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The Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic Francisco Javier Garc a, holds a copy of an online article in a local paper saying the U.S. State Department considers recent reports on tourists' deaths to be exaggerated, at the Ministry of Tourism office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 21, 2019. (Tatiana Fernandez/AP)

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The deaths of eight American tourists in the Dominican Republic this year are not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities but a medically and statistically normal phenomenon that has been lumped together by the U.S. media, the island's tourism minister said Friday.

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press June 21, 2019
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