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Parts of Panama Declared as Emergency Zones After Torrential Rains

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on Sunday declared three northern areas to be emergency zones after torrential rains caused at least two deaths, damaged the property of hundreds and flooded dozens of homes, authorities said. continue reading »

Progress on the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

Yesterday, key government officials, trade stakeholders, and members of the press were on hand to witness U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ricardo Quijano continue reading »

DOL Announces $10M in Funding to Reduce Child Labor in Ecuador, Panama

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs is seeking eligible applicants under two competitive grant solicitations to implement projects that will reduce child labor in Ecuador and Panama. continue reading »

Girl Dies After Wall Collapses at Panamanian School

One girl was killed and two others injured Thursday when a wall collapsed at an elementary school in the Panamanian capital, authorities said. continue reading »

Ruben Blades 500,000 Comic Book Collection to Be Auctioned

Panamanian singer and politician Ruben Blades has been collecting comics almost since he reached the age of reason, but now thinks enough is enough and plans to put them up for auction. continue reading »

3,500 Indigenous and Rural Households in Panama Will be Getting Water Service

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a grant for $7.5 million from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide drinking water and sanitation services to more than 3,500 rural and indigenous households in Panama. continue reading »

Panama’s Portobelo-San Lorezno Port Added to World Heritage’s Endangered List

Citing environmental factors, lack of maintenance and uncontrollable urban developments, the World Heritage Committee placed an historic Panamanian property on its list of endangered world heritage. continue reading »

UPDATE: Yvonne Baldelli’s Ex-Marine/Ex-BF Named Person of Interest in Her Disappearance in Panama

Sunday, Panamanian police said they are looking to missing American, Yvonne Baldelli's former boyfriend, ex-Marine Brian Brimager as a person in their case to find her. continue reading »

An American in Panama: Yvonne Baldelli, 41, Missing After Trying to Start New Life in Panama

The FBI has now joined the search for an American woman who went missing 5 months ago shortly after moving to Panama with her boyfriend. After being laid off from her job at Proctor and Gamble, 41-year-old Yvo continue reading »

REPORT:  Brazil, Nicaragua & Panama best Suited to Attract Low-Carbon Energy Investments

Brazil, Nicaragua and Panama have the most suitable environment for climate-related investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a preview of the Climatescope 2012, an upcoming report continue reading »

Panama Improves Ability to Respond to Natural Disasters with $100 Million Standby Loan

Panama will substantially improve its ability to respond to natural disasters with a $100 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) standby loan. continue reading »

Secretary Janet Napolitano to Visit Latin America

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David Aguilar, and Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin will travel to Latin America. continue reading »

Panama Being Urged to Find Peaceful Solution to Escalating Tensions with Indigenous People

An independent United Nations expert on indigenous rights called today on the Government of Panama and the country’s indigenous groups to establish a dialogue process to stop the recent tensions and violence from escalating after recent protests. continue reading »

Colombian Spy Chief Currently in Panama Will Not be Extradited

Panama rejected on Friday a request from Colombia to extradite former spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado, who faces charges in Bogota over an illegal wiretapping scandal. continue reading »

California Business Extradited from Panama in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Case

Joseph Randall Medcalf, 55, was deported over the weekend by Panama to the United States after being arrested late last week in Panama continue reading »

Charges in Panamanian Drug Ring that Hid Coke and Heroin in Hair Weaves and Wigs

Twelve individuals from the Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland – and the country of Panama – have been charged in a 20-count indictment alleging international drug trafficking. continue reading »

Manuel Noriega Arrives in Panama, Starts 60 Year Prison Sentence

Former strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who was extradited from France, has started serving more than 60 years in prison in Panama, with officials assigning him continue reading »

Panama Awaits Former Dictator Manual Noriega’s Return, Some Twenty Years Later

Panama is awaiting the arrival Sunday of former strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who was extradited from France and will be taken immediately to prison to serve the sentences handed down to him on various convictions. continue reading »

Infamous Kennedy Airport Killer Deported to Panama, Served 34 Years in U.S. Prison

A former lawful permanent resident, who was once an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, was deported Wednesday to Panama. He had killed two people during a 1977 hostage continue reading »

Pastport: Panama Follows Actress/Singer Tatyana Ali on an Emotional Journey

Tatyana grew up in a household that spoke Spanish and fully embraced Panamanian culture, often indulging in the country's food, music, and dance. However, Tatyana knew continue reading »