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New law empowers city councils to collect taxes

Municipalities and the municipal districts are the base of local and political administrative system and are the judicial entities responsible for their own activities, it says

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Cops Arrest in Puerto Plata Missionary Accused of Molesting Boys

Authorities said Duarte had sexual relations with a group of Haitian youngsters while he was a guest in hotels in Port-au-Prince.

DR is world’s “second happiest “country

Dominican Republic is the second happiest place in the world, according to an independent research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy, “centered on people and the environment.”

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Hurricane season to be less intense say experts

But this is no reason to relax vigil, they say. Also… hurricane preparedness tips from the Canadian Embassy.

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DR scores as eighth nation in the hemisphere with least crime victims

The number of Dominicans who reported being the victim of a crime rose from 6.8% to 16.2% from 2004 to 2006, then fell to 14.8% in 2008.

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Next election term to be six years

The Dominican Republic is on its way back to having elections every four years, finally!

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Government lifts tax to kick-start construction

According to Superintendent of Banks Rafael Camilo, there is a housing deficit of 975,000 units, and the government is taking new steps to help fill the need.

Judge defends right to call your kid ‘Dear Pineapple’ if you want

A judicial panel says Dominicans are free to name their kids “Dummy,” “Dear Pineapple” or anything else for that matter.

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Amnesty International rails against anti-abortion law

Constitutional and legal reforms now underway in the Dominican Republic could lead to violations of women’s human rights, Amnesty International warned today.

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John F ousted for Juan B in street name change

Puerto Plata city council has voted to change the name of a main downtown street, John F. Kennedy Ave., to Profesor Juan Bosch.

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North coast drug scandals pit Dominican Police, Justice Ministry

The Justice Ministry yesterday accused Police agents of being accomplices of drug trafficking in Puerto Plata, forming “a serious stumbling block” to the prosecutors’

DC fire chief grilled on donations to Sosua

WASHINGTON — Reporters and the DC City Council have been trying to find out who in the city is behind an unusual deal…

27 Police officers arrested for drug involvement

National Police chief Rafael Guzmán Wednesday said he won’t allow Dominican Republic to become “Mexicanized,” in reference to Mexico, a country he said has a high crime index.

Brugal patriarch dies

Rum giant president dies in Tampa

German family drama in Sosua

Sosua – A 52-year-old German businessman apparently killed his wife before committing suicide in the Dominican Republic, police said after the couple had been found dead. Dominican police suspect this was a “crime of passion,” a police spokesman in the town of Sosua told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. No signs of external involvement had been found […]

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Rare venemous mammal rediscovered on Hispaniola

In the journal Oryx researchers from EDGE, a program of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), have announced the rediscovery of a small population of Hispaniolan solenodons in Haiti. At the same time scientists in the Dominican Republic have taken the first ever footage of this endangered mammal. There are few animals stranger than the […]

Mob retaliation burns Haitian dwelling

Police say the action was after a 35-year-old courier was attacked Saturday with machetes by three Haitians who tried to steal his motorcycle and money.

Puerto Plata Police Kill 3; Accounts of Incident Differ

Eyewitnesses say they were killed in cold blood

Marine nabbed at airport

Suspected Bani shooter headed for Turks & Caicos

Central Park gets a facelift

A new look for the town square