March 18, 2019
Latest News

Cuba: No acoustic attacks on US, Canadian diplomatic personnel

Havana, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Cuba's government on Thursday presented the results of its investigation into the unusual health symptoms that led dozens of diplomats from the United States and Canada to leave Havana, once again ruling out the possibility that they had been the target of an acoustic attack.

After a lengthy probe (the first complaints were reported in February 2017), Cuban experts found no evidence that any sonic attacks had occurred, the Foreign Ministry's director-general for US affairs, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, said at a press conference.

A total of 26 American diplomats and their family members and 14 of their Canadian counterparts have experienced symptoms such as brain injuries, dizziness, headaches and concentration problems for reasons that remain unclear.

Both embassies have cut staff to the minimum, while in the case of the US some authorities have exacerbated bilateral tensions by saying that the diplomats' health problems were caused by acoustic or sonic "attacks."

A group of Cuban experts at Thursday's press conference in Havana, including state security agents, scientists and doctors, unveiled the findings of their investigations for the first time.

A parallel probe also has been carried out in the US, and the two teams of investigators have partially cooperated.

Citing their own figures and those from foreign publications, the Cuban experts said it was not technically feasible for the affected individuals to have been targeted by sonic, acoustic or microwave attacks.

They added that the symptoms the diplomats experienced also did not correspond to that alleged cause.

The experts' report downplayed the symptoms experienced by the US and Canadian diplomatic personnel, saying they could have been due in large part to pre-existing conditions or to the "influence of social media" and other psychological factors.

They also said insufficient cooperation by US investigators had made it more difficult to clarify the incident, adding that cooperation with Canada had been more fluid even though it has not yet led to any tangible results

Fernandez de Cossio, for his part, said US President Donald Trump's administration, which has retaliated for the health incidents by imposing travel restrictions on Cuba, had "manipulated" the information and made unfounded accusations against the Caribbean island.

He said Cuba "guarantees the safety and tranquility of all diplomatic missions and their personnel" and reiterated the Communist-ruled island's willingness to cooperate to determine the source of the mysterious symptoms.

News history
Netherlands police name suspect in Utrecht tram shooting, several injured

Utrecht (Netherlands), Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Netherlands police have named a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting attack aboard a tram that injured...

Red Cross says Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc on Mozambique's Beira

Maputo, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- A powerful tropical cyclone that struck Mozambique recently has caused major damage to the country's central port city of Beira,...

Philippines will deport ICC prosecutors if they enter country

Manila, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Philippines warned on Monday that it will deny visas to prosecutors of the International Criminal Court to prevent a possible...

UN: Israel's abuse of Palestinian resources is a human rights violation

Geneva, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The United Nations denounced Israel's ongoing exploitation of Palestinian natural resources and its use of force during protests...

Death toll in Indonesia floods climbs to 79, 43 missing

Jakarta, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Indonesian authorities Monday raised the death toll to 79 and the number of missing to 43 due to heavy flooding in the province...

3 teenagers dead in Northern Ireland Saint Patrick's Day party crush

London, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Three teenagers have died in a suspected crush that took place at a Saint Patrick's Day event held at a hotel in Northern...

Trump Wants a Strong Yuan — He May Get It Regardless

Madrid, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Generals, the saying goes, always fight the last war. Chinese exports held up well in 2018 partly thanks to a vertiginous drop in...

Seoul says Pyongyang not preparing any missile launch

Seoul, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The Defense Minister of South Korea said Monday that he did not think the activities recently detected in North Korean missile...

New Zealand police believe Christchurch was a lone wolf attack

Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- New Zealand's police chief confirmed Monday that they believe that the perpetrator of a deadly attack on two...

NZ court charges teen with distributing images of Christchurch shootings

Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- A New Zealand judge on Monday charged a teenager in relation to footage of a terror attack on two mosques in...

New Zealand to reform gun law post Christchurch attack

Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The New Zealand government Monday said it will soon announce a reform to the arms law following the...

Suspect in mosque shootings bought weapons online but not the rifle used

Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The suspected perpetrator of the mosque attacks in New Zealand bought weapons and ammunition from an online...

Boeing says it's finalizing its 737 MAX 8 software update, FAA probed

New York, USA, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The US Department of Transportation is investigating the approval of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft by the Federal Aviation...

Police search homes in Australia after mosque attacks in New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Australia's counter-terrorism police on Monday searched two homes in New South Wales, on the east coast of the...

Journalists denounce attack on press freedom, Maduro asks Cabinet to resign

Caracas, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The National Journalists Association (CNP) of Venezuela on Sunday denounced the attacks on freedom of expression it said have...

Journalists denounce attack on freedom of expression in Venezuela

Caracas, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The National Journalists Association (CNP) of Venezuela on Sunday denounced the attacks on freedom of expression it said have...

Gillibrand officially announces Democratic presidential candidacy

New York, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York on Sunday officially announced her 2020 candidacy for her party's presidential...

Turkey's president displays video of Christchurch attack in election campaign

Istanbul, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Turkey's president on Sunday displayed parts of the video grabbed and livestreamed on social media by the suspected shooter at...

Israeli soldier killed in attack near to West Bank settlement

Jerusalem, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- At least one Israeli soldier was killed and two people, including a member of the military, were wounded near a West Bank...

Tens of thousands protest in Serbia after group broke into public TV station

Belgrade, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of people gathered outside Serbia's presidency building in Belgrade to protest on Sunday against President...

Thousands mourn victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash with empty caskets

Addis Ababa, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Thousands of mourners, including family members and friends, attended a funeral service held in Ethiopia on Sunday for the...

Male commanders kept female rebels out of FARC's top posts, journalist says

Bogota, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- While nearly one-third of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas were female, no women were ever given posts in...

Israeli killed, 2 wounded in attack near to West Bank settlement

Jerusalem, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- At least one Israeli was killed and two others wounded near a West Bank settlement on Sunday in an attack thought to have been...

Ex-IRA couple face jail in Spain, $1 million fine for smuggling, laundering

Madrid, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- A married couple who once belonged to the IRA, a paramilitary Irish republican organization, is set to go on trial at Spain's...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.