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The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martinelli Linares, right, and his brother Luis Enrique stand inside a holding cell at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The brothers were detained Monday on an international warrant from Interpol on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Sons of ex-Panama president held in Guatemala on US charges

Jul. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli will be held in jail in Guatemala pending hearings Friday, officials said Tuesday as the U.S. government seeks their extradition for their alleged role in a bribery and money laundering scheme. Luis Enrique, 38, and Ricardo...

The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martnelli Linares, center left, and his brother Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, center right, are accompanied by their lawyers before a hearing at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Monday, July 6, 2020. Guatemalan police detained the Martinelli brothers on an Interpol warrant for money laundering, as they attempted to board a private plane out of the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

2 sons of ex-Panama leader Martinelli arrested in Guatemala

Jul. 6, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli were arrested Monday in Guatemala as they tried to board a private plane out of the country. Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli were supposedly headed to Panama with stops scheduled in El Salvador and Nicaragua, said...

This Aug. 4, 2016 photo shows boxer Roberto Durán posing for a portrait in New York, to promote the film,

Ex-boxing champ Roberto Durán tests positive for coronavirus

Jun. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who held world championships in four weight classes during his more than three-decade career, has tested positive for the coronavirus but has had only mild symptoms so far, one of his sons said Thursday. Robin Durán said his 69-year-old father...

Vendors push a shopping cart holding produce in Panama City, Thursday, June 25, 2020. New COVID-19 infections have been surging in Panama since the country began relaxing its strict quarantine in an effort to reactivate its economy. After holding more or less steady for two months the number of infections has tripled. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama sees surge of coronavirus infections after reopening

Jun. 25, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — In the weeks since Panama loosened restrictions in an attempt to gradually reactivate its economy, new coronavirus infections have surged, especially in the densely populated poorer neighborhoods of its capital. Since late March, Panama had managed to maintain its daily new infections...

Cargo ships navigate through Panama Canal waters in Gamboa, Panama, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The Panama Canal began to feel the first adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic on its business after registering a drop in its ship transits while applying rigorous measures to prevent further contagion among its workers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama canal sees 21% drop in crossings amid pandemic

Jun. 17, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal reported a 21% drop in the number of ships crossing the waterway in May amid the coronavirus pandemic, compared to projections for traffic. Just 937 ships used the canal last month, while there were 260 cancellations of crossings, canal administrator Ricaurte...

FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Eden Pastora, better known as

Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan revolutionary, dead at 83

Jun. 16, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — One of the most mercurial, charismatic figures of Central America's revolutionary upheavals, Edén Pastora, died early Tuesday. He was 83. On Aug. 22, 1978, Pastora, better known as “Commander Zero,” led a group of guerrilla fighters in an armed takeover of...

Migrants stuck in Panama demand to continue journey to U.S.

Jun. 3, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A group of migrants stranded for weeks near Panama's border with Colombia threatened to burn the shelter where they are stuck, demanding that authorities let them cross the country on their own to the Costa Rica border and on to the United States. The migrants from Africa, southern Asia,...

FILE - In this June 19, 2018 file photo, a Panama border police officer points as he begins to patrol in the Darien Province, on the border with Colombia, in Yaviza, Panama. As Panama deals with the care of migrants living in shelters in the jungle province of Darien in May 2020, the Inter-American court ordered Panama to take urgent measures to protect migrants' lives in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Regional court orders Panama to protect migrants' health

May. 28, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A regional human rights court has ordered Panama’s government to immediately provide medical care and more sanitary conditions for some 2,000 migrants detained near the Colombian border. Prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a...

FILE - In this  March 21, 2019 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. After not appearing in public for 34 days, Ortega spoke to the nation on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and said that the country is fighting patiently against the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaragua closes Costa Rica border to protest virus testing

May. 18, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega blamed new coronavirus-related health monitoring measures taken by neighboring Costa Rica for his country's decision Monday to close their two border crossings. In a nationally televised address, Ortega said more than 1,000 trucks were stranded...

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020 photo, dentist Sabrine Jendoubi, left, and her dental assistant Margot Daussat inspect the teeth of patient Veronique Guillot, during a dental appointment  at a dental office in Paris. Those with toothache that suffered through France's two-month lockdown, finally have hope to end the pain. Dental practices are cautiously re-opening and non-emergency dentist appointments are now permitted around the country, as the French government eased confinement restrictions from Monday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 14, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

A congressional watchdog agency has agreed to investigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans following a surge of coronavirus deaths at the state-run facilities. The Government Accountability Office said in a letter Thursday that it will conduct a review into the...