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US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save... More »

Less Sinister Theory Emerges in Mystery Cuba Illnesses

Ailments coincided with increased fumigation for zika

(Newser) - A new study into the mysterious ailments that plagued US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba has come up with a theory far less sinister than a sonic attack. Researchers say fumigation for mosquitoes might be to blame, reports the Toronto Star . The study, commissioned by the Canadian government, found that... More »

They Heard a 'Dog' in the Plane's Belly. Then a Voice Asked for Water

Officials bust alleged stowaway in Miami on Swift Air flight from Havana

(Newser) - It sounded like a dog in the cargo hold of the Swift Air plane from Havana that had just landed in Miami early Friday. Then: "I'm not a dog." The voice from the belly of the private charter plane, officials say, was that of a Cuban stowaway,... More »

Brain Study of Diplomats Reveals 'Medical Mystery'

Those who suffered ailments in Cuba show differences in their MRIs

(Newser) - The first brain-imaging study of US diplomats who reported suffering from mysterious ailments in Cuba appears to back up their story that something happened—but what that might be remains unclear. Researchers say the 40 diplomats studied have clear differences in their brains compared to a control group, they report... More »

At Havana Terminal, Cruise Ships Replaced by Russian Warship

Russian flotilla arrives in Havana

(Newser) - There were echoes of the Cold War on Monday as one of the Russian Navy's most advanced frigates and several support vessels made their way into the port of Havana, with an American warship watching from just a few miles away. The Admiral Gorshkov, which is armed with cruise... More »

Sorry, You Missed Your Chance to Cruise to Cuba

Trump administration halts cruises, 'people to people' travel to the island

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by US citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government, the AP reports. The Treasury Department announced that the US... More »

Cuba Is Rationing Food. Officials Blame US Embargo

There's now widespread rationing of food items, other products

(Newser) - The Cuban government announced Friday that it's launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap, and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order... More »

Cruise Ship Rescues 23 Adrift for Days in Gulf of Mexico

22 left Cuba in a wooden boat

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard statement issued Sunday says 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A... More »

Havana Has a New Hemingway Tribute

US and Cuba collaborate on conservation project

(Newser) - US donors and Cuban builders have completed one of the longest-running joint projects between the two countries at a low point in bilateral relations. Officials from the Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation and Cuba's National Cultural Heritage Council cut the ribbon Saturday evening on a state-of-the-art, $1.2 million conservation... More »

Canada Being Sued by Its Own Diplomats for $21M

Those suffering from mysterious Cuba ailment say government put them in danger

(Newser) - Some Canadian diplomats are suing their own country. As the BBC reports, the lawsuit stems from the mysterious ailment affecting people who were stationed in Cuba—the same ailment that has struck American diplomats as well. Canada has documented 14 illnesses among its staff, and five of the victims and... More »

After 14th Illness, Canada Pulls Staff From Cuba Embassy

Cuba calls move 'incomprehensible'

(Newser) - Canada announced Wednesday it is removing up to half of the Canadians at its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat fell mysteriously ill. Canada has confirmed 14 cases of unexplained health problems since early 2017. Twenty-six workers at the US embassy in Cuba have also been affected, suffering a range... More »

A New, Simpler Theory on Cuban Sonic Mystery

Crickets, say scientists

(Newser) - All kinds of theories have been floated to explain the mysterious noise blamed for ailments akin to brain trauma at the American embassy in Cuba. Now two scientists have put forth the simplest theory of all: crickets. More specifically, the scientists say they believe a certain cricket—the Indies short-tailed... More »

'Homerun Agreement' Reached Between US, Cuba

Players can sign MLB contracts without defecting

(Newser) - Major League Baseball, its players' association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation have reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021,... More »

Study: Proof Diplomats Were Physically Harmed in Cuba

Doctors who initially examined them found inner-ear damage

(Newser) - The cause remains a mystery, but the physical proof is there. So says a paper published by doctors who initially examined 25 of the 26 afflicted US embassy workers in Cuba who were struck by mystery ailments in late 2016, reports the AP . Doctors at the University of Miami found... More »

Bolton: These 3 Countries Are the 'Troika of Tyranny'

He slams leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

(Newser) - More than 16 years after arguing that George W. Bush should add Cuba, Syria, and Libya to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea in the "Axis of Evil," John Bolton has coined a new term. In a policy speech at a conference in Miami, the national security adviser dubbed... More »

Scientist Floats Simpler Theory on Cuban Mystery Ailments

Penn prof says cause may have been inadvertent emissions from ultrasound 'spytech'

(Newser) - Microwave weapons? That's the latest theory being floated to explain the mysterious ailments suffered by staffers at the American embassy in Cuba. But now a pioneering scientist in that field thinks the idea—based on a principle called the microwave auditory effect—is bogus. Kenneth Foster is a professor... More »

Wild, Mysterious Theory on Cuba Ills: Microwave Weapons

A theory about what happened to the US diplomats there emerges

(Newser) - The doctors who examined 21 diplomats who reported being victims of mysterious attacks in Cuba have a theory on a possible cause, and it's a wild one: that microwave weapons were used against them. Dr. Douglas Smith, who is on that team of doctors, calls them the "main... More »

Scientist: Cuban Illnesses May Be 'Mass Psychogenic' Event

Medical journal publishes letters critical of an original study

(Newser) - Something made a slew of American diplomats in Cuba sick last year, and scientists still aren't sure what it was. A major study commissioned by the US government found that diplomats suffered concussion-like symptoms, and many of them reported hearing strange noises before falling ill. Now, however, four separate... More »

Mystery Ailment: 11 Americans Pulled From China

Evacuations are the latest chapter in strange story of US employees in China and Cuba reporting odd neurological symptoms

(Newser) - In a deepening medical and diplomatic mystery , US officials have confirmed that the State Department has pulled at least 11 Americans from China who reported strange neurological symptoms, reports the New York Times . Eight of the evacuees are connected to the US consulate in Guangzhou, two are from the embassy... More »

More Americans Sent Home Amid China 'Sonic Attack' Fears

Consulate workers suffered 'neurological symptoms'

(Newser) - Something strange is happening to American diplomats and their families at a US Consulate in China—and it has disturbing echoes of the mysterious attacks on Americans in Cuba. The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans from China Wednesday after they fell ill with what one of them,... More »

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