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Cult killers sentenced to 50 years prison in Panama

Dec. 03, 2021 17:21 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — A court imposed Panama's maximum sentence of 50 years in prison Friday on seven members of a cult who killed a woman and six children in a religious rite in a remote part of the Central American nation. The court in Bocas del Toro province...

Ruben Blades: Power doesn't corrupt, power unmasks

Nov. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes one may wonder what would have happened if Ruben Blades had been president of Panama. Would he have been good? Hated? Was it better that he didn't? “I think it would have been good for the country,” Blades said Thursday in a video call...

Panama ex-president wins 2nd acquittal on tapping charges

Nov. 09, 2021 20:28 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli won his second acquittal Tuesday on charges he tapped the phones of opponents and journalists. Martinelli, who served from 2009 to 2014, went on trial in July, after he was was acquitted of similar...

4 LatAm nations create fishing-free corridor in east Pacific

Nov. 03, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four Latin American countries announced Tuesday that they will expand and unite their marine reserves to create a vast corridor in the Pacific Ocean in hopes of protecting sea turtles, tuna, squid, hammerhead sharks and other species. The new...

UK eases travel, takes all countries off virus 'red list'

Oct. 28, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Thursday said it was removing the last seven countries on its travel “red list,” meaning travelers vaccinated against the coronavirus will no longer have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel after arriving in the U.K. The countries...

More migrants report sex abuse crossing Panama's Darien Gap

Oct. 24, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

LAJAS BLANCAS, Panama (AP) — A growing number of women migrants crossing the forbidding jungle of the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama on their route north are reporting sexual assaults, grabbing the attention of Panamanian lawmakers. On Saturday, a 25-year-old...

Rotation not just MLB: US uses 33 in 6 World Cup qualifiers

Oct. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting through the first six games of World Cup qualifying has taken a village for the United States. Rotation isn't just a focus of baseball teams this fall. It's a key for U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter. Twenty-nine players have...

Weah, Dest spark US to 2-1 win over Costa Rica in qualifier

Oct. 14, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sixty seconds in, Costa Rica was celebrating and the U.S. World Cup campaign was spinning out of control. Sergiño Dest and Tim Weah, two young Americans unscarred by the failure of four years ago, got them back on track. ...

Steffen in goal as US changes 9 of 11 starters vs Costa Rica

Oct. 13, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter shook up his lineup, inserting goalkeeper Zack Steffen among nine changes to the starting 11 for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. Chris Richards, a 21-year-old central defender, was given his...

US soccer has Jekyll & Hyde personality ahead of Costa Rica

Oct. 12, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it difficult to determine which will show for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. During last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Panama, the Americans were as stagnant...