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Dominican convicted murderer who escaped prison twice is recaptured in Panama

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian police on Thursday recaptured a Dominican man convicted of kidnapping and murdering five young people of Chinese descent, two weeks after he escaped prison for a second time.

National Police Director Jorge Miranda told local media that Gilberto Ventura Ceballos was found in the province of Chiriquí bordering Costa Rica.

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Police recaptured Ventura Ceballos, a Dominican convicted of the murder of five university students of Chinese descent, whose second escape at the beginning of February embarrassed security authorities in Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Authorities had announced Feb. 4 that Ventura Ceballos had escaped. The latest escape prompted the resignation of the country’s security minister and the firing of the interior minister.

DOMINICAN MURDER SUSPECT ESCAPES PANAMA PRISON A 2ND TIME, OFFICIALS SAY

Ventura Ceballos was sentenced along with a fellow Dominican accomplice to 50 years in July 2018 for the abduction and killing of the five university students about a decade ago. He acknowledged murdering them and burying them beneath the floor of a home in the town of La Chorrera west of Panama City, authorities say.

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Police officers escort prison escapee Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, center, to the police headquarters in Panama City, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Investigators said at least two were buried alive. The Dominicans, who ran a cell phone sales business, collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in ransom payments from relatives.

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Ventura Ceballos escaped the first time in December 2016. He was recaptured the following September in Costa Rica. He had dyed his hair and was living under a different name, working at an auto shop.

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Mexican cartel violence, Notre Dame up in flames and Justin Trudeau blackface scandal: World in review 2019

From attempts to topple a Latin American socialist leader to the destruction of one of the world’s most visited cathedrals to the massive months-long protests ongoing in Hong Kong, here are some of the events from around the world that captured headlines this year. So much happened with the ongoing Brexit saga and the rise and fall of ISIS, that they required their own end-of-year reviews.

Political turmoil in Venezuela

The South American country of Venezuela was thrust into political turmoil in January when Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-held National Assembly, proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela in an attempt to overthrow socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.

The United States and dozens of other nations were quick to throw their support behind the charismatic 36-year-old Guaido, who promised fresh presidential elections and a government of the people. He seemed different from the string of past opposition leaders who had challenged Maduro and his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, over 20 years of increasingly authoritarian socialist rule.

However, despite months of violent marches and a 10 percent approval rate, Maduro’s firm grip on Venezuela has proven more resilient than expected. The military stayed loyal and people are no longer answering the opposition leader’s call to protest.

The Trump administration has continued to pile economic and travel sanctions onto members of Maduro’s inner circle, but so far with little effect.

Still, Guaido insists his domestic and international support will only grow. The National Assembly must decide next month whether to extend Guaido’s tenure as its leader.

Mosque shooting brings New Zealand together

Two consecutive terrorist shootings in mosques during Friday prayer rocked Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, “one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put it.

The gunman, later identified as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, opened fire at the Al Noor Mosque in Riccarton and began shooting worshipers. Between 300 and 500 people were believed to have been inside the mosque at the time of the shooting. He spent about six minutes at the mosque before driving away – passing police vehicles responding to the shooting at Al Noor – en route to the Linwood Islamic Centre.

At the center, about 3 miles east from the mosque, the gunman, who livestreamed the first 17 minutes of the attack on Facebook, was unable to find the entrance and began shooting people outside and through a window. He was arrested 21 minutes after the first emergency call.

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In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo, Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in the Christchurch mosque shootings, appears in the Christchurch District Court, in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP)

The two attacks killed 51 people and injured 40. Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murders, and engaging in a terrorist attack. His trial is expected to start in June 2020.

In light of the attack, a ban on military-style weapons was strongly backed by lawmakers in a historic 119-1 vote after the attacks. More than 50,000 guns were handed in as part of a six-month buyback program. Police figures indicate the government paid out more than $66 million to compensate owners during the buyback.

Notre Dame Cathedral burns

A fire broke out beneath the roof of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15. Thick black smoke rising from the roof quickly turned to flames shooting out of the spire.

More than 400 firefighters engaged the structure, while another 100 people quickly formed a human chain to move precious objects to safety. The spire of the cathedral collapsed roughly two hours after the blaze began. The fire spread to the wooden framework inside the north tower, which supported eight very large bells. Had the bells fallen, it is thought the damage could have knocked down the towers — and with them, the entire cathedral.

The 12th-century cathedral was under renovation at the time of the fire. Some 50,000 tubes of scaffolding crisscrossed the back of the edifice, and some were damaged. An investigation by the Paris prosecutor said there was no evidence of a deliberate act. A short-circuit might have caused the fire.

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In this combination of photos, flames and smoke rise as the spire on the Notre Dame Cathedral collapses during a fire in Paris, on April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Diana Ayanna)

Restoration and reconstruction efforts remain underway, but the cathedral’s rector Monsignor Patrick Chauvet told reporters on Christmas Eve that the French landmark is so fragile that there’s a “50 percent chance” the structure might not be saved.

The scaffolding needs to be removed — without causing further damage in the cleanup efforts. Chauvet estimated that it would easily take more than three years for the cathedral to be safe enough for people to re-enter and that the full restoration will take longer.

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Rubble and the cross inside the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Wednesday May 15, 2019 in Paris. French Culture Minister Franck Riester says that one month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, the edifice is still being made safe enough for restoration to begin. (Pool via AP)

An international fundraising campaign has raised more than $1 billion in pledged donations. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants it rebuilt by 2024, when Paris will host the Olympics, but experts have said the time frame is unrealistic.

American tourists’ deaths in the Dominican Republic

The weeks leading up to summer saw the deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic claiming the headlines of news outlets around the world.

The Caribbean island’s safety came under scrutiny first when Tammy Lawrence-Daley of Delaware claimed she was assaulted by a hotel employee at the all-inclusive luxury resort Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana. Her claims were amplified as news came of the deaths of at least nine American tourists in various hotels from oddly similar circumstances – including one couple who died together inside their hotel room.

Autopsy results from Dominican authorities showed that all nine died of natural causes and the FBI provided technical assistance to authorities with toxicology reports for the Maryland couple who died at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana.

Francisco Javier Garcia, the minister of tourism for the Dominican Republic, defended the island’s reputation and stressed its safety. He told Fox News in June that claims of so-called “mysterious” deaths were untrue and that the island had nothing to hide. At an event in September, Garcia touted the new safety measures put in place after the public relations nightmare erupted.

The U.S. State Department has discounted the idea of a surge of tourists’ deaths, saying it had not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizens who died on the island.

Local government data shows that the Caribbean island welcomes more than 6.5 million overnight visitors from around the world in 2018.

Canadian prime minister’s blackface controversy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was engulfed in controversy in September after images emerged over 24 hours showing him wearing blackface on three different occasions.

The first image, from a West Point Grey Academy school yearbook, showed the now 48-year-old Trudeau wearing dark makeup and a turban at an “Arabian Nights” party in 2001. The image was taken when Trudeau worked at a teacher and had not entered politics. After it was published, Trudeau said it was a “dumb thing to do.”

“It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do,” he said.

Hours later, another photo showed Trudeau wearing an afro wig and singing the Jamaican song “Day-O” during a talent show in the early 1990s at Jean Brebeuf High School. Trudeau admitted to wearing dark makeup in that photo as well.

However, a video obtained by Global News hours later showed Trudeau again covered in dark makeup with his hands in the air laughing, sticking out his tongue and making faces. His arms and legs were also covered in the makeup.

At the time, Trudeau blamed his privileged upbringing and that he had a “massive blindspot” when it came to racism.

“I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it,” he said.

The scandal did affect Trudeau’s poll numbers leading up to the 2019 elections in October: while his Liberal Party won the most seats, it lost 20 seats in the House of Commons. Nevertheless, it was enough to allow Trudeau to form a minority government and remain on for a second term.

Mexican cartel violence leads to American deaths

Violence at the hands of Mexico’s drug cartels surged in 2019 with several high-profile attacks highlighting the country’s rising murder rate and stroking the fears of citizens and travelers alike.

In February, a Mexican businesswoman was snatched by sicarios while picking up her child at a friend’s home. Her body was later found decapitated inside a black bag. The tragic death of Susana Carrera was just one of the dozens of kidnappings and murders reported in the first two months of the year.

The number of murders continued to surge and, in the first six months of 2019, Mexico saw a record number of killings with an average of 94 each day, local media reported.

However, it was the brazen daytime attacks by drug cartel gunmen that captured headlines across the country and the world.

In August, 19 bodies were found hanged and butchered in Michoacan, which police said was part of a gang turf war.

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A charred truck that belongs to Michoacan state police sits on the side of the road after it was burned during an attack, as state police drive past in El Aguaje, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. At least 13 police officers were killed and three others injured Monday in the ambush. (AP Photo/Armando Solis)

Just over two months later, 13 Mexican police officers were murdered by suspected cartel gunmen in a bloody ambush. This was followed by an embarrassing botched attempted capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son, that saw eight people killed and more than 20 wounded after an intense gunfight.

However, it was the brutal ambush and murder of nine Americans – including six children – while traveling on via convoy in the northern state of Sonora in early November that shocked the world.

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A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jesus Bustamante – 

After the attack, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his government’s position of “hugs, not bullets” when dealing with the violent actions of drug cartel gunmen.

In November, it was revealed that the homicide count in Mexico was on pace to reach its highest overall annual total. The new statistics, released by Mexico’s Secretary General of National Public Safety, showed that there had been more than 29,414 homicides — up from 28,869 over the same period last year. Nearly 100 people were killed each day in Mexico.

Weeks after the attack, President Trump designated Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

Violent demonstrations paralyzed cities — and countries

This year also saw people around the world flow onto the streets demanding greater rights, freedoms and change of power.

From Hong Kong to Iran, France and Chile, residents hit the streets for months in a row, paralyzing major cities, upending their economies and radicalizing legions of youths.

In French cities, the hundreds of so-called “Yellow Vest” protesters marched through the streets, demanding economic reforms from President Emmanuel Macron’s government. Week after week, frustrated demonstrators – some dressed in all black and covering their faces – clashed with police in violent encounters that wreaked havoc in cities across the country. Most recently, a general strike aimed at Macron’s plans to overhaul the country’s pension system shut down subways, trains and some of France’s most popular tourist destinations.

Hong Kong saw similar lengthy protests after a proposed extradition bill that would have included allowing prisoners to be sent to mainland China sparked widespread fears. The pro-democracy protests paralyzed the semi-autonomous Chinese city in June and they have barely calmed down since. Hong Kong officials proceeded with the bill for several months until it was officially withdrawn on Oct. 24.

However, the protests demanding greater democratic rights in Hong Kong show no sign of dissipating, following an overwhelming victory by anti-establishment candidates in elections for district representatives earlier in December.

In Latin America, Chile and Bolivia saw several weeks of violent clashes between police and protesters who were demanding a better quality of life and a change of power.

Chileans took to the streets, triggered by a government proposal to increase subway fares, and eventually encompassed grievances about pensions, education, health care, and other issues. The protests shook a nation noted for economic stability over the past decades, which has seen steadily declining poverty despite persistent high rates of inequality.

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Men dressed as clowns, one dressed as the movie character “The Joker” flying a Mapuche indigenous flag, are sprayed by a police water cannon during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Chile has been facing weeks of unrest, triggered by a relatively minor increase in subway fares. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Protesters demanded better salaries and pensions, and more equal distribution of wealth. Since the protests began in October, at least 27 people have been killed.

Meanwhile, in Bolivia, demonstrations there were triggered after then-President Evo Morales proclaimed himself the winner of October’s presidential elections despite credible claims of electoral fraud. More than 32 people were killed in the clashes that saw Morales resign and flee the country after the opposition set up an interim government.

Morales fled to Mexico before settling down in Argentina, where he was granted political asylum. There he vowed to continue to fight for Bolivia and would campaign for the presidential candidate of his party in the next elections; however, Bolivian prosecutors issued an arrest warrant and accused him of sedition and terrorism.

The Middle East also saw its fair share of protests this year – most notably and recently in Iran, where a brutal crackdown from government forces may have killed upwards of 1,000 protesters, according to some reports. The vast majority were killed by security forces firing tear gas and live ammunition.

The anti-government protesters have flooded the streets for nearly three months to demand the overthrow of Iraq’s entire political class. The mass uprisings prompted the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late November. The protesters accuse the government of corruption and mismanagement and have demanded an independent prime minister candidate.

Nuclear stalemate with North Korea

The icy relationship between the United States and North Korea appeared to thaw some at the beginning of the year after an apparently successful meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

However, the ongoing talks for the North to end its nuclear program stalled to a near standstill after two meetings between the two leaders this year – in Vietnam last February and again in June when Trump became the first U.S. president to set food into North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone.

While the get-togethers made for good photo ops, they were devoid of substantive progress in getting Kim to get rid of his nuclear weapons.

Since then, North Korea has conducted a slew of short-range missile launches and other weapons tests – which were ramped up in recent months as Washington didn’t accept Kim’s end-of-year ultimatum to ease U.S.-led sanctions on the North in return for partial disbarment steps.

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, stand on the North Korean side of the border in the Demilitarized Zone, Sunday, June 30, 2019 in North Korea. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Despite little to no progress in recent months, Stephen Biegun, the top U.S. envoy to North Korea, said the window for talks with the U.S. remains open.

As the year comes to an end, officials are now monitoring closely for any signs of a possible missile or nuclear test. Pyongyang had threatened to spring a “Christmas surprise” if the U.S. failed to meet Kim’s deadline for concessions to revive stalled nuclear talks. Any test flight of an intercontinental ballistic missile or substantial nuclear test would further derail the diplomatic negotiations Trump opened with Kim in 2018.

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Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente, Stephen Sorace, Melissa Leon, Nicole Darrah, Barnini Chakraborty, Vandana Rambaran, and Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lindsay de Feliz, best-selling author, found dead in Dominican Republic in shallow grave: reports

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A best-selling British author has become the latest victim of deadly violence in the Dominican Republic, according to reports.

Lindsay de Feliz, 64, best known for two memoirs about living as an expatriate in the Caribbean, was found dead Thursday in a shallow grave in a wooded area near her residence, her body wrapped in a sheet and plastic bags and showing signs of strangulation, The Independent reported, citing information reported by Hoy, a local news site.

Her 50-year-old husband, 29-year-old stepson and a third man, age 37, have all been arrested in connection with the death, authorities said. There was no immediate information about a motive.

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“We are in close contact with the police in the Dominican Republic following the death of a British woman in Mao,” a spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office told The Independent

De Feliz was born in the United Kingdom and attended Wolverhampton University and Bradford University, the news outlet reported. Her best-known books were titled, “What About Your Saucepans?” and Life After My Saucepans.”

In one of the books, de Feliz describes having been shot in her throat during a botched robbery attempt, the report said.

She had moved to the Dominican Republic to pursue a passion for scuba diving, The Sun reported.

After she went missing, a friend posted on Facebook, offering a $1,000 reward for information about her whereabouts:

Her death continued a string of violent episodes involving foreigners – including Americans – who had either relocated to or vacationed in the country, which forms the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti to the West.

Other incidents in the Dominican Republic in recent months have included:

— The brutal death of Patricia Ann Anton, a former elementary school teacher from Michigan, whose body was found bound and strangled inside her home in November, in an apparent robbery attempt. Eight suspects were later arrested.

— The death of Georgia resident Tracy Jerome Jester, 31, who succumbed in March after a day of sightseeing with his sister. Officials denied the death involved foul play but the family remained skeptical.

— The vicious beating of Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a Delaware woman who claimed she was attacked by a hotel employee in the Dominican Republic during a vacation in January. She filed a $3 million lawsuit in July against the operators of the luxury resort where she was staying with her husband.

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— The alleged drugging, rape and assault of a Staten Island, N.Y., woman who requested to remain anonymous. She claimed that a man she met at a poolside bar later threw her from a second-story balcony after raping her, reportedly causing injuries to her spine and one of her hands.

Also sparking headlines was the June shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic who took a bullet to his back while in a Santo Domingo bar. Authorities said Ortiz was not the intended target of the gunman, who had reportedly been paid to shoot another man — who was seated next to Ortiz at the time.

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Dominican Republic doctor helps impoverished community he grew up in: ‘God answered my prayers’

Today, Dr. Jose Frank Piña, 30, has a wife and a daughter in his native Dominican Republic. He is a medical missionary who shares medical advice every Saturday on television.

But when he was growing up in an impoverished community, none of this seemed possible.

Piña grew up in the city of San Juan, in a home that had just two rooms, sharing a bed with two siblings, in an area ravaged by gang violence and frequent flooding.

At 4 years old, he was registered in a local church’s Compassion International, a Christian sponsor program center where he received medical care, nutrition and vocational courses like English and computers.

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“When I was a child living in a dangerous environment where gangs used to fight with machetes and guns, the letters from my sponsors helped me see a different reality of the world,” Piña told Fox News. “We saw hope.”

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Dr. Jose Frank Piña Montero grew up in extreme poverty, but today he is an outstanding doctor and role model in the same community he grew up in. (Compassion International)

He added: “I thank God for Compassion because being a kid in poverty, you can’t have dreams or sometimes you have dreams but you can’t make them come true because of the needs you have. They gave me the opportunity to dream and make those dreams come true.”

Speaking to Fox News from the hospital where he works now, Piña shared how he is helping others in his community break the cycle of poverty.

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“I am trying to help others, not only to restore their physical health but to restore their spiritual health and help restore their relationship with God,” he said.

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Doctor Piña received an award for delivering the first baby in an ambulance. They were called the “angels of the roads.” (Compassion International)

It was through Compassion that he met his wife, Yaneli, also a doctor. The two met in high school and they got to know each other better during a Compassion trip.

Today they work as medical missionaries helping different communities in the area through their church, called “Jehova Fuerte y Valiente.”

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But his favorite role of all, in helping change his community for the better, is that of a father.

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Jose Frank Piña with his wife, Yaneli, and their 10-month-old daughter, Sofia Arlette. (Compassion International)

“Compassion gave me the best things I’ve ever had. They gave me love, hope and the opportunity to dream and overcome,” he told the organization. “Because of Compassion, I met the most beautiful woman on the planet, my wife, and now I am enjoying the fruit of our love: our daughter, Sofia Arlette.”

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Holding his 10-month-old reminds him of the incredible changes he’s experienced in his life.

“For me, for my family, for my little daughter, it’s something I can’t describe because I know it’s not something my daughter has to live,” he said.

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Jose Frank holds one of his sponsorship photos from childhood. (Compassion International)

And it’s all coming full circle now, as the family is preparing to sponsor their first child through Compassion, the program that helped lift him out of poverty and connect wirh his now-wife.

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“God is going to impact more lives through Compassion,” he said. “Me and my wife are planning to sponsor a girl in Haiti … We are close to her so we can go and meet with her many times and show her love, so we are trying to do that.”

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Retired MLB star David Ortiz recounts being shot in Dominican Republic: ‘I want to find out who did this’

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Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz gave his first English-language interview since a near-fatal shooting at a bar in his native Dominican Republic in June.

Ortiz, 43, sat down with the Boston Globe in Fenway Park last week, explaining he’s determined to find out who is responsible for the shooting that caused him to undergo several surgeries and left him bound to a hospital bed for nearly seven weeks.

The 20-year MLB star known as “Big Papi” made his first public appearance since the shooting last Monday when he threw out the opening pitch at Fenway.

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“I want to find out who did this,’’ Ortiz told the Boston Globe. “I’m not going to sit around and chill if there’s somebody out there who wants to kill me.’’

“I’m not going to sit around and chill if there’s somebody out there who wants to kill me.’’

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“I don’t know why I was involved in something like this because I’m not the type of person who looks for trouble or causes trouble,” he told the newspaper. “All I worry about is trying to help people, about trying to do the right thing.”

Eleven people, all of whom Ortiz said he didn’t recognize, have been arrested in connection with the June 9 shooting at the Dial Bar in Santo Domingo, where the former pro-baseball player was shot at close range while his back was turned away from an identified gunman who fled the scene.

Ortiz said he hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to investigate the case after Dominican officials released conflicting motives to explain why he was shot. Officials in the Carribean island nation now blame the shooting on a case of mistaken identity. Ortiz also told the Globe how he experienced moments in the hospital “feeling like I was going to die.”

“I had nightmares all the time about being in the desert, looking for water,” Ortiz told the paper. “I would wake up with my mouth dry and feeling like I’m going to die.”

“I would wake up with my mouth dry and feeling like I’m going to die.”

— David Ortiz

“I felt that if I didn’t die, then I would never be the same again,’’ he continued. “I went through hell with that.” Ortiz also tipped his hat to medical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital for reassuring him that he would survive.

The Red Sox had Ortiz airlifted from the Dominican Republic to Massachusetts General Hospital where he underwent several surgeries to address his wounded intestines and liver. He also underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic the day before he was transported to Boston.

He said he contracted a dangerous acute bacterial infection during his hospital stay in Boston and had to substitute food for Jello and ice chips, causing him to lose about 40 pounds. He was released on July 27 — nearly seven weeks after he was shot.

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Dominican police now believe a suspected drug trafficker and fugitive named Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez offered to pay $30,000 for the murder of his cousin David Fernández after he was feeding information to authorities. Fernández was sitting next to Ortiz at the nightclub at the time of the shooting. Authorities initially said a $7,800 bounty had been placed on Ortiz for unknown reasons, according to the New York Post.

Ortiz is to return to his job as a Fox Sports analyst for the upcoming MLB postseason. He started his career with the Minnesota Twins then spent 14 years with the Red Sox and is one of the most popular players in the team’s history. He was a key player on three World Series-winning teams in 2004, 2007 and 2013. A 10-time All-Star, Ortiz finished his big league career with 541 home runs and 1,768 RBIs.

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John McAfee released after being detained in the Dominican Republic

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Millionaire John McAfee has been released after being detained by authorities in the Dominican Republic.

The 73-year-old, who founded the antivirus giant McAfee in 1987, said Wednesday that he was released from detention in the Dominican Republic along with five others.

McAfee’s presidential campaign manager, Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez, had tweeted on Tuesday that McAfee had been detained by authorities.

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“I last spoke with John as his boat was being boarded. The situation was tense but controlled. Our conversation was cut short by authorities confiscating their phones. The bastards wouldn’t even give him a cigarette,” Loggia-Ramirez tweeted.

McAfee and his companions were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear, officials said.

The arrest took place while McAfee’s yacht was docked in Puerto Plata, a province on the Dominican Republic’s Atlantic north coast.

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“Leaving detention…I was well treated. My superiors were friendly and helpful,” McAfee wrote in a tweet Wednesday, adding “in spite of the helpful circumstances, we’ve decided to move on.”

This isn’t his first run-in with authorities. The antivirus pioneer’s troubles began in 2012 after Belize police stated he was “a person of interest” in connection with the murder of a neighbor, which he denies. McAfee at one time resided in Belize.

Earlier this year, he fled U.S. authorities on his yacht for not paying taxes. “I have not paid taxes for eight years,” he said at the time.

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McAfee tweeted a photo earlier in the week where he is holding a gun.

In 2015, McAfee was arrested in Tennessee for DUI and gun charges, according to a report. He was charged with DUI and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department cited in the report.

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McAfee launched a 2020 presidential campaign in 2018, though he subsequently had to flee the U.S. The platform says in part that “our two party system…fluctuates between two extremes – each extreme annulling any progress made by the opposition in the prior administration.”

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But he also says that a big part of the campaign is centered around Cryptocurrency.

“A major focus of the 2020 campaign will be on cryptocurrency. We believe that cryptocurrency offers a unique historical opportunity to the individual – a chance to liberate one’s self, without violence, and to become more free,” according to the campaign’s website.

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Fox News contacted McAfee by email on Wednesday but he declined to comment at that time.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Former President Bill Clinton vacations in Dominican Republic as country tries to move past spate of tourist deaths

Former President Bill Clinton arrived in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to vacation and spend time with friends, as the Caribbean nation grapples with the ongoing fallout from several recent tourist deaths and attacks on travelers.

Clinton was seen arriving at the Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana and playing golf, according to the Tourism Ministry.  José Tomás Pérez, the Dominican ambassador to the United States, greeted him by way of an enthusiastic tweet.

“Welcome Bill Clinton to the Dominican Republic. His presence is the best message to Americans and the world about the safety and quality of our tourism,” he tweeted.

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The Clintons, including former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the couple’s daughter, Chelsea, have been regular guests in the country for several years, the ministry said in a news release.

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“President Clinton is in the Dominican Republic spending time with friends. As I’m sure you’re aware, he’s been visiting the country for decades,” Clinton spokesman Angel Urena told Fox News.

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Former President Bill Clinton is spending time with friends in the Dominican Republic.  (Dominican Republic Tourism Ministry )

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In recent years, the Clintons have spent time there for the New Year’s and Easter holidays. Dominican officials are desperately trying to rehabilitate the country’s image after several tourists died under mysterious circumstances while at luxury resorts.

The State Department this week confirmed a 31-year-old Georgia man died from a “respiratory illness” in March.

He was the 11th American to die in the country this year and the 14th since June 2018. Several relatives of Americans who’ve died in the country have raised doubts about the accounts Dominican officials have given of the deaths.

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Authorities maintain the tourists all died of natural causes.

The tourism ministry has rolled out new efforts to keep travelers safe, including conducting more hotel room inspections and opening an emergency tourist shelter.

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Georgia man confirmed dead in Dominican Republic only the latest case in string of American fatalities there

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The State Department on Sunday confirmed another American fatality in the Dominican Republic, a tourist who died of “respiratory illness” in March — and who is the 11th American to die in the Caribbean country this year.

Tracy Jerome Jester, Jr., a 31-year-old from Georgia, died after a day of sightseeing with his sister, his family said. It was not immediately clear what resort the Forsyth native stayed at during his trip.

“We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in the Dominican Republic in March 2019,” a state department spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Sunday. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we do not have additional information to provide.”

Jester’s relatives say they still have unanswered questions about the 31-year-old’s death.

“They had a good day. Saturday, they went out, they explored. They said they had a good day,” Jester’s mother, Melody Moore, told WSB-TV.

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Moore said she talked to her son after the day trip and he seemed alright, but around 3:30 a.m. the next day, Jester’s sister called Moore “and she told me he was calling her saying he couldn’t breathe, just saying, ‘Mama I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

Jester’s sister called emergency services but it was too late, Moore said. Jester reportedly suffered from Lupus, but it was unclear if that had any connection to his death.

“Being a mom, I want to go to where he was, where he died at last. Something is wrong, my son is gone. Something is really wrong,” Moore said.  “As a mother, you’re not there when your son takes his last breath. That hurts and I mean, you’ve got so many questions.”

Jester is the 11th American to die after traveling to the Dominican Republic in 2019 and is the 14th such person reported to have died there since June 2018.

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In June, Francisco Javier Garcia, the country’s tourism minister, castigated journalists for allegedly overblowing the string of deaths, and said the U.S. State Department’s figures show there hasn’t been an increase in American tourist deaths for reasons other than natural causes.

“The Dominican Republic has seen an exaggerated number of Americans in the Dominican Republic who have died,” Garcia said. “And media have taken it as an avalanche of deaths.”

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But several relatives of deceased Americans have raised doubts about the accounts Dominican authorities have given them of their relatives’ deaths, and many have also expressed exasperation with the U.S. State Department, which they say has played too passive a role in investigating.

The FBI has said they were testing alcohol from at least one mini-bar in at least one of the rooms at the Bahia Principe resort, where a number of guests died.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and Mary Schlageter contributed to this report.

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New York woman says she was drugged, raped, thrown from balcony at Dominican Republic resort: report

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A New York woman was allegedly drugged, raped, and thrown from the second-story balcony while vacationing in the Dominican Republic last month, according to a report.

The Staten Island resident, whose identity has not been released, told ABC7 the assault left her with a damaged spine, a slashed hand, and internal trauma from the rape.

She said she was likely drugged while talking with another couple at a poolside bar at the Ocean Blue and Sand in Punta Cana where she was staying, the report said. The resort did not comment on the alleged incident when reached by ABC7.

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She added that a man, with whom she’d shared a few drinks, took her to a room against her will and raped her before throwing her from the room’s balcony, according to the report.

“People go on vacation,” she said. “They put their guard down half of the time. They are trying to relax, but I want people to know, you can’t have your guard down. You always have to be careful. It could happen at any time. This didn’t happen at night time. This happened in broad day.”

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A couple was arrested on charges of sexual assault, attempted murder, violence against, and robbery, ABC7 reported. They’ve since been released after each paid a $1,000 bail, the report said.

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Argentinian teen wakes from coma after falling ill in Dominican Republic

An Argentinian teen who was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic after falling into a coma while on vacation has woken up, according to media reports.

Candela Saccone, 15, was scheduled to leave the Carribean island on June 19 when she fell ill from a life-threatening diabetic condition while staying at a Punta Cana resort, Argentine news outlet Cronica reported. After several days in a coma, she was eventually taken off a ventilator once her health improved.

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Candela Saccone, 15, has been hospitalized in the Dominican Republic since June 19 after she became ill while on vacation. (Facebook)

“When they told us that she said a few words and got annoyed when they spoke to her, I said, ‘That’s my granddaughter!’” Saccone’s grandmother, Mónica Zanollo, told the outlet.

The New York Post reported the girl began experiencing symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and dehydration on the day she became sick. She was taken to a hospital and transferred to another in the capital of Santo Domingo.

A few days later, she slowly began to improve, Cronica reported.

“This breakthrough means that the doctors are doing things well and the progress is very important for us,” Zanollo said. “The truth is that the hospital staff has taken excellent care of the family, both at a medical level and at a human level.”

The teen’s family said they hope to bring her back to Argentina when she becomes stable.

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The health scare comes as the Carribean nation grapples with a slew of at least 12 American tourist deaths at resort areas and reports of visitors feeling mysteriously ill. The crisis has negatively impacted the country’s bread and butter tourism industry.

Flights to the island have plummeted 74 percent since reports of the deaths surfaced.

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