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US diplomats in China down with mystery illness

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department has brought a group of diplomats home from Guangzhou, China, over concerns they were suffering from a mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury and has already affected U.S. personnel in Cuba, its spokeswoman said on Wednesday. After confirming one government employee had “suffered a medical incident” in the southern Chinese city, the department deployed a team to screen employees and family members at its consulate there, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “As a…

Aizaz hopes Pak-US diplomatic row will be resolved

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the Unites States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says the country values and accords due respect to the US diplomats stationed in Pakistan and demanded that the US should reciprocate with a similar demeanor. Speaking to the media here, the ambassador said both the countries have been making efforts to resolve the issues of diplomats. Aizaz said a mechanism has also been devised to find a solution to their problems and added hopefully the matters would soon move towards resolution. A day…

Tit for Tat: Pakistan also imposes Travel Restrictions on US diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Soon after following the implementation of U.S restrictions on Pakistani diplomats, the Foreign Ministry on Friday announced ‘reciprocal’ travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats. Pakistani authorities sent a letter to the U.S embassy in Islamabad notifying them about the travel restrictions on the movement of U.S. diplomats in the country. The restrictions on U.S. diplomats are applicable from Friday (today), according to the ministry’s notification. Other than travelling limitation, rest of the measures…

United States cuts staff in Cuba over mysterious injuries

WASHINGTON/HAVANA: The United States on Friday cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than half and warned US citizens not to visit because of mysterious “attacks” that have caused hearing loss, dizziness, and fatigue in US embassy personnel. The US embassy in Havana will halt regular visa operations for Cubans seeking to visit the United States and offer only emergency services to US citizens, steps that may further erode the US-Cuban rapprochement begun by former President Barack Obama. The partial evacuation —…

Cuba says found no proof of attack on US diplomats

UNITED NATIONS: Cuba has found no evidence to support US claims that several American diplomats in Havana were harmed in outside attacks on their health, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said Friday. Since last year, at least 21 US officials and a smaller number of Canadians have received treatment for a variety of symptoms including brain trauma and hearing loss after what US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called "health attacks." US officials initially suggested the envoys were hurt by some kind of…

Russia to eject US diplomats in response to sanctions: agencies

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday announced plans to expel 35 US diplomats and ban US diplomatic staff from using a dacha and a warehouse in Moscow in retaliation to Washington's sanctions, Russian news agencies reported. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the agencies as saying he had proposed the measures to President Vladimir Putin. President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking…