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Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

Berlin - Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported.

Panama protest over lifting of quarantine

Panama - Trade unions took to the streets of Panama City on Tuesday in protest at the government's decision to reopen the country's economy, claiming it will lead to a spike in infections and deaths from the coronavirus.

Panama transgender community worried over virus gender rules

Panama - Panama has implemented gender-based social distancing regulations to help tackle the coronavirus crisis, but the move has raised "dread" among members of the transgender community.

Panama to restrict movement by gender during virus quarantine

Panama - The government of Panama on Monday announced strict quarantine measures that separate citizens by gender in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Governor does not want passengers on virus-hit cruise ship 'dumped' in Florida

Fort Lauderdale - Florida's governor said Monday that he does not want passengers suspected of suffering from coronavirus on the cruise ship Zaandam to be "dumped" in his southern US state.

Passengers transferred from virus-stricken cruise ship off Panama

Panama - Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Central America were transferred to another ship Saturday, after the US-bound vessel was given permission to pass through the Panama Canal.

Four passengers die on stranded Dutch cruise ship

Panama - Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying scores of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded off the Pacific coast of South America for several days, the liner company said Friday.

Panama sends police reinforcements to remote area after sect sacrifice

Panama - Panama has sent police reinforcements to a remote indigenous village where locals have been left "terrorized" by the alleged religious sacrifice of six children and a pregnant woman, authorities said on Friday.

Panama police find mass grave after raiding sect

Panama - Prosecutors in Panama have uncovered a mass grave with the bodies of six minors and a pregnant woman in a remote area close to where they raided an obscure religious sect the day before.

Strong quake hits Costa Rica-Panama border, likely 'significant damage': USGS

San Jos - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Panama-Costa Rica border around midnight on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with the potential to cause casualties and "significant damage".

Migrants dreaming of US brave hellish Panamanian jungle odyssey

Marragant - Some have died on the way, pregnant women lost their babies and one Haitian was shot in the arm, yet migrants still trek on foot through Panama's perilous Darien forest in the hope of one day reaching the United States.

Nike ditches shoe design after Panama's indigenous Guna protest

Panama - US sportswear giant Nike said Tuesday it was withdrawing its latest shoe after Panama's indigenous Guna community accused it of "pirating" a protected traditional design.

Earthquakes in Panama leave five injured, minor damage

Panama - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Panama on Sunday, injuring at least five people and causing damage to businesses and homes, officials said.

Strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Panama: USGS

Washington - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Panama on Sunday near the border with Costa Rica, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Panama - Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Sunday, winding up a five-day visit during which he defended Central American migrants and acknowledged the Church had been hurt by sex abuse scandals.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope to tackle dwindling vocations to priesthood at Panama meeting

Panama - Pope Francis will meet young student priests on Saturday on the fourth day of his visit to Panama for World Youth Day celebrations, a day after the clergy sex abuse scandal haunting his papacy returned to the spotlight.

'We exist' gays say in message to pope in Panama

Panama - A long and tender kiss between two women in downtown Panama on Friday was a quiet but symbolic message from the LGBT community to the visiting Pope Francis: "We exist!

Church sex abuse summit a bid for 'concrete change': Vatican

Panama - The Vatican said Friday that next month's meeting of Church leaders in Rome was a unique chance to tackle the "terrible plague" of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy.

Pope defends migrants, marginalized, at Panama meeting with young

Panama - Pope Francis railed Friday against the marginalization of convicts and others who society has deemed "sinners," and staunchly defended migrants as he joined hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in Panama.

Pope in Panama calls for rejection of 'all forms of corruption'

Panama - Pope Francis began his visit to Panama on Wednesday with a call to political leaders to reject "all forms of corruption" in a speech to the diplomatic community.

Pope in Panama blasts 'fears and suspicions' over migration

Panama - Pope Francis said in Panama Thursday that the Church must work to overcome the world's "fears and suspicions" of migration, and pledged his support for "all efforts" to avoid further suffering in crisis-torn Venezuela.

Massive power outage strikes Panama ahead of papal visit

Panama - A massive power outage hit Panama on Sunday just days before the arrival of Pope Francis, leaving traffic lights inoperable, businesses in the dark, and gas stations unable to pump fuel for some six hours.

Rock and roll nuns to perform for pope in Panama

- With millions of YouTube views and hits on Spotify and iTunes, a group of young nun rockers play one of their biggest gigs next week, and thousands of Catholics, including the pope himself, will lap it up.

Panama mourns passing of Bush, who ordered country's invasion in 1989

Panama - The government of Panama expressed its "profound condolences" Saturday over the death of former US president George H.W. Bush, who ordered the US invasion of the Central American country in 1989 to overthrow its then dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega.

Charities slam Italy over rescue ship flagging row

Rome - Two charities on Sunday lambasted Italy for pressuring Panama into revoking its flag from migrant rescue ship Aquarius, warning the move deals a "major blow" to humanitarian missions off Europe's southern coasts.

Panama says it will revoke flag from migrant rescue ship

Panama - Panama announced on Saturday it will revoke its flag from the migrant rescue ship Aquarius due to "non-respect" of "international legal procedures" relating to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean.

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.

US recalls envoys from Latin American countries for cutting Taiwan ties

Washington - The United States on Friday recalled its envoys to three Latin American countries that recently switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, saying it would hold consultations with the diplomats.
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