US Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats From Embassy in Washington

US Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats From Embassy in Washington
Trump admin to expel 15 Cuban diplomats amid mystery health attack
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The Latest: US gives Cuba 1 week to withdraw 15 diplomats

The U.S. request marks yet another major setback for relations between the United States and Cuba, two countries that only recently renewed diplomatic relations after a half-century of hostility. It comes as the U.S. seeks to protect its own diplomats from unexplained attacks that have harmed at least 21 Americans in Havana with ailments that affected their hearing, cognition, balance and vision.These are external links and will open in a new window
At odds: Raul Castro had achieved a diplomatic warming with President Obama but is now being told by Rex Tillerson that his diplomats are being kicked out of Washington 
US to expel 15 Cuban embassy staffers
US to expel 15 Cuban embassy staffers

There was information that the Cubans were rattled by what had happened and were desperate to find the cause. The fact that Canadian diplomats were also affected deepened the mystery. Relations between Canada and Cuba have long been warm.

The U.S. is removing more than half its diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Havana and warning Americans not to visit Cuba, saying it is for their own safety after a string of mysterious injuries. (The Washington Post) Neither the FBI nor a separate Cuba investigation has been able to determine what and who is causing the maladies that have befallen at least 22 Americans stationed at the embassy, with symptoms ranging from hearing loss to cognitive disorders. They are believed to have been “targeted” either in their residences within compounds owned by the Cuban government, or in hotels. The most recent incident occurred in late August, but some conditions are still being diagnosed. Only Monday, the State Department confirmed an additional victim, who is believed to have been attacked in January.Democrats and activists have demanded action to prevent gun violence after a man carrying 23 guns opened fire on the crowd at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas from a hotel window above them on Sunday night. More than 50 people were killed and 527 others were injured.

US expels 15 diplomats as Cuba attack toll rises

The move is needed to ‘minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm’, Tillerson said.
Justin Trudeau to meet Donald Trump, Enrique Pena Nieto, amid tense NAFTA talksThe official maintained that despite the U.S. moves, Washington was not assigning “culpability” to Cuba’s Communist government.Washington: The Trump administration ordered the expulsion of 15 officials from Cuba’s embassy in Washington over the government’s failure to protect 22 US citizens who were subjected to a series of unexplained health attacks in recent months.

$(function (){ $(document).trigger(“slickgallery.init”, [ 176530166, 1, {} ]); }); FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, a U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. The Associated Press has learned that frightening attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana struck the heart of America's spy network in Cuba, with intelligence operatives among the first and most severely affected victims. Individuals familiar with the situation say it wasn't until U.S. spies, posted to the embassy under diplomatic cover, reported hearing bizarre sounds and even stranger physical effects that the United States realized something was wrong. Desmond Boylan, File AP Photo Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.The official said the State Department had provided the Cuban Embassy with a specific list of personnel who must leave the U.S. and that the expelled Cubans will have seven days to depart the country. The official declined to say what percentage of Cuba’s embassy personnel the 15 expelled staff members represent, but said the percentage reduction at the two embassies are “roughly, very close to each other.” The expulsions will ensure “equitable impact on both embassies’ operation," the official said.

Washington announced the withdrawal on Friday of non-emergency personnel – more than half its diplomats in Havana, as well as all family members. Those US nationals are still in the process of leaving Cuba, while the 15 Cuban embassy staff are being given a week to leave.

praise the efforts of law enforcement officers who located the shooter very quickly.The move follows an announcement on Friday that the United States was sharply reducing its diplomatic presence in Cuba as it warned US citizens not to visit because of attacks that have caused hearing loss, dizziness and fatigue in US embassy personnel.

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“We continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba, and will continue to cooperate with Cuba as we pursue the investigation into these attacks,” he added.

Bizarre attacks in Havana hit US spy network in Cuba

Trump admin to expel 15 Cuban diplomats amid mystery health attack
Trump admin to expel 15 Cuban diplomats amid mystery health attack
Continue reading the main story In a briefing with reporters Tuesday morning, State Department officials said that the Cuban ambassador in Washington was informed of the expulsions in a 9 a.m. phone call. The expelled embassy personnel must be out of the United States within seven days. By then, the American embassy in Havana will have completed its own drawdown.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
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US gives Cuba a week to withdraw 15 diplomats

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A state department official said that the move did not signal a change of policy towards Cuba. “We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana.,” the official said.

“We continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba, and will continue to cooperate with Cuba as we pursue the investigation into these attacks,” he added.

U.S. officials say the Trump administration plans to ask Cuba to withdraw 60 percent of its diplomats from Washington in response to last week’s U.S. move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount.The decision announced Tuesday is certain to deepen the rift between the two countries over what the State Department has called “specific attacks” on U.S. diplomats during the past 10 months. The United States has not blamed Cuba, which has denied any involvement and has cooperated with FBI agents dispatched there.Trump said again Tuesday that “at a local level, they have to give us more help.”

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Tillerson is defending his decision to order Havana to withdraw the diplomats. He says the decision was made “due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats.” He’s referring to unexplained attacks in Havana that have harmed at least 22 American government workers and their family members.Man arrested in death of man in North Carolina parking lot Updated: 1 min ago CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — One man has died in a shooting at a restaurant parking lot in North Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a …You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change )

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He said that move is needed to “minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm.”

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For Cubans, it may be no better. The U.S. has been providing 20,000 visas a year to Cubans moving to the United States. It has issued thousands more to Cubans wishing to visit family in America. The reduction in U.S. staff in Havana means visa processing there has been suspended indefinitely.

The Department of State move follows last week’s US withdrawal of more than half of its own diplomats from the Cuban capital.Over time, the attacks seemed to evolve.

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Despite the move the U.S. is not blaming Cuba for attacks on Americans in Havana and is maintaining diplomatic relations. 
Everything about this “mystery health attacks in Cuba” story is nuts:

[All the theories about what’s happening to U.S. diplomats in Cuba]

After attacks on US diplomats, Cubans' visa hopes in limbo

US orders expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats
US orders expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats

The remaining staff at the American embassy in Havana are enough to respond to emergencies but not enough to provide routine consular services to the nearly 20,000 Cubans who are eligible to get visas into the United States under a deal struck years ago with Cuba.The official said the expulsion of Cuban diplomats from the nation's embassy in Washington should not be taken as an indication of a larger policy shift towards Havana. | Andrew Harnik/AP

Cubans' visa hopes in limbo

Raul Castro’s regime, which has offered to help investigate the attacks and denied any culpability for the attacks, criticized the withdrawal of American personnel.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the latest decision was made due to Cuba’s “failure to take appropriate steps” to protect American personnel in Cuba who have been targeted in mysterious “attacks” that have damaged their health.The mysterious "health attacks" started within days of President Donald Trump's election in November, the AP has reported. But it wasn't until Friday that the United States ordered more than half its embassy staff to return home.
“The decision was made due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention. This order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement on Tuesday.The US still hasn’t determined what caused the health effects or who is responsible, and the decision to call the incidents deliberate attacks stems from the fact that there was a pattern of people being affected and “there’s no other conclusion we can draw,” said the official. The latest incident occurred in August.

US defends decision to kick out Cuban diplomats

Several Cuban-American Republican lawmakers, including U.S Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, had urged that Cuban diplomats be expelled in retaliation for the Cuban government’s failure to get to the bottom of the attacks.

US spies in Havana hit by bizarre health attacks

The first disturbing reports of piercing, high-pitched noises and inexplicable ailments pointed to someone deliberately targeting the U.S. government’s intelligence network on the communist-run island, in what seemed like a bone-chilling escalation of the tit-for-tat spy games that Washington and Havana have waged over the last half century.

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The State Department slashed U.S. staff in Havana to emergency levels Friday and warned Americans against traveling in the country. Officials have been unable to determine “who or what” has caused the attacks, some of which took place in hotels that tourists frequent.

A senior U.S. diplomat informed the Cuban government of the expulsions Tuesday morning, which come just days after the Trump administration withdrew most U.S. government personnel from Cuba. The decision coincided with the announcement that the number of Americans harmed by the attacks, which have caused hearing loss and other “cognitive issues” over the last year, has risen to 22.
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The U.S. previously had roughly 50 American workers at its embassy in Havana, so the 60 percent reduction will bring the figure down to roughly 20. It wasn't immediately clear late Monday how Cuban diplomats will have to leave Washington to bring the two countries' rosters to parity.“Cuba has told us it will continue to investigate these attacks, and we will continue to cooperate with them in this effort,” secretary of state Rex Tillerson said 29 September in announcing the US diplomats were being recalled home.googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1492578481854-0’); });New video of Las Vegas mass shooting (Courtesy: kristelalliaume/Instagram)

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