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Strong earthquake strikes south of Panamaupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 21:54:00

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Panama on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Panama teen was adrift at sea for 26 days; mother calls return 'a miracle'updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 18:48:00

It was a Friday evening in February when Adrian Vasquez, an 18-year-old from the town of Rio Hato, Panama, accepted an invitation from two friends to accompany them on what was proposed as an overnight fishing expedition.

Hop to it for leap year travel dealsupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 16:41:00

An extra day once every four years doesn't really give travelers much more time to play, but it's an excuse for the hospitality industry to create special Leap Year travel offers. (Each year is actually 365 days plus about 6 hours. An additional day is added to the calendar every four years to keep the calendar in sync with the seasonal year.)

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega taken to hospitalupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 18:51:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is serving time in prison for crimes committed during his rule, was taken to a hospital, Panamanian police said Sunday.

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega returns home after 22 yearsupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 05:16:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Sunday evening in his home country, nearly 22 years after U.S. forces forcibly removed him from office.

Manuel Noriega returns to Panamaupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 05:16:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega returns to his country after 22 years. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Prison security stepped up on eve of Noriega return to Panamaupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 17:36:00

His fate uncertain, Manuel Noriega is being returned Sunday to Panama, nearly 22 years after the former dictator was forcibly removed from office by U.S. forces.

Panama prepares for Noriega's arrivalupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 17:16:00

Panamanian officials are preparing for the return of former dictator Manuel Noriega, who is scheduled to be extradited from France this weekend, Panama's foreign minister told CNN en Español.

Lions that were caged at Panama fairgrounds have new homeupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 11:18:00

After 14 years of undernourishment and overcrowding, Elena, Kaitlyn and Alyssa heard the roar of other rescued African lions Wednesday at their spacious new home in Colorado.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. player ratings against Panamaupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 23:17:00

HOUSTON -- U.S. player ratings in its 1-0 win over Panama (scale of 1-10).

SI.com: Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Panama play-by-play analysisupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 20:58:00

The U.S. is one game away from reaching Saturday's Gold Cup final, but first Bob Bradley's men must overcome a Panama team that beat them in the group stage.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Five storylines to follow entering U.S.-Panama semifinal clashupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 13:49:00

HOUSTON -- Five things on my mind as we get ready for the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday between the U.S. and Panama (7 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer, Univisión) and Mexico and Honduras (10 p.m. ET, same channels):

SI.com: Steve Davis: CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals previewupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 11:26:00

HOUSTON -- Things are lining up brilliantly for a U.S. soccer team still looking to put things right after some unappealing results. In the Twitter universe, you'd hashtag this one #WeekOfRedemption.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Panama play-by-play analysisupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 10:31:00

The U.S. takes on Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. in the second game of its Gold Cup campaign. A win will ensure the U.S. qualifies for the second round.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. vs. Guadeloupe previewupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 11:15:00

When it comes to advancing out of the first round, into elimination play, the CONCACAF Gold Cup format is almost comically forgiving. Teams play three first round matches, an exercise that serves to eliminate only 4 of 12 nations before quarterfinal play.

U.S. seeking to bounce back from Panama defeat at Gold Cupupdated: Sun Jun 12 2011 15:40:00

The United States must beat Guadeloupe on Tuesday to guarantee a quarterfinal place at the Gold Cup, having suffered a shock first group-stage defeat in the CONCACAF region tournament.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Lively Panama attack exposes U.S.updated: Sat Jun 11 2011 23:54:00

This is the Gold Cup, not the World Cup, right?

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. vs. Panama previewupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 11:32:00

One more win should seal the deal as the U.S. seeks a Gold Cup second round spot, but it may not come easily Saturday in Florida against a stubborn, experienced and defensively strong Panamanian team.

SI.com: Steve Davis: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup previewupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 11:32:00

Five storylines to follow as the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off Sunday:

Earthquake shakes southern Panamaupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 09:43:00

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Panama early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

CNNMoney: Newest trade war: Obama vs. Congressupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 08:40:00

With President Obama in Latin America to talk trade this weekend, he faces a new stalemate at home on key treaties that he wants wrapped up this year.

WikiLeaks: Panama's leader pressured U.S. to help wiretap opponentsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 10:50:00

In July 2009, the U.S. ambassador in Panama received an unexpected message on her BlackBerry. It came from newly elected President Ricardo Martinelli, and said simply, "I need help with tapping phones."

Panama Canal reopens after floodingupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 10:20:00

The Panama Canal reopened Thursday after heavy rains and flooding prompted its closing for only the third time in its storied 96-year history.

Panama freighter carrying 29 Chinese sailors hijackedupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 21:38:00

Pirates hijacked Friday night a Panamanian freighter with 29 Chinese sailors in the Arabian Sea on the northern Indian Ocean, the China Marine Rescue Center said Saturday, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Panama to investigate cruise ship fireupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 05:53:00

Panama officials will lead the investigation into what caused a fire in a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, the National Transportation and Safety Board said Thursday.

Money Magazine: Get a high-quality remodel for lessupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 05:46:00

Ask any homeowner who has done an improvement on the cheap: You get what you pay for. Second-rate materials don't last and contractors who make low-ball bids rarely deliver fine craftsmanship.

What connects Panama to UAE?updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 06:39:00

Connect the World continues its series of connecting two countries with one another. See what connects Panama and UAE.

Panama and UAE's maritime marvelsupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 07:39:00

Panama and the United Arab Emirates are crucial trade hubs thanks to two of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century -- Dubai's Jebel Ali port and the Panama Canal.

CNNMoney: Surgery and sightseeing on your boss' dimeupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 13:00:00

Tina Follett and her husband Patrick are in Panama on a two-week all-expenses paid trip. But Tina isn't on vacation. She's there to get surgery.

Panama cops: Americans would befriend victims, then rob and killupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 09:44:00

Panamanian officials have unearthed three bodies linked to the five slayings an American man has confessed to committing, the lead prosecutor in the case told CNN.

Panamanian authorities search for bodies in U.S. suspect caseupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 17:53:00

Panamanian authorities began searching Tuesday afternoon for the bodies of five people that an American man has confessed to killing, the lead prosecutor in the case told CNN.

Serial killing suspect, wife arrested in Nicaraguaupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 10:22:00

William Adolfo Cortez -- the man suspected in four homicides in Panama, including the death of one American -- and his wife were arrested in Nicaragua on Monday, a Costa Rican official told CNN.

Man wanted in deaths of American woman, 3 others, Panama police sayupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 16:52:00

A man suspected in the deaths of three people in Panama is now wanted in the slaying of an American woman whose body was found last week, Panama's national police said Saturday.

The rise and fall of Noriega, Central America's strongmanupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 10:19:00

Once one of Central America's most notorious military strongmen, former Panamanian dictator and convicted drug trafficker Manuel Noriega has been a prisoner since being toppled from power in 1990 in a U.S. invasion.

Oil container washes ashore in Floridaupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 15:45:00

A portion of beach in Panama City, Florida, was closed Saturday after a large oil container with BP markings washed ashore, local authorities said.

Adventure racing in Panamaupdated: Wed May 26 2010 14:23:00

See what's it like to be part of an adventure race in the jungles of Panama.

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega extradited to Franceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 07:24:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Tuesday morning in France -- where he was extradited to stand trial on charges that he laundered drug money.

Noriega extradited to Franceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 07:24:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is taken to France for trial. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Grandson pleads Manuel Noriega's caseupdated: Sat Mar 27 2010 20:49:00

Growing up, Jean-Manuel Beauchamp attended no ball games with his grandfather. No barbecues, either, or bedtime stories.

Ex-Panama dictator loses high court appealupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 11:36:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away the imprisoned former leader of Panama in his effort to fight pending extradition to France to face money-laundering charges.

Escaping the cold to the Caribbeanupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 15:06:00

There are more than 7,000 islands and reefs sprinkled throughout the Caribbean Sea. Isn't it time you explored some place new? We've unearthed six singular destinations where you can stake out your own quiet stretch of sand.

Panama faces probe over alleged tortureupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 22:22:00

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has been asked to investigate whether Panama tortured an Ecuadorian citizen who was being held as an illegal immigrant, an official hemispheric human rights organization said.

Which Panama is right for you?updated: Fri Sep 25 2009 09:58:00

Here's a snapshot of Panama's defining experiences: a modern capital on the canal, near-deserted islands, and trails for spotting wildlife and waterfalls. Get a sense of which ones fit your travel style and your budget.

Sport's most notorious rulebreakersupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 14:53:00

English rugby coach Dean Richards has been banned from coaching for three years for his part in masterminding a fake blood injury to one of his players.

More than 20 killed in Panama crash, president saysupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 09:05:00

At least 24 people died late Thursday in Panama in a crash between a truck and a bus, President Ricardo Martinelli said at the scene of the accident.

Supermarket tycoon sworn in as Panama presidentupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 00:45:00

Ricardo Martinelli, the multimillionaire owner of a supermarket chain, was inaugurated as president of Panama on Wednesday.

Tribunal: Opposition leader wins Panama presidential raceupdated: Sun May 03 2009 21:46:00

Opposition leader and supermarket mogul Ricardo Martinelli has won Panama's presidential election, the head of the country's electoral tribunal said Sunday.

Battle over the rainforestsupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 19:24:00

Cattle ranchers and indigenous tribes battle over rainforests in Panama. CNN's David Ariosto reports.

Rainforest clash in Panama signals larger debateupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 19:24:00

Hunched over a campfire in eastern Panama, Embera tribesman Raul Mezua chanted a song his grandfather taught him when he was a boy.

The secret side of Panamaupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 09:17:00

Even the most sophisticated traveler could be forgiven for thinking that there's little more to Panama than its iconic canal, seaside capital, and snorkeler-packed Bocas del Toro islands.

SI.com: World Soccer: El Salvador's World Cup march sullied by accusationsupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 12:27:00

Once considered the strongest team in Central America -- before it was overtaken by Costa Rica and Honduras -- El Salvador has reached the final stage of the CONCACAF regional World Cup qualifiers for the first time in 12 years. (El Salvador hosts the U.S. on Saturday in the second game of the Hexagonal.)

Strong earthquake shakes Panamaupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 20:32:00

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 shook Panama Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Panamanian official killed in robbery crossfireupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 11:37:00

Panama's director of the National Cultural Institute was killed when he got caught in the middle of a shootout between robbers and security guards, the government reported.

Latin America to hold summit to fight crimeupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 00:24:00

Violence and drug-trafficking have become such a major threat to Latin America that the presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Panama will sit around a table Friday in Panama to discuss what they can do about it.

Spanish businessman gunned down in Panamaupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 13:17:00

Police on Thursday said they found the car stolen from a Spanish businessman who was gunned down a day earlier after exercising at a park in Panama's capital.

Courts try to decide what to do with Manuel Noriegaupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 14:45:00

What to do with an aging, all-but-forgotten former military strongman who has served his time but is also a prisoner of war?

Pearl Islands beckon beach bums, snorkelers, 'Survivor' fansupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 12:07:00

"Shh ... shh get back," the man with the walkie-talkie said. "We're filming."

Panama helicopter crashupdated: Thu May 29 2008 23:00:00

Chile's national police chief and 10 others are killed when a helicopter crashes into a building in Panama City.

SI.com: Luis Bueno: CONCACAF's giants sputtering in Olympic qualifyingupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 11:41:00

A casual observer at CONCACAF's Olympic qualifying tournament may not be able to pick out the supposed regional powers after the competition's rocky start.

Survivor of Panama plane crashupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 07:48:00

CNN's Keith Oppenheim reports on a 13-year-old American girl who survived a plane crash in Panama.

Crash survivor reunited with parentsupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 07:48:00

The parents of the sole survivor of a plane crash in Panama have been reunited with their daughter at the hospital where she is receiving treatment, a nurse said early Thursday.

Father, daughter killed in plane crash; teen survivesupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 02:56:00

The bodies of two Americans and a Panamanian pilot -- who were among four people missing after their plane disappeared in a mountainous area of Panama -- were found Christmas Day, officials in the country said.

Crash survivor's mother: 'Miraculous'updated: Wed Dec 26 2007 21:26:00

The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed two Americans and a Panamanian pilot was awake and talking Wednesday, a doctor said.

Time.com: US Air Crash Victim Rescuedupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 11:30:00

Rescue workers struggled Wednesday to rescue a 12-year-old U.S. girl who was the only survivor of a weekend plane crash in Panama

Time.com: Canoe Man's Story Keeps Sinkingupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 11:00:00

In this case, the wildest, most outlandish criminal conspiracy theories increasingly appear to be right on target

Judge lifts stay on Noriega extraditionupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 16:37:00

A federal judge Friday lifted a stay on former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's extradition to France, allowing the general to be sent to Paris on Sunday, when his current prison sentence ends.

Expansion begins on Panama Canalupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 22:38:00

Panama blasted away part of a hillside next to the canal on Monday, marking the start of the waterway's biggest expansion since it opened 93 years ago.

Panama Canal expansion beginsupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 22:38:00

Panama Canal expansion begins

Time.com: Noriega's Next Stop: France?updated: Tue Sep 04 2007 15:15:00

Analysis: Panama's ex-dictator is the only recognized prisoner of war in the world and is trying to use the Geneva Convention to his advantage.

Time.com: Is Panama the Americas' Hong Kong? updated: Fri Aug 31 2007 15:00:00

The groundbreaking on an expansion of the Panama Canal is seen by many Panamanians as a coming of age moment

U.S. judge OKs Noriega extradition to Franceupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 23:47:00

A federal judge on Tuesday approved the extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France, where he faces a 10-year sentence on a conviction in absentia on money-laundering charges.

U.S. wants ex-Panamanian dictator extradited to Franceupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 21:13:00

Justice Department lawyers asked a federal court Tuesday to extradite former Panamanian President Manuel Noriega to France when his U.S. prison term ends later this summer.

CNNMoney: Massachusetts issues tainted toothpaste warningupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 03:00:00

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory Friday, the same day Panama announced that hundreds of poisoning cases were linked to diethylene glycol.

Fortune: Latin America's real estate Panamaniaupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 23:41:00

Off in the distance, where Panama Bay becomes the Pacific, container ships loaded with merchandise bound for the U.S. bob in the haze. Closer in, a flock of construction cranes hovers over densely clustered high-rises. Fourteen stories below, on Balboa Avenue, cars inch along, their windows sealed tight against the sweltering heat.

SI.com: Greg Lalas: U.S. wasn't perfect, but got needed resultupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 22:16:00

Gillette Stadium's "Curva Sud," as I like to think of the south end in Foxborough, was reserved for Panamanian fans during Saturday's U.S.-Panama Gold Cup quarterfinal match.

SI.com: Luis Bueno: El Tricolor shows progress, but not playing up to parupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 00:02:00

There was nothing flashy about Mexico's 1-0 win over Panama on Wednesday night. There were no amazing plays, no individual displays of talent and not too much drama in the victory.

Shelton goal earns Jamaica a draw updated: Tue Mar 27 2007 09:53:00

Jamaica came from behind to hold Panama to a 1-1 draw in their friendly football international at the National Stadium late on Monday.

CNNMoney: Yahoo! thumps Google on Wall Streetupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 10:27:00

Senior executives at Yahoo! have probably become big fans of the rock group Van Halen lately.

CNNMoney: Good news and bad news for Yahoo!updated: Tue Jan 23 2007 13:49:00

Yahoo!, the world's second largest Internet search company, reported fourth quarter results Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations but issued a tepid forecast for 2007.

Fortune: A man, a plan, a bigger canalupdated: Tue Nov 21 2006 12:50:00

Miraflores Locks, Panama

The day in numbers: $5.25 billionupdated: Mon Oct 23 2006 04:32:00

Voters have overwhelmingly approved the largest modernization plan in the 92-year history of the Panama Canal, backing a $5.25 billion expansion that will allow the world's largest ships to squeeze through the shortcut between the seas. The following are some facts about the plan.

CNNMoney: Panama minister quits over US demandsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 21:12:00

Panama's agriculture minister resigned Tuesday, accusing the United States of pressuring Panama to accept dangerous agricultural inspection standards.

Panama more enthusiastic trade partner for Bushupdated: Mon Nov 07 2005 14:05:00

President Bush acknowledged Monday that it would be difficult to push any U.S.-Panama trade deal through Congress, but said getting one completed remains a top priority for his administration.

U.S. reach fifth successive finalsupdated: Sun Sep 04 2005 04:46:00

Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the United States a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday to secure their place in the 2006 World Cup finals.

Fortune: Paradise Found: Where to Retire Abroadupdated: Mon Jul 11 2005 00:01:00

■Who can resist the fantasy? Instead of catching the early-bird special in Florida, wouldn't it be more fun to sip away your sunset years in Provence? Such thoughts often occur on vacations. During...

Panama mudslides kill nineupdated: Sat Sep 18 2004 02:42:00

A torrential rain shower has triggered massive mudslides in Panama's capital, killing at least nine people, according to the country's Civil Defense Authority.

Fortune: THE PORK IN THE AID PACKET FOR PANAMAupdated: Mon Jul 16 1990 00:01:00

President Bush asked Congress for $500 million in emergency cash for Panama on January 25. Then he waited. And waited. Finally, in late May, Congress cobbled together the long-overdue aid bill and ...

Fortune: Welfare recipients at the opera, the Jimmy Carter fad, who wins the long-legged beauties. MR. NICE GUYupdated: Mon Apr 23 1990 00:01:00

The present writer has long tended to twitch uncontrollably any time somebody speaks warmly of Jimmy Carter, so he has been more spastic than usual lately. Esteemwise -- there is no denying it -- J...

Fortune: HELLO, PANAMAupdated: Mon Apr 09 1990 00:01:00

After months of dawdling, it looks as if Congress will approve additional aid to Panama this spring. President Bush has asked for $500 million. A top congressional aide says Bush has ''increased th...

Fortune: No profits in Panamaupdated: Mon Apr 11 1988 00:01:00

The official language of Panama is Spanish, but the people there also know a few words of French, like laissez-faire. As a result the country has become a haven for U.S. banks, drawn by minimal rep...

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