US ex­pels Cuban diplo­mats over 'med­i­cal in­ci­dents'

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Wash­ing­ton has ex­pelled two Cuban diplo­mats af­ter US em­bassy staff in Ha­vana suf­fered mys­te­ri­ous phys­i­cal symp­toms, the US state depart­ment said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what had hap­pened, with spokes­woman Heather Nauert say­ing there were no “de­fin­i­tive an­swers about the source or cause”.

Re­ports sug­gest US diplo­mats could have suf­fered hear­ing loss re­lated to the use of covert sonic de­vices.

Cuba’s for­eign min­istry said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

It called the ex­pul­sion of its staff un­jus­ti­fied but said it was will­ing to co-operate with Wash­ing­ton to clar­ify what had hap­pened.

“Cuba has never, nor would ever, al­low the Cuban ter­ri­tory to be used for any kind of ac­tion against ac­cred­ited diplo­mats or their fam­i­lies,” the min­istry said.

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