Cuba diplomats expelled after bizarre incident with U.S. embassy workers in Havana

 

The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre incident purportedly involving a covert sonic device that allegedly left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday spoke only cryptically about the matter, referring to an “incident” without elaboration.

Cuba has strongly denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

The purported affair began in late 2016 when a series of U.S. diplomats in Havana began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case, the Associated Press reported.

Several of the diplomats had recently arrived at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and relaxation of travel restrictions.

Nauert said that as a result of the incident, two Cuban diplomats were ordered to leave their embassy in Washington on May 23.

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President Trump signs new Russia sanctions, questions whether bill interferes with foreign policy authority

 

President Trump has signed a new package of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, but issued a blistering statement insisting that the bill encroaches on the executive branch’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

“Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies,” Trump wrote in a statement as he signed the bill, which the Senate approved last week.

While Trump said his administration worked with Congress to make the bill better, he notes the legislation “remains seriously flawed – particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate.”

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49 migrants arrested while trying to leave Greece with fake passports

Greece Authorities said on Monday that 49 migrants have been arrested while trying to fly from airports on Greek islands to destinations elsewhere in Europe using forged passports.

“At Crete’s Heraklion airport, 49 people from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Libya, Pakistan, Haiti, Congo and Algeria were caught with false documents between July 21 and July 30.

“Six others were held at the airport on the island of Santorini,’’ police said.

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German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon before summit

German police on Wednesday used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change.

The Interior Minister had said on Tuesday that the German authorities believe that about 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence.

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Boxing: world shocked with Horn victory over Pacquiao

The Boxing world has expressed shock over the declaration of greenhorn Australian boxer, Jeff Horn, as the winner of the welterweight championship fight against Filipino Manny Pacquiao.

The fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, was styled the Battle of Brisbane.

Although the local fighter Horn was very aggressive in the early rounds, using his reach and size advantage to pressure the Filipino champion, as the match went on, the masterful skill of Manny Pacquiao became more predominant.

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U.S. says policy of ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea over

Rex Tillerson [Photo: The New Yorker]

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Mr. Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures.

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Russia to share intelligence with Philippines, train Duterte guards

President Rodrigo Duterte

Russia’s top security official on Thursday offered the Philippines access to an intelligence database to help it fight crime and militancy, and training for the elite forces assigned to protect President Rodrigo Duterte.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council and Vladimir Putin’s top security adviser, made the offer during a meeting between Russian and Philippine security officials in Davao, where he was visiting Mr. Duterte at his home city.

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Angolan VP charged with corruption in Portugal

Angolan Vice President, Manuel Vicente

Angolan Vice President, Manuel Vicente, has been charged with corruption and money laundering in Portugal, the Prosecutor General’s office in Lisbon said on Thursday in a statement.

The office stated that Vicente, seen as possible successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, bribed a magistrate when he was chief executive of state oil company — Sonangol.

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Trump hopes to have ‘fantastic relationship’ with Putin

U.S. President, Donald Trump 
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President Donald Trump says he hopes to have ‘a very fantastic relationship’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Trump, who made the remarks during a joint news briefing with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May, explained that getting along well with Putin would be a “great asset”.

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Big Brother Naija re-launched with 12 contestants

The launching of the Big Brother Nigeria show

The reality TV series, Big Brother Nigeria, was on Sunday re-launched as “Big Brother Naija” with 12 contestants also known as “housemates”, after 10 years of holding its first edition.

Award-winning Nigerian singers, Yemi Alade, Flavour and ‘K9’, performed live during the launch.

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