Washington expels Cuban diplomats

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 21:18:59
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Washington expels Cuban diplomats

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (BBC): Washington has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US embassy staff in Havana suffered mysterious physical symptoms, the US state department said.

It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no "definitive answers about the source or cause".

One government official quoted by Reuters said that some staff had suffered hearing loss.

Cuba's foreign ministry said it was investigating the allegations.

It called the expulsion of its staff unjustified but said it was willing to co-operate with Washington to clarify what had happened.

"Cuba has never, nor would ever, allow the Cuban territory to be used for any kind of action against accredited diplomats or their families," the ministry said.

It was suggested the hearing loss could have been caused by some kind of sonic device placed outside the diplomats' homes, emitting inaudible sound waves that can cause deafness.

Ms Nauert said staff began complaining of the strange symptoms late last year.
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