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HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuba continues to downgrade its relations with Panama, saying it will withdraw its charge d'affaires from the Cuban embassy in Panama City. According to VOA News, the Cuban foreign ministry announced Monday that envoy Carlos Valdes de la Concepcion will return to Havana Tuesday for an indefinite period. The recall is part of the island nation's protest against Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso who pardoned four Cubans convicted in a November 2000 assassination plot against Cuban President Fidel Castro.…
By Aaron Gray The Virgin Islands Daily News MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico (MCT) -- The US Virgin Islands national baseball team went with one of the most experienced pitchers in its arsenal and the former minor leaguer delivered. USVI's Geronimo Newton, 36, took a scoreless game into the sixth inning Wednesday but his youthful counterpart proved to be just enough in a pitchers' duel at Estadio Isidoro Garcia. Aberto Acosta tallied 12 strikeouts and surrendered just three hits to lift Panama…
By Patrick M. O'Connell St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST LOUIS, USA (MCT) -- Mary Wittmeyer gets the chills thinking about her conversations with the man who was among the last people to see her missing niece. The voice at the other end of the telephone line oozed arrogance and smugness. But the stories spun by the man now identified as William Dathan Holbert weren't adding up. "The conversations," Wittmeyer said, "were really creepy." Holbert was later arrested and accused of a string of…
By Tim Rogers The Nica Times PANAMA CITY, Panama (MCT) -- When Spanish colonists first settled the territory that is now Panama, they gave it the name "Castilla de Oro" based on the belief that the hills were rich in gold. Yet 500 years later, Panama is just starting to tap its mining potential. There is currently only one major gold mine in operation in Panama: Petaquilla Gold, run by a Canadian mining firm that starting extracting the precious metal in…
BOCAS DEL TORO, Panama -- Panama is not a common reference point for the allure of Caribbean islands such as Turks and Caicos, St Thomas, St Lucia or Antigua. But those who vacation or invest in these traditional Caribbean destinations should consider the less known islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Thirty miles from the border of Costa Rica, the beaches here are phenomenal and fringed by pristine rainforest. The island archipelago of Bocas del Toro is part of the Caribbean…
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations independent expert on the right to the freedom of opinion and expression on Thursday voiced concern over a prison sentence for two Panamanian journalists, who had earlier been acquitted on charges of slander and libel. UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue said in a statement that, according to available information, the two journalists were also prohibited from carrying out activities related to their profession for one year. “This judicial decision represents a worrying precedent for…

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