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'Nito' Cortizo: cattle rancher and veteran of Panama politics

Panama - Social democrat Laurentino Cortizo, who won Sunday's presidential election in Panama, is a veteran politician and former agriculture minister of the small Central American country.

Panama's Cortizo wins close presidential vote

Panama - Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo won Panama's presidential election Sunday in a close race that saw a large number of voters turn out amid concerns over corruption scandals and the country's image as a money-launderer's paradise."I feel very happy.

Odebrecht scandal casts shadow over Panama poll

Panama - Seated next to dozens of workers in helmets and yellow jackets, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela posed last month for a shared selfie after inaugurating the Central American country's latest project by Odebrecht -- the Brazilian firm whose million...

Veteran lawmaker poised to win Panama presidential election

Panama - Voters go to the polls to elect a president on Sunday in booming Panama, with anti-graft candidate Laurentino Cortizo the favorite to succeed incumbent Juan Carlos Varela.

Panama ex-president Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail for spying on political foes, reporters and business leaders while in power, prosecutors said Friday.

Bail set at $1 mn each for sons of Panama ex-president arrested in US

Miami - A US judge on Tuesday set bail at $1 million each for two sons of Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli who, like their father, stand accused of collecting huge bribes in a wide ranging cash-for-contracts scandal.

China's Xi in Panama on mission to bolster clout in Latin America

Panama - China's President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela signed a string of cooperation agreements Monday as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

Two sons of former Panama president Martinelli arrested in US

Panama - Two sons of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of collecting bribes worth millions in the wide-ranging Odebrecht scandal, were arrested in the United States, officials said Wednesday.

Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit

Pacora - Amid swirling sawdust and the smell of fresh paint, the inmates of a grim Panamanian prison are diligently preparing for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, hoping for forgiveness and praying for freedom.

Rights group calls for US reparations over 1989 Panama invasion

Panama - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on Washington to compensate victims and families of the 1989 invasion of Panama, accusing US forces of multiple rights violations as they moved to overthrow dictator Manuel Antonio Norieg...

Climate change swelling Central American migration to US: experts

Panama - Deepening climate change will swell Central American migration to the United States, the region's environment ministers and experts warned Tuesday as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Tr...

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country Saturday but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Migrant caravan halted after storming Guatemala-Mexico border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United ...

Pompeo begins Latin America trip amid tensions over migrant caravan

Panama - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Thursday in Panama at the start of a tour of the Central American region that President Donald Trump blames for an "onslaught" of US-bound migrants.

Jailed ex-president to contest Panama elections after primary win

Panama - Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli will contest next year's general election after topping the poll in his party's primaries despite being jailed on corruption charges.

Marriott takes control of Panama Trump tower after long dispute

Panama - With music and fanfare, US hotel chain Marriott on Tuesday took over a hotel in Panama City mired for months in a legal spat with the Trump Organization.

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.

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.

Venezuela asylum requests soar in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico

San Jos - The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States said Tuesday.

Panama's ex-dictator Noriega has brain tumor: Doctor

Panama - Manuel Noriega, Panama's imprisoned former dictator ousted in a 1989 US invasion of his country, has a brain tumor needing surgery, his doctor, family and lawyer said on Thursday.

'No evidence' to take action against Panama Papers law firm: Prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor against organized crime said there was no evidence so far to take action against the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, following a raid lasting 27 hours on its offices.

Nine tons of drugs go up in smoke in Panama

Panama - Panama's police destroyed nearly nine tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, seized from smugglers so far this year, officials said.The 6.3 tons of cocaine, 2.5 tons of marijuana and 3.

North Korea ship in Cuba arms row crosses Panama Canal

Panama City - A North Korean ship that was stopped in Panama last year for carrying undeclared Cuban weaponry, was crossing the Panama Canal again on Wednesday after a clean inspection.
 

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