Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

Panama's vice president wins presidential election

May 5, 2014

Panama's vice president wins presidential election

Vice President Juan Carlos Varela pulled off a surprise victory in Panama’s presidential election Sunday, thwarting an attempt by former ally President Ricardo Martinelli to extend his grip on power by electing a hand-picked successor. Varela led with 39 percent of the votes, compared ...

Apr 22, 2014

Failed gamble in New World still relevant to Scots

A few years before giving up its independence, Scotland took a bold gamble to secure a brighter future, founding a colony on the isthmus of Panama to corner trade between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The 1698 venture ended in tragedy, helping to push ...

Jul 20, 2013

Panama releases ex-CIA operative

A former CIA operative detained in Panama last week at the request of Italian authorities over his conviction in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan was released Friday and boarded a flight to the United States, U.S. officials said. Robert Seldon ...

Jul 16, 2013

Panama seizes suspect North Korea ship

President Ricardo Martinelli says the captain of a North Korean ship tried to kill himself after the vessel was stopped en route from Cuba and found to have suspected missile material on board.