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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.

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.
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