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AH1N1 death of Cuban migrant alarms Panama

Panama - A Cuban migrant's death from the AH1N1 influenza virus has alarmed authorities in Panama, where nearly 1,000 other Cubans are stranded near the border with Costa Rica, according to an official on Tuesday.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Panama canal expansion to be complete 'around May': President

Panama - Panama's expansion of its century-old canal, which has suffered costly overruns and major delays, is now to be complete "around the month of May," President Juan Carlos Varela said Saturday.

How the Ninja lanternshark glows in the dark

Moss Landing - In the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America, swims an enigmatic shark that uses its jet-black skin to hide, yet it can also glow in the dark. Previously unknown to science, the Ninja lanternshark is a recent discovery.

Cuban migrant crisis in C.America may 'spin out of control': Red Cross

Panama - A building crisis in Central America of US-bound Cubans being blocked at borders could "spin out of control" on the frontier between Costa Rica and Panama, the Red Cross warned Thursday.

Panama court orders detention of ex-president Martinelli

Panama - Panama's Supreme Court has ordered the detention of former president Ricardo Martinelli, prompting the absent millionaire supermarket tycoon on Tuesday to furiously dismiss the ruling as a "political trial.

'Spring against corruption' in Central America: UN official

Panama - Central America is experiencing an anti-corruption "Spring," a UN official said Wednesday, pointing to probes and trials of leaders and ex-leaders and to toughening laws against graft.

Panama jungle island is nerve center for climate researchers

Barro Colorado - In a manmade lake in the Panama Canal sits an island whose compact jungle is teeming with researchers studying biodiversity and climate change -- a tropical outcrop hailed as vital for understanding the world's forests.Barro Colorado Island is 15.

Colombia finds Spanish galleon sunk in 1708 with huge treasure

Cartagena - The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced the galleon 'San José', flagship of the Spanish Armada that was sunk by gunfire by English pirates in the XVIII century, was found at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Cartagena de Indias.

Panama wants UN to back reconciliation bid over U.S. invasion

Panama - Panama said Friday it wants the UN to back its "reconciliation" process looking at the US invasion of its territory 26 years ago that left thousands of affected people demanding compensation.

Vampire bats vomit up blood to share with others

Panama - Stomach turning fact of the week: vampire bats vomit up blood they have recently eaten and share it with their fellow bats.

Panama draft law calls for jail time for anti-gay hate crimes

Panama - Gay rights activists in Panama on Monday presented a bill to lawmakers that would make hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transsexuals illegal -- and punishable by up to a year in jail.

Panama Canal to limit ship size due to drought caused by El Niño

Panama City - A drought triggered by an El Niño is prompting the Panama Canal Authority to place restrictions on the size of ships allowed through the famed canal. Beginning Sept. 8, the maximum draft (depth in the water) will be cut to 39ft. (11.89m).

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce ship size

Panama - The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said.The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.

Op-Ed: Trump eclipses GOP, gives PR lesson to media

Washington - The best known Donald since Donald Duck may be an infuriating SOB, but talk about getting a sales pitch across. He’s loud, he’s egocentric, he’s all over the shop on specifics….And a lot of people like the way he’s rattling the Washington cages.

Panama president urges nation to accept Noriega apology

Panama - Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela urged the nation Thursday to forgive jailed former dictator Manuel Noriega after he apologized to victims of his 1983-1989 regime.

Two North Koreans jailed in Panama over Cuba arms cache

Panama - A court in Panama jailed two North Koreans for 12 years for trying to smuggle Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal in an incident which raised international suspicions, their attorney said Sunday.

Water test begins for wider Panama Canal

Panama - Crews began flooding part of the widened Panama Canal for its first operational tests, the group responsible for the massive project said.

Wider Panama Canal set for water trial

Panama - Water will start rushing into the newly expanded Panama Canal on Thursday in one area that was widened, ahead of the waterway's April 2016 re-inauguration.

In a pinch: Trap jaw ants use powerful jaws to escape death traps

The trap-jaw ant has earned the reputation of making short work of its prey. With herculean, spring-loaded mandibles, it crushes its prey with ease and defends its nests. Scientists have recently discovered it has another nifty use for those jaws.
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