US Homeland Security chief in Panama to talk drugs, migration

Central America 08/22/19, 18:19

U.S. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was in Panama City on Thursday, Aug. 22, to meet with security officials and ministers from Central America and Colombia. He tweeted his arrival for the Ninth Northern Triangle Ministerial and his readiness to engage with his colleagues for solutions facing the region. Yesterday, I ...

Migrants traverse the deadly last stretch of Darien jungle

America 05/30/19, 23:17

At first they appeared only as weary silhouettes emerging from the dense foliage on the other side of the Tuquesa River. Three women, one leaning on a stick for support, and two others carrying their few belongings on their heads accompanied by a 2-year-old boy. Two men, one carrying a machete, ...

Panama sees surge in migrants crossing perilous Darien Gap

America 05/15/19, 23:01

Venise Felizor lay on a mattress in a warehouse-turned-shelter on a hot, sticky afternoon with her 20-month-old son, Wesly, in her arms, the boy coughing and wailing after suffering from diarrhea for days.Originally from Haiti, they recently appeared in this tiny Panamanian village after a six-day hike through the jungle ...

California cafe touts its $75 coffee as the world’s priciest

U.S. 05/15/19, 18:06

A California cafe is brewing up what it calls the world's most expensive coffee — at $75 a cup.Klatch Coffee Roasters is serving the exclusive brew, the Elida Natural Geisha 803, at its branches in Southern California and San Francisco.The 803 in the coffee's name refers to the record-breaking price ...

Cortizo declared winner in Panama president race

World 05/06/19, 11:23

Panama's Electoral Court has declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the winner of the country's presidential elections.The court said Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party won 33%, with 95% of votes counted from Sunday's vote.It said Cortizo, a cattle rancher, will formally be named president-elect on Thursday.Presidential candidate Laurentino Cortizo, with ...

Cortizo declared ‘virtual winner’ in Panama president race

America 05/06/19, 01:35

Panama's Electoral Court declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the "virtual winner" in the country's tight presidential election late Sunday.The vote followed a campaign focused on corruption and slowing economic growth in this Central America trade and financial hub and turned into the tightest presidential contest in recent years.After scrutinizing the ...

Panamanian choose president amid slowing growth, corruption

America 05/04/19, 23:02

Panamanians will choose Sunday between six mostly business-friendly candidates to lead this Central American trade and financial hub for the next five years in a presidential election focusing on corruption and slowing economic growth.The vote takes place after revelations of money laundering in the so-called Panama Papers that dinged the ...

Anger over corruption widespread ahead of Panama election

World 05/03/19, 11:48

Anger over brazen corruption and weariness over the political status quo are widespread among the Panamanian electorate ahead of Sunday's vote to pick a successor to President Juan Carlos Varela, on whose watch Latin America's fastest growing economy cooled off significantly.In what has been perhaps the shortest and least colorful ...

Drought hits Panama Canal shipping, highlights climate fears

World 04/29/19, 23:00

An intense drought related to this year's El Nino phenomenon has precipitously lowered the level of Panama's Gatun Lake, forcing the country's Canal Authority to impose draft limits this week on ships moving through the waterway's recently expanded locks.The restrictions on how deep the vessels can reach below the surface ...

China’s construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US

Business 04/04/19, 01:41

China's expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers. China is hardly a newcomer to the region, ...

Panama president cheers China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 09:34

Panama sees a "big opportunity" in China's massive "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative, President Juan Carlos Varela said Tuesday during a visit to Hong Kong amid ambitious plans and proposals for Chinese-built bridges and rail lines.Varela said the initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power ...

Brazil and Argentina struggling ahead of Copa America

Soccer 03/27/19, 12:11

The Copa America is less than three months away and both Brazil and Argentina have shown they are far from their best.Brazil is having trouble defending and transitioning from the back to the attack. Argentina, meanwhile, is struggling with a drop in individual skill on the ball — even with ...

Panamanian world champion boxer Eusebio Pedroza dead at 62

Sports 03/01/19, 16:20

Former world champion Panamanian boxer Eusebio Pedroza, who defended the featherweight title more times than any other, has died at age 62.The World Boxing Association said Friday that Pedroza had been hospitalized recently while battling pancreatic cancer.Pedroza, nicknamed the "Scorpion," successfully defended his title 19 times between 1978 and 1985.FILE ...

Liz Weston: Should you move abroad for health care?

Health 02/25/19, 08:23

The notion that health care outside the U.S. could be good as well as cheap is a foreign one to many Americans.Kathleen Peddicord frequently hears from such skeptics as founder of Live and Invest Overseas, a site for people curious about living abroad. Actual expats like her, however, tell of ...

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’

Baseball 02/19/19, 22:33

Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the ...

Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title

Sports 02/10/19, 00:16

Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.Cuba defeated Venezuela 3-0.The Panamanians are playing in their first final since 1960, when they lost to Cuba. Panama has one Caribbean Series title, ...

Pope lowers goal of abuse summit to be mere catechism class

World 01/28/19, 07:41

Pope Francis is seeking to lower expectations from his big sex abuse prevention summit next month, saying he has only three main objectives.Francis told reporters returning from Panama on Sunday that he wants the Feb. 21-24 meeting to essentially be a basic catechism class for bishops about sex abuse. He ...

Pope reaffirms priest celibacy but makes case for exception

America 01/28/19, 07:38

Pope Francis is ruling out any lifting of the celibacy requirement for Catholic priests but says there's reason to consider ordaining older, married men in remote communities where priests are in short supply.Francis said he believes priestly celibacy is a gift for the Catholic Church and opposes a blanket change ...

US beats Panama 3-0 in Berhalter’s debut as coach

Soccer 01/27/19, 22:34

Gregg Berhalter became only the third U.S. coach in the modern era to start with a win, Djordje Mihailovic and Christian Ramirez scored in their national team debuts and the Americans beat Panama 3-0 Sunday night in an exhibition between nations that started inexperienced lineups.Walker Zimmerman also scored for the ...

Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

America 01/27/19, 00:03

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.Francis' meeting Sunday with HIV-positive residents of the Casa Hogar El Buen Samaritano is likely to send a strong message in ...

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