Havana to investigate 'symptoms' found on US Diplomats
Havana to investigate 'symptoms' found on US Diplomats
US government personnel in Havana report "incidents" causing physical symptoms
11 August, 2017, 00:41
Washington and Havana only re-established ties in 2015, following 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. By that evening, the Associated Press, which has an office in Havana, reported an exceedingly unusual situation.
Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba may have been intentionally deafened since late 2016, officials told the Associated Press and CNN.
Relations between the United States and Cuba were restored in 2015 after a half-century break by then U.S. president Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.
Based on statements from officials with knowledge of the situation, an investigation into the circumstances of this odd phenomenon has been ongoing throughout 2017.
Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Wednesday night, saying it was informed of the alleged incidents by the U.S. Embassy in Havana and the U.S. Department of State on February 17.
Some staff are said to have had such severe symptoms that they were forced to return to the US.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Cuba "placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of roughly five USA embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them", The Guardian says.
It is unclear whether they have been thought of as a weapon or they were supposed to be used for other purposes.
The U.S. officials weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Those officials have left the country.
About five diplomats, including some spouses, had been affected, but no children were involved, U.S. officials said.
Several employees were subjected to the alleged strike sometime in 2016 and all experienced an array of physical symptoms similar to a concussion, according to CNN.
She said: "We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents".
"What this requires is providing medical examinations to these people", Nauert said. She added that they are "monitoring it", and providing any necessary medical care.
Canada's foreign ministry is investigating after at least one of its diplomats stationed in Cuba was treated for hearing loss and headaches.
According to the AP, US embassy personnel in Havana live in housing that is owned and operated by the Cuban government. "The government is actively working - including with USA and Cuban authorities - to ascertain the cause".
"Various entities conducted an exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation ordered by the highest authorities of the Cuban government and requested the USA embassy to share information on these incidents, " said the statement. "That is why we are being very careful here with what we say". When asked specifically what the incidents were, Nauert replied, "That's what we're calling it".
The Cuban government has so far refused to comment on the reports, or the expulsion of its diplomats.
Canada helped broker talks between Cuba and the United States that led to restored diplomatic relations. Buzzfeed News reported on Wednesday that the global community has gotten the impression Trump is really only focused on undoing anything that was started by the Obama administration.
That threat followed reports that North Korea had managed to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles. Many died immediately while others succumbed to injuries or radiation-related illnesses weeks, months and years later.
Likewise, the preferred phrasing for " climate change adaption" is now " resilience to weather extremes ". Moebius-Clune shared that the new language was given to her staff and suggests it be passed on.
The engineer had last week responded to Google's efforts to change its white male-dominated culture by posting the internal memo . One of the main issues taken from the memo was that it suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences .
Did Kajol take a dig at Karan Johar? But now with the latest development, looks like the duo are ready to forgive and forget! Earlier, Johar uploaded a picture of his twins Yash and Roohi - the first public unveiling of the 6-month old twins.
It also includes a special selection of curated "Gaming" playlists for background listening during long play sessions. Changes will also be visible in the game hubs, profiles and clubs, making it easier to navigate and follow.
Pyongyang's statement said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea. Just two years ago, 55 percent of Americans listed North Korea as a critical threat facing the United States.
The AIADMK meeting also scrapped all appointments of office bearers and decisions made by Dinakaran, isolating him in the party. It was during his absence that EPS reportedly strengthened his position in the party and emerged as a real threat to Dinakaran.
The monthly report also covered a mixed record for mishandled bags, and a worse record for punctuality and cancellations in June. In June, airlines reported six tarmac delays of at least three hours on domestic flights - compared with 27 such delays in May.
The media giant's stock dropped approximately 5 percent in early trade and shaved off about 43 points from the price-weighted Dow. The UK's FTSE 100 Index increased 0.1%, France's CAC 40 Index rose 0.2% and Germany's DAX Index added 0.3%.
Are these safe? Do you really need them? Everyone in the continental United States will have a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The generators will also be affected to a lesser extent throughout the entire eclipse, expected to last up to three hours.
The Jaguars, who are holding joint practices with the Patriots in New England, declined comment on the situation Monday . Albert, 32, has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl and remains one of the better pass-protecting left tackles in the NFL.
South Africa's main opposition wants to dissolve parliament
The ANC holds 246 parliamentary seats, but several members have already indicated publicly that they will vote against Zuma. Across the country, there were huge marches and protests as the elected leaders debated the issue of Zuma's removal.
Babysitters Arrested After Putting Baby in Refrigerator
Within moments they remove the baby, who was unharmed. "My niece is a good-hearted girl who wouldn't hurt a fly", she told WBZ-TV. In a horrifying incident of its kind, a baby was put inside a refrigerator by baby sitters and the video was posted on Snapchat.
Sharad says he is with Grand Alliance
Bihar JD (U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh and spokesman Neeraj Kumar questioned Yadav's wisdom in protecting "corruption" of RJD . He also said that the people who are associated with BJP have been roaming free despite being involved in a number of scams.
European Union increases bans on North Korea
Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, who advocated for Lim's release, said Lim was hospitalised during his imprisonment. President Donald Trump threatened North Korea that it "will be met with fire and fury" if it threatens the U.S.
Trump Wants to Fight the Opioid Crisis With More Drug War
Melania Trump during the campaign said among the issues she would focus on as first lady was prevention of cyber bullying. Christie was not in New Jersey while Trump and his aides discussed the opioid crisis , the governor's pet issue.
Lawyer says Taylor Swift had no reason to lie about groping
Proceedings have ended for the day at a civil trial involving a groping claim by Taylor Swift against a former Denver disc jockey. Her lawyers say she will donate it to charitable organisations who help women who have been sexually assaulted.
Gujarat RS polls: Won't join hands with BJP, says NCP
Patel asserted that he is contesting the poll as an ordinary Congressman not as political secretary to party head Sonia Gandhi . The BJP leaders made a dash to the EC once again, claiming that the top Congress leaders were pressurising the poll authority.
Iranian Drone Forces US Plane to Take Evasive Action
The jet had to maneuver to avoid collision with the QOM-1, coming just 200 feet laterally and 100 feet vertically of each other. But this appears to be the first time an Iranian drone has come dangerously close to a United States fighter plane in the Gulf.