Police Rescue 600 Pound Turtle

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The National Police rescued a 600 pound leatherback turtle from fishing nets in the Guázaro river in the province of Veraguas. The rescue was captured on video and posted on the National Police Facebook page. Leatherback turtles can grow to 6 feet and weigh over a thousand pounds (500 kilos), making it one of the largest living reptiles in the world. The…

Canal Project Expands Panama Archaeological Treasure

During the expansion of the Panama Canal, excavators found 2,250 archaeological pieces that will go on display around the country. Items included a bottle of Coca-Cola from 1940, a 1903 Springfield rifle, train cars used during the French Canal efforts, weapons, hundred of bottles, cannonballs, ceramics and even a human tooth dating back long before the arrival…

Panama Exports Fall 12.6%

Panama exports are down, and imports and free zone activity have also declined. Between January and April, the recorded $197 million in exports is almost $30 million less than the $225.8 million during the same period in 2015, or 12.6% less. Only two domestic products showed an increase from the previous year: watermelon and unrefined sugar,…

Brimager Sentenced in Yvonne Baldelli Murder

Brian Brimager was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for the 2011 murder of then girlfriend Yvonne Baldelli in Panama. The two had recently moved to Bocas del Toro’s Isla Carenero off the Caribbean Coast, when Baldelli, age 42, abruptly disappeared on November 27. Brimager, a former Marine, claimed that she had left him and travelled on…

Panama Closes Border with Colombia

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Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela announced the closure of Panama’s border with Colombia. “We have taken the difficult decision to close the borders with Colombia to confront the passage of irregular immigrants,” he tweeted on Monday. Over the last year, Cuban immigrants have flooded Panama, hoping to reach fast-track residency in the United States by flying…

Nidal Waked to be Extradited to U.S.

Nidal Waked, a prominent businessman deeply invested in Panama. will be extradited to the United States, Colombia’s Counternarcotics Police confirmed. Waked, age 44 and a Panamanian-Colombian national, was arrested at the Bogota airport on Wednesday night on charges of money laundering and bank fraud. Now considered one of the biggest money launderers in the world, he served as president of the…