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Lawmakers to boycott sessions as elections standoff festers

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Santo Domingo. – Around 36 legislators of the faction of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) president Leonel Fernández, on Thursday morning announced the start of a new phase for the defense of the popular will, which they claim was violated with the fraud carried out in the primary elections of October 6.

“Since 2015, this legislative team has defended with honor and dignity the democratic principles and values ​​essential for the social good life and the establishment of a true rule of law. Unfortunately today, we are in the urgent need, for the good of the Republic, to start a new stage in defense of respect for the popular will violated and outraged last Sunday.”

The lawmakers Henry Meran, Carlos Guzmán, Demóstenes Martínez, Orlando Espinosa, Juan Carlos Quiñones, Roberto Berroa and Marcos Cross, said they will attend the lower Chamber but will not express their vote.





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Police arrest 6 in American teacher’s death in Puerto Plata

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Puerto Plata.- The National Police arrested six men in connection with murder and robbery of a US citizen in Puerto Plata, five days ago.

The police identified the detainees as Michael Mariñez Rosario (Chayan); Heuri Flores Hernández (Yikiu or Yito); Junior Alexis Suarez (Liquide); Juan José Andújar Mella (Jeffrey); Oroniel Canario Montero; Alexis Maquey and / or Alexis Makenley (Luisito, Gasoil, Azulito).

All were arrested on a warrant for the strangling death Patricia Ann Anton, 63, in her apartment located in Cabarete (north).





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Explanation of lights seen in the skies over Dominican Republic

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The sightings of the luminous spheres caused a stir among the population.

SANTO DOMINGO.- Dozens of people reported seeing a string of white spherical lights in the sky of the Dominican Republic at night, which they claimed caused great concern and stir because they had no idea what they were seeing. Some observers thought that it could be an invasion from space.

The lights sighted in the sky, a total of 60, are satellites belonging to a communication network that was created by the aerospace company SpaceX that plans to develop its new Starlink project, which is a high-speed satellite internet platform.

It has also been indicated that the constellation of satellites may be observed again at 7:00 pm on Thursday night, and on November 21 will be visible again at 5:07 in the morning.

SpaceX launched the satellites last May 24 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, at 09:56 local time (14: 56GMT).

The owner of the SpaceX company is Elon Musk, who intends to create a constellation of satellites that give high-speed internet to the entire planet with each launch.

As reported, the orbit of the satellites is 340 to 1,150 kilometers above the surface of planet Earth, and in a cycle of every 90 minutes, they will get closer to the surface of the planet. It has been reported that the Space X satellite array orbit is lower compared to the more than 34,000 kilometers orbits of other companies.





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National Police suppress alleged criminals and dismantle several drug points in SDE

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Operations in Boca Chica

The National Police reported that 31 alleged criminals were arrested in various operations carried out in more than 40 sectors and neighborhoods of Santo Domingo Este.

The institution said that six firearms, including a homemade M-16 rifle and seventy white weapons (non-firearms), were seized.

The area’s police commander, Colonel Franklin Grullon Collado, reported that during the operations, in addition to dismantling several drug outlets, several stolen vehicles were recovered, as well as numerous motorcycles.

He said that most of the detained subjects were being sought by the judicial authorities for having open files and warrants and that the operations extended to the municipalities of Guerra and Boca Chica.

“We are facing crime and we can say, without fear of error, that criminal actions in East Santo Domingo, have fallen by a considerable percentage,” he said.

He maintained that the instructions received from the director of the National Police, Major General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, are being followed to the letter and added that he is satisfied with the support he receives for the increase in patrolling in the Eastern zone.

“We also have to recognize that the support we receive from the public to face crime is extremely positive,” said the police commander.

The colonel added that the other subjects involved in these cases are being refined in the various police detachments.





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