Explosion at Dominican plastics company kills 5, injures 66
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Thursday that the death toll from an explosion at a plastics company rose to five and they continued searching for at least one missing worker.
Meanwhile, the number of injured rose to 66, with five people in critical condition following Wednesday's blast in the capital of Santo Domingo, according to a statement from the National Health Service. Among the injured are 13 children who were attending school nearby.
3 dead, 44 injured in blast at Dominican plastics company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A big explosion tore through a plastics company in the Dominican Republic's capital Wednesday, and authorities said at least three people died and 44 were injured.
Among the injured were 13 children at a school in front of the Polyplas company where the explosion occurred, Maria Gomez, a spokeswoman for the country's National Health Service, told The Associated Press.
Chinese minister inaugurates embassy in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — China's foreign minister inaugurated his country's embassy in the Dominican Republic on Friday almost five months after the two nations established diplomatic relations.
Man admits bribing federal worker to help get visas approved
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted paying a federal employee a cash bribe to favorably handle and review non-immigrant visas so people from the Dominican Republic could apply for entry into the United States.
Federal prosecutors say Luis Santos paid $2,381 to a U.S. Consular Adjudicator in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The 37-year-old Teaneck man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 18.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have found a large amount of cash in a cargo shipment from the U.S. in the second such occurrence in a week.
Counter-drug agents reported Wednesday that about $750,000 in cash was found hidden among auto parts sent to Santo Domingo. That followed last week's seizure of $1.5 million discovered in car parts.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic's government announced Monday that it is establishing diplomatic relations with China and breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan and will later recognize Taiwan as an "inalienable part of Chinese territory."
Dominican authorities seize nearly $1.5M in cash
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have confiscated nearly $1.5 million in cash found in commercial goods.
Officials said Wednesday that the money was rolled up and stashed in various auto replacement parts transported aboard a ship that had departed from the United States.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Dominican court sentenced a businessman to 20 years in prison Tuesday for being the mastermind of the 2011 kidnapping and murder of a journalist who had promised to reveal information about the man's alleged links to drug trafficking.
Hundreds stuck in DR airport after airline suspended
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Hundreds of travelers were stranded in the Dominican Republic's main international airport on Friday after authorities suspended the country's principal airline for not paying debts.
Officials announced Jan. 27 that they were suspending Pawa Dominicana's operations at the Santo Domingo airport for at least 90 days because the company owes $3 million in taxes and airport fees to the government and $5 million to private contractors.
Venezuela talks focus on elections, financial crisis
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government and its opposition sought Friday to jumpstart negotiations on resolving the country's economic and political crisis, pressured by international sanctions and a looming presidential election.
Pedro Martinez Jr agrees to $800,000 bonus with Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Pedro Martinez Jr., a son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, agreed to an $800,000 signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
The 17-year-old Martinez, whose deal was announced Wednesday, is a third baseman who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
His father won two AL Cy Young Awards and was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2015.
Former Dodgers star Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of embezzlement during his term as mayor of his hometown in the Dominican Republic.
The district court of San Cristobal, a town west of the capital Santo Domingo, also ordered this week that Mondesi pay a $1.3 million fine.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained a Catholic priest as a suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old who previously served as an altar boy in his church.
The Rev. Elvis Taveras was taken into custody after questioning by police and prosecutors who searched his residence in eastern Santo Domingo. He was expected to make his initial appearance before a judge Thursday.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A medical association in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday demanded improvements at one of the country's main public hospitals, where at least 14 newborns died over the weekend.
SAMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Every winter, whale-watching excursions take tourists to ride alongside humpbacks frolicking in the Caribbean. One voyage this week pursued whales for their mysterious, multi-octave songs, but with passengers who didn't hear the grunting and squealing.
The dozens of deaf students wore high-tech backpacks that turn whale songs into vibrations, opening the world of whales to children who gasped and marveled at feeling the sounds for the first time.
2 Dominican journalists killed during live transmission
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A radio producer and an announcer have been fatally shot in the Dominican Republic while one of them was reading the news during a live transmission on Facebook.
Police said the shooting occurred Tuesday in San Pedro de Macoris, just east of the capital of Santo Domingo. Three men have been detained, but no one has been charged.
Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He said it was not clear if Ventura was driving.
Dominican woman classified as man in Miami prison files suit
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Dominican woman who says she was wrongly classified as a man and held with male inmates for 10 hours in a Miami prison filed a U.S. federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging negligence and civil rights violations.
Dominican court orders ex-Ukrainian official held amid probe
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A court has ordered three months detention for a former Ukrainian government official during an investigation into accusations he kidnapped a fellow countryman at a popular tourist spot in the Dominican Republic. An alleged accomplice from Bulgaria also is being held.
Dominican authorities seize large cocaine shipment
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic say they have seized more than 2,050 pounds (930 kilograms) of cocaine off the country's southern coast. It's the largest such seizure so far this year.
The spokesman of the Dominican anti-narcotics agency said Tuesday that authorities have arrested a Colombian and a Dominican. Dario Medrano said the two men were aboard a boat where the drugs were seized.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Two young brothers from New York City drowned in a river in the Dominican Republic while visiting relatives in the Caribbean country, authorities said Monday.
The boys, 13 and 11 years old, were with family members Sunday when the younger child began struggling and his older brother tried to save him, said Francisco Arias, director of the Civil Defense agency for the northern region of the country.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Two trucks collided in northeastern Dominican Republican, killing at least 16 people and injuring another 12, Dominican authorities said Sunday.
The dead included a 13-year-old boy and a woman who was eight months pregnant.
Diego Pesqueira, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transport Authority in the Caribbean country, said the accident occurred Saturday night on the highway between the communities of Sanchez and Nagua,...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — When Jacqueline Montero takes her seat in Congress next month, she will bring not only an unusual past but an unconventional agenda for change in this socially conservative Caribbean country.
Montero was sexually abused as a child. She married at 16 to a man who beat her. And she worked as a prostitute for years to feed her children. Now, after a decade of activism for women's rights in the Dominican Republic, she hopes to put her...
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