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Dominicans weigh blocking illegal immigrants from public schoolsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 22:29:00

A proposed regulation in the Dominican Republic could stop illegal immigrants from studying in the nation's public schools.

President-elect seen as continuation for Dominican Republicupdated: Wed May 23 2012 06:49:00

The election of Danilo Medina as president of the Dominican Republic signals a continuation of the policies that many experts say have helped the country grow during the past eight years.

Dominicans await presidential election resultsupdated: Mon May 21 2012 10:46:00

Preliminary results for Sunday's presidential election in the Dominican Republic gave former lawmaker Danilo Medina an early lead.

Dominican rematch in presidential raceupdated: Sat May 19 2012 08:54:00

Dominicans will go to the polls Sunday to choose among six candidates for president, though it is really a two-horse race between political veterans.

Their Dominican dreams dashed, Haiti quake survivors return homeupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 11:32:00

"I walked for three days through the jungle to get here."

Haitian quake refugees return homeupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 11:32:00

Haitians who sought opportunity in the Dominican Republic are returning home after not finding it. Ross Velton reports.

At least 16 dead after migrant boat sinks near Dominican Republicupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 14:28:00

Authorities in the Dominican Republic called off their search for survivors Sunday after a small wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized just off the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which had been helping in the search.

Earthquake hits Dominican Republicupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 06:14:00

An earthquake hit the Dominican Republic Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, almost exactly two years to the day after a massive quake devastated the neighboring nation of Haiti.

Amnesty: Killings by Dominican police 'alarming'updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 15:30:00

Police in the Dominican Republic were responsible for an "alarming" 10.5% of the nation's killings last year, Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing government statistics.

Hurricane Irene strengthens to Category 2 on way to Bahamas, U.S.updated: Mon Aug 22 2011 22:49:00

The first Atlantic hurricane of 2011 strengthened to a Category 2 late Monday as it stormed through the Caribbean, churning just north of the Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic under hurricane warningsupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 22:31:00

Authorities posted tropical storm warnings for parts of the Bahamas and hurricane warnings for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, as Tropical Storm Irene picked up steam near the Caribbean islands.

Emily spins across eastern Caribbean with heavy rainupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:04:00

The government of the Bahamas issued a tropical storm watch Tuesday in preparation for Emily, the storm that continues to churn towards the northeastern Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Cholera reported in Florida as Haiti death toll climbsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 06:04:00

Haiti reported more cholera deaths Wednesday as chaos reigned in this country's second-largest city, and cases among people who had traveled from Haiti were reported in Florida and the Dominican Republic.

Cholera strikes fear in Dominican Republic, tourists reassuredupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 22:01:00

Cholera has arrived in the Dominican Republic, and it has caused fear and worry. But experts say tourists planning on visiting the country's famous beaches should not cancel their trips.

First cholera case strikes fear in Dominican Republicupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 21:33:00

Cholera has arrived in the Dominican Republic, and so have fear and worry.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Dominican Republicupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 10:30:00

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the Dominican Republic early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Legal adviser in Haiti kidnap case extradited to U.S.updated: Tue Sep 14 2010 10:09:00

A man who provided legal advice to 10 U.S. Baptists accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children after January's earthquake has been extradited from the Dominican Republic to the United States on alien-smuggling charges, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Tropical weather in Caribbean gaining steamupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 09:33:00

A vigorous tropical weather system forming in the eastern Caribbean has a high chance of turning into a tropical depression or more serious tropical storm over the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Haitians 'needed but not wanted' by neighborupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 09:15:00

Trapped beneath his collapsed home in Port-au-Prince, rescuers had to amputate Georges Exantus' right leg in order to free him. Melissa Segura: Alderson outlines plans for improving MLB's Dominican operationupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 17:49:00

The Dominican Republic's talent pool of baseball players is as deep as it is polluted. The heartwarming, rags-to-riches narratives of players like Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero who escaped poverty thanks to equal parts talent and dedication have been supplanted by accounts of age and identity fraud, a startling number of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs and criminal investigations of team employees alleged to have skimmed money from Third World teenagers.

Americans jailed in Haiti tried taking other kids, officer saysupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 22:38:00

The group of American Baptist missionaries in Haiti who are facing kidnapping charges for trying to take 33 children out of the country last week made an earlier attempt at taking dozens of other children, according to a Haitian police officer.

Helicopter crash kills 2 Americansupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 18:57:00

Two Americans were killed in a helicopter crash in the Dominican Republic Thursday.

Dominican Republic copter crash kills 2 Americans on Haiti missionupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 18:57:00

The two people who died Thursday night when their helicopter crashed into a mountain in the Dominican Republic were friends who had left their homes and family in Florida this week to help deliver aid to the people of Haiti, a son of one of the victims said Friday.

Detained Americans appear in court, Haitian officials sayupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 18:58:00

Ten Americans accused of illegally trying to take 33 children out of Haiti appeared in a preliminary hearing with a judge on Tuesday, court officials said.

Detained Americans say they had good intentions in Haitiupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 12:29:00

Ten Americans detained and accused of child trafficking in Haiti after they allegedly tried to bus 33 children into the Dominican Republic insist their effort was an attempt to get the children to a shelter.

Traffickers or missionaries?updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 12:29:00

Ten Americans accused of trying to smuggle children out Haiti will soon face a judge. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports

Photos of drinking, grinning aid mission doctors cause uproarupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 12:20:00

A humanitarian mission to aid Haitian earthquake victims turned into a major embarrassment in Puerto Rico on Friday as pictures emerged of doctors drinking, mugging for cameras and brandishing firearms amid the victims' suffering.

Haitians help themselvesupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 12:20:00

CNN's John Vause reports from a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, where Haitians take charge of their own survival.

Americans held in Haiti to have court hearing Monday, U.S. saysupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 10:33:00

Ten Americans held in Haiti on charges of illegally trying to take 33 children out of the country were scheduled to have their first court hearing Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. State Department.

10 arrested with 33 children at Haiti-Dominican borderupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 23:04:00

Ten people, including Americans and Dominicans, carrying 33 children were arrested along the Haitian-Dominican Republic border Saturday, according to Mario Andresol, chief of Haitian National Police.

Experts warned of Haiti earthquake riskupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:39:00

Scientists have warned for years that the island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, was at risk for a major earthquake.

Bottlenecks persist at Haiti's border with Dominican Republicupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 00:04:00

As delivery of aid to Haiti is hampered by damaged ports and an overwhelmed airport, another conduit into the earthquake-ravaged nation -- its border with the Dominican Republic -- has become a challenging crossing itself, a United Nations situation report says.

Doctor: problems in Haitiupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 00:04:00

Christiane Amanpour talks to Doctors Without Borders about the problems they face trying to treat patients in Haiti.

Airlines organizing Haiti earthquake aidupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 17:02:00

Airlines, uncertain about when commercial service to disaster-ravaged Haiti will resume, are organizing relief flights and offering incentives to customers who donate to aid organizations.

Dominican Republic aid to Haiti eases historic tensionsupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 22:01:00

The Dominican Republic was the first country to give aid to Haiti in the aftermath of Tuesday's devastating earthquake. Some of the first video images of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince came from a Dominican television crew.

Go beyond the beach in the Dominican Republicupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 09:53:00

You've got your spot on a lounge chair angled into the hot Caribbean sun, with tall, slender palm trees jutting out over your head. As you gaze at the calm turquoise waters and sip that refreshing rum drink, you may ask yourself, "What more could I possibly want?" Baseball America: International signing period beginsupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 11:30:00

Approximately 40 percent of the players in organized baseball were born outside the United States. Most of those players sign during the summer when they are 16 years old, a signing period that begins annually on July 2. Cliff Corcoran: Pool D rankings, notable namesupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 15:32:00

Location: Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico Melissa Segura: When signing a Dominican prospect, it's buyer bewareupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 16:47:00

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The kid's mother had no teeth. The baseball scout sat with her in her home in the small village, trying to decipher the sounds she was making. The unintelligible words made his job even tougher. It used to be that a scout's role was to identify a player -- could he hit, run, throw and catch? -- but as he sat across the table from the woman trying to understand her, the scout was engaged in what has become the newest part of his job: literally trying to identify a player.

Dominican leader keeps up crackdown on corruptionupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 14:00:00

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez continues to shuffle his top military commanders as he tries to make good on his recent promise to cleanse the government of corruption.

Body found after plane crash off Puerto Ricoupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 09:42:00

Rescuers have found the body of a man who was one of six people aboard a small airplane that crashed Sunday evening near the northern shore of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Six Americans missing after plane crashes off Puerto Ricoupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 09:59:00

Search operations resumed Monday for six U.S. citizens missing since their small plane crashed Sunday evening off the north coast of Puerto Rico.

Crews search for missing plane in Caribbeanupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 13:46:00

Rescue crews scoured the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday for a plane that took off from the Dominican Republic en route to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic Civil Aviation agency said.

Newsquiz: Week of August 25updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 22:29:00

Name that noun - Answer the following questions about people, places or things from this week's news. Fill in your answers in the space provided.

Tropical Storm Fay forms in Caribbeanupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 23:10:00

Tropical Storm Fay formed Friday over the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.

Plane makes emergency landingupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 10:19:00

Eight people were taken to the hospital in Fort Lauderdale after getting sick on a flight headed from the Dominican Republic to Canada.

Plane makes emergency landing in Floridaupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 10:19:00

A plane en route from the Dominican Republic to Canada made an emergency landing Tuesday night in Florida after passengers complained of being sick, officials said.

Olga soaks Dominican Republicupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 08:34:00

An I-Reporter in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, said he saw submerged cars and cows swimming in floodwater.

Olga becomes a tropical stormupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 22:02:00

Olga strengthened into a tropical storm Tuesday after making landfall on Hispaniola and soaking the Dominican Republic, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Noel grows into a hurricaneupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 02:21:00

Noel was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Thursday as it moved away from the Bahamas and out into the cooler waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Noel drenches Bahamasupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 02:21:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney speaks with the coordinator of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency, Carl Smith.

Tropical Storm Noel weakens over Cubaupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 22:19:00

Tropical Storm Noel weakened Tuesday over most of Cuba after lashing the island's northern coast, but heavy rains continued to deluge the Dominican Republic, Haiti and portions of the Bahamas, forecasters said.

Airline workers among 18 people charged with drug trafficking at JFKupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 20:09:00

Eighteen people, including 10 airline workers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, appeared in federal court Tuesday on international drug smuggling and distribution charges.

Drug smuggling bustupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 20:09:00

Federal agents bust an alleged cocaine and heroin smuggling ring centered on New York's JFK airport. Social responsibilityupdated: Mon May 14 2007 13:21:00

When the Cleveland Indians signed Dominican prospect Angel Franco, he knew he'd been given the opportunity of a lifetime. He just didn't know that that opportunity would have nothing to do with baseball.

Business 2.0: How startups go globalupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 16:06:00

When working in the tropical sun becomes too much for Ivko Maksimovic, the lanky Serbian heads to one of the Dominican Republic's pristine white-sand beaches. He first gathers up a black hat, mosquito repellent, and a bottle of drinking water.

CNNMoney: The Spring Classic?updated: Fri Mar 10 2006 11:51:00

If the World Baseball Classic could bottle the fan enthusiasm for the Dominican Republic-Venezuela game this past Tuesday, no one would ever be able to question the sport's popularity or international credentials ever again.

CNNMoney: Senate OKs CAFTA free trade pactupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 05:58:00

The Senate has approved a free trade pact known as CAFTA that includes five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

U.S. Senate backs free trade pactupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 00:45:00

The U.S. Senate Thursday night approved a free trade pact with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

At least 900 dead in Caribbean floodingupdated: Fri May 28 2004 09:05:00

Forecasters are expecting more rain Friday in the flood-soaked regions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where high waters have killed hundreds of people and left thousands more homeless.

Caribbean flood toll mountsupdated: Thu May 27 2004 01:00:00

The United States and Canadian forces are struggling to assess the scope of a disaster following days of rain in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Caribbean floods death toll soarsupdated: Tue May 25 2004 03:56:00

At least 363 people have been killed in floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, officials in the two neighboring Caribbean countries say.

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