Cubans, Americans in Havana bewildered by diplomatic spat

Tillerson kicks out 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington over mystery attacks on Havana embassy which have left 22 Americans ill

The Trump administration ordered the expulsion of 15 officials from Cuba's embassy in Washington over the government's failure to protect 22 USA citizens who were subjected to a series of unexplained health attacks in recent months.

"I think the conversations have focused on the Cuban government's responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of diplomatic personnel that they host in their country, " the officials said.

The FBI did not find any devices in the diplomats' homes or hotels where they were staying and are still investigating who was behind the attacks and the type of weapon that was used, two senior United States officials have said.

In Friday's travel warning urging Americans not to visit Cuba, the State Department confirmed earlier reporting by the AP that USA personnel first encountered unexplained physical effects in Cuban hotels.

According to the New York Times, the symptoms of United States diplomats and their families included hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance and vision problems, headaches, fatigue, cognitive problems and difficulty sleeping.

The US State Department said on Tuesday that it had chose to send home 15 Cuban diplomats, noting that the diplomats have been given seven days to leave the United States.

The remaining personnel will carry out core diplomatic and consular functions, including providing emergency assistance to USA citizens in Cuba.

The investigation started in February, and intelligence experts told one of the congressional intelligence committees that ultrasound, infrared, or even Xray machines could have been used in the attacks, but they also said they were not sure about that information.

The State Department has not disclosed the size of its mission in Cuba.

"The more we escalate tensions with Cuba, the harder it will be to solve this mystery", said Daniel Erikson, a Latin America specialist in the Obama White House and now a managing director of Blue Star Strategies, a consulting firm.

At the same time, Washington stopped short of severing diplomatic ties with the island, restored in summer 2015.

Court asked to restore details of Kim Jong Nam post-mortem
The four North Korean suspects flew out of Kuala Lumpur for Pyongyang on the day of the killing and remain at large. The murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Cuba's Embassy in Washington did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The State Department also expelled two Cuban diplomats in May over the incidents.

Newsweek and the New York Times report that the USA has already expelled two Cuban diplomats over the attacks, and is considering further retaliatory steps.

CNN reported in August that the attacks, which began in November and ended this spring, left some embassy personnel with mild traumatic brain injury; two might have permanent hearing loss. Cuba has vociferously denied any responsibility for the attacks and even allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to come investigate.

The State Department hasn't blamed the Cuban government for the attacks but says Cuba should be responsible for taking steps to prevent them.

Havana has pledged to continue to investigate and the USA will assist in the effort, Tillerson said.

The federal official, who said that there are 21 USA diplomats who had health problems, reiterated today that the reasons for those events are still unknown.

According to a senior federal official, the US measure was based on the health incidents reported by USA embassy officials in Havana, but stressed that it does not mean a change of policy toward the Caribbean country or assignment of responsibilities for those acts.

According to the White House, a spate of attacks over the past year that has damaged the health of 22 Americans, in addition to several Canadian diplomats.

For those staying and new arrivals, the United States has been giving instructions about what to watch and listen for to identify an attack in progress.

Remember the diplomatic triumph that was the decision of Barack Obama and John Kerry to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, despite the communist dictatorship agreeing to absolutely nothing in the realm of human rights improvements or more responsible global behavior?

Related News:

  • 'Glee' Star Pleads Guilty To Child Porn

    'Glee' Star Pleads Guilty To Child Porn

    While initially facing a 20-year jail term, TMZ reported that prosecutors were seeking a sentence of between four and seven years. The star became a household name the world over after starring in teen TV show Glee as bad boy and heartthrob Puck.
    WWE 2K18 Features No Microtransactions

    WWE 2K18 Features No Microtransactions

    You'll have to resort to good old fashioned grinding to unlock stuff in this year's WWE game, which I guess is somewhat better. Since WWE 2K18 doesn't give you the privilege of spending more, what is the whole point of the gambling scheme anyway?
    Dileep walks out of jail under strict bail conditions

    Dileep walks out of jail under strict bail conditions

    If reports are to be believed, Dileep has been asked to pay an amount of Rs 1 Lakh as a bond along with 2 personal sureties. Besides AMMA, producers' association and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) also expelled Dileep .
  • Obama Crashes Wife's Conference Talk With Loving 25th Anniversary Video

    Obama Crashes Wife's Conference Talk With Loving 25th Anniversary Video

    Obama sat down at the Convention Center in Center City for a wide-ranging conversation with television producer, Shonda Rhimes . The former First Lady did not fail to share this special day on the social networks. "You wonder if you're not doing enough".
    Marine takes truck to save victims of Las Vegas shooting

    Marine takes truck to save victims of Las Vegas shooting

    Winston and his girlfriend were dancing the two-step while Jason Aldean was playing when the gunfire started, he told CBS . Richard Phillips rescue mission, the Daily Beast reports. "We needed to get them out of there regardless of our safety".
    Tom Petty Dead at 66 Following Cardiac Arrest

    Tom Petty Dead at 66 Following Cardiac Arrest

    He had just completed a three night run at the Hollywood Bowl last Monday, to close out the group's 40 anniversary tour. Petty will be remembered as an inspiration to many, and for the rich legacy of music he leaves behind.
  • Fourth Woman Accuses Roman Polanski Of Sexually Assaulting Her As A Teenager

    Fourth Woman Accuses Roman Polanski Of Sexually Assaulting Her As A Teenager

    Mr Polanski has become involved in legal problems during brief visits to Switzerland and Poland in the past. Detectives in the Swiss town of Gallen met Ms Langer last week, and she made a formal criminal complaint.
    Area mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son

    Area mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son

    Child immunisation rates in MI are among the worst in the nation, ranking 43rd among the 50 U.S. states, according to Mlive . Earlier this year, the State of MI launched a social media and TV campaign to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.
    Avon to host Fire Prevention Week events

    Avon to host Fire Prevention Week events

    Welle said ultimately, both he and the department hope the public will be mindful when it comes to practicing fire safety. For the adults, there will be brief instructions on fire extinguishers and how to properly use them along with basic CPR.
  • Google Home Mini speaker official

    Google Home Mini speaker official

    The Google Home Max is official and here's everything you need to know about the specs, price and United Kingdom release date. Taking on Apple's Home Pod and Sonos, the Google Home Max is a stereo smart speaker focusing on audio fidelity.
    Britvic plans United Kingdom  site closure, affecting 240 employees

    Britvic plans United Kingdom site closure, affecting 240 employees

    One of those options under consideration is the potential closure of Unilever's Norwich factory where 113 employees are based. The company said that while grocery performance was subdued, it grew strongly in the convenience and on-trade channels.
    House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban on Near-Perfect Party-Line Vote

    House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban on Near-Perfect Party-Line Vote

    I prefer "later abortions" - "later" because the vast majority (92 percent) of abortions occur in the first trimester. Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said she remains optimistic about the bill's chances.


Most liked

Calls for gun control following mass shooting in Las Vegas
In light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, and the ongoing tragedy of gun violence in America , this could not be more inappropriate. John Lewis of Georgia said prayers were not enough, asking "how many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress? ".

Woman who lived with Las Vegas shooter described as 'person of interest'
Public records contained no indication of any financial problems, and his brother described him as a wealthy real estate investor. After his conviction, Patrick was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, but escaped and went on the run again.

Forward "Manchester United" in three months has risen to 55 million
Belgium have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, sitting eight points clear atop Group H with two matches remaining.

Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend located in Philippines
Danley, who it is believed was born in the Philippines, is reported to have lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland 20 years ago. Shortly afterwards she moved to the U.S. - this is where her history appears more complicated.

Tesco restores dividend as profits rise
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis has hailed "strong progress" at the supermarket as sales rose for the seventh quarter in a row. In Tesco's prime market, the United Kingdom, like-for-like turnover grew 2.2 % and there was a 1.1 % increase in Ireland.

Wells Fargo back in front of Congress
STOR share have rallied by 1.94% in percentage terms since the start of the year - and retreated -1.45% in the last month . Wells Fargo & Company's insider ownership stands at 79.58 percent, while its insider transaction is -0.18 percent.

US shooter's girlfriend returns to US from Philippines
Paddock killed himself in the room, they added . "He sent her away so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions". Prior to Danley's arrival in the U.S., Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said "we anticipate some information from her shortly".

Scientists awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for biomolecular imaging
Between 1975 and 1986, Frank developed a new method to process electron microscopes' images into a more sharp, 3D structure. Richard Henderson, Joachim Frank and Jacques Dubochet helped to develop cryo-electron microscopy.

Premier League In Focus - West Brom vs Watford Preview
Last year the season started much harder and ended very well, this year it started very well and we don't know how it will end. The fans are some of the most passionate around and I am really looking forward to meeting some of them on Saturday.

'American Idol' auditions come to NYC
As Tuesday's auditions wrapped up, host Ryan Seacrest gave us a quick behind the scenes look while one Hopeful was possibly in the audition room performing for the new judges .

Russian Air Strike 'Injures Top Jihadist'
Jabhat al-Nusra, or Al-Nusra Front, was the name of a militant group that was described as Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria . The strike came after Russia's military learnt where Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commanders were due to meet, it added.

New genetic test can help in the fight against breast cancer
A woman in the US has a 12.4 percent, or 1 in 8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer . Williams is a member of the medical staff at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

This Is Ian Wright's Weird Choice To Replace Arsène Wenger At Arsenal
Wright identified Dyche as Wenger's successor but has questioned whether the north London club would appoint him. If he carries on like he is he'll probably be pushed into that role", he said.

Actress Abduction Case: Malayalam Actor Dileep Finally Gets A Bail!
A few hours later, he walked out of the Aluva sub-jail, waving and blowing kisses to his fans, who had gathered in large numbers. The legal battle ever since his arrest three months back was not very easy for him, just as his days in jail.

New Blade Runner 2049 TV spot & featurette released
What was it like working with Roger Deakins? So yes, Blade Runner 2049 is better than Blade Runner - except for the fact that... It is 163 minutes long and is Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.