The widening of the Panama Canal is nearing completion, and could be ready to allow bigger ships to pass through next year. But a European consortium constructing the new locks says it wants more money to finish the job.
In 1964, riots that started in the US-controlled Panama Canal zone led to the deaths of 22 students and, ultimately, to negotiations that put the Panama Canal under joint US-Panamanian control and gave Panama full control by 1999.
After being detained in Panama Thursday, the US State Department said Friday that Robert Lady, a former CIA operative, is now headed back to the US. The strange part: Lady was held in Panama because he's a wanted man in Italy.
A multibillion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal is proving a boon to scientists. The construction has revealed a trove of fossils, revealing a wide array of creatures that lived at the southern end of North America 20 millions years ago.
In their debates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have clashed repeatedly over the economy. In the final debate, Romney vowed to focus on Latin America, an area where he said Obama hasn't engaged — but is that even possible?
The Darién Gap is an impassable tangle of jungle and swamp between Panama and Colombia that forces journeys along the Pan-American Highway to come to full stop. Only a few hundred travelers annually make this trip.