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Venezuela rivals make progress on crisis negotiations

Santo Domingo - Venezuelan government and opposition delegates agreed Thursday to a group of "friendly countries" to assist with crisis negotiations, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said."We made progress in defining an agenda of Venezuela's problems.

Venezuela rivals hold exploratory talks on crisis

Santo Domingo - Talks between Venezuela's government and opposition inched closer Wednesday as delegates from both sides began exploratory contacts with mediators in the Dominican Republic.

Eight held in Dominican Rep. in Odebrecht graft probe

Santo Domingo - Police arrested eight people including a government minister in the Dominican Republic on Monday in a corruption probe into disgraced Brazilian firm Odebrecht, prosecutors said.

Dominican radio murder suspect dies in police chase

Santo Domingo - A man accused of shooting dead two journalists live on air in the Dominican Republic died during a shootout with police, the authorities said Thursday, in what they called a suicide.

Cuba seeks 'respectful' talks with Trump govt: Castro

B - Cuba is willing to hold "respectful dialogue" with Donald Trump, President Raul Castro said Wednesday, following the new US leader's warnings that he may halt the two countries' rapprochement.

Dominican court rejects Frenchman's drugs appeal

Santo Domingo - A court in the Dominican Republic upheld a 20-year prison sentence Thursday for a Frenchman convicted of brokering a 2013 plot to smuggle a planeload of cocaine into France.

Hurricane Matthew kills four in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo - Hurricane Matthew killed four people, including three children, when it slammed into the Dominican Republic, officials said Tuesday, bringing the total death toll from the storm to at least seven.

Dominican President Medina sworn in for second term

Santo Domingo - The Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina was sworn in Tuesday for his second term, after riding an economic boom to win re-election in a landslide despite deep and lingering poverty.

LatAm powers to meet Venezuela crisis mediators: OAS

Santo Domingo - Venezuela has asked its regional neighbors to meet next week with international mediators trying to help settle the country's economic and political crisis, officials said Wednesday.

US launches talks with crisis-hit Venezuela

Santo Domingo - The United States and Venezuela said Tuesday they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a growing humanitarian crisis.

U.S. not seeking to suspend Venezuela from OAS: Kerry

Santo Domingo - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the United States would not press for Venezuela to be suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS) over alleged rights abuses."We're not pushing for a suspension.

US irks Venezuela, urging recall vote

Santo Domingo - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged the Venezuelan authorities to allow a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from office, prompting angry accusations of meddling from Caracas.

Dominican incumbent Medina on track for landslide

Santo Domingo - President Danilo Medina appeared set Monday to win re-election by a landslide in the Dominican Republic, capitalizing on an economic boom in the Caribbean tourist paradise despite the fact that millions still live in poverty.

Dominican presidential vote marred by difficulties

Santo Domingo - Long lines, technical difficulties and walkouts by polling staff marred presidential elections in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, a race that incumbent leader Danilo Medina is expected to win.

Incumbent favored in Dominican Republic presidential vote

Santo Domingo - Voting began Sunday in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, where incumbent leader Danilo Medina is tipped to win despite grinding poverty and widespread crime.

Dominican judge denies bail to 'Air Cocaine' suspect

Santo Domingo - A judge in the Dominican Republic on Thursday denied bail to a Frenchman suspected in a cocaine smuggling case known as "Air Cocaine.

'Air Cocaine' suspect should be denied bail: Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo - A Frenchman suspected in a cocaine smuggling case in the Dominican Republic should not be freed on bail because he poses a serious flight risk, the attorney general said Tuesday.

'Air Cocaine' Frenchman due in Dominican court

Santo Domingo - A Frenchman extradited by Egypt is due to appear Tuesday before a Dominican judge for his alleged role in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs case dubbed "Air Cocaine.

'Air Cocaine' drug case is delayed in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo - A Dominican judge pushed back a preliminary hearing for Frenchman Christophe Naudin, who was extradited by Egypt over an alleged role in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs case dubbed "Air Cocaine.

Dominican court upholds 20-year sentences for French pilots

Santo Domingo - An appeals court in the Dominican Republic upheld 20 year prison sentences for two French pilots who fled the country last year after being snared in a cocaine smuggling case.
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