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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...

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

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 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...

Little League World Series gets bigger by 4 teams

Aug. 24, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

The Little League World Series is getting bigger. And a team from Cuba will be making the trip to the tournament no later than 2022 under an expanded format announced Saturday. The expansion is set for 2021, bringing the number of teams at the Little League Baseball World Series from 16 to 20. Also, two teams...

US homeland security chief tours Panama jungle migrant camp

Aug. 23, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

PENITAS, Panama (AP) — The acting U.S. homeland security secretary visited a camp in the Panamanian jungle Friday housing hundreds of migrants who survived the perilous border crossing from Colombia, usually heading for the United States. Kevin McAleenan arrived by SUV in Penitas shortly before midday and...

US-Central America talks focus on drug, migrant trafficking

Aug. 22, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Officials from the United States, Central America and Colombia agreed Thursday at a meeting on drugs and migrant-trafficking to adopt unspecified increased controls to combat people-smuggling as part of a regional effort. The three-page joint declaration did not give concrete measures on...

US Homeland Security head in Panama to talk drugs, migrants

Aug. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. acting homeland security secretary has arrived in Panama to discuss drug trafficking and migrant smuggling, though Kevin McAleenan says he isn't seeking any specific agreement during the visit. Panama has been the bridge for many migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia who arrive...

Panama's capital City marks 500th anniversary of founding

Aug. 15, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama City on Thursday marked the 500th anniversary of its founding by the Spanish on Aug. 15, 1519. Big blue butterflies and smaller orange and black ones were released by the hundreds to mark the day when Pedro Arias de Avila founded the city. The city's old center, known as the Casco...