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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.

Dominican Republic confirms 10 cases of Zika virus

Santo Domingo - The Dominican Republic said it has 10 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the ailment suspected of causing serious birth defects in newborns.

Interpol seeks arrest of 'Air Cocaine' French lawmaker

Santo Domingo - Interpol has issued arrest warrants against three French nationals, including a far-right member of the European Parliament, accused of helping two French pilots flee the Dominican Republican after being convicted of drug trafficking.

Haitians in Dominican Republic 'ghost citizens': Amnesty

Santo Domingo - The Dominican Republic violated international law by stripping several generations of people of Haitian descent of their citizenship, Amnesty International found.

Sad homecoming for Haitians deported from Dominican Republic

Jiman - Talk about a sad homecoming.Jules Mismac, a Haitian living in the neighboring Dominican Republic, was arrested under a tough new immigration policy, then left at the border to start life over from scratch.

Life miserable for Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic

Pedernales - A stiff wind whips through the thin tree branches woven into a hut for Haitian Edline Joseph, and she covers her son's face against all the dust that's kicked up.

Four Frenchmen jailed in Dominican Republic for drug running

Santo Domingo - Four Frenchmen have been sentenced to prison terms of 20 years for drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic, a punishment a French official said Saturday was "very heavy.

Haitians forced from Dominican Republic recall racism, abuse

Jiman - Beltha Desir wanders aimlessly around outside the school where she has taken refuge, holding tight to her 10-month-old child, the only family member with whom she was deported.
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