Latest Dominican Republic News

Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

Nov. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Colombia’s ambassador in Washington was embarrassed Wednesday by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. The Colombian newspaper Publimetro posted the recording...

Southwest jet makes emergency landing after galley fire

Nov. 6, 2019 6:18 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Norfolk, Virginia, on Wednesday after a report of a small fire in the galley of the plane. The plane was able to taxi to the gate, and there were no injuries, said Steven Sterling, deputy executive director of Norfolk International...

US officials seize $48M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico

Oct. 31, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities say they have seized an estimated $48 million worth of cocaine off Puerto Rico's south coast. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officials interdicted a boat on Thursday that was carrying more than 4,000 pounds (1,900 kilograms) of the drug. It is the...

State court asks ICE stop deporting defendants pending trial

Oct. 24, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' court system wants federal immigration officials to stop deporting criminal defendants awaiting trial unless they alert judges and prosecutors first. State Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said in a letter to U.S....

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

Oct. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania. His second campaign, far better financed and organized than his first, is pressing every potential...

FBI tests find no evidence of wrongdoing in Dominican deaths

Oct. 19, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says FBI toxicology reports on the mysterious deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic showed no evidence inconsistent with the island nation's findings of natural causes. The department says "the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 11, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Anti-government protests convulsed Ecuador, with indigenous groups, union activists and others blocking roads and clashing with police after...

Correction: Dominican-Primary Challenged story

Oct. 8, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In an Oct. 7 story on the Dominican Republic's presidential primary, The Associated Press incorrectly stated that former President Leonel Fernández wants to run for a third term. If he won the presidency in 2020, it would be his fourth term. The story also...

AP Explains: Abortion rights in Mexico and Latin America

Sep. 28, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican women on Saturday marched for abortion rights, highlighting increased efforts across Latin America to lift some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. Efforts to legalize abortion have emerged in the region as some societies become more liberal and the Roman Catholic...

Man accused of killing officer faces new drug charges

Sep. 23, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with killing a police officer in the Dominican Republic in 2013 whose extradition was blocked by a federal judge is now facing drug charges. Cristian Aguasvivas is due in Boston federal court on Wednesday on charges of possession of fentanyl with intent to...