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U.S. expels two Cuban diplomats over "incidents" in Havana

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 13:38, August 10, 2017

The United States has expelled two Cuban diplomats in late May after "incidents" at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.

The expulsions happened after some U.S. Embassy personnel in Havana reported that some "incidents" caused "a variety of physical symptoms" in them, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a regular briefing.

The spokeswoman declined to provide further details on the nature of the incidents, and said some affected Americans had returned to the United States for non-life-threatening medical reasons.

"We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents," she said, adding that "we take this situation very seriously."

Media reports said the affected Americans suffered a severe hearing loss.

The United States and Cuba officially resumed a diplomatic relationship in July 2015, more than five decades after they severed it, during the administration of then U.S. President Barack Obama.

In June, U.S. President Donald Trump announced new restrictions on U.S. leisure travel to Cuba and on U.S. business with the Cuban military in an effort to cancel Obama's "one-sided deal" with Cuba.

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