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Panama City metro expansion to go through tunnel under canal

Feb. 13, 2020 6:56 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A new metro line for Panama City will run through a tunnel bored beneath the interoceanic canal to reach western suburbs, rather than passing over the canal alongside a planned new bridge as was originally anticipated as part of a broader $4 billion infrastructure project, authorities...

Police officers escort prison escapee Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, center, to the police headquarters in Panama City, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Police recaptured Ventura Ceballos, a Dominican convicted of the murder of five university students of Chinese descent, whose second escape at the beginning of February embarrassed security authorities in Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama recaptures man convicted in murder of students

Feb. 13, 2020 5:51 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian police on Thursday recaptured a Dominican man convicted of kidnapping and murdering five young people of Chinese descent, two weeks after he escaped prison for a second time. National Police Director Jorge Miranda told local media that Gilberto Ventura Ceballos was found in...

U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe (15) moves the ball under pressure from Panama defender Hilary Jaen (4) during the first half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

US downs Panama 8-0 in Olympic qualifying tournament

Jan. 31, 2020 10:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Lindsey Horan scored three goals and the U.S. national team downed Panama 8-0 on Friday night in the the group stage of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey got tangled up with one of her own players and Horan took advantage, scoring in the...

Costa Rica forward Raquel Rodriguez (11) falls while chasing the ball as she is pushed from behind by Haiti forward Nerilia Mondesir (10) during the first half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Costa Rica downs Haiti 2-0 in Olympic qualifying tournament

Jan. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Raquel Rodriguez scored twice and Costa Rica defeated Haiti 2-0 in group play Friday at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Rodriguez, who was traded in the offseason to the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League, scored on a header in the 57th minute after a...

Panama defender Maryorie Perez (14) pulls on the jersey of Costa Rica forward Melissa Herrera (7) during the first half of a women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Costa Rica downs Panama 6-1 in Olympic qualifying tournament

Jan. 28, 2020 8:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Melissa Herrera and Priscilla Chinchilla each scored two goals and Costa Rica beat Panama 6-1 on Tuesday to open the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Herrera caught Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey out of her net for the opening goal in the ninth minute. Raquel Rodriguez, who...

A look at the week ahead in golf

Jan. 28, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PGA TOUR WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN Site: Scottsdale, Ariz. Course: TPC Scottsdale. Yardage: 7,261. Par: 71. Purse: $7.3 million. Winner's share: $1,314,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Defending champion: Rickie Fowler....

A woman places flowers on the grave of a person who died during the 1989 U.S. military invasion that ousted Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, on the 30th anniversary of the invasion in Panama City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. According to official figures, 300 Panamanian soldiers and 214 civilians died during the invasion, though the number remains controversial and human rights groups believe it is much higher. Twenty-three U.S. soldiers also perished. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama begins exhumation of victims from 1989 US invasion

Jan. 20, 2020 5:53 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Forensic workers took preliminary steps Monday for digging up the remains of some victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, an effort that has lifted the hopes of Panamanians who had relatives die or disappear and have lived with unanswered questions about their fate for 30 years. ...

View of the improvised temple where a pregnant woman, five of her children and a neighbor were killed in a religious ritual in the jungle community of el El Terron, Panama, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers on Jan. 13 and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama jungle

Jan. 19, 2020 8:42 AM EST

EL TERRON, Panama (AP) — Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire in this remote hamlet. The makeshift sanctuary littered with muddy...

Members of the Ngabe Bugle indigenous group sit at their home in the jungle community of El Terron, Panama, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. A pregnant woman, five of her children and a neighbor where round up by about 10 lay preachers at the hamlet on Monday and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them

Panama man pulled 2 children from clutches of killer cult

Jan. 17, 2020 10:35 PM EST

EL TERRÓN, Panama (AP) — Indigenous farmer Josué González recalled how his pregnant wife and children were taken from their home by cult members in the remote hamlet of El Terrón in Panama. González was out working his fields of taro and rice Monday when the lay preachers of the...

Jose Gonzalez, left, follows his 5-year-old daughter, carried by a police officer, as they leave a hospital in Santiago, Panama, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Gonzalez's wife and five of their children are among seven people killed in a religious ritual in the Ngabe Bugle indigenous community. According to local prosecutor Rafael Baloyes indigenous residents were rounded up by lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them

Panama: 7 killed, 14 tortured in exorcism terror rituals

Jan. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them "repent their sins,” authorities said Thursday. Police...