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FC: Dominican Republic

3: Hot Spots | Colonial Zone is where Christopher Columbus' remains are | All government matters occur at the Palacio del Gobierno

4: Food Market

6: Riots are a popular form of crime for the Dominican police to deal with. Another form is theft and pickpocketing

7: Crime

8: Torre Caney

9: Torre Caney is the tallest building in Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic. Regionally, Torre Caney is the 32nd tallest building in Central America. It consist of 38 stories and is 150 m (492 ft) tall. It is located along Anacaona Avenue, an area of much development in Santo Domingo.

10: explore | Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor | The Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation. It is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540. The Cathedral once held the title Primate of the Americas, it has since been the only Archdiocese to have held this title.

12: Larimar

13: also called "Stefilia's Stone", is a rare blue variety of percolate found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. Its coloration varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue

14: Three-Cornered Stone with Face, 13th–15th century, Dominican Republic; Taino, Fossiliferous limestone | Valuable Remains | 13th–15th century Dominican Republic; Taino Bone

15: Three-Cornered Stone with Face, 13th–15th century, Dominican Republic; Taino, Fossiliferous limestone

16: The National Drug Control Department (DNCD) yesterday accused "an interim judge of Instruction" of ordering the release of four of the five men arrested on charges of conspiring to introduce shipments of drugs into the United States, especially Florida and Puerto Rico, who were captured in December 2010 with a stash of 309 kilos of cocaine on the highway between Santo Domingo and San Pedro de Macoris, a case in which other individuals are involved. A DNCD statement said that "after the work is done against organized crime, at certain times it is thrown away." | Santiwood? Dominiwood? Five films for 2012 President Leonel Fernandez said five movies could be filmed in the Dominican Republic next year, making the country an important cinematographic destination in the Americas. The announcement was made during the V Cine Global Film Festival in Santo Domingo, which is organized by the President's Global Development Foundation (Funglode). | Dominican News

17: Pathologists under difficult conditions in Santiago Doctors at the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF) have had to perform several autopsies in cemeteries in Santiago due to the fact that the morgue at the Jose Maria Cabral Regional Hospital is closed, according to statements from several pathologists. The morgue was closed for a series of repairs to damage caused by flooding brought on by the recent rains. One of the doctors working at Inacif who asked not to be identified, confirmed that they have been forced to carry out two autopsies in the Las Charcas and El Ingenio Abajo cemeteries. "They should equip an area for autopsies in the Cabral y Baez Hospital and prevent these difficulties," said the doctor. However, the Inacif medical director, pathologist Victor Liriano, denied that some autopsies are being done in the cemeteries of the city of Santiago. He said that the autopsies are being done temporarily in the hospital in Navarrete, as well as in the San Vicente de Paul Hospital in San Francisco de Macoris. However, some bodies taken to the Cabral y Baez Hospital have been returned to their families without autopsies due to the lack of an ambulance to take the bodies to Navarrete. The Inacif director said that the morgue would be reopened in a week or two once repairs are completed.

18: 'Onions-In-Mouth Torture' To Bust CrimeDominican Republic police have been torturing people with onions to get information about crimes, a human rights group has alleged. Onions have allegedly been used for interrogations. The National Commission on Human Rights has documented dozens of cases in which police forced the vegetables into victim's mouths, said Joselin Melo, the organisation's vice president. The technique makes people feel as if they are asphyxiating - but some had onions stuffed into their rectums, she claimed. Allegations of torture involving suspects and inmates have been well-documented in the Caribbean country, Ms Melo said.

19: Prison guards using rubber bullets and other means fought back rioting inmates Wednesday to regain control of a lockup in the Dominican Republic, an official said. The guards managed to keep the prisoners from controlling a cellblock at San Felipe prison in the northern province of Puerto Plata, the Associated Press reported. Dozens of inmates had reportedly electrified their cell doors with wires. The melee left sixteen inmates belonging to the Nacion Los 42 gang wounded, said Ismael Paniagua, penitentiary security director. No fatalities were reported.

20: LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The following documents must be legalised: 1) Complete Original Full Birth Certificate or an Official Extract including parents names ; and 2) According to his/her situation: a) If never married: A Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary or Solicitor, declaring single marital status and eligibility to marry. b) If divorced: Decree Absolute and a Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary or Solicitor, declaring marital status and eligibility to marry. c) If widowed: Spouse’s Death Certificate, previous Marriage Certificate and a Statutory Declaration, stamped by a Notary or Solicitor, declaring marital status and eligibility to marry. 3) If a name has been changed by Deed Poll or if the person has been adopted, proof of this must be presented. 4) If the person is under 18 years old, parental consent is required in the form of an Affidavit stamped by a Notary or Solicitor.

21: LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Art. 111.- NATURE. Adoption is a legal institution of public order and social interest that allows the creation, by a judgment rendered for such a purpose, of a voluntary parent-child relationship among individuals who are not related by birth. Art. 112.- SOCIAL AND HUMAN CHARACTER. Adoption is a mechanism of family integration and protection created for children and adolescents, taking into consideration their best interest, the process of which must be conducted under the constant vigilance of the State. Art. 113.- EXCEPTIONALITY. Adoption should only be considered for exceptional cases and under such circumstances as are determined in this Code. Art. 114.- STATE RESPONSIBILITY. The State has the obligation to create the necessary mechanisms to prevent the indiscriminate use of adoption. For this purpose, administrative processes should be channeled through the Adoptions Department of the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Consejo Nacional para la Niñez y la Adolescencia —CONANI), and they need to be reviewed by the Children and Adolescents’ Court (Tribunal de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes). Arts.115-169

22: Dear Nephew, I hear that the riots are getting pretty intense over there. I hope you're staying safe and staying out of it. Nothings worth imprisonment. Keep being the good kid i know you to be and study, study, study! Love, Aunt Jennifer | Dear Jessica, Its two weeks away from my visit to your lovely island. I plan on visiting the many beautiful places your country has to offer. I'd especially like to visit colonial zone/village. Let me know if that's a possibility. Sincerly, Elizabeth

23: Honey, I know it's been awhile since you've been home but remember on your return to the DR you must have your passport and national ID. Can't wait to see you! Love you! Brittany | Personal Journals

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