Madrid residents react to the departure of former Spanish King Juan Carlos | AFP

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic after the shock announcement he was going into exile.

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Images from outside Dominican resort where Spain’s former king allegedly fled | AFP

Scene outside resort in the Dominican Republic where Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, may reportedly have fled, according to Spanish media, after announcing he was going into exile.

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Dominican Republic’s president-elect visits National Palace | AFP

President-elect Luis Abinader arrives at Santo Domingo’s National Palace where he is greeted by Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina. IMAGES

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Polls open in Dominican Republic presidential election | AFP

Polls open in the Dominican Republic in elections for president and the legislature that are being held despite spiking coronavirus cases in the Caribbean country. IMAGES

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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 the Dominican Republic early Thursday. (Aug. 27)

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Six detained in David Ortiz shooting

Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of Ortiz, the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor said. Authorities have declined to give a motive for the shooting at a popular Santo Domingo bar Sunday night. (Jun 12)

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Man charged as accomplice in David Ortiz shooting

A man has been charged in relation to the shooting of retired Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. It’s believed FĂ©liz Garcia was driving the motorcycle carrying the gunman who shot Ortiz in a bar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday night. (June 12)

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Red Sox president: team flying Ortiz to Boston

The Boston Red Sox management and the team’s fans expressed shock and dismay Monday after the news that beloved former player David Ortiz was ambushed and shot in the Dominican Republic. (June 10)

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Red Sox send best wishes, aircraft to David Ortiz

The Boston Red Sox have sent their best wishes, and an aircraft, to ex-slugger David Ortiz after he was shot in the Dominican Republic. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy says the team is flying Ortiz back to Boston. (June 10)

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‘Air Cocaine’ smuggling trial starts in France

Two former French air force pilots go on trial in France, six years after they fled the Dominican Republic following a spectacular drugs bust on a private jet in the Caribbean nation. In what has become known as the “Air Cocaine” case, Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos are accused along with seven other defendants of trying to smuggle 680 kilogrammes (1,500 pounds) of the drug out of the country. IMAGES

Plastic fantastic… not: Drone captures trash engulfing beach in Dominican Republic

Drone footage captured the tide of plastic waste engulfing Malecon in the capital city of Santo Domingo on Tuesday. More than 500 public workers have been drafted in to help with the clear up operation. Some 60 tonnes of plastic have been collected since work began a week ago.

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‘Advances’ but no deal after Venezuela rivals talk

Venezuela’s government and opposition says they made “significant advances” in the latest talks aimed at resolving the country’s crushing economic and political crisis, after two days of meetings in the Dominican Republic. But there was no agreement and negotiations will continue in Santo Domingo on December 15, the two sides said in a statement read by Dominican President Danilo Medina.

Here Legally, Detained Indefinitely

Alex Lora, 34, was born in the Dominican Republic but raised in Brooklyn; his mother brought him to the U.S. legally when he was seven. He had a green card and no recent trouble with the law, so he assumed the issue was a misunderstanding. He was confused when multiple vehicles pulled up on the block and what seemed like a small army of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents poured out into the street. The next thing he knew, he says, he was shoved up against a light pole and told he would soon be deported.

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A Haitian Halfway House for Deportees: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 4)

The Haitian village of Malpasse, just across the border from the Dominican Republic, is home to approximately 40 freshly-deported Dominican-Haitians and Haitian migrants who are being housed at the Fond Bayard community school.

Run by pastor Sinas Saintilus, the school’s classrooms have been repurposed as a place of shelter. Many of the deportees in Malpasse were born in the Dominican Republic, making them rightful citizens under the Dominican constitution, but they were forced to leave the country despite their legal status.

Haitian President Michel Martelly announced last week that the Haitian government would not acknowledge deported Dominican-Haitians, making people like those housed at the school in Malpasse effectively stateless.

VICE News visited the Fond Bayard school in Haiti to see firsthand what conditions are like at what has become a halfway house for those deported under the Dominican Republic’s new naturalization law.

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Families Are Deporting Themselves to Haiti: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 3)

The border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti functions as a free trade zone. Twice a week, the gates open and people from both sides congregate to buy goods to bring back to their respective countries. The Dajabon border crossing is one of the main border crossings where this commerce occurs, and also acts as a point of passage where Haitian migrants frequently enter and exit the Dominican Republic.

In recent days, thousands of Dominican Haitians have been scrambling to complete a “regularization” process in order to avoid deportation after a court ruling effectively rendered them stateless. There were reports of small-scale initial deportations occurring Thursday, June 18, the day after the deadline to complete the process. On a larger scale, many families at risk of detainment and deportation are voluntarily self-deporting in order to avoid run-ins with authorities.

In the latest dispatch, VICE News rides across Dajabon border crossing with two families self-deporting back to Haiti after they failed to apply for residency, and gets an up-close look at the new detention centers set up by Dominican immigration authorities to enforce the new law.

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Citizenship Limbo for Dominican Haitians: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 2)

A 2013 ruling by the Dominican Republic’s top court rendered hundreds of thousands of Dominican Haitians in the country effectively stateless by revoking their citizenship. After an outcry from the international community, the Dominican government passed a law allowing residents a pathway to naturalization. The deadline for those registering for naturalization at government bureaus around the country was Wednesday, June 17.

VICE News traveled to Batey Naranjo, a small rural village on the outskirts of Santo Domingo that is primarily populated by Haitians or Dominican Haitians, and spoke to residents about their confusion and concerns as to the ramifications of the naturalization deadline.

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Dominican Republic Gives Haitians Until Midnight to Register or Face Deportation – http://bit.ly/1H1F4kz

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The Deadline for Citizenship: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 1)

Thousands of Dominican Haitians have been waiting — some for days — to enter the Ministry of the Interior to complete a “regularization” process in order to avoid deportation.

A 2013 ruling by the Dominican Republic’s top court rendered hundreds of thousands of people in the country effectively stateless by revoking their citizenship. After an outcry from the international community, the Dominican government passed a law allowing residents a pathway to naturalization.

Wednesday, June 17 was the deadline for those registering for naturalization at government bureaus around the country, the busiest of which was in the capital, Santo Domingo.

VICE News was at the Ministry of the Interior in the capital on the day leading up to the deadline, where thousands of Dominican Haitians were waiting to register for citizenship.

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Dominican Republic Gives Haitians Until Midnight to Register or Face Deportation – http://bit.ly/1H1F4kz

In Photos: Anger Flares Over Tonight’s Deportation Deadline in the Dominican Republic – http://bit.ly/1Bmo32k

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Raw Coverage from the Dominican Republic

Hundreds of thousands of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic and children born in the country to undocumented Haitians are facing the risk of imminent deportation on Wednesday if they fail to complete a “regularization” process by midnight, as authorities prepare to enforce a new immigration law. VICE News reporters Monica Villamizar and Eric Fernandez broadcasted live from Santo Domingo covering the local reaction.

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