Aug 14, 2014 — Groundbreaking for the 173-mile canal is set for December, but critics warn the waterway will cause irreparable environmental and social damage. The government has withheld outside firms' assessments.
Feb 8, 2014 — A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.
Jan 6, 2014 — A European-led consortium has issued an ultimatum to the Panama Canal Authority, saying it will stop work unless it gets paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns.
Jan 2, 2014 — Grupo Unidos por el Canal, made up of Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian firms, says it will halt work if it doesn't get paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the next three weeks.
Jul 19, 2013 — Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA station chief in Milan, was arrested in connection with the extraordinary rendition of Muslim cleric Abu Omar in 2003.
Jul 16, 2013 — A statement from Cuba's foreign ministry says weapons that Panama seized in a North Korean ship were mid-20th Century models that Cuba was sending to North Korea for repair.
Nov 23, 2011 — The former Panamanian dictator, who was jailed in the U.S. until last year, has been in France serving time for money laundering. Now he'll likely spend the rest of his days in a jail in his home country. Noriega is 77.