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Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

The sharp increase forces authorities to adapt existing hospitals and look for new spaces, like convention centers, to boost a health system with a range of problems including long waiting lists

VIRUS SURGE IN PANAMA. A patient infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, in Panama City on July 04, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombia, U.S. seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.

ILLEGAL. File photo of a cocaine warehouse.

Panama's gender-based virus rules rebuked after transgender abuse

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Panamanian authorities decree in early April that men could only leave home to go shopping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with women allowed to do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

PANAMA. Passengers of the metro are captured by Thermographic or Body Temperature Measurement cameras, which allow to find possibly infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Panama holds 1,700 migrants in jungle due to coronavirus

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Reports say the facilities migrants are in are only designed to accommodate around 200 people

Panama to restrict movement by gender during virus quarantine

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Men will be able to go to the supermarket or the pharmacy on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and women will be allowed out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

HEARTS. A member of the Health Emergency Operations Center (CODES) shows a map of Panama with the locations of care centers across the country for patients with COVID-19, in Panama City on March 30, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Virus ship still searching for port, 4 passengers dead

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:59 AM

'I am...on a boat that I cannot get off, with coronavirus patients, with 4 dead,' one passenger said, adding that he was 'full of uncertainty, without money...and without knowing if there is a plane back home'

HELP. Passengers are seen onboard Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel, and COVID-19 testing devices, 8 miles off the coast of Panama City, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Ivan Pisarenko/AFP

Panama records Central America's 1st coronavirus death

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:55 AM

The Panamanian government orders public and private schools closed until April 7 in the affected areas

COVERED UP. Members of the Health Ministry waiting for tourists on arrival at Port of Amador in Panama City, on March 10, 2020. Photo by Panama's Health Ministry/AFP

Panama sends police reinforcements to remote area after sect sacrifice

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:01 PM

A pregnant woman and 7 children are killed, allegedly as part of a religious sacrifice

Grab taken from Panamanian channel TVN Noticias showing Panamanian paramedics carrying one of the 15 people rescued from a religious sect on a stretcher in Santiago, Veraguas province, Panama on January 15, 2020. - Panamanian authorities on Tuesday found a mass grave at an indigenous region where 15 people who had been held by a religious sect were rescued hours before. (Photo by HO / TVN NOTICIAS / AFP) / - Panama OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-PANAMA OUT

Meryl Streep says rich playing 'black joke' on world

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The actress stars as a cheated widow out to right financial chicanery in 'The Laundromat,' a movie based on the 'Panama Papers' scandal

US actress Meryl Streep arrives for the screening of the film "The Laundromat" on September 1, 2019 presented in competition during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Strong earthquake hits Costa Rica-Panama border – USGS

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake strikes at a depth of 26 kilometers, about two kilometers from the nearest town of Progreso in Panama, USGS says, updating a previous alert that estimated the depth at 10 kilometers

Panama's Cortizo wins close presidential vote

May 06, 2019 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'I feel very happy. I won. We won. What we have to do now is join forces as a country,' Cortizo tells reporters shortly before the electoral tribunal confirmed his victory

PANAMA'S VOTE. Supporters of Panamanian presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) Laurentino Cortizo gather while waiting for the vote count results, in Panama City on May 5, 2019. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

The quest to save the banana from extinction

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Cavendish banana may have had a remarkable journey from colonial curiosity to global staple. But its success has helped create a food system with a fatal flaw.

RACE AGAINST TIME? Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer. Steve Hopson/wikipedia, CC BY-SA

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

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli created and directed 'an organized state apparatus' for domestic espionage when in office from 2009-2014

IMPRISONMENT. Panama's former president (2009-2014) Ricardo Martinelli (C), is escorted by police officers as he leaves the court where he was attending a hearing over wiretapping allegations, to be taken to the hospital in Panama City on March 22, 2019. Martinelli's trial was interrupted when he suffered a hypertension episode. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Pope winds up World Youth Day in Panama with giant mass

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Pope Francis tell youth: 'Go back to your parishes and communities, to your families and your friends, and share this experience, so that others can resonate with the strength and enthusiasm that is yours'

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives in the popemobile to give an open-air mass at the Campo San Juan Pablo II on the outskirts of Panama City, on January 27, 2019. Pope Francis winds up a global gathering of young Catholics on Sunday with a giant open-air mass for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims before leaving Panama. Marvin RECINOS / AFP

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Pope prepares to meet senior bishops from around the world in Rome next month to deal with widespread clergy sex abuse of children and young people

POPE IN PANAMA. Pope Francis gives mass at the centuries-old colonial Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama's patron saint, in Panama City on January 26, 2019. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope slams 'fear' over migration as he begins World Youth Day trip in Panama

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The festive 5-day youth meeting offers Pope Francis a brief respite from a torrent of Church sex scandals that have jolted his papacy

WYD 2019. Pope Francis waves to the crowd of faithful from the Popemobile, after landing at Panama's Tocumen International Airport on January 23, 2019. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Panama youth meeting offers pope respite from scandals

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The festive 5-day meeting with an expected 200,000 young people from around the world offers the 82-year-old pontiff a brief respite from a torrent of sex scandals that have jolted his papacy

EASTER. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobie after the mass of Easter on April 1, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Former Pakistan prime minister Sharif sentenced to 7 years jail for graft

Dec 24, 2018 - 8:01 PM

It is the latest conviction stemming from a corruption investigation spurred by the Panama Papers leak

Pakistani ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with media representatives at the tomb of Pakistan's national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore on August 14, 2017. Pakistan celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a brazen flag raising ceremony at its eastern border and an air force display, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

U.S. indicts 4 tied to money laundering at 'Panama Papers' firm

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The 4 are affiliated with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that helped thousands of clients around the world move money offshore to protect it from taxes

LEAK SOURCE. Photo shows the building where the office of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is located in Panama City, Panama, April 3, 2016. Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

German police raid Deutsche Bank in 'Panama Papers' graft probe

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:14 PM

German prosecutors raid several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 'Panama Papers' data leak

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 02, 2018 The logo of German company Deutsche Bank is pictured at it's headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 2, 2018. German prosecutors raided several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area on November 29, 2018 over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 "Panama Papers" data leak.  Daniel ROLAND / AFP

For dropping Taiwan, Panama is Xi Jinping's next diplomatic destination

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:12 PM

China is the second major user of the Panama Canal after the United States

CHARM OFFENSIVE. File photo of recent Manila visitor Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Pope Francis' visit to Panama in January 2019 is the first to the Central American country since the late John Paul II made the trip in 1983

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis will visit Panama for the  Catholic World Youth Day festival. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Q and A: Frederik Obermaier, behind and beyond the 'Panama Papers'

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Top investigative journalist Frederik Obermaier shares what life was before the biggest story of his career – and the value of whistleblowers

German journalist Frederik Obermaier co-author of the socalled "Panama Papers" investigation poses on April 7, 2016 in Munich, southern Germany, at his office at the German daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung". - The Panama Papers are a massive leak of 11.5 million documents allegedly exposing the secret offshore dealings of aides to Russian president Vladimir Putin, world leaders and celebrities including Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. The vast stash of records was obtained from an anonymous source by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with media worldwide by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: The aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Hurricane Michael is the most powerful storm to hit Florida's northern Panhandle area in more than a century

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for parts of Bay County, which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby Gulf and Franklin counties

Satellite image of Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018. Image from NOAA

England hat-trick hero Kane basks in World Cup rout

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:49 PM

The record-setting triumph over Panama propels England into the last 16 with Belgium

RECORD GOALS. Harry Kane becomes the first England player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Gary Lineker in 1986. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Belgium manager delighted with start as Lukaku sinks Panama

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Roberto Martinez' squad continues its charge toward the knockout stages as it is currently unbeaten in 20 matches

PRODIGY. Romelu Lokaku prays after the match as his brace brings his scoring record to 38 goals for Belgium at 25 years old. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

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Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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'Panama Papers' law firm shuts down operations

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Mossack Fonseca says a smaller group will continue working to address requests from authorities and other public and private groups

A private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Son of Angola's ex-president sacked from national investment fund

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Jose Filomeno dos Santos, who was implicated in the 'Panama Papers' offshore scandal, will be replaced by former finance minister Carlos Alberto Lopes


Explosion risk for oil tanker ablaze off China, says authorities

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The tanker Sanchi, operated by Iran's Glory Shipping, was heading to South Korea when it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, the CF Crystal

FIRE. This handout from the Korea Coast Guard taken and released on January 7, 2018 shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker 'Sanchi' on fire after a collision with a cargo ship at sea. Handout/KOREA COAST GUARD/AFP

Seoul seizes Panama vessel for alleged North Korea ties – report

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The Panama-flagged ship suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea is the second such seizure to be reported in days

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for ex-PM Sharif – lawyer

Oct 26, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The claims against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family

WANTED. In this file photo, ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with media in Lahore on August 14, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan court indicts ex-PM Sharif for corruption – official

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The indictment comes ahead of a general election due by the end of 2018, in which Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) will face an offensive by Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party

NAWAZ SHARIF. An handout picture released by the Pakistan Press Information Department (PID) on March 28, 2016, shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the nation at his office in Islamabad. File photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Son of slain Malta whistleblower assails 'complicit' PM

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Matthew Caruana Galizia, himself a journalist involved in digesting the Panama Papers, says his mother had been assassinated for doing her job in investigating alleged corruption

CAR BOMBING AFTERMATH. Matthew Caruana Galizia (C) and Peter Caruana Galizia (2ndL), son and husband of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and policemen walk past the wreckage of a car bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017.

Maltese journalist who accused government of corruption killed by car bomb

Oct 17, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Daphne Caruana Galizia had filed a police complaint earlier this month about threats she had received

CRIME SCENE. Police and forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car bomb believed to have killed journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017.  Stringer/AFP

Calibri in spotlight as 'Fontgate' could leave Pakistan sans Sharif

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A typeface has sparked uproar in Pakistan after documents using the font were produced in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – despite being dated a year before the design was released

CORRUPTION PROBE REPORT. A Pakistani journalist poses for a photograph with a copy of a corruption report released by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Islamabad on July 12, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

After decades of siding with Taiwan Panama now recognizes that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory

Former Panama dictator Noriega cremated

May 31, 2017 - 9:37 AM

The private ceremony was attended by only a handful of relatives – among them his 3 daughters – and friends at a crematorium in the capital

Police keep watch in front of the cremation service where Manuel Noriega was cremated in a private ceremony, on May 30, 2017 in Panama City. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

May 30, 2017 - 1:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Noriega was in a hospital recovering from a brain tumor operation

DICTATOR. This file photo taken on October 04, 1989 shows shows former Panamanian strongman General Manuel Noriega waving as he left his headquarters in Panama City following a failed coup against him. Robert Sullivan/AFP

Panama Papers law firm partners get bail

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:31 AM

The lawyer of Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca says the two were freed on bail of 500 000 each

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Apr 11, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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2017 Pulitzer Prizes awarded for work on U.S. election, PH war on drugs

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The 101th edition of the awards comes with the US news media under assault from the White House

HIGHEST HONOR. The Pulitzer Prize medal. Image courtesy Pulitzer Prize

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Apr 03, 2017 - 11:11 AM

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Panama Papers boost tax battle, but no silver bullet

Apr 02, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The leaking of the more than 11 million documents belonging to Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca kickstarted fresh government action against the secretive world of tax fraud and evasion

PANAMA PAPERS. The leaking of more than 11 million documents belonging to Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca kickstarts fresh government action against tax fraud and evasion. File photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends sympathies to the families of the Fallen 44, the Special Action Force troopers who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 25, 2015. The President met with the families of the fallen police officers for the first time at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 24, 2017, a day before the second death anniversary of the gallant troopers. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Panama suspends Panama Papers probe

Jan 25, 2017 - 10:40 AM

It is now up to the Supreme Court to rule on the matter and decide whether the probe should resume

In this file photo, a private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

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Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Tens of thousands of mainly Cubans Haitians and Africans are seeking passage to the United States via the country

Migrants by a banner that reads 'Welcome to Costa Rica' in an encampment of Africans in Penas Blancas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the border with Nicaragua on July 19, 2016. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP