A 500 strong team of conservationists, locals and the navy has cleared around 60 tonnes of plastic. But the waves of rubbish washed up on the shores every day. The problem could affect tourism to the island, as well as endanger marine and bird life.
China and the Dominican Republic have signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties. Taiwan says Beijing dangled a $3.1 billion investment and loan package to entice the Caribbean nation to switch its allegiance and seal the deal.
America's relationship to Islam goes back to the early 1800s, when Muslim slaves fought for their freedom — and there are lessons in it for America today.
Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition said they made strides during the talks but needed more time. The next round of talks will begin in the Dominican Republic on January 18.
The two sides failed to come to terms in a prior round of talks last December, when they concluded by saying they had made progress but needed more time. In the new round, they are seeking to reach an agreement to ease economic and political crisis.
Various mediation efforts have failed in recent years as foes accuse President Nicolas Maduro of exploiting dialogue to buy time, while he says the opposition prefers violence.
Vice President Tareck El Aissami says Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro who is battling with a crippling economic crisis will run in the upcoming presidential election.
Ledezma is the best-known detained opponent of leftist President Nicolas Maduro after Leopoldo Lopez, and had spearheaded street protests against the president in 2014.
Having failed to remove Maduro in protests, earlier this year, that led to 125 deaths and thousands of arrests, the opposition was confident a strong showing on Sunday could be parlayed into victory in next year’s presidential election.
The 1920's era earthen dam on the Guajataca River in northwest Puerto Rico cracked on Friday, prompting the government to issue an order for 70,000 people in downstream towns to evacuate.
A State Department spokesman said the US had requested that the man’s diplomatic immunity be waived to open the way for possible prosecution.
Venezuela's government and opposition will send delegates to the Dominican Republic to discuss the possibility of negotiations after months of turmoil in the country.
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