US to play old foe Trinidad in CONCACAF Gold Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the United States resumes competitive matches in June after a 20-month absence, it will quickly come up against Trinidad and Tobago, the nation that prevented the Americans...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man from El Salvador who was twice deported from the U.S. tried to return by stowing away aboard a cargo ship.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — China's expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in...
HONG KONG (AP) — Panama sees a "big opportunity" in China's massive "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative, President Juan Carlos Varela said Tuesday during a visit to Hong Kong amid ambitious...
Brazil and Argentina struggling ahead of Copa America
MADRID (AP) — The Copa America is less than three months away and both Brazil and Argentina have shown they are far from their best.
Brazil is having trouble defending and transitioning from...
Rangers’ Jurado working on being consistent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers pitcher Ariel Jurado did not have many Panamanian ballplayers to watch when he was growing up.
NOMBRE DE DIOS, Panama (AP) — Under a shelter of dried palm fronds and wobbly limbs, women in colorful outfits and men in tattered clothes — some with foreheads smeared with ash — sing and dance...
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former world champion Panamanian boxer Eusebio Pedroza, who defended the featherweight title more times than any other, has died at age 62.
Liz Weston: Should you move abroad for health care?
The notion that health care outside the U.S. could be good as well as cheap is a foreign one to many Americans.
Kathleen Peddicord frequently hears from such skeptics as founder of Live and...
USA rolls past Panama in FIBA World Cup qualifying, 111-80
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Once the United States got rolling, a close game was close no more.
Cameron Reynolds scored 26 points and the U.S. rolled in the second half to beat Panama 111-80 in...
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to...
Panama to build migrant shelter as hundreds of Cubans enter
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's government says it will build a migrant shelter on its southern border with Colombia, after the latest wave of migrants crossed into the country.
Some 716 migrants, mostly Cubans, entered Panama over the weekend through the jungle province of Darien.
The director of Panama's immigration agency says the latest group also included migrants from Haiti and Africa. Javier Carrillo says the migrants wanted to travel to the United States.
Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.
Cuba defeated Venezuela 3-0.
The Panamanians are playing in their first final since 1960, when they lost to Cuba. Panama has one Caribbean Series title, won in 1950.
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Doctors in scrubs, businessmen in suits and construction workers in jeans poured into the streets of Venezuela's capital waving national flags and demanding that Nicolas Maduro step down as a reinvigorated opposition ratcheted up pressure on the embattled president.
Caribbean Series moving from Venezuela to Panama
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Caribbean Series starting next week has been moved from Venezuela to Panama for security reasons.
Caribbean Professional Baseball Leagues commissioner Juan Francisco Puello announced the decision on Monday. The series will begin on Feb. 4 at Rod Carew National Stadium in Panama City.
Violent street protests have erupted in Venezuela since opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro.
US beats Panama 3-0 in Berhalter’s debut as coach
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain.
A lopsided win was a great way to get started, even in a match involving mostly second- and third-stringers.
Pope lowers expectations for next month’s sex abuse summit
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has sought to lower expectations from his big sex abuse prevention summit next month.
Francis told reporters returning from Panama on Sunday that he wants the Feb. 21-24 meeting to essentially be a catechism class for bishops about sex abuse. He said he wanted to sensitize church leaders around the globe to the pain of victims, instruct them how to investigate cases and develop general protocols for the entire hierarchy to use.
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- The Washington TimesXi plans 'unprecedented visit' to Panama despite warnings from U.S.November 23, 2018
- The Detroit NewsLousy showing by CONCACAF makes U.S. look even worseJune 25, 2018
- The Washington TimesRicardo Martinelli, former Panamanian president, returns to home country to face criminal chargesJune 11, 2018
Pope reaffirms priest celibacy but makes case for exception
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is ruling out any lifting of the celibacy requirement for priests but says there's reason to consider ordaining older, married men in remote communities where priests are in short supply.
Francis said he believes priestly celibacy is a gift for the Catholic Church and opposes a blanket change to make it optional. But he said "pastoral necessity" might justify alternative options in certain parts of the world.
Berhalter picks Long as captain over Bradley, gives 5 debuts
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter picked Aaron Long as captain instead of Michael Bradley in his first game as U.S. coach and gave debuts to five players, the most first-time starters for the Americans in more than a quarter-century.
Pope seeks peace in Venezuela crisis but doesn’t pick sides
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for a "just and peaceful solution" to Venezuela's political crisis as he wrapped up a visit to Panama for a World Youth Day rally that was overshadowed by the upheaval unfolding nearby.
The Latest: Pope departs for Rome, ending Panama visit
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama and World Youth Day (all times local):
Pope Francis has left Panama, concluding his visit to the Central American nation for World Youth Day 2019.
President Juan Carlos Varela and first lady Lorena Castillo were on hand to bid the pontiff farewell at Tocumen International Airport in a red carpet tarmac ceremony Sunday.
Pope challenged on sex abuse as young take stage in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Young people challenged Pope Francis on the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal and the plight of Christians in the Middle East as the youth took center stage Saturday in the final events of World Youth Day in Panama.
The Latest: Vatican: 600K attend pope’s vigil in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
The Vatican says an estimated 600,000 people have turned out for Pope Francis' vigil at World Youth Day in Panama.
Many of the pilgrims will sleep outdoors in the Metropark zone where Francis will return Sunday for an early morning Mass before heading back to the Vatican.
Pope brings World Youth Day to prisoners, hears confessions
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday brought World Youth Day to Panama's juvenile delinquents, celebrating an emotional penitential liturgy inside the country's main youth prison since the inmates couldn't participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of faith outside.
The Latest: 11 youth offenders freed after papal encounter
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
Eleven young offenders have been granted their freedom in Panama following a meeting with Pope Francis at the country's main youth detention center.
Government official Emma Alba says one of them is 21-year-old Luis Oscar Martinez, who told the pontiff earlier Friday that he had turned his life around since his arrest in 2016.
HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Like many others from his poor, indigenous region of Panama, Raul Tugri left for the capital years ago in search of opportunities. He found work at a supermarket, but alcohol abuse sent his life into a tailspin and four years ago he was diagnosed with HIV.
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Pope in Panama blasts corruption, walls, prays for Venezuela
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday that public officials live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to a Central America that has been rife with corruption scandals and is now coping with political upheaval in nearby Venezuela.
The Latest: Pope criticizes those who build walls, sow fear
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Panama (all times local):
Pope Francis has denounced those who would build walls and sow fear about strangers as he opened a global youth rally by urging the next generations to build bridges of understanding and encounter instead.
Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is "making us crazy" as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north.
Francis was asked by reporters about the proposed border wall Wednesday on the way to Panama, where he is looking to leave the sex abuse scandals buffeting his papacy behind. Francis responded: "It is the fear that makes us crazy."
The Latest: Pope touches down in Panama, meets first couple
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The latest on the pope's visit to Panama (all times local):
Pope Francis has arrived in Panama where he is to offer encouragement to young people gathered for World Youth Day 2019.
The pontiff's plane touched down Wednesday afternoon in the Panamanian capital. He was met by President Juan Carlos Varela and first lady Lorena Castillo, who escorted him along a red carpet laid on the tarmac.
Acosta, Glad, Bono, Miller cut from US roster
CHICAGO (AP) — Colorado midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been cut from the U.S. soccer roster for upcoming exhibitions against Panama and Costa Rica.
New coach Gregg Berhalter also dropped Salt Lake defender Justen Glad on Tuesday along with goalkeepers Alex Bono of Toronto and Tyler Miller of Los Angeles FC.
‘The whole world will see it’: Crafting the papal chair
LOS POZOS, Panama (AP) — A handful of carpenters were putting the finishing details on a towering cedar chair, detailed with carvings and crowned by a triangular pediment.
Still missing were its white upholstery and two ornamental shields representing the Vatican and Pope Francis, who will use it when he visits Panama starting Wednesday to preside over World Youth Day.
Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits from Jan. 23-27 for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away there are 144 more who can't make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — so the pontiff is going to them.
Pope visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere.
16 of 21 crew members rescued from burning ship near Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Good Samaritans on nearby merchant vessels rescued 16 members of the crew of a Panamanian car carrier heading from Japan to Hawaii that caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Three of the remaining five crew members of the Sincerity Ace were found, but they are still in the water because they are unresponsive, the Coast Guard said Sunday. The other two crew members haven't been found, the agency said.
Car carrier on fire in Pacific, some crew abandon ship
HONOLULU (AP) — A Panamanian car carrier heading from Japan to Hawaii caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, with some crew members abandoning the ship and the U.S. Coast Guard and other vessels heading to its rescue Monday.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that crew members launched a life raft and four of the 21 mariners aboard left the Sincerity Ace wearing life jackets. The agency could not confirm if they reached the life raft. The remaining 17 crew members stayed on board to fight the fire.
New York City FC MF Lewis added to US roster for camp
CHICAGO (AP) — New York City FC midfielder Jonathan Lewis has been added to the U.S. roster for its January training camp.
The 21-year-old Lewis is one of 13 uncapped players on Gregg Berhalter's first roster with the national team. Berhalter was hired as U.S. coach on Dec. 2.
Lewis was part of the U.S. squad that won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 title.
Panama Canal consortium ordered to repay $847M in advances
PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international arbitration panel has ruled the Spanish-led consortium that built the expansion of the Panama Canal must repay $847 million in advances it received during the construction project.
A panel under the International Chamber of Commerce says the consortium must repay $547 million it got in 2009 when the project started and $299 million it got in 2014 when contractors were floundering.
Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs
WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don't sing the same tune, researchers have found.
A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on forests.
These frogs take advantage of the relative absence of eavesdropping predators in cities to belt out longer love songs, which are more alluring to female frogs.
AP PHOTOS: Indigenous Panamanians compete in ancestral games
PIRIATI, Panama (AP) — Some brought bows and arrows to show off shooting skills. Others came to demonstrate their strength, endurance or ability to pull heavy ropes or to paddle small wooden dugout canoes.
Trial ordered for Panama ex-president over alleged spying
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A judge in Panama has ordered former President Ricardo Martinelli to stand trial on charges of political espionage.
Monday's ruling means Martinelli will be prosecuted for allegedly ordering that the communications of at least 150 people be intercepted and spending millions of dollars on spy equipment. He is also charged with embezzlement because the purchases were allegedly for "personal benefit."
2 sons of former Panama president detained in US
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Officials confirmed Wednesday that two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli have been detained in the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Ricardo Martinelli Linares and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares had been detained in a raid in the Coral Gables neighborhood of Miami on Tuesday and were being held pending deportation proceedings.
Pope to meet with young inmates, AIDS patients in Panama
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS.
History's first Latin American pope will be making his first visit to Central America, though he has been to Mexico, Cuba and several countries in South America.
Judge to decide on espionage trial for Panama ex-leader
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has made a noisy court appearance ahead of a ruling on whether he should stand trial for alleged political espionage.
The 66-year-old ex-leader raised his handcuffed hands above his head and shouted at reporters, saying "I'm innocent!" He accused Judge Geronimo Mejia of wanting to prosecute him to win a Supreme Court seat from current President Carlos Varela.
Mejia said the hearing could take time and asked for patience.
New Zealand makes biggest cocaine bust in banana shipment
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police have made the country's largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms (418 pounds) of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama.
New Zealand police and customs officials said Friday that the cocaine was contained in five duffel bags on top of bananas in a shipment which arrived in Auckland from Balboa, Panama, in August.
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The journey of a caravan of Central American migrants continued, with its members reaching Mexico City as it advanced toward the U.S. border.
In Chile, Haitian migrants were returned to their homeland voluntarily.
Man gets 7 years-plus in prison for shipping container scam
HOUSTON (AP) — A 54-year-old Houston-area man has been sentenced to seven years and one month in federal prison after pleading guilty to a fraudulent shipping container scheme.
Steven Patrick Jones also was ordered Tuesday in Houston to pay more than $8 million in restitution. The resident of Kingwood, Texas, and Panama City, Panama, could have received 20 years in prison for his May 2014 plea.
Pompeo meets Panama’s president about Venezuela, Nicaragua
PANAMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Panama's president to discuss the situations in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Political unrest and economic problems have sparked an exodus from both countries.
Pompeo also discussed drug trafficking, migration and anti-terrorism efforts in his meeting Thursday with President Juan Carlos Varela.