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Mystery illness hits US diplomats in China

The U.S. 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, State Department spokesperson has said.

Ed Sheeran named top artiste at Billboard Music Awards

Ed Sheeran was crowned top artiste while Bruno Mars took home the R&B gong at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

Plane in Cuba crash was poorly maintained, alleges former pilot

A Mexican pilot who once flew the leased passenger plane that crashed in Cuba, killing 107 people on board, said Saturday he had previously complained about alleged sub-standard practices by the aircraft’s owner.

Cuba declares two-day mourning after 107 die in plane crash

Cuba begins two days of national mourning on Saturday for victims of the crash of a state airways plane that killed all but three of its 110 passengers and crew.

Over 100 killed as passenger plane crashes in Cuba

More than 100 people were killed in a fatal crash of a Boeing 737 passenger plane in Cuba yesterday, Cuban broadcaster CubaTV reported.

Cuban president says many feared dead in plane crash

A Cuban state airways plane with 104 passengers on board crashed shortly after taking off Friday from Havana's Jose Marti airport, leaving a thick column of smoke over the scene.

Airliner crashes on takeoff from Havana

A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed shortly after taking off Friday from Havana’s Jose Marti airport, state media reported.

Kendrick Lamar grabs 15 Billboard awards nominations

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations were released on Tuesday and Pulitzer-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar earned 15 nods.

Canada recalls diplomat families from Cuba

Canada is recalling the families of diplomats posted to Havana, the government said Monday, as it continues to investigate “unusual health symptoms” reported by its staff last year.

US shrinks its Cuba mission after mystery ‘attacks’

The United States is to permanently scale back its mission to Cuba after what it alleges were series of mystery “attacks” on the health of diplomats, the State Department said Friday.

Suspension of visas by US hurting families – Cuba

Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was “seriously hampering” family relations and other exchanges.

Cuba and North Korea reject ‘arbitrary’ US demands

Cuba's foreign minister and his North Korean counterpart rejected the United States' "unilateral and arbitrary" demands on Wednesday while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said.

Donald Trump administration tightens US sanctions against Cuba

The U.S. government on Wednesday, announced new restrictions against Cuba tightening sanctions as part of President Donald Trump’s pledge to roll back his Democratic predecessor’s move toward warmer ties with Havana.

Iraq’s military declares mission accomplished in Kirkuk

Iraq's military says it achieved its objectives in a lightning-quick operation that saw troops sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

US cuts Cuba diplomatic staff over mysterious ‘attacks’

The United States is withdrawing 60 percent of its diplomatic staff and all family members from its embassy in Cuba after 21 diplomats suffered mysterious health attacks in recent months, US officials said.

Closure of US embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ – Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that Washington is considering the possibility of closing its embassy in Havana in the wake of a mysterious "sonic attack" that left several of its staff with brain injuries and hearing loss.

Hurricane Irma kills 10 in Cuba

At least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through Cuba over the weekend, the country’s civil defense organization said Monday.

Trump’s threat to Venezuela is aggression to Latin America – Don

A Cuban professor on international relations, Luis Suarez has said that the treats made by U.S. President Donald Trump about a “possible military option” in Venezuela, constitutes a “serious aggression” to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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