officials said.

China's FM to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

Panama - Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials -- three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

Two ex-ministers arrested in Panama in Odebrecht bribe probe

Panama - Two ex-ministers have been arrested and were being detained Thursday in Panama as part of a probe into bribes paid by Brazilian construction group Odebrecht in exchange for public work contracts, prosecutors said.
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