Latest Panama News

Tougher US asylum policy follows in Europe's footsteps

Nov. 24, 2019 7:21 AM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city, only to learn...

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...