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Hospital under scrutiny
as 14 newborns die
SANTO DOMINGO---A medical association in the Domin-
ican Republic yesterday demanded improvements at one
of the country's main public hospitals, where at least 14
newborns died over the weekend.
Waldo Ariel Suero, president of the Dominican Medical Asso-
ciation, has said the alleged deaths occurred because of patient
overcrowding, lack of equipment and bad conditions. He said
that the Our Lady of Altagracia Maternity Hospital in Santo Do-
mingo does not have enough incubators and that only three of
10 operating rooms are in use.
The hospital has been undergoing renovations since 2014, and
the association said it should be temporarily closed, with patients
and doctors transferred to other hospitals.
Dominican health officials said late Tuesday that the deaths
were simply a result of complicated pregnancies and
denied Suero's allegations.
Nelson Rodriguez, director of the National Health
Service, said some of the babies were born prema-
turely, had respiratory or neurological problems or
congenital cardiac malformations. He said Domin-
ican Republic still has a high infant mortality rate,
with 80 per cent of deaths blamed on premature
It is the second time officials raised concerns about
a string of hospital deaths in the Dominican Republic.
In October 2014, President Danilo Medina dismissed
the health minister at the time and the director of the
main paediatric public hospital after ten children died
one weekend due to failures in the care and quality of the
health centre. (AP)
kills at least
15 in Syria
BEIRUT---At least 15 people were
killed in an air strike in eastern
Syria yesterday, activists said, in
the second attack in three days
reported to kill civilians in the Is-
lamic State-held Euphrates River
Two Syrian monitoring groups, Deir
Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said an
unidentified jet dropped a cluster
bomb on the village of Doblan. Rus-
sian, Syrian, and US-led coalition
aircraft are all known to operate in
Cluster bombs are de-
signed to spread small
bomblets across a wide
area, but many fail to
civilians long after the
fighting has ended.
Omar Abou Layla, the
head of Deir Ezzor 24,
said 15 bodies, includ-
ing those of women and
children, were recovered
in the village.
He said residents expect
to find many more killed.
Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life,
said local informants counted at
least 35 dead in the village, which is
between the ISIS strongholds of al-
Mayadeen and Boukamal.
The Britain-based Syrian Observa-
tory for Human Rights put the initial
toll at 30 dead.
At least 57 people were killed
in an airstrike on an IS-run jail
in the Euphrates River Valley
on Monday. Activists said that
air strike was carried out by the
US-led coalition. The coalition
said it was looking into the re-
Sons to visit Princess Di's
grave for 56th birthday
LONDON---Prince William, his wife, Kate, and Prince
Harry will attend a private service at the late Princess Di-
ana's grave on what would have been her 56th birthday.
In a brief statement, Kensington Palace said yesterday that
the July 1 service would be conducted by the Archbishop of
Canterbury and attended by Diana's family.
The service comes several weeks before the 20th anniversary
of her August 1997 death in a Paris car crash.
Diana is buried on the grounds of Althorp estate, her family's
ancestral home in the countryside near Northampton in central
William and Harry, who were 15 and 12 years old when their
mother died, are marking the anniversary by commissioning a
statue of Diana that will stand in the public gardens of Kensington
Palace in London. (AP)
for Suriname pres
is calling for a 20-year prison
sentence for Suriname Presi-
dent Desi Bouterse for his role
in the December 1982 killing of
15 prominent political opponents
in the South American country.
Prosecutor Roy Elgin says there
is sufficient evidence that Bouterse
was present in the colonial fort in
the capital city of Paramaribo when
troops under his command sum-
marily executed opponents of his
He read the summation of evi-
dence in court yesterday.
Bouterse has not yet commented
publicly on the proposed sentence.
The court has not yet announced
when it will rule on whether to ac-
cept the prosecutor's findings.
Bouterse was the military leader
of Suriname from 1980 to 1987.
He was elected president in a
parliamentary vote in 2010 and
re-elected in 2015. (AP)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambride, Prince William and their
children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, appear on the
Buckingham Palace balcony after attending the Trooping the Colour
Ceremony in London earlier this month. AP PHOTO
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