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  • Expansion of Panama Canal expected to open in 2016 September 10, 2014

    Madrid: Panama's President says the major expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed in time to open for business in the beginning of 2016. The project is expected to be finished in December 2015, and President Juan Carlos Varela says it will open early the following year, despite construction...
  • Panama Canal celebrates 100 years August 16, 2014

    Panama City: Panama celebrated the 100th anniversary of its famous canal on Saturday with a ceremony and gala, even as it scrambled to make up lost time by enlarging it to maintain its competitiveness in the 21st century. The canal, an engineering masterwork that transformed global commerce, opened on August 15,...
  • Panama Canal turns 100 years old! Now faces 21st century problems August 13, 2014

    Panama City: The Panama Canal, one of the 20th century's greatest engineering triumphs, celebrates 100 years Friday (Aug 15), facing competition from rival projects and delays in the expansion aimed at ensuring its 21stcentury relevance. The product of decades of failed efforts and a final 10 years of breakneck construction that...
  • Neymar leads Brazil to 40 win over Panama in World Cup warmup June 4, 2014

    Goiania: Neymar scored one goal and set up two others to help Brazil defeat Panama 40 in a World Cup warmup match on Tuesday. Neymar broke the deadlock with a wellstruck free kick from just outside the area in the 26th minute, and then sent a perfect backheel pass for Hulk...
  • Small plane crashes in Colombia, four dead October 6, 2013

    Bogota: Colombia's army says a small plane has crashed in a remote region near the Panama border, killing four of six people aboard. Gabriel Jose Olivares, mayor of Acandi in Choco department, said that local farmers first reported the accident that occurred about 1 am local time. There was no immediate...
  • Stuart Holden leaves Gold Cup final with knee injury July 29, 2013

    Chicago: Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden's run of bad luck continues after he sprained his right knee early in the United States' 10 win over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after the match Sunday that Holden's latest injury appears to be "very serious." Holden, who...
  • FIFA fines Panama for fans' bad behaviour March 23, 2013

    Panama City: World football body FIFA has fined Panama a USD18,000 penalty for its fans' bad behaviour during the February 6 match against Costa Rica, the Panamanian Football Federation confirmed. In the match against Costa Rica, part of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament, the Panamanian fans threw objects onto...
  • Spain, Portugal register wins in friendlies August 16, 2012

    Faro, Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 36th international goal and Nelson Oliveira scored his first as Portugal beat Panama 20 on a day of international friendlies where the world and European champions Spain beat Puerto Rico 21. Ronaldo span around on the edge of the area and fired a halfvolley past...
  • Panama to set up satellite tracking station with ISRO help August 5, 2012

    Coimbatore: Republic of Panama is negotiating with ISRO to enter into technological collaboration for setting up a Satellite Tracking Station there, a senior Panamanian minister said on Saturday. Senior official level talks were fruitful and modalities were being worked out for installation of the station, so that system would be...
  • Oil tanker with Indians on board hijacked May 3, 2012

    Panama: A Panamaflagged merchant oil tanker, the BW Rhine, has been hijacked. Indian sailors are among the 21member crew that has been taken hostage. The incident occurred off the east coast of Africa on April 28. The exact number of Indians on board is, however, not known as of now. Sources in the...
  • Panama exdictator Noriega returnns home a prisoner December 12, 2011

    Panama City: More than two decades after the US forced him from power, Manuel Noriega returned to Panama on Sunday as a prisoner and, to many of those he once ruled with impunity, an irrelevant man. Some Panamanians feel hatred for the former strongman and rejected American ally; a few others...
  • Former Panama dictator extradited to France April 27, 2010

    Miami: Former Panama military dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega has been extradited to France after his attorneys lost a threeyearlong battle in the US courts. Noriega, who ruled Panama from 19831989, appeared calm and cooperative Monday as federal agents took him from a prison here to the Miami international airport and put...
  • Panama police seize 21 tons of cocaine March 20, 2007

    Panama City (Panama): Panamanian police seized a boat off the nation's Pacific coast carrying 21.4 tons of cocaine in one of the biggest maritime cocaine busts anywhere on record, officials said on Monday. National police working with agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency seized the boat on Sunday near the...
  • Voters okay Panama Canal expansion October 23, 2006

    Panama City (Panama): Voters overwhelmingly approved the largest modernisation plan in the 92year history of the Panama Canal on Sunday, backing a multibillion dollar expansion that will allow the world's largest ships to squeeze through the shortcut between the seas. More than 78 per cent of Panamanians voted in favour of...