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Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore are presumed dead after they went missing in the Dominican Republic on March 27.

Police recover 2 bodies in the search for the New York couple that vanished on vacation in the Dominican Republic

Police suspect Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle crashed their car into the ocean on the way to the airport.
Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel in Samana, Dominican Republic.

A New York couple vanished while on vacation in the Dominican Republic and their families haven’t heard from them in 2 weeks

Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore traveled to the Dominican Republic on March 23, and were supposed to return to New York on March 27 — but didn't.
Hadmels DeFrias, 47, pleaded guilty in 2004 to fourth degree criminal sexual contact after he was accused of molesting two teenage brothers — both younger than 14 — while assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption Church (pictured) in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

A former priest who abused boys in New Jersey now teaches kids English in the Dominican Republic

Hadmels DeFrias, 47, pleaded guilty in 2004 after he was accused of molesting two teenage brothers in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 2001 and 2002.
National Liberation Army (ELN) soldiers standing in formation in Arauca province, Colombia, in 2002.

These are the world’s 20 most dangerous countries, and photos showing what life is like there

Countries were ranked on prevalence of terrorism, homicide, organized crime and unreliable or corrupt police forces by the World Economic Forum.
Dominican Republic Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas (L) embraces China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a signing ceremony where they formally established relations, in Beijing on May 1, 2018.

One of Taiwan’s largest diplomatic partners just cut them off — and chose China instead

Taiwan is losing its patience with China's "dollar diplomacy" where aid and investment is traded for ending relations with Taiwan, which now only has 19 allies.
Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a toast during the first day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, May 14, 2017.

China’s latest triumph over Taiwan points to its growing influence in the US’s neighborhood

China gained another victory in its longstanding dispute with Taiwan at the end of April, when the Dominican Republic cut ties with Taipei and recognized Beijing — a move that hints at China's growing clout in the region.
Hookworms

A Canadian couple got infected by hookworm while walking on a beach — here’s what to know about the parasites

The couple reportedly acquired a larva migrans, or hookworm, infection from walking barefoot on the beach, which is how the parasites are often picked up.

An ancient tick found in amber contains monkey blood from 20 to 30 million years ago

When it died, the tick was swollen with blood that leaked into the amber, giving scientists the first fossilized red blood cells ever found from a mammal.

I just spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic — here are the things you shouldn’t miss if you plan a trip

The food was delicious. The people were kind. And aside from a sunburn, the only thing the sparkling turquoise water left me with was a hankering to come back.