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 Féliz 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.

VICE News met with Alex Lora to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case that could give detained immigrants a shot at freedom.

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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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In Photos: A Community in the Crosshairs of the Dominican Republic’s Naturalization Law – http://bit.ly/1QIVmDi

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

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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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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 26, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Dominican border security tightened to keep out Haitians who are fleeing political unrest, sick Indian villagers sue company that abandoned asbestos mine three decades ago, UN says hundreds of world heritage sites damaged in ongoing war, and Indonesia builds massive sea wall to protect Jakarta from sinking.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Border Security Tightened to Block Haitians Fleeing Unrest
Authorities are on alert as neighbor Haiti continues to cope with political instability.

INDIA
Abandoned Asbestos Mines Sicken Villagers
Sixteen people diagnosed with a fatal lung disease want mining company to clean up debris and pay them compensation.

SYRIA
Hundreds of World Heritage Sites Damaged in War
UN’s research and training arm releases report detailing satellite imagery which shows 290 sites have been destroyed, damaged or looted in the ongoing civil war.

INDONESIA
Government Builds Sea Wall to Stop Jakarta From Sinking
A $293 million project aims to boost coastal defences and revamp the deteriorating canal system.

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The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Full Length)

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VICE News travels to the Dominican Republic, site of a looming environmental and economic crisis many experts believe is the result of climate change. Lake Enriquillo is the largest lake in the Caribbean — and for the past 10 years, it’s been getting larger. Having already doubled in area, the lake is destroying everything in its path and displacing local residents who are being forced to take extreme measures to survive.

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Lake Enriquillo’s Black Market Charcoal Trade: The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Part 4)

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In response to Lake Enriquillo’s rapid rise and expansion, a black-market charcoal trade has flourished, and Haiti is the Dominican Republic’s biggest customer. In part 4, VICE News heads to the DR’s largest open-air market, on the border between the two countries, to witness this trade in action.

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Black-Market Charcoal Trade: The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Part 3)

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VICE News heads into the hills near Lake Enriquillo to see how people whose livelihoods have been ruined by the lake’s unstoppable expansion are now surviving. What we find is that many have become involved with the black-market charcoal trade. As they cut down and burn trees to make the charcoal — labor-intensive work that isn’t very lucrative — they actually contribute to the climate change that probably led to the lake’s growth in the first place.

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Climate Crisis in the Dominican Republic: The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Part 1): http://bit.ly/1twsiQ3
Escaping the Underwater Town: The Lake That Burned Down A Forest (Part 2): http://bit.ly/WLVuIa

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