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Dominican Republic vote: 'Market-friendly' Medina wins

Danilo Medina is favored among foreign investors, analysts say. But can he convince skeptical Dominicans?
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Dominican president-elect Danilo Medina announces his electoral victory in Santo Domingo. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)
Danilo Medina, a 60-year-old economist who’s also trained in chemistry, appeared on Monday to have handily won the Dominican Republic’s presidential election. Yet some are questioning what kind of weird science the ruling party concocted to win so many votes.
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Dominican Republic goes to polls to elect new president

Opinion polls put the candidate from the governing Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Danilo Medina, just ahead of the challenger, 71-year-old opposition Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) candidate Hipolito Mejia, who was the country’s president from 2000-2004.

Carlina Durán: Miss Dominican Republic dethroned for being married

Carlina Durán, a 25-year-old model, had to hand over her Miss Dominican Republic crown after officials found out she violated pageant rules by hiding her marriage from organizers.
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Carlina Durán, 25, was crowned Miss Dominican Republic 2012 in Santo Domingo, on April 17, 2012. She has now had to hand over her crown to Dulcita Lieggi, 22, after pageant officials discovered she was married. (ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)

Carlina Durán, a 25-year-old model, had to hand over her Miss Dominican Republic crown after officials found out she violated pageant rules by hiding her marriage.

According to CNN, organizers of the pageant said Durán married in 2009 but told contest organizers she was single. They also said contestants in the pageant cannot be married or divorced.

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Sinaloa cartel carves drug routes in the Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO — The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s largest drug-smuggling organization, is working with Dominican criminal groups to establish a Caribbean trafficking route, Dominican and US officials said.

Boat sinking Dominican Rep's "worst people smuggling tragedy" in years

Officials described the sinking as the Dominican Republic’s worst people smuggling tragedy in years.

Drug addiction surges in Dominican Republic

FRANCISCO DEL ROSARIO SANCHEZ, Dominican Republic — Hundreds of small planes each year used to buzz over rural Dominican towns, dropping tons of cocaine to be trafficked.

Trying out for the big leagues

The Dominican Republic is a baseball-crazed country where young boys dream of a Major League contract.
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