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Trump wanted to 'swap' Puerto Rico for Greenland: ex-official

Washington - President Donald Trump wanted to sell Puerto Rico or swap it for Greenland because he viewed the US territory as dirty and poor, a former senior administration official said Wednesday.

Puerto Rico earthquake victims receive abandonded emergency supplies

San Juan - Puerto Ricans dealing with the effects of almost non-stop earthquakes since last month have begun to receive emergency supplies, the National Guard said Tuesday -- but the supplies were originally meant for hurricane victims two years ago.

Earthquake-hit Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies

Miami - Protests broke out in earthquake-hit Puerto Rico on Monday as a judicial investigation was opened into the weekend discovery of unused emergency supplies leftover from the devastating Hurricane Maria.

Living in tents, thousands of Puerto Rico's earthquake survivors wait for relief

Yauco - Living out in the open, their nerves on edge after a series of earthquakes that have shaken Puerto Rico, some 5,000 people are hoping that their president, Donald Trump, will heed the island's plea to be designated a disaster zone and free up much-need...

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency after wide quake damage

Guayanilla - Puerto Rico's governor declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake killed at least one person in the south of the island and caused widespread damage.

6.4 magnitude quake leaves one dead in Puerto Rico: media

Guanica - A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck south of Puerto Rico early Tuesday killed at least one person, according to local media, as a series of tremors caused widespread damage across the US territory.

One week after Dorian, Bahamians struggle amid the ruins

Nassau - One week after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, residents struggled amid the ruins Sunday, with many forced to seek refuge far from their shattered homes as the death toll from the top-intensity storm hit 43 in the islands.

Hurricane Dorian death toll climbs to 43, expected to rise 'significantly'

Marsh Harbour - The death toll from Hurricane Dorian's devastating rampage across the Bahamas rose to 43 and was likely to climb "significantly," officials said, with hundreds missing even as rescuers plucked desperate survivors from the debris.

Puerto Rico mobilizes as potential hurricane approaches

San Juan - Puerto Rico has mobilized thousands of federal agents ahead of what threatens to be the first hurricane to lash the US territory since it was ravaged by Maria in 2017, authorities said Tuesday.

Puerto Rico's outgoing governor names successor

Miami - Puerto Rico's outgoing governor Ricardo Rossello, who will step down this week following massive street protests, on Wednesday named the man who will succeed him and finish up his term.

The two weeks that toppled Puerto Rico's governor

San Juan - After Puerto Rico's under-fire governor Ricardo Rossello announced late Wednesday he would quit, here is snapshot of the two weeks that led to his resignation.

Puerto Ricans celebrate after governor says he will resign

San Juan - Puerto Ricans waved flags and danced to thumping drum beats Thursday as they celebrated the resignation of the US territory's governor, who is embroiled in a scandal over homophobic and misogynistic messages he and his aides exchanged.

Embattled governor of Puerto Rico resigns after protests

San Juan - Puerto Rico's embattled governor Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation late Wednesday following two weeks of massive protests triggered by the release of a chat exchange in which he and others mocked gays, women and hurricane victims.

Thousands call for Puerto Rico governor to resign after chat leak

Miami - Thousands of people demonstrated Monday demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello following the leak of a group text chat in which he and other officials made obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about political opponents and...

Puerto Rican star iLe confronts rape culture with defiant new song

New York - A rising Puerto Rican star who struck a chord with a song lambasting US oppression of her homeland is back with a provocative track tackling rape culture and society's machismo.

Climate change cited in dwindling of Puerto Rico insects

Washington - After bees and birds, insects and other arthropods have also suffered massive losses, a study from a Puerto Rico forest published on Monday showed, citing the impact of climate change.

Puerto Ricans turn to life-saving self-help in Maria's aftermath

Humacao - Desperate and alone -- and with the US government nowhere to be seen -- many Puerto Ricans turned to each other for salvation as they faced the furies of Hurricane Maria one year ago.

Puerto Rico says hurricane-linked deaths may top 1,400

Miami - Puerto Rico for the first time has told Congress that its 1,427 additional deaths last year compared to 2016 may have resulted from Hurricane Maria, a dramatic spike from the official toll of 64.

Puerto Rico allowing transgender people to fix birth certificates

Miami - Transgender people in Puerto Rico can now modify their birth certificates to match their gender identity, after activists won a lawsuit against the US territory's governor.

Puerto Rico morgue overflowing with unclaimed bodies

San Juan - Puerto Rico's morgue is overflowing with unclaimed bodies, the result of budget cutbacks in the US territory since last year's devastating Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico, 70 times official toll: study

Tampa - Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times more than official estimates, US researchers said Tuesday.

Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than $700 mn: report

Miami - The tourism industry in the Caribbean region attracted almost one million fewer visitors after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, costing it over $700 million, according to an industry study released Monday.

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark

San Juan - Puerto Rico's power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.

Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness

San Juan - Most of San Juan and a strip of northern Puerto Rico municipalities were plunged into darkness Sunday night after an explosion at a power station, five months after two hurricanes destroyed the island's electricity network.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of hurricane deaths

San Juan - Puerto Rico's governor on Monday ordered a review of all deaths in the US territory since Hurricane Maria, responding to reports that the island's official toll from the devastating storm may vastly undercount the true number of fatalities.

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Orlando - Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century.

Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns

San Juan - The head of Puerto Rico's power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday.

Facing scrutiny, Puerto Rico to cancel plum power restoration contract

San Juan - Puerto Rico is scrapping a deal with a tiny American firm that fell under intense scrutiny after it nabbed a lucrative contract to restore electricity to the storm-ravaged island, the head of its power authority said Sunday.

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' five weeks post-storm

New York - Conditions in Puerto Rico are still heartbreaking more than five weeks after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation, with the lack of power and clean water compounding chronic conditions, medics say.

US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico and for areas devastated by wildfires, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.
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