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Dominican Republic: One in Ten Murders Committed by Police, Accused of Brutality

More than one in ten of all murders in the Dominican Republic, a popular Caribbean tourist destination, are committed by the police, Amnesty International said in a new report today. continue reading »

Luxury Private Plane Stolen and Flown out of Dominican Republic Prompting TSA Investigation

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) and state security bodies are investigating the theft of a private plane from La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo. continue reading »

Bill Gates Foundation Produces Telenovela to Help Economically Empower Women in Central America

The Bill Gates Foundation and Women's World Banking (WWB), a non-profit microfinance organization that works globally to economically empower poor women and their families, are behind a new soap opera that will air in the Dominican Republic on October 24. continue reading »

Dominican Republic Aims to Have Merengue Deemed a National Treasure

Dominican Republican Senators Fernando Mateo Vasquez and Manuel Antonio Paula have asked the Ministry of Culture to submit Dominican merengue as a candidate for UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. continue reading »

Colonial City of Santo Domingo to Be Promoted as Key Tourist Destination for Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic will promote tourism in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo to generate income and create jobs for the capital’s residents, in an program financed with a $30 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). continue reading »

Priest Robbed While Hearing Confession by Confessor in the Dominican Republic

What started out as a confession of sins ended in the robbery of Father Carlos Santana in the Dominican Republic. Father Santana was quick to point out: “This is indicative of the great deterioration of Dominican society. continue reading »

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Dominican Republic

Clinton will travel to the Dominican Republic October 5 for the fourth Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas ministerial. The government of the Dominican Republic will host the event, involving high-level government officials, continue reading »

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

In an important symbol of the enduring friendship with the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic President, Leonel Fernandez; U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Raul Yzaguirre; and Leo Hession, Managing Director for Operations of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Santo Domingo. continue reading »

WNBA Legends’ Olympia Scott & Sue Wicks Travel to Dominican Republic as Sports Diplomats

Using sports as a means to empower young people worldwide, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced today that WNBA legends Olympia Scott and Sue Wicks will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as sports envoys. continue reading »

Dominican-American Francisco Nunez Wins MacArthur Genius Award

Dominican-American Francisco Nunez, a choral conductor and composer who has made a difference to the lives of so many inner-city children in New York City, has been awarded the 2011 Genius Award by the MacArthur Foundation. The award comes with a prize of US$500,000 that the winner can spend as he pleases. The funds will be received over a five year period, and Nunez has already announced they will help add more singers to the program. continue reading »

President of Dominican Republican Blames Arrogance & Greed for Global Economic Crisis

Blaming speculation for the high price of food and oil, and arrogance and greed for the global economic crisis, the Dominican Republic called on the United Nations today for new market rules and proposed a 5 per cent tax on financial transactions to spur growth and prosperity. continue reading »

Dominican Conjoined Twins Coming to the States for Possible Separation Surgery

Dominican Republican conjoined twins Maria Teresa and Teresa Maria will travel to Virginia to the Children's Richmond Hospital for a final test prior to possible separation surgery. The case is described as complex because they share a liver and small intestine. continue reading »

Dominican Female Narco Uses Pregnancies & Breastfeeding as Her Get Out of Jail Card–17 Times

Elena Tonton Simon has the most drug arrests on record in the Dominican Republic yet she has not seen a lot of prison time thanks to her pregnancies and breastfeeding practices. continue reading »

Dominican Republic Cultural Artifacts are Returned After Being Illegally Imported into U.S.

A collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States were returned to the Dominican Republic during a joint repatriation ceremony in Santo Domingo. The repatriation of these artifacts is the result of a series of seizures and several investigations. continue reading »

First Catholic Diocese in the Americas Celebrates 500th Yr Anniversary in Dominican Republic

With a solemn Eucharistic celebration, presided by the papal legate, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archbishop Emeritus of Sevilla, the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic yesterday concluded the jubilee celebrations for the 500th anniversary of its foundation by Pope Julius II, on August 8 1511. continue reading »

EU Issues Cholera Travel Alert for Dominican Republic, 6 Tourists Affected in Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic hotel sector has announced a series of measures to prevent the spread of cholera, after six tourists - two Europeans and four Chileans - contracted the disease after a stay in Punta Cana. continue reading »

Cholera Makes a Comeback in Haiti, 1,000 New Cases in June

As the rainy season in Haiti begins there are renewed fears that another deadly cholera outbreak is very possible. There were more than 5,800 deaths in Haiti reported from the outbreak that started last year, though many suspect the number was much higher. continue reading »

Dominican Republic Obtains $78 Million in Loans to Build First-Ever Wind Farms

The Inter-American Development Bank on Thursday approved two loans for a total of $78.3 million to support the construction of two wind farms in the Dominican Republic. The projects, part of the country’s new investment in electric power production, will add a total of 80.6 megawatts to the existing electricity production capacity, estimated at 3000 megawatts. continue reading »

President Warmly Receives New Dominican Republic Ambassador to U.S.

The new Dominican Republic ambassador to the US, Anibal de Castro, presented his credentials yesterday to President Barack Obama in the United States. Meanwhile the President lauded the great relations both countries enjoy and the contribution from Dominicans living in the US. continue reading »

Dominican Baseball Prospect Arrested by Border Officers for Concealed Cocaine

Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) at JFK Airport intercept a 21 year old man attempting to smuggle over six pounds of cocaine in his luggage. The bag he was carrying contained four pairs of sneakers with narcotics concealed within the soles. continue reading »