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Tropical storm advisories issued in Bahamas, Cuba

Tropical storm advisories issued in Bahamas, Cuba

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Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A tropical disturbance off the coast of Honduras is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm Friday or Saturday, prompting the Bahamas and Cuba to issue advisories, the National Hurricane Center said.The storm was located about 305 miles south-southwest of the Isle of Youth, Cuba, and 415 miles south-southwest of Havana as of the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT advisory.It was moving north-northwest at 6 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara, Cuba, and the Northwestern Bahamas.There was a tropical storm watch for the Central Bahamas, and the NHC said residents in the Cayman Islands, South Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor the storm."On...
US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health 'attacks'

US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health 'attacks'

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The United States issued an ominous warning to Americans on Friday to stay away from Cuba and ordered home more than half the U.S. diplomatic corps, acknowledging neither the Cubans nor America's FBI can figure out who or what is responsible for months of mysterious health ailments. No longer tiptoeing around the issue, the Trump administration shifted to calling the episodes "attacks" rather than "incidents." The U.S. actions are sure to rattle already delicate ties between the longtime adversaries who only recently began putting their hostility behind them. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba will lose roughly 60 percent of its American staff and will stop processing visas for prospective Cuban travelers to the United States indefinitely, officials said. Roughly 50 Americans had been working at th...
Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain

Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain

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Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast. But the Bahamas have largely been spared after Irma changed track.In Florida, 5.6 million people, or 25% of the US state's population, have been told to leave as the storm approaches. At least 20 people are known to have died so far across the Caribbean.Irma, which strengthened in the last few hours, hit the Camaguey Archipelago late on Friday, threatening nearby coastal towns and villages. This is the first time a category five hurricane has hit Cuba in decades.At 03:00 GMT on Saturday, Irma had maximum sustained winds of 257km/h (160mph), the National Hurricane Center in the US said.The...
U.S., Cuba probing possible sonic device in embassy attacks

U.S., Cuba probing possible sonic device in embassy attacks

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Aug. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. law enforcement and Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs are investigating an incident in which two Cuban diplomats allegedly used a device in an "acoustic attack" on American officials in Havana, senior officials with both countries said Thursday.A senior federal law enforcement official told NBC News that agencies are probing what appears to be an attack using ultrasound energy. The State Department's office of Diplomatic Security is leading the investigation and the FBI is helping.On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the two Cuban diplomats were expelled from the United States over the allegations."Some United States government personnel who were working at our embassy in Havana, Cuba, on official duties have reported some incidents which ha...
US diplomats in Cuba hit by mystery illness

US diplomats in Cuba hit by mystery illness

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A diplomatic incident between Cuba and the US was sparked when American diplomats fell ill with mysterious symptoms blamed on a covert device.Two Cuban diplomats were expelled from Washington after a number of US diplomats experienced unexplained hearing loss that officials believe may have been caused by a covert sonic device.A group of US diplomats suffered a "variety of physical symptoms" according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, some so serious that they necessitated a return to the United States.She added that the US does not "have any definitive answers" about the "source or the cause" of the incidents.But officials speaking under condition of anonymity said an investigation revealed that the diplomats had been affected by a device emitting noises outside the range of...