The current expansion of the Panama Canal will accommodate 90% of the world's 370-vessel liquified natural gas fleet—a new bid to undermine Nicaragua's canal plans.
Panama detained but quickly released an ex-CIA agent wanted for kidnapping in Italy. Cuban sources link him to the Contragate scandal; since 2005 he's been living in Honduras.
The US has been spying on telecommunications in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and 11 other Latin American countries—with a focus on oil and other economic issues.
Campesinos are protesting three dams planned for the area where they live; meanwhile, the indigenous Ngöbe Buglé are still fighting a dam being built in their territory.
Masked men killed an indigenous activist from the Ngöbe-Buglé people after a protest against the Barro Blanco dam in Panama’s western Chiriquí department.
Indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé activists continue to protest hydroelectric projects they say threaten their way of life in their own territory, despite previous pacts with the government.
Panama announced the arrest of the top leader of the Oficina de Envigado, a Colombian crime syndicate said to be a surviving remnant of Pablo Escobar's notorious Medellín Cartel.
With Chinese investment, Nicaragua is moving ahead with a new inter-oceanic canal plan—in a race with Panama, which is expanding its own canal for a new era of global trade.
A suspected drug trafficker was killed in the first DEA-backed drug raid in Honduras following a five-month suspension in radar intelligence sharing between the countries.
Days of strikes and protests in Panama’s cities forced the government to cancel a planned sale of lands in the Colón Free Trade Zone to multinational corporations.