Panama’s Varela hosts farewell ceremony for Pope Francis

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and spouse Lorena Castillo host a farewell ceremony at the airport for Pope Francis after five days of World Youth Day festivities. IMAGES

Pope Francis starts trip in Panama with official visit to Varela

Pope Francis starts his 5-day trip to Panama City by paying an official visit to President Juan Carlos Varela at the Presidential Palace. IMAGES

President Varela welcomes Pope Francis to Panama

Panama president Juan Carlos Varela and wife Lorena Castillo welcome Pope Francis to Panama, after he landed in the capital for the 2019 WYD. IMAGES

China’s Xi makes historic visit to Panama

China’s President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela sign a string of cooperation agreements as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

Chinese president Xi Jingping meets with Panama president

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Palacio De Las Garzas to meet with Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela. IMAGES

Cuba president holds welcoming ceremony for Panama president

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel holds welcoming ceremony for Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela in Havana during his state visit. IMAGES+COMPLETES VID1256885_EN+

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 03 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Panama’s new leader urges gangs to turn a new leaf, Pakistan’s new anti-terror law criticized as draconian, young Somalis fight piracy with education, and NASA launches rocket to measure carbon dioxide from space.

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New President Offers Gangs One-Month Amnesty
Juan Carlos Varela urges the country’s 200 criminal gangs to join civilian life.

New Anti-Terror Law Criticized as Too Harsh
The legislation allows police to shoot and kill alleged terrorists, and detain suspects for up to 60 days without charge.

Youth Fight Piracy With Education
Group hopes to convince young people there are alternatives to earn a decent living.

NASA Rocket to Study Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
The mission will tell scientists more about how greenhouse gases influence climate change.

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