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Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Luis Abinader's rivals and the outgoing president also recognize his win, which ends 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left Dominican Liberation Party

BALLOT. People vote at a polling station during General Elections in Santo Domingo, on July 5, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by STR/AFP

Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The campaign is unlike any other in the Dominican Republic's history, overshadowed by a health crisis that has hit the country's population of 10 million hard

UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Handout photo released by Dominican presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) Gonzalo Castillo's press office as he (C) shakes hands with supporters during a motorcade in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Gonzalo Castillo's press office/AFP

IMF approves $650 million in virus aid to Dominican Republic

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Money from the International Monetary Fund will be used to finance increased healthcare spending and to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in the Dominican Republic

A man and a dog walk along an empty street in Santo Domingo on April 12, 2020, amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. - The Dominican Republic has so far reported 2,967 infected people and 173 deaths due to the COVID-19. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP)

DR Congo signs 'peace' deal with armed group in east

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The peace deal is 'designed to restore peace, security and stability' in southern Ituri, following 'several aborted attempts'

Former Red Sox star Ortiz happy to be home after shooting

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:13 PM

'Big Papi will be back soon,' says David Ortiz who returns home from the hospital

BACK HOM. David Ortiz recovers in his family home after he was shot in the Dominican Republic. Photo from Ortiz's Twitter account (@davidortiz)

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in Dominican Republic

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The three-time World Series champion is reportedly wounded in an alleged robbery attempt

BIG PAPI. David Ortiz has been retired from Major League Baseball since 2016. Photo from Ortiz's Twitter account (@davidortiz)

50 killed, 100 burnt in oil tanker road crash in DR Congo

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The accident has occurred on a highway linking the capital Kinshasa to the country's sole port at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean

UN concedes training 'gaps' after Congo deaths

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:36 AM

UN investigators are tasked with evaluating the response of the UN peacekeepers and making recommendations on how to prevent such violence

'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Venezuela rivals hold exploratory talks on crisis

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Jorge Rodriguez a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says some progress have been made towards face to face negotiations

PROGRESS IN TALKS. The president of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez (2nd-L) and Jorge Rodriguez (R), mayor of the Libertador municipality in Caracas and leader of the pro-government United Socialist Party of Venezuela speak during a press conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 13, 2017.  Erika Santelices/AFP

Maduro to accept talks with Venezuela opposition

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is prepared to meet the opposition for talks brokered by the Dominican Republic and former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero

OPEN TO TALKS. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Monster Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Barbuda in Caribbean

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The eye of the rare Category Five storm passed over Barbuda around 2 am 0600 GMT packing winds gusting at up to 185 mph 295 kph the NHC says

Dominican journalists shot dead mid-broadcast

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Attackers burst into 103 5 FM s studio killing presenter Luis Manuel Medina and station director Leonidas Martinez

Hurricane Matthew weakens, makes South Carolina landfall

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:32 AM

In Haiti where Matthew was a monster Category 4 when it slammed into the poorest country in the western hemisphere Tuesday October 4 the official death toll rises to at least 336

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Matthew: What we know

Oct 07, 2016 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Here s what we know about this deadly dangerous storm

DESTRUCTION. An ariel view shows damaged houses are after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, in Sous Roche in Les Cayes, Southwest Haiti, on October 6, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Bahamas after striking Haiti, Cuba

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED The powerful storm leaves at least 9 people dead and forces hundreds of thousands to flee

HURRICANE MATTHEW. People look at a flooding river in a neighborhood of the commune of Cite Soleil, in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, on October 4, 2016. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Deadly Hurricane Matthew slams ashore in Haiti

Oct 04, 2016 - 7:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The most menacing storm in nearly a decade Matthew began battering Haiti late Monday with strong winds and rising sea levels

DARK CLOUDS. A fisherman looks at the sea in Caira beach, in the commune of Leogane, to the southwest from Port-au-Prince, on October 3, 2016. Hector Retamal/AFP

Hurricane Matthew claims first victims as it churns up Caribbean

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Matthew is expected to hit southwestern Haiti late Monday packing powerful winds and torrential rain

Venezuelan officials and opposition meet mediators over standoff

May 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez says President Nicolas Maduro initiated the meetings

PRO-GOVERNMENT. A handout picture made available by the Miraflores Press office shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) and his wife Cilia Flores arriving to join to a large crowd at a march in Caracas, Venezuela, 26 May 2016. Photo by Miraflores Press/EPA

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The funding includes 12 2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400 000 Haitians

DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the world food program 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after three consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

Filipinos tapped to ease teacher shortage in US Virgin Islands

Aug 19, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Teachers from the Philippines and the Dominican Republic will begin work in St Croix and St Thomas in September

4 Frenchmen jailed in Dominican Republic for drug running

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Dominican authorities say they were preparing to take off in a mid size Dassault Falcon 50 jet with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms 1 500 pounds of cocaine

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of pedophilia

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The unprecedented trial will hear the case of former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who is accused of sexual abuse of minors

DEFROCKED. Former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was defrocked for abusing children. File photo by AFP

Haitians forced from Dominican Republic recall racism, abuse

Jul 05, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Since June 17 when a registration program for undocumented migrants ran out in the Dominican Republic more than 17 000 people have poured across the border into Haiti

FACING DEPORTATIONS. Haitians queue up to legalize their status at the Interior Ministry in Santo Domingo, on June 17, 2015. Photo by Erika Santelices/AFP

Dominican Republic says Vatican to handle landmark sex abuse case

Dec 01, 2014 - 11:47 PM

It is now up to the Vatican to prosecute former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who is in custody after being defrocked in June for abusing children

Latin America: Where cars are deadlier than crime

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Welcome to Latin America where crosswalk lights are more decorative than functional speed limits are ignored right of way to pedestrians is a myth and traffic lights are disdained

ROAD MONSTERS. Picture taken during a traffic jam at 23 de Maio Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

All roads lead to Spain: FIBA World Cup Group C preview

Aug 30, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Take a closer look at FIBA World Cup Group C which includes USA Dominican Republic Ukraine Finland Turkey and New Zealand

Kyrie Irving (L) and James Harden (R) are just two of the talents on a Team USA comprised solely of NBA players. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Dominican Republic pulls away late to beat Gilas

Aug 26, 2014 - 2:20 AM

The Philippine national men s basketball team concluded their tuneup games for the 2014 FIBA World Cup with a loss to the Dominican Republic

File photo by Josh Albelda

Shakira hit song 'Loca' a copy – judge

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:20 PM

In a 40 page ruling Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the song was a replication of one written by singer and composer Ramon Arias Vasquez known as Arias

In this file photo, Colombian singer Shakira (C) performs during the FIFA World Cup Kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 June 2010. Jon Hrusa/EPA

Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims for first time

Jul 05, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Six victims from Britain Germany and Ireland will talk with the head of the Roman Catholic Church at his private residence near Saint Peter s Basilica on Monday July 7

Chikungunya virus reported in Cuba amid Caribbean outbreak

Jun 18, 2014 - 10:22 PM

The World Health Organization WHO says that as of March 2014 there had been more than 8 000 suspected chikungunya cases in the region

The logo of the World Health Organization in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo from AFP/Laurent Gillieron

14 dead in northwest Thailand road accident

Apr 30, 2014 - 4:03 PM

Thailand s roads are among the world s deadliest and accidents are common

Dominican army deports 47,700 Haitians in 13 months

Sep 28, 2013 - 8:19 AM

Deeply impoverished Haiti and its wealthier neighbor the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola

NO WAY IN. Haitians stranded on the border between Dominican Republic and Haiti are seen, in Djabon, Dominican Republic, 07 January 2013. Photo by EPA

Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention

Aug 22, 2012 - 10:06 AM

A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year s Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual

Courtesy of the US National Hurricane Center.

Day 10 Wrap: Sobbing Sanchez wins after 8 year Olympic break

Aug 07, 2012 - 10:09 PM

Felix Sanchez cried like a baby as he led a night of shocks at the Olympics with Russia s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva dethroned and the men s 400m title pried from American hands

'Ernesto' races towards Mexico, Central America

Aug 05, 2012 - 8:08 AM

Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Caribbean headed towards the Yucatan peninsula likely to reach hurricane strength and drench southeastern Mexico and Central America

Image courtesy of NOAA.