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Trump joked about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland, report says

Trump joked about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland, report saysDonald Trump joked about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland during a year-long private discussion about purchasing the Danish territory, a report has claimed.It comes amid an international row over the president’s handling of Denmark‘s opposition to the deal, during which he has lashed out wildly at the Scandinavian nation despite previously saying it was “not number one on the burner”.



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New Puerto Rico gov suspends contract to rebuild power grid

New Puerto Rico gov suspends contract to rebuild power gridIn one of her first moves as Puerto Rico's new governor, Wanda Vázquez announced late Sunday that she is suspending a pending $ 450,000 contract that is part of the program to rebuild and strengthen the island's power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority, which is more than $ 9 billion in debt, had been expected to sign the contract with Stantec, a consulting firm based in Canada. Vázquez did not explain why she was suspending the deal, saying only that transparency is a priority for her administration.



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Puerto Rico gets 3rd governor in 6 days after high court ousts Pedro Pierluisi

Puerto Rico gets 3rd governor in 6 days after high court ousts Pedro PierluisiJustice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico's new governor Wednesday, following weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island's Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi's swearing-in unconstitutional.



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Puerto Ricans Get Their Third Governor in 6 Days

Puerto Ricans Get Their Third Governor in 6 DaysWanda Vázquez is the second woman to hold the office



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Puerto Rico governor taps former U.S. delegate as successor: report

Puerto Rico governor taps former U.S. delegate as successor: reportPuerto Rico’s embattled governor will name the island’s former representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, as his new secretary of state and next in line to succeed him when he steps down, El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported. Governor Ricardo Rosselló said last week he would resign on Friday in the face of mass street protests and public outrage over the release of profane chat messages and federal corruption charges against two former administration officials. Puerto Rico lower house Representative José Meléndez told the newspaper that legislators were informed of Rosselló’s decision on Tuesday afternoon by the president of the chamber, Johnny Méndez.



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Water meant for Puerto Rican hurricane victims dumped on farmland

Water meant for Puerto Rican hurricane victims dumped on farmlandTens of thousands of water bottles destined for desperate Puerto Ricans after devastating back-to-back hurricanes slammed into the US island territory remain unopened on farmland almost two years later, emergency aid officials confirmed Monday. Aerial images captured by AFP show a sea of water bottles, packaged into massive bundles, heaped on what appears to be a private estate in the Higuillar neighborhood in Dorado, 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of San Juan. A spokesman for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed it had provided the water bottles as part of relief efforts for Hurricane Maria, which occurred in September 2017.



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Puerto Ricans ask, 'What's next?' as they await new governor

Puerto Ricans ask, 'What's next?' as they await new governorThe fliers handed out at Puerto Rico’s latest protest depict the U.S. territory’s outgoing governor as a clown and puppeteer controlling those beneath him. “WHAT COMES AFTER RICKY?” the first page reads, referring to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. It’s the question hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are now asking themselves after having achieved their main goal: ousting a governor for the first time in the U.S. territory’s recent history.



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The Latest: Puerto Rico governor says he will resign Aug. 2

The Latest: Puerto Rico governor says he will resign Aug. 2Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is resigning effective Aug. 2 in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced online chat that showed the governor and close advisers insulting women and mocking constituents including the victims of Hurricane Maria. The 40-year-old Rosselló is the first governor to resign in the modern history of Puerto Rico, a territory of 3.2 million U.S. citizens that is mired in a 13-year recession and still recovering from the Category 4 hurricane two years ago. Public outrage over the leaked chats and federal corruption charges against former government officials sparked massive demonstrations across San Juan in the largest protest movement on the island since Puerto Ricans successfully marched to demand an end to U.S. Navy military training on the island of Vieques more than 15 years ago.



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Protesters rally at White House to show solidarity with Puerto Rico: 'We might not live there now, but it’s home'

Protesters rally at White House to show solidarity with Puerto Rico: 'We might not live there now, but it’s home'The protesters sought to show solidarity with the hundreds of thousands who have rallied on the island against embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.



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7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really are

7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really arePuerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has been deep in controversy over leaked text messages containing misogynistic and homophobic language.



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