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Panama Attorney General Kenia Porcell says she is resigning

Nov. 12, 2019 8:48 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's attorney general has told local media that she will resign after messages between her and former President Juan Carlos Varela were leaked. Attorney General Kenia Porcell told radio station Panama on Tuesday that she is stepping down because she fears the leaks could affect the...

US business sees dwindling prospects in Cuba

Nov. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed...

William Hughes, longtime New Jersey congressman, dies at 87

Oct. 31, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — William J. Hughes, a longtime congressman from New Jersey who went on to become U.S. ambassador to Panama, has died at 87. His family said Thursday that Hughes passed away on Wednesday in Ocean City, where the family had lived for many years. A cause of death wasn't released. Hughes...

Lawyers linked to Panama Papers seek to stop Netflix movie

Oct. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two lawyers linked to the so-called Panama Papers are asking a federal judge to stop Neflix's upcoming release of "The Laundromat," which they say defames them as criminal masterminds and may affect criminal cases against them. Panamanian lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón...

Volunteers conserve vulnerable sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 25, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where olive ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On a recent...

Volunteers conserve endangered sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...