Panama cuts formal ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Joint statement between President Juan Carlos Varela and Beijing says Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinas territory Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a major victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory. Panamas president, Juan Carlos Varela, announced the change […]

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Manuel Noriega, former Panama dictator, dies aged 83

Death of notorious leader announced by President Juan Carlos Varela on Twitter May 30, 2017 A source close to Noriegas family confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Noriega was put into an induced coma in March after undergoing brain surgery. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Noriega died at about 11pm […]

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1,000 Cubans attempt journey to US via Panama’s perilous Darien Gap

The Cubans traveling to the US have been stranded since May in miserable conditions in the Colombian town of Turbo near the Panamanian border About 1,000 Cubans intent on reaching the United States have opted to cross into Panama in the perilous Darien Gap jungle region rather than submit to deportation and return to their […]

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Panama Papers: full database of offshore companies published online

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists argues public interest in releasing details of 200,000 entities used in tax avoidance schemes A group of investigative journalists has published the names of thousands of offshore companies at the heart of the data on 200,000 entities available on its website on Monday. The files contain basic corporate information about […]

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