Former Vatican ambassador goes on trial in child abuse case

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will go on trial on Saturday accused of child sex offences in a case seen as a test of Pope Francis`s drive to clean up the church.

Dominican Republic says 17,000 Haitians return voluntarily

More than 17,000 undocumented Haitians have voluntarily left the Dominican Republic since the end of a controversial registration process that left thousands of people facing deportation, officials said Friday.

Vatican orders former archbishop to stand trial for sex abuse

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying for sex with minors and possessing child pornography, the Vatican said on Monday.

Six tourists, pilot killed in Dominican Republic plane crash

 Six tourists from Britain and Spain and their local pilot were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into a golf course after takeoff from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Ten Venezuelans arrested after cocaine found on plane

Ten Venezuelans have been arrested over a shipment of cocaine found in a plane that travelled from Caracas to the Dominican Republic, prosecutors said Thursday.

Rains kill 7 in Haiti, cause flooding elsewhere

Port-Au-Prince: Heavy rains caused by a cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean killed at least seven people in Haiti and caused major flooding today in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, authorities said.

Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

Former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican said.

One missing, 4,000 displaced by storm in Dominican Republic

One person was swept away and 4,000 were displaced Saturday when heavy rains from a newly forming tropical depression slammed into the Dominican Republic, authorities said, warning the Bahamas was next.

Miley Cyrus banned from performing in Dominican Republic

Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in Santo Domingo on morality grounds.

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

The Vatican`s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

Quake rattles Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the waters between the Dominican Republic and the US territory of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in both places.

MVP Ortiz signs extension with Red Sox

Reigning World Series MVP David Ortiz has agreed to a one-year contract extension for the 2015 season, the Boston Red Sox announced on Sunday night.

New York `lone wolf` terror plotter faces 16 years

A Muslim convert accused of plotting to bomb targets in New York and kill US soldiers pleaded guilty Wednesday to one charge and faces 16 years in jail, the city attorney`s office said.

Poland arrests suspected paedophile priest

Polish police on Monday arrested a Roman Catholic priest suspected of sex offences against children in the Dominican Republic, state prosecutors said.

United States set for rematch of 2010 FIBA World Cup final

Basketball world champions the United States were drawn in a group also containing the team they beat in the 2010 final Turkey when the draw was made in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday.

Haiti, Dominican Republic discuss migration issues

Haitian and Dominican officials renewed talks Tuesday after months of tension between the two Caribbean neighbors over migration and trade issues.

Boston man imprisoned for life in neighbour killing

A man has been found guilty of raping and killing a neighbour who moved from the Dominican Republic to seek medical care for her 1-year-old son.

50 Dominican fishermen detained in Bahamian waters

A few dozen Dominican fishermen have been taken into custody on suspicion of poaching in Bahamian waters.

Deep quake rattles southern Dominican Republic

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake deep below the surface has rattled some residents in the Dominican Republic but there are no reports of any injuries or damage.

Vatican insists it`s not shielding ambassador

The Vatican said it was cooperating with prosecutors in the Dominican Republic who are investigating its ambassador for alleged sexual abuse of teen-age boys, an explosive case that has raised legal questions about the Holy See`s responsibilities when accused priests come from within its own ranks.