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China lands diplomatic punch to Taiwan by winning over Panama

Panama - China delivered another diplomatic punch to Taiwan on Tuesday by establishing relations with Panama at the expense of Taipei, further isolating the island's Beijing-skeptic government.

Copa pilots in Panama threaten strike over pay

Panama - Dozens of pilots with Panama's main carrier Copa Airlines protested outside Panama City's international airport on Thursday in an intensifying campaign for higher pay.

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Panama - Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega, who was on the CIA payroll, ousted from power by US troops in 1989, and spent years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering, has died aged 83, authorities said.

From dictator to detainee: Noriega's turbulent past

Panama - The late Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who rose to power while working for the CIA, ruled ruthlessly 1983-1989 and was ousted by a US military invasion.

Noriega, former CIA agent who got on wrong side of the US

Panama - The late Manuel Antonio Noriega's public persona was extinguished nearly three decades ago, when the United States toppled him in an invasion that spoke volumes about Cold War tensions at the time.

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Panama - Panama's former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, who died in Panama City late Monday, was physically diminished after decades of imprisonment for crimes committed during his 1983-1989 rule.

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.
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