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Police stand outside the Las Americas International Airport where a private jet crashed on Wednesday, killing all nine people on board, including Puerto Rican music producer Flow La Movie. Reuters/Ricardo Rojas hide caption

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A special courtroom in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, is shown on Jan. 13 as more than 350 people believed to be members of Calabria's 'Ndrangheta organized crime group and their associates went on trial. Marc Feren Claude Biart, suspected of being a member, was arrested in the Dominican Republic in March. Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters Thursday after meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council and calling for the restoration of sanctions against Iran. Mike Segar/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A Haitian police officer locks a gate that separates the Dominican Republic border town Jimaní from Malpasse, Haiti, last month, as Haitian authorities shut down the border because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Dieu Nalio Chery/AP hide caption

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World Series star Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals turned 21 on Oct. 25. Soto is from the Dominican Republic, where every Major League Baseball team runs a training academy for youth. Will Newton/Getty Images hide caption

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Octavio Dotel leaves a courtroom Wednesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, one day before the former major league pitcher was released on bail. On Thursday, a judge cleared him and former MLB player Luis Castillo of allegations that they had supported a drug trafficking ring. Tatiana Fernandez/AP hide caption

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Octavio Dotel, then a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, seen during a 2007 game. Dominican Republic authorities arrested the former MLB player, saying both he and ex-infielder Luis Castillo were linked with an alleged drug trafficker. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, the alleged getaway driver in the shooting of ex-Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is escorted to court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Roberto Guzman/AP hide caption

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Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi toast after signing a joint statement on establishing diplomatic relations in June 2017 in Beijing. Greg Baler/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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China Lures Taiwan's Latin American Allies

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On Oct. 2, 1937, the Dominican military under Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo began to go town to town and indiscriminately massacre Haitians families, as well as Dominicans of Haitian descent. Germéne Julien, 83, is a massacre survivor. Tatiana Fernandez hide caption

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A storefront of a New York City bodega from the 1950s or '60s. Justo Martí/Courtesy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies hide caption

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New York City Bodegas And The Generations Who Love Them

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People help each other across the river La Digue in Petit Goave, Haiti, on Wednesday, a day after Hurricane Matthew raked the island nation. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A boy is ready to take a swing on the streets of San Pedro de Macoris, a provincial capital of the Dominican Republic. Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers Mass in Santo Domingo on Aug. 3, 2009. The former archbishop and papal ambassador died Friday at the Vatican awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Children play among the tents of Parc Cadeau, one of the camps set up in Haiti for migrants who've left the Dominican Republic after being stripped of their citizenship. Peter Granitz for NPR hide caption

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Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

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Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. He has been accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Yolanda Andujar and her daughter Astrid bake together every weekend. Andujar primarily makes the cakes while Astrid, a graphic designer by day, makes elaborate decorations using fondant and bright colors. Néstor Pérez-Molière/Courtesy of Feet in 2 Worlds hide caption

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