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Ex-CIA Station Chief Arrested In Panama

AP | By FRANCES D'EMILIO and JUAN ZAMORANO | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street has been detained in Panama af...

Panama: NKorean Boat Crew Could Face Jail Time

Agence France Presse | | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

North Korean sailors whose dilapidated ship was halted near the Panama Canal and found to be carrying military equipment could face up to six years in...

Snowden Aftermath: Why Is Obama Fixated on the "Switzerland of Latin America"?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Whatever its scenic attractions, Costa Rica has been touched by the ever widening war on drugs which has engulfed Central America and Mexico. As I reported as early as three years ago, smugglers use Costa Rica as a transshipment point for drugs coming from Colombia and Panama.

The 'Crisis of the Sugar Missiles'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

At a time when newspapers are offering lessons that governments can't get away with secrecy, the conformist role of the official Cuban press is, at the very least, painful.

NKorea To Panama: Release Crew

AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's Foreign Ministry says Panama should release the crew detained in the apprehension of a freighter carrying...

A Peek Into North Korea's Global Arms Trade

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — There's a long list of countries known to have done weapons business with North Korea, but this week's revelation that Cuba...

Panama Seizes NKorean Ship For Allegedly Carrying Ballistic Missiles

AP | JUAN ZAMORANO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 09.15.2013 | World

PANAMA CITY — A North Korean ship carrying weapons system parts buried under sacks of sugar was seized as it tried to cross the Panama Canal on ...

8 Best Places To Retire Abroad For Top-Notch Health Care

Posted 07.09.2013 | Fifty

Retiring overseas may seem like a fabulous idea, but the quality of health care often has post 50s thinking twice before making a move abroad. But the...

Whistle-Blower Snowden's Explosive South of the Border Disclosures

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Perhaps, news of the NSA spying operation will even increase public support for Snowden in Central and South America, thus raising the possibility that the rogue NSA whistle-blower might wind up receiving diplomatic refuge in the region after all.

JUST IN: The 21 Best Places In The World To Retire

Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty

Where's the best place in the world to retire? Is it Abruzzo, Italy or maybe Cayo, Belize? The truth? Only you can decide. But to help anyone who migh...

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Solution to Latin America's Fractured Trade Regime?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Many hope an agreement on the TPP will provide a much-needed boost to a still prostrate global economy, but what is being widely hailed as profound progress in the evolution of trade integration globally is having the opposite effect in Latin America.

When Giving is Second Nature

Lisa Lori | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa Lori

Yesterday, I returned from a medical mission with Operation Smile in Panama. The culmination of three and a half years of supporting Operation Smile, I hoped this first trip would help me with my own ongoing challenges as a mother of children with disabilities.

International Film Festival Fare Dazzles Panama Audiences

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

The second edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Panama wrapped last week and for seven days offered Panamanians a taste of what is available cinematically besides Cruise and Cameron, Pirates and Potter.

Panama City's Casco Viejo

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel
Patrick McGinnis

On the advice of a Panamanian friend, I decided to book myself into a hotel in the Casco Viejo, also known as San Felipe or the Casco Antiguo. The Casco Viejo is the Old City of Panama and it is the city's heart and soul.

Panama International Film Festival Brings Best of World Cinema to Central America

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher


The Overseas Retirement Locales With The Best Weather

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Of course, weather is a subjective thing. For reasons we've never been able to understand, some people actually prefer snow and ice. Others, again for reasons unknown to us, long for the kind of weather you find inside a sauna.

The Benefits Of Going 'Offshore' For Retirees

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

The point is that in many cases, 'offshore' isn't about banking and secrecy... it's really about internationalizing your life. It's about taking the best possible advantage of perfectly legal opportunities and structures in other countries that allow you live a better quality of life for less money.

How To Work -- And Make It Work -- Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Moving to another country with a lower cost of living is a great way to make a fixed income go as far as possible... but you may also find many opportunities there if you don't have a sufficient fixed income stream or simply want to keep working and earning no matter where you live.

Gun 'Background Check' on Pentagon

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Stringent "background checks" are central to many proposals for curbing gun violence. The following is a background check on the nation's largest buyer of firearms.

In Brazil I Receive the Gift of Publicly and Freely Expressed Criticism

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Recife airport was a place for embraces. I met many people there who have supported me for years in my efforts to travel outside the national borders. There were flowers, gifts and even a group of people insulting me which, I confess, I really enjoyed.

A Hunt For Panamanian Hot Sauce

Andrea Poe | Posted 03.29.2013 | Travel
Andrea Poe

Will he give us a taste, Oscar asks? The man will not.

6 Healthiest Places To Live Or Retire Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.26.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Ask most retired expats why they've moved overseas and you'll get a variety of answers -- many having to do with a more comfortable lifestyle and a lower cost of living. But there's another reason ... and if you're currently on the high-stress, low-relaxation lifestyle path, you may want to read on.

Why Part-time Living Overseas May Make Sense for You

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.18.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Think you might like to try out the expat life? But not sure where to start... and maybe not ready to give up everything you have going on in your life right now?

Mysterious Stones Unearthed In Prehistoric Shelter

Posted 01.16.2013 | Science

Forget wands, talismen and cauldrons -- in Pre-Columbian Central America, it was all about magic rocks. An archaeologist and her colleagues have i...

PHOTOS: The Past And Future Shake Hands In Panama

Mark Chesnut | Posted 03.18.2013 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

In Panama City, high rise steel looms over tin roofs and street vendors compete with fancy restaurants, where the country's namesake hats don't look a bit out of place.