Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello at a news conference about the June 11 vote in favor of U.S. statehood June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico Ends Toxic Dumping of Coal Ash, But Increases Its Commercial Use

“This law is one step forward and two steps back,” said one environmentalist.

Puerto Ricans Vote Overwhelmingly for Statehood

But some local critics say it would be “devastating” for residents.

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NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Loses Sponsors, Police For Oscar López Rivera Honors

The parade's board named the recently-freed Puerto Rican nationalist and FALN member as its "Procer de la Libertad," or National Freedom Hero.

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After 36 Years Behind Bars, Oscar López Rivera is Still Committed to Puerto Rican Independence

The longtime political prisoner and former Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional member pledges to tour the island to "share ideas and promote unity" around Puerto Rican nationhood.

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UN Report: Puerto Rico Debt-Fighting Measures Must Not Impact Human Rights

"The population in Puerto Rico cannot be held hostage to past irresponsible borrowing and lending."

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Infographic: Zika is Thriving in Some of America's Forgotten Territories

When we're discussing the virus transmitted by mosquitos and unprotected sex, we can't erase American-held territories such as Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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First Openly Gay World Boxing Title Contender Dedicates Fight to Pulse Orlando Victims

Orlando Cruz, who lives in Puerto Rico, lost four friends in the nightclub massacre.

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Congress Passes Puerto Rico Debt Relief Legislation

Senator Nydia Velázquez: “Until the U.S. government ends these colonial conditions, there will be no long-term recovery.”

House Introduces New Bill to Address Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

But it locks citizens into a $7.25 minimum wage.

Bernie Sanders Calls For Release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Debt Crisis Resolution

During his remarks at the University of Puerto Rico, the presidential candidate called Puerto Rico's ongoing debt issues a "terrible human and economic crisis."

Puerto Rico Fails to Pay $422 Million in Bond Debts Owed Today

Puerto Rico governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla: "We would have preferred to have had a legal framework to restructure our debts in an orderly manner."

This Video Brilliantly Explains Why #PuertoRicoCrisis is Trending

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and Lin-Manuel Miranda join forces to explain exactly what is happening in the U.S. territory.

Kendrick Lamar Owned The Grammys Last Night

Kendrick may not have won "Album of the Year," but who cares? Did you see that performance? 

Obama on Power, Volkswagen Becomes Biggest Carmaker, 'I Am Cait' Premiere

Some of Tuesday's big stories

[Video] John Oliver: The Other People of Color Barred From Voting

The racist roots of why people of color living in U.S. territories still can't vote.

Puerto Rico's Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca

A new film made its debut at the festival this week.

Puerto Rican Film 'Por Amor En El Caserio' Premiers in New York

The film premiers November 11 at John Jay College.

Yasmin Hernandez's Soldaderas Mural in East Harlem

The Puerto Rican muralist has a vision for East Harlem

Puerto Rican Politicians Remain Silent on Homophobic Violence

Homophobic violence has swept the island in recent months, killing 18 people. Now, activists and victims' families have renewed calls for lawmakers and religious leaders to stop inciting hate speech.

Why Obama's Visit to Puerto Rico Won't Sway Latino Voters

Recent polls show that immigration reform tops the list of Latino voters' concerns. And so far the president's been slow to act.