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Venezuelan President Hails Panama’s New Leader

Venezuelan President Hails Panama’s New Leader

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hailed new Panamanian head of state Juan Carlos Varela and celebrated the restoration of bilateral diplomatic ties, suspended by Caracas during a spat with Panama's previous leader. continue reading »

Juan Carlos Varela Sworn in as New President of Panama

Juan Carlos Varela Sworn in as New President of Panama

Juan Carlos Varela was sworn in Tuesday as president of Panama for the 2014-2019 term at a ceremony in a soccer stadium before special guests and thousands of spectators. continue reading »

Panama Judge Absolves North Korean Sailors of Arms-Trafficking Charges

Panama Judge Absolves North Korean Sailors of Arms-Trafficking Charges

A Panamanian judge absolved three crew members of a North Korean ship seized in Panama in 2013 on arms-trafficking charges but ordered the arsenal retained. continue reading »

Venezuela and Panama Resume Diplomatic Relations after Trade Dispute

Venezuela and Panama Resume Diplomatic Relations after Trade Dispute

Panama and Venezuela "have proceeded to the exchange of (diplomatic) notes" to restore consular relations, suspended since March 5 together with diplomatic and trade ties in the wake of a political dispute, the Panamanian Foreign Ministry said Monday. continue reading »

Incumbent Vice President Juan Carlos Varela is Panama’s New Presdient

Incumbent Vice President Juan Carlos Varela is Panama’s New Presdient

Opposition hopeful - and incumbent vice president - Juan Carlos Varela has won Panama's presidential election. continue reading »

Panama Authorities Break Up Money Laundering Ring, Seize Thousands in Cash

Panama Authorities Break Up Money Laundering Ring, Seize Thousands in Cash

The Panamanian police seized $167,170 in cash and a 9 mm pistol from four people arrested on suspicion of money laundering, authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

Panamanian Authorities Arrest U.S. Fugitive On the Run

Panamanian Authorities Arrest U.S. Fugitive On the Run

A U.S. man who faces criminal charges in his homeland was detained while trying to sneak into Panama from neighboring Costa Rica, Panamanian authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

Dell Creates Training Center at University in Panama

Dell Creates Training Center at University in Panama

The Dell computer company inaugurated at the state Technological University of Panama, or UTP, a training center with an investment of over $30,000, for the purpose of promoting joint development of studies and research in the field of technology, the company said. continue reading »

Veteran Panamanian Journalist Killed in Robbery

Veteran Panamanian Journalist Killed in Robbery

Veteran Panamanian journalist Ramon "Monchi" Cano was fatally shot early Tuesday in a robbery at his home in the western city of David, Telemetro television said. continue reading »

Large House Fire in Panama Leaves 7 Dead

Large House Fire in Panama Leaves 7 Dead

At least seven people died when a fire broke out in a large house near the office of Panama's president, authorities and media outlets said Monday. continue reading »

Spanish Consortium, Panama Canal Fully Sign Deal

Spanish Consortium, Panama Canal Fully Sign Deal

A deal resolving a financial dispute that had threatened completion of a new set of locks for the Panama Canal, the centerpiece of a $5.25 billion expansion project, has been signed by all parties involved, the consortium building the locks said. continue reading »

Panama Unveils First Metro System in Central America

Panama Unveils First Metro System in Central America

The consortium made up of Spanish construction group FCC and Brazilian engineering giant Odebrecht has delivered Line 1 of Panama City's metro system, the first of its kind in Central America, wrapping up a project that took 41 months to complete and cost $2.01 billion. continue reading »

Panama Canal, Contractors Sign Deal to Finish Locks Construction

Panama Canal, Contractors Sign Deal to Finish Locks Construction

The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Friday that weeks of negotiations with the GUPC consortium in charge of building a third set of locks for the interoceanic waterway ended with a "conceptual agreement" to finish the project under the terms of the existing contract, which was signed in 2009. continue reading »

Panama to Host Inaugural Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards

Panama to Host Inaugural Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards

Ibero-America will have its own Oscars, or at least that is the goal of the Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards, which will be contested by the audiovisual industries of 22 countries and will be held for the first time in Panama City on April 5 as an initiative of producers on both sides of the Atlantic. continue reading »

Panama’s 1st Solar Power Plant Begins Operating

Panama’s 1st Solar Power Plant Begins Operating

Panama's government has put into operation the country's first solar plant at a cost of approximately $10 million, authorities said. The 2.4 MW plant, inaugurated Thursday by President Ricardo Martinelli at the Sarigua National Park in central Panama, continue reading »