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 ...

Storm season brings new dread while forgotten towns rebuild

U.S. 05/31/19, 00:06

The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next Big One, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one.For some communities, the devastation remains an open wound, as in Florida's Panama City, slammed by ...

Trump promises more hurricane relief for Florida Panhandle

U.S. 05/08/19, 21:07

President Donald Trump promised a swift infusion of federal aid to the Florida Panhandle seven months after devastating Hurricane Michael as he rallied supporters Wednesday for his re-election. Trump addressed a crowd of thousands at an outdoor amphitheater, looking to rally loyalists in the reliably Republican corner of the swing state ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘It’s pure hell’: Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis

U.S. 03/04/19, 02:06

The Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October is still experiencing a housing crisis.Officials estimate almost three-quarters of the households in Bay County, Florida, were impacted in some way by the storm.Initial estimates put the number of homeless at 20,000 people. Bay County officials say that 7,800 ...

Update: Fundraising for FL hurricane victims falls short

U.S. 03/02/19, 13:41

The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle in October (all times local):1:30 p.m.Residents of a Florida Panhandle county devastated by a monster storm are feeling forgotten.Paulina "Bela" Sebastiao stands in what used to be her bedroom before her home is torn down that morning ...

‘We are still hurting’: Life still difficult after hurricane

U.S. 03/02/19, 09:25

Life is still a struggle in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael.Everyday tasks that residents of Bay County used to take for granted now require a combination of planning, patience and luck. The Category 4 storm cut a wide swath of devastation through the area in October.Drivers ...

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 ...

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, ...

Air Force plans to spend $3 billion to rebuild Florida base

U.S. 02/01/19, 11:39

Air Force officials say they are committed to spending $3 billion during the next five years to rebuild a Florida base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael.The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy announced the Tyndall Air Force Base reconstruction plans Thursday to local officials in ...

Derelict cruiseliner to get second life as artificial reef

U.S. 01/27/19, 03:00

Hurricane Michael took Lee Ingram's boat, but he refused to let his vessel remain another victim of the storm's wrath.For 10 years the Panama City native has owned the El Dorado, a 157 foot-long, 300-ton former luxury cruise liner. Ingram had been trying to restore the boat and eventually return ...

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 ...

Update: Pope challenged on sex abuse by young people

U.S. 01/26/19, 15:25

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Young people have challenged Pope Francis on the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal and the plight of Christians in the Middle East as the youth take center stage in the final events of World Youth Day in Panama. Francis lunched ...

Pope seeks to inspire Panama’s priests, sisters at Youth Day

America 01/26/19, 00:05

Pope Francis has sought to inspire Panama's young people, its prisoners, its politicians and its bishops. On Saturday he turns his attention to the country's priests and religious sisters as he reaches the midway point in his Central American visit.Francis will celebrate Mass in the Santa Maria La Antigua cathedral ...

HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit

Health 01/25/19, 00:12

Like many others from his poor, indigenous region of Panama, Raul Tugri left for the capital years ago in search of opportunities. He found work at a supermarket, but alcohol abuse sent his life into a tailspin and four years ago he was diagnosed with HIV."My world came crashing down," ...

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