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Mayor of Historic City Among Those Netted for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

The mayor of La Villa de Los Santos, the birthplace of Panama's independence movement, was among 11 suspects arrested Sunday night for allegedly trafficking drugs and laundering money through cockfights, Panama's attorney general announced on Monday. An investigation...

Blackout at Panama Airport Strands Thousands

A prolonged power outage on Monday paralyzed Panama's primary airport, dubbed the "Hub of the Americas," and stranded thousands of passengers at the Tocumen International Airport and in other parts of the Americas where scheduled flights were canceled or...

Federal Judge Orders ex-Panamanian President Extradited

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday approved the extradition of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to face embezzlement and illegal surveillance charges in his home country. In a 93-page ruling, Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres, of the Southern District of...

Hotel Occupancy in Panama City Falls Below 45%

Hotel occupancy in Panama City fell to 44.69% in December last year, according to preliminary data from Panama's comptroller released last week. The Panamanian government and hotels have blamed informal lodging, including Airbnb, for the downward trend that began in...

Blackout at Panama Airport Strands Thousands

A prolonged power outage on Monday paralyzed Panama's primary airport, dubbed the "Hub of the Americas," and stranded thousands of passengers at the Tocumen International Airport and in other parts of the Americas where scheduled flights were canceled or...

Federal Judge Orders ex-Panamanian President Extradited

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday approved the extradition of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to face embezzlement and illegal surveillance charges in his home country. In a 93-page ruling, Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres, of the Southern District of...

Hotel Occupancy in Panama City Falls Below 45%

Hotel occupancy in Panama City fell to 44.69% in December last year, according to preliminary data from Panama's comptroller released last week. The Panamanian government and hotels have blamed informal lodging, including Airbnb, for the downward trend that began in...

Panama Commemorates 1964 ‘Flag Protest’

Decades of simmering tension over U.S. control of the Panama Canal and its adjacent land boiled over 53 years ago today in riots over flags which eventually forced the United States to relinquish the waterway in 1999. At the end of the three-day riot that began on...

Explosion at Altaplaza Mall KFC Leaves 12 Injured

An explosion during the installation of kitchen equipment at a KFC in Altaplaza Mall in Panama City left 12 people injured, some of them with second- and third-degree burns, Panamanian authorities said on Friday. Some of the victims were treated for smoke inhalation...

Panama Kicks Off Christmas Season With Parade

Panama City holds its annual Christmas parade on the waterfront at 5:00 p.m. today, ending its extravagant celebration with fireworks at 7:30 p.m. Access to Balboa Avenue and three waterfront roads, known as Cinta Costera I, II and III, will be closed to vehicular...

Gas Prices Rise by 20 Cents a Gallon

Gas prices in Panama rose nearly 20 cents a gallon, about 5 cents a liter, in the two-week period leading up to the 2016 Christmas holiday. In Panama City metro, 95 octane went up 4.7 cents to $0.726 a liter, 91 octane by 5 cents to $0.689, and diesel by 3.2 cents to...

Panama Implements Traffic Control Measures

Panama has implemented traffic control measures for the month of December to ease her intractable congestion, which strands commuters in bumper-to-bumper traffic for two or more hours during commuting hours. December in Panama spells heavy traffic across the Bridge of...

LEGO Unveils Working Model of Panama Canal

After celebrating its centennial two years ago and christening brand new locks in June, the Panama Canal is feting a new milestone--the arrival of a new set of locks made by Danish toymaker Lego. The 1,184-piece Lego set is a working model of the new, wider set of...

Blackout at Panama Airport Strands Thousands

Blackout at Panama Airport Strands Thousands

A prolonged power outage on Monday paralyzed Panama's primary airport, dubbed the "Hub of the Americas," and stranded thousands of passengers at the Tocumen International Airport and in other parts of the Americas where scheduled flights were canceled or...

Federal Judge Orders ex-Panamanian President Extradited

Federal Judge Orders ex-Panamanian President Extradited

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday approved the extradition of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to face embezzlement and illegal surveillance charges in his home country. In a 93-page ruling, Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres, of the Southern District of...

Hotel Occupancy in Panama City Falls Below 45%

Hotel Occupancy in Panama City Falls Below 45%

Hotel occupancy in Panama City fell to 44.69% in December last year, according to preliminary data from Panama's comptroller released last week. The Panamanian government and hotels have blamed informal lodging, including Airbnb, for the downward trend that began in...

Panama Commemorates 1964 ‘Flag Protest’

Panama Commemorates 1964 ‘Flag Protest’

Decades of simmering tension over U.S. control of the Panama Canal and its adjacent land boiled over 53 years ago today in riots over flags which eventually forced the United States to relinquish the waterway in 1999. At the end of the three-day riot that began on...

Explosion at Altaplaza Mall KFC Leaves 12 Injured

Explosion at Altaplaza Mall KFC Leaves 12 Injured

An explosion during the installation of kitchen equipment at a KFC in Altaplaza Mall in Panama City left 12 people injured, some of them with second- and third-degree burns, Panamanian authorities said on Friday. Some of the victims were treated for smoke inhalation...

Panama Kicks Off Christmas Season With Parade

Panama Kicks Off Christmas Season With Parade

Panama City holds its annual Christmas parade on the waterfront at 5:00 p.m. today, ending its extravagant celebration with fireworks at 7:30 p.m. Access to Balboa Avenue and three waterfront roads, known as Cinta Costera I, II and III, will be closed to vehicular...

Gas Prices Rise by 20 Cents a Gallon

Gas Prices Rise by 20 Cents a Gallon

Gas prices in Panama rose nearly 20 cents a gallon, about 5 cents a liter, in the two-week period leading up to the 2016 Christmas holiday. In Panama City metro, 95 octane went up 4.7 cents to $0.726 a liter, 91 octane by 5 cents to $0.689, and diesel by 3.2 cents to...

Panama Implements Traffic Control Measures

Panama Implements Traffic Control Measures

Panama has implemented traffic control measures for the month of December to ease her intractable congestion, which strands commuters in bumper-to-bumper traffic for two or more hours during commuting hours. December in Panama spells heavy traffic across the Bridge of...

LEGO Unveils Working Model of Panama Canal

LEGO Unveils Working Model of Panama Canal

After celebrating its centennial two years ago and christening brand new locks in June, the Panama Canal is feting a new milestone--the arrival of a new set of locks made by Danish toymaker Lego. The 1,184-piece Lego set is a working model of the new, wider set of...