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Dominican Republic: Country in the Caribbean
The Dominican Republic is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with Haiti, making Hispaniola one of only two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest nation in the Antilles by area at 48,671 square kilometers (18,792 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10.5 million people, of whom approximately 3.3 million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city. The official language of the country is Spanish.

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Leading Dominican Republic presidential candidate has coronavirus

Just three-and-a-half weeks away from the Dominican Republic's presidential election, leading candidate Luis Abinader said he and his wife had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Dominican government orders curfew to slow spread of coronavirus

The government of the Dominican Republic ordered a nationwide nighttime curfew over the next two weeks in a bid to sharply limit movement and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, officials said..
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Haiti suspends flights from Europe, LatAm to stop coronavirus

Haiti will from Monday suspend flights from Europe, Latin America and Canada and impose major restrictions on the border with the neighboring Dominican Republic to prevent the entry of the coronavirus,..
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Haiti considers closing borders to prevent coronavirus entry

Haiti is considering closing its airports and ports to travelers as well as the border with the neighboring Dominican Republic in order to prevent the entry of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Joseph..
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Cardinals release Yairo Munoz after he abruptly leaves camp without telling team

The St. Louis Cardinals released Yairo Munoz after he flew back to his native Dominican Republic prior to an MRI and without telling anyone.
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Dominican Republic confirms first case of coronavirus

Health authorities in the Dominican Republic said on Sunday that they had confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, a tourist visiting from Italy.
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Dominican Republic turns away cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Port authorities in the Dominican Republic on Thursday turned away a cruise ship on a tour of the Caribbean and Central America over fears some passengers might have the coronavirus.
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Electronic glitch triggers Dominican Republic vote suspension

Dominican Republic's nationwide municipal elections were suspended only four hours after voting began on Sunday due to a glitch in the electronic voting system, officials said.
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Orioles pitcher Miguel Castro says he was robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro says he was robbed at gunpoint in his native Dominican Republic and would have been shot if the gun didn't jam.
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Why you should put the Dominican Republic back on your vacation shortlist

Some wondered if the Caribbean nation is safe after a spate of tourist deaths in 2019. It is and there are plenty of places to go beside Punta Cana.
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Dominican Republic investigating death of American teacher

The death of an American teacher in the Dominican Republic is being investigated as murder. Police say they found Patricia Anton in her apartment in Puerto Plata. Her hands and feet were bound...
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American woman victim of apparent murder in Dominican Republic

Colleagues say Patricia Anton brought joy and laughter to the school she worked in, as police hunt leads in what they say looks like a deadly robbery at her home
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American Couple’s Death in Dominican Republic Not From Poisoned Alcohol, F.B.I. Says

The Caribbean country was thrown into a crisis this year by a spate of tourist deaths. The F.B.I. finding has bolstered Dominican authorities’ claim that the deaths were natural.
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FBI testing shows no tainted alcohol in Dominican Republic tourist deaths

The results of the toxicology testing to date have been "consistent with the findings of local authorities,"
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David Ortiz will return to Fox for studio coverage during MLB playoffs

Less than four months ago, an assailant nearly took David Ortiz's life in his native Dominican Republic. Big Papi returns to Fox's coverage Friday.
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David Ortiz thanks fans in first tweet since shooting

Ortiz was shot in the back on June 9 in the Dominican Republic
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In response to tourist deaths, Dominican Republic introduces tourism security committee

On Thursday, the Dominican Republic minister of tourism discussed the country's commitment to tourist safety in the wake of reported deaths.
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David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway

Red Sox legend David "Big Papi" Ortiz made a surprise appearance at Boston’s Fenway Park, three months after being shot in the Dominican Republic. The three-time World Series winner got a standing..
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Charges dropped against second baseball player in Dominican drug trafficking case

The attorney general's office of the Dominican Republic said on Friday that it had dropped charges against former Major League Baseball player Luis Castillo after the pitcher presented evidence in his..
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Ex-Major League Baseball player Dotel has Dominican charge dismissed, freed on bail

A Dominican court released former Major League Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel on bail on Thursday after he spent nine days in detention over allegations of money laundering.
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Puerto Rico braces for Tropical Storm Dorian amid threat of life-threatening floods

Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are under states of emergency as Tropical Storm Dorian picks up steam in the Caribbean. Forecasters warn heavy rain could cause life-threatening floods. As David..
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Caribbean islands prepare for Tropical Storm Dorian

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico and the Domincan Republic as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches the islands. CBS News weather producer David Parkinson has the..
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Tropical Storm Dorian nears Caribbean

Tropical Storm Dorian was approaching the Caribbean early Tuesday. Forecasters say the storm could brush by Puerto Rico as a Category 1 Hurricane late Wednesday before striking the southeast corner of..
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Tropical Storm Dorian: Puerto Rico Braces for Possible Hurricane

Forecasters said Dorian would move through the Caribbean and might approach Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in the Dominican Republic.
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Retired baseball star David Ortiz hires private investigators after shooting: media

Retired Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz has hired a private detective agency to find out why someone shot him in the back as he sat in a bar in his native Dominican Republic in June, the..
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Dominican's largest drug trafficking gang dismantled after raids, says prosecutor

The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor said on Tuesday that the Caribbean nation's largest drug trafficking gang has been dismantled, a group that allegedly used two former professional baseball..
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Woodstock 50th anniversary, Philadelphia shooting, Dominican Republic resort closes: 5 things to know Thursday

Woodstock turns 50, Dominican Republic resort closes and more things to start your Thursday morning.
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Dominican Republic resort temporarily closes after woman claims she was beaten there

The Dominican Republic resort where a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious is temporarily closing due to low occupancy.
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David Ortiz released from hospital seven weeks after shooting

Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been released from the hospital, the baseball team said Saturday. Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic seven weeks ago during an ambush.
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Dominican Republic sends McAfee to Britain, without guns or yacht

Tech guru John McAfee, creator of the eponymous antivirus computer software, has arrived in Britain from the Dominican Republic, where he was detained with his wife for entering the Caribbean nation..
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McAfee detained in Dominican Republic, released after four days

John McAfee, the eccentric creator of eponymous antivirus computer software, and an entourage were detained by Dominican immigration authorities for entering the country with a cache of firearms and..
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Dominican Republic to enhance food and drink inspections after tourist deaths

The Dominican Republic is amping up safety measures, including enhancing food and rink inspections, after a spate of tourist deaths.
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Georgia man dies in Dominican Republic, bringing US death toll to at least 10

A Georgia man died in the Dominican Republic in March, adding to the list of U.S. tourists who have died in the Caribbean destination this year.
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What we know about tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic

At least 10 tourists have died so far this year in the Dominican Republic after arriving on the island healthy
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Taiwan president travels to Haiti to bolster relations in the region

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen visited Haiti on Saturday in an attempt to bolster support in the region after the neighboring Dominican Republic broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan last year.
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American woman dies in Dominican Republic during plastic surgery

Officials in the Dominican Republic are investigating the death a New York woman who died while undergoing plastic surgery on the island. Alexandra Medina is the third American in a month to die during..
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Pompeo highlights importance of democracy in Dominican Republic: statement

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted the importance of democratic institutions in the Dominican Republic with President Danilo Medina, according to a statement released Thursday, ahead of..
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Former Red Sox star David Ortiz has third surgery to address complications from a gunshot wound

David Ortiz underwent a third surgery to address complications from a gunshot wound he suffered more than a month ago at Dominican Republic bar.
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American dies during plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic

"Women are going over there for these surgeries, these elective surgeries, and not coming out alive," victim's sister said
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US-to-Dominican Republic flight bookings rebounding after tourist deaths, report says

Flight bookings from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic have started rebounding after a spate of tourist deaths between late May and late June.
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Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco announces he is fighting leukemia, hopes to pitch again in 2019

The Indians right-hander told a Dominican TV station that he has leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
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Rick Springfield cancels Dominican Republic performance amid travel safety concerns

Rick Springfield pulled the plug on a show in the Dominican Republic for safety reasons after several U.S. tourists have died while vacationing there.
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Conjoined twins have life-saving separation surgery

This was the first separation surgery for conjoined twins at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Westchester County, New York. Thanks to a "herculean effort" by doctors and nurses, Ballenie and..
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Relative of alleged mastermind in David Ortiz shooting speaks out

A relative of the alleged mastermind in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is speaking out about the investigation in the Dominican Republic. The relative of VĂ­ctor Hugo GĂłmez..
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Schumer wants ATF to investigate Dominican Republic deaths

The ATF investigates firearms-related crimes but is also charged with regulating alcohol and tobacco
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Dominican police say they've arrested man accused of being behind David Ortiz shooting

Víctor Hugo Gómez is accused of ordering the killing of his cousin, Sixto David Fernández. Authorities say hit men confused Ortiz with Fernández.
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Another American died in the Dominican Republic, the fourth this month

Khalid Adkins of Denver died on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, according to the State Department
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Rethinking a Dominican Republic vacation? Airlines are waiving change fees in wake of tourist deaths

Travelers can change their flight without the usual penalties. Other airlines are working with concerned travelers on a case-by-case basis.
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Fewer Americans traveling to Dominican Republic

After eight U.S. tourist deaths, flight bookings plunged nearly 75% from June 1 to June 19 compared to year earlier
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Latest tourist death in Dominican Republic attributed to natural causes, country officials say

The Attorney General's Office of the Dominican Republic says the latest American tourist death in the country was due to natural causes.
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