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Mystery surrounds American deaths in Dominican Republic

Washington - US authorities are scrambling to get to the bottom of a rash of deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic, with the number of reported fatalities over the past year now rising to six.

Dominican court jails 'Air Cocaine' suspect Naudin

Santo Domingo - Frenchman Christophe Naudin was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for helping two French pilots involved in the "Air Cocaine" drug-smuggling case to escape justice in the Dominican Republic.

'Air Cocaine' smuggler transferred to France

Paris - A Frenchman sentenced to 20 years' jail in the Dominican Republic over a plot to smuggle a planeload of drugs has been transferred to France for health reasons, his lawyer said.

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.

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.

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.

French court bails 'Air Cocaine' pilots

Aix-en-provence - A French appeals court on Thursday bailed two pilots pending a probe into allegations they tried to fly a cocaine-laden jet out of the Dominican Republic.

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.

Egypt extradites Frenchman in 'Air Cocaine' case

Cairo - Egypt extradited Frenchman Christophe Naudin to the Dominican Republic on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs case dubbed "Air Cocaine".

UN expert condemns Haiti prison overcrowding, conditions

Port-au-prince - A UN human rights expert on Tuesday condemned overcrowding at Haitian prisons and the slow pace of the country's legal system that has left many suspects awaiting court dates languishing behind bars.

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.

French pilots who fled Dominican Republic over drug charges arrested

Marseille - Two French pilots who slipped out of the Dominican Republic in mysterious circumstances after being convicted of cocaine trafficking were formally arrested and remanded in custody in France on Monday.

French pilots fled Dominican Republic 'to seek drug case justice'

Paris - Two French pilots given 20-year jail sentences in the Dominican Republic for cocaine-trafficking slipped out of the country and went home "to clear their names", one of them said Tuesday, but the Caribbean nation said it will seek their re-arrest.

French pilots under drug sentences flee Dominican Republic

Paris - Two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in jail in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking have managed to get out of the country and return home, their lawyer said in Paris.

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.

Deportation of Haitians must stop: UN official

Port-au-prince - The Dominican Republic must stop deporting undocumented people of Haitian descent until a bilateral agreement is reached, a UN human rights envoy said Tuesday.

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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