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At least 20 dead after tropical storm strikes Caribbean

Hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed.

At least 20 people have died after a huge tropical storm left a trail of destruction through the Dominican Republic.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the island had been set back 20 years by Tropical Storm Erika, which destroyed hundreds of homes, bridges and roads.

An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide engulfed their home in the southeast of Dominica, while another man was found dead in Santo Domingo following a mudslide at his home.

The storm began to lose steam on Friday and was expected to be weakened further as it moved towards high mountains on the island of Hispaniola.


Dominican Republic bans 'immoral' Miley Cyrus gig

The Dominican Republic has banned Miley Cyrus performing a gig on the island on "morality grounds".

Miley won't get the chance to stick her tongue out in the Dominican Republic. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Cyrus' raunchy on-stage antics- including twerking and crotch grabbing- were deemed "acts that go against morals and customs".

And under Dominican law the singer could be criminally punished, the government said.

Miley is currently performing her worldwide Bangerz tour. Credit: Robin Utrecht/ABACA/Press Association Images

Cyrus was due to perform there on September 13 but the gig has now been cancelled.

A representative for Cyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Concert organisers in the Dominican Republic also made no comment on the ban.

It is not the first time the Dominican Republic has banned songs it considers vulgar from the airwaves, including some by Calle 13 of Puerto Rico.

British teacher drowns on Caribbean holiday

A British woman has died while in the Carribean, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed.

Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes, an English teacher in Lincolnshire, drowned while swimming in the sea near Sosua Beach in the Dominican Republic, according to the Lincolnshire Echo.

Pupils paid tribute to Ms Marshall-Plewes on a Facebook tribute page.

One tribute read: "A lovely lady that gave all her time to the students and will never be forgotten - thoughts are with your family."

In a statement, an FCO spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national, Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes, in the Dominican Republic on August 3.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Michael Brown to face prison sentence

Michael Brown, the multi-millionaire fraudster who is being extradited to the UK, was sentenced in absentia to seven years in jail in 2008 after he was convicted of fraud. He was accused of duping his clients out of more than £40 million.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic allowed the extradition to go ahead after alleged victims of fraud in the Dominican town of Punta Cana dropped their complaints against him.


British fraudster Michael Brown to be extradited

Authorities in the Dominican Republic said they have extradited Michael Brown - the multi-millionaire fraudster who donated £2.5 million to fund the Liberal Democrats' 2005 election campaign.

Police said he would be flown to Spain, where he will be turned over to British officials. Brown was arrested in January in the popular Dominican tourist town of Punta Cana. He had been living in the country under a different name.