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2005 May 30
Natalee Holloway disappeared on the last night of a trip to Aruba to celebrate her graduation from Alabama high school. On Jan 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared Natalee dead.
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2005 Jun 11
Police investigating the disappearance of an Alabama honors student in Aruba arrested a man at dawn, hours after one of three young men already in custody admitted "something bad happened" to the woman after they took her to the beach.
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2005 Jun 23
Aruba police arrested the father of a young Dutch teen already in custody in connection with the disappearance of a young Alabama woman, and said that he was considered a suspect in the 3-week-old case.
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2005 Aug 23
In Aruba a court ruled that lesbian couple has the right to register their marriage rejecting a government appeal in a case that has exposed a cultural rift between Holland and its former colony.
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2005 Sep 23
Arubans voted for a prime minister and all 21 seats in the parliament in a race that has focused on immigration and frustration over stagnant salaries lagging behind inflation.
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2005 Sep 24
Aruba election board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
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2006 Apr 15
Police in Aruba arrested a suspect, identified by the initials G.V.C. (19), in the case of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared May 30, 2005.
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2007 Sep 3
Hurricane Felix, having passed the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire with little damage, rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm and churned toward Central America, where forecasters said it could arrive as a "potentially catastrophic" storm.
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2007 Nov 21
Aruba authorities announced they had re-arrested Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, on suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the 2005 death of Natalee Holloway.
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2007 Nov 30
In Aruba a judge ordered the release of two brothers suspected in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, ruling that the evidence wasn't strong enough to continue holding them.
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2007 Dec 7
The Aruba prosecutors' office said a judge has ordered the release of a Dutch suspect who was re-arrested last month in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
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2007 Dec 18
Prosecutors in Aruba dismissed the case against the three main suspects in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying they still believe they were involved in her death but can't prove it after 932 days of searching failed to turn up a body.
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2008 Feb 4
The chief Aruban prosecutor said a hidden-camera interview with a Dutch student saying missing teenager Natalee Holloway was dead and that he had a friend dump her body at sea is admissible in court. The tape, which was first broadcast the previous evening on Dutch television, appeared to spur the investigation.
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2010 May 30
In Peru Stephany Flores (21) was killed in a room at a Lima hotel where Joran van der Sloot (22), long suspected in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of US teen Natalee Holloway, had been staying. Her body was found on June 2. Chilean police captured van der Sloot on June 3 as he was heading to the country's Pacific coast. On June 4 Van der Sloot was handcuffed and placed aboard a police Cessna 310 in the Chilean capital of Santiago for extradition to Peru. After 3 days in custody van der Sloot admitted to killing Flores.
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2010 Jun 16
Prosecutors in Aruba said they want to take Joran van der Sloot up on his offer to discuss the unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway.
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2010 Jun 30
In Alabama a grand jury indicted Joran van der Sloot on charges that he tried to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, a teenager who disappeared during a 2005 trip to Aruba.
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2011 Aug 2
Robyn Gardner (35), of Frederick, Maryland, vanished after snorkeling with her companion off the western tip of Aruba. On Aug 6 police detained her traveling companion Gary V. Giordano (50), as he sought to fly back to the US. Giordano had an accidental-death insurance policy on Gardner for $1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting her missing.
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2011 Nov 29
In Aruba US businessman Gary Giordano was released on the order of a judge, who ruled authorities had failed to justify continuing to hold him nearly four months since his companion, Robyn Gardner, vanished during their five-day excursion to the Dutch Caribbean island. Once back in the US, he would be free to file a claim to redeem the American Express travel insurance policy he took out on Gardner.
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2011 Nov 30
An Aruba appeals court rejected a prosecution appeal to put US businessman Gary Giordano back in pretrial detention. Giordano had already left Aruba when the three-judge panel ruled that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to continue holding him as a suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner.
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2012 Sep 3
Valero Energy Corp. announced that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility, leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the downsizing operation.
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2014 Jul 11
Aruba's PM Mike Eman and several legislators launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs. This came after the Dutch government asked Aruba's governor to hold off on signing the 2014 budget into law pending an evaluation of it.
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2014 Jul 23
In Aruba retired major general Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief, was arrested at US request to face drug trafficking charges. Carvajal flew home July 27 after the Netherlands government ruled he had diplomatic immunity on the Dutch-owned island.
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2015 Jun 28
In the Netherlands Mitch Henriquez (42), from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, died in the hands of police. Preliminary findings from an autopsy indicated that Henriquez died of asphyxiation after being held in a chokehold and pinned down by five white police officers. His death sparked days of rioting in The Hague. On September 19, 2016, prosecutors announced that two of the five officers involved in Henriquez's arrest will face charges including assault causing death and manslaughter.
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2016 Jun 11
Citgo Aruba announced it will invest $450 million to $650 million to reactivate an oil refinery in Aruba that has been idle since 2012.
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