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A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Panama opens expanded canal to newer, bigger ships

Jun 26, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The expansion work carried out since 2007 – and delivered two years late at a cost of at least 5 5 billion – allows a new generation of much larger ships known as Neopanamax class vessels to ply the canal

BIG SHIP. Workers take pictures of the cargo ship Cosco Houston crossing the new Cocoli Locks during a test at the Panama Canal on June 23, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Builders vow to repair leak in Panama Canal

Oct 01, 2015 - 11:41 PM

A Spanish construction group detects cracks in one of the canal s walls

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce ship size

Aug 08, 2015 - 2:00 PM

The Panama Canal Authority says the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11 89 meters 39 feet from September 8 affecting 18 5 of vessels that normally transit the link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans

PANAMA CANAL. A new dock of Panama Canal part of it's expansion during an operation test at the pacific zone of Panana Canal in Panama, 03 July 2015. Photo by Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Panama Canal claims $737M in cost overruns

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Workers at the Panama Canal have been on strike since Tuesday December 23

PANAMA CANAL. The eighth and last of the new gates for the extension to be placed on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal is moved, through the waterway, which is operational since 1914 and whose expansion works are about 80% finished, in Miraflores, Panama, December 10, 2014. Photo by EPA

Panama Canal turns 100 facing 21st-century problems

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:20 AM

For Panama the canal has meant progress We were transformed from a forgotten province of Colombia into an independent state that could choose its future

PASSING THROUGH. View of a cargo ship in Gatun Lake, close to the extension works at Panama Canal in province of Colon, on the Atlantic Coast of Panama, 03 January 2014. Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Panama, Spanish-led consortium bargain over canal work

Feb 09, 2014 - 7:50 AM

The multi billion dollar plan to build larger locks on the 80 kilometer waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans stopped in a row over who will pay an additional 1 6 billion bill

HALTED? General view of the works being done to construct the new Panama canal locks, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, in Puerto Colon, Panama, near the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2013. File photo by AFP

Panama says canal work suspended, company denies

Feb 06, 2014 - 10:05 AM

The Panama Canal Authority said the consortium led by Spanish builder Sacyr stopped work after negotiations broke down but the company later announced that it made a final offer to prevent a shutdown

HALTED? General view of the works being done to construct the new Panama canal locks, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, in Puerto Colon, Panama, near the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2013. File photo by AFP

Proposal offered as Panama Canal dispute simmers on

Jan 21, 2014 - 10:19 AM

A consortium working on expanding the Panama Canal proposes that local authorities cofinance a huge budget gap

HALTED? General view of the works being done to construct the new Panama canal locks, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, in Puerto Colon, Panama, near the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2013. File photo by AFP

Panama, builders make rival offers to end canal spat

Jan 08, 2014 - 10:11 AM

The offers are aimed at ending a a 1 6 billion dispute that threatens to paralyze the expansion of the major waterway

HALTED? General view of the works being done to construct the new Panama canal locks, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, in Puerto Colon, Panama, near the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2013. File photo by AFP

Spanish minister in Panama to end $1.6-bn canal impasse

Jan 06, 2014 - 9:58 PM

The goal is to mediate in a conflict between Panama and the construction group working on the canal expansion led by Spanish builder Sacyr

HALTED? General view of the works being done to construct the new Panama canal locks, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, in Puerto Colon, Panama, near the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2013. File photo by AFP

North Korean officials to Panama for Cuba arms case

Oct 23, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Political counselor Ra Yun Bak and Havana based diplomat Ri Il Gyu were to visit for two days to discuss the sailors fate with prosecutor Javier Caraballo

CONTROVERSIAL SHIP. View of the bow of the North Korean-flagged cargo ship Chon Chong Gang which remains docked at the pier of Manzanillo in Colon, Panama, on 16 July 2013. EPA/Alejandro Bolivar

Panama slaps $1 million fine on N. Korean ship

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:25 AM

The Panama Canal Authority slapped a million dollar fine on a North Korean cargo ship caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons

MILLION DOLLAR FINE. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli

N. Koreans end visit to Panama over seized ship

Aug 30, 2013 - 10:05 AM

North Korean diplomats ended a two day visit to Panama to discuss the status of the crew of a North Korean freighter caught with undeclared Cuban arms

INTERCEPTED. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli

Panama: North Korea ship's arms violated UN sanctions

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:57 AM

Panama says the cargo undoubtedly violates UN sanctions which supports the course of action Panama took

INTERCEPTED. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli

North Korea says seized Cuba arms part of legitimate deal

Jul 18, 2013 - 7:53 AM

North Korea said that Cuban arms seized from a Pyongyang flagged ship near the Panama Canal were part of a legitimate deal

INTERCEPTED. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli

Panama wants North Korea ship probed; Cuba says weapons own

Jul 17, 2013 - 8:32 AM

UPDATE Havana said the obsolete weaponry included anti aircraft missile arrays disassembled missiles and other parts without mentioning where they were being sent

INTERCEPTED. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli