Cortizo Headed to United Nations

President Laurentino Cortizo traveled to New York City on Monday to participate in the 74th session General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. According to a report by the Presidency of the Republic, Cortizo is scheduled to address the General Assembly at 4 pm on Wednesday and will meet with the UN…

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Cortizo Says No to Safe Third Country Idea

Panama will not serve as a ‘safe third country’ for U.S. asylum seekers. Responding to pressure from the Trump administration to have Panama house migrants while in transit, President Laurentino Cortizo says it’s not a viable option and that “the migration issue is not a Panamanian issue.” Panama receives a large and increasing flow of…

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Manneken-Pis Dressed as Congo King

The Manneken-Pis statue in Brussels joined in on the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City, dressing in the colorful king of the Congo costume. Complete with crown and scepter, the costume is used in Congo dance, a theatrical representation of the resistance of African slaves during the Spanish colonial period.…

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Baby Sloths Travel to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed six new baby sloths, arriving from the Panamerican Conservation Association in Panama this week. Although the rescue center’s goal is to return sloths to their natural habitat after rehabilitation, it sometimes finds safe alternative homes when animals like these orphans aren’t expected to survive in the wild. The baby sloths will…

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Copa Adds Suriname Route

Panama’s Copa Airlines inaugurated its new service direct from Panama to Suriname. “We are confident that this new route, which will commence on July 6 of this year, will promote greater opportunities for commercial and tourist activity in this unique and attractive country.”,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, when announcing the new route back…

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Panama Flags World’s Largest Container Ship

The largest container ship in the the world is now registered in Panama. Built by the Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries in 2019, the 23,000 teu MSC Gülsün is 400 meters long by 61.5 meters wide and is the first ship in the world to feature 24 rows across, which gives it an 1,500 extra…

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Marea Roja Moves on to Gold Cup Quarterfinals

Panama will face the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals after beating Guyana 4 to 2 on Saturday. The national soccer team, popularly know as the Marea Roja, travels to Kansas City, Missouri for play on Wednesday against the 2017 Gold Cup champions and current group D leaders. The last time the two…

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First Panama Beef Exports Head to China

Panama’s first container of beef bound for China shipped out of the Pacific port of Balboa on Saturday. Prepared by the Carnes of Cocle slaughterhouse in the province of Los Santos, the 200-tons of meat is equivalent to approximately 145 animals from 80 ranchers, mostly from the Azuero region. It is the first of some…

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Historic U.S. Drug Bust Moved through Panama

U.S. authorities made one of the largest drug busts in American history this week, seizing 16.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of $1 billion at a port in Philadelphia. Law enforcement agents found the contraband on board the MSC Gayane at the Packer Marine Terminal. The bales of cocaine were reportedly loaded into…

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US Gives Panama ARV Drugs and HIV Tests

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief of the United States, also known as PEPFAR, donated 6,354 bottles of antiretroviral therapy and 20,000 packages of rapid HIV tests to Panama. The medication was delivered on Wednesday to the Ministry of Health, which has 17 antiretroviral therapy clinics serving about 16,000 patients throughout the country. The…

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