Latest Dominican Republic News

Dominican activists protest against a new criminal code that would maintain a total abortion ban

Jul. 18, 2024 01:19 AM EDT

Activists in the Dominican Republic protested on Wednesday against a bill for a new criminal code that would keep in place the country’s total abortion ban. The Dominican Senate gave initial approval to the bill in late June and lawmakers are expected to give it final approval in...

Rays' Franco used his mother to pay the mother of a minor he is accused of abusing, documents say

Jul. 12, 2024 23:11 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco used his mother to give money to the mother of a minor who he was accused of abusing in an effort to hide the funds, according to documents that prosecutors presented to a judge this week and viewed by The Associated...

Wander Franco scheduled for Aug. 14 trial after being charged with sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl

Jul. 10, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 14 after being charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic, authorities said Wednesday. Prosecutors filed multiple charges against Franco...

Rays' Wander Franco still faces legal repercussions from prosecutors in the Dominican Republic

Jul. 06, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Wander Franco still faces legal repercussions from prosecutors in the Dominican Republic for allegations that he had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The deadline for the prosecutors to press charges against the shortstop for the...

For Dominicans, Celtics star Al Horford is a national treasure after NBA championship victory

Jun. 18, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Al Horford is being celebrated in the Dominican Republic after the Boston Celtics center became the first player from the country to win an NBA title on Monday. Horford — whose full name is Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso — has been congratulated by...

Wander Franco's administrative leave extended through July 14 by MLB, players' association

May. 31, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wander Franco's administrative leave was extended through July 14 by Major League Baseball and the players' association. Tampa Bay's All-Star shortstop has not played since Aug. 12 while MLB continues its investigation into an alleged relationship with a minor. ...

What's next for a crackdown on Haitian migrants as the Dominican Republic leader enters a new term?

May. 20, 2024 16:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After Dominican President Luis Abinader coasted into a second term over the weekend, he promised in a nationalistic speech that “the best is yet to come.” But as one of the region's most popular leaders spoke of economic prosperity and constitutional reforms,...

Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader heads to reelection as competitors concede early

May. 19, 2024 23:30 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader is headed to a second term following Sunday’s general elections, declaring victory after his top competitors conceded early in the night as he held a strong leader in early vote tallies. The...

Dominican Republic president, who promises to keep up migrant crackdown, heads to re-election as contenders concede

May. 19, 2024 22:40 PM EDT
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican Republic president, who promises to keep up migrant crackdown, heads to re-election as contenders concede.

Haiti's crisis rises to the forefront of elections in neighboring Dominican Republic

May. 16, 2024 23:25 PM EDT

VERON, Dominican Republic (AP) — As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, the Dominican Republic will hold elections Sunday that have been defined by calls for more crackdowns on migrants and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. Politics in the...