The isthmus nation of roughly 4 million people joined more than 60 other countries that have totally or partially banned single-use plastic bags, or introduced taxes to dissuade their use, including Chile and Colombia in the region.
The second-place candidate Romulo Roux, of the centre-right Democratic Change (DC) party, trailed two points behind and has not yet accepted defeat.
Noah Land, directed and written by Turkish filmmaker Cenk Erturk, won the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Some 2.7 million people are eligible to vote in Panama's presidential election. The winner will succeed Juan Carlos Varela who can't stand for re-election as per the constitution. Voters will elect 71 deputies, 81 mayors and 700 local lawmakers.
US and dozens of other countries recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as oil-rich country's interim leader against President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to step down and accuses Guaido of being a US puppet.
The European Union expanded its tax haven blacklist by 10 countries, adding the United Arab Emirates and Bermuda despite the objections of powerful member states.
Every option is on the table as two presidents fight for legitimacy in Venezuela.
During his visit to Panama, Pope Francis also pledged support for "all efforts" to avoid further suffering in crisis-torn Venezuela and insisted public officials live simply, honestly and transparently.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Panama kickstarting his tour of the Central American region that President Donald Trump blames for an "onslaught" of US-bound migrants.
The new unit will tackle violence against women across the country, which in recent years has recorded tens of thousands of such cases.
Internet watchdog Citizen Lab has so far counted some 175 targets of NSO – an Israeli surveillance company – spyware worldwide.
Gareth Southgate's young side face the Scandinavians in Samara with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russia up for grabs.
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