World News

Schools Closed in Panama's Energy Crisis

Panama is shutting down all schools and universities for three days, beginning Wednesday, in an attempt to save electricity and avoid power rationing.

The Central American nation -- which depends heavily on hydroelectric power fueled by water -- is experiencing a drought. Reservoirs are low after months without rain.

Working hours for government offices will also be reduced in Panama's energy saving effort.

Emergencies have been declared in several provinces as hundreds of cows have died in the parched conditions and farmers have had to significantly delay planting.

Panama is one of Latin America's fastest growing economies.

Featured Story

FILE - Boris Nemtsov speaks to The Associated Press Television News in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 21, 2011.

Bill Browder Tells VOA Russian About Boris Nemtsov Murder

Noted critic of President Putin is co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management fund that has been described as one of biggest foreign investors in Russia from 1995 to 2006 More