An attorney for a man accused of helping plot the Sept. 11 attacks is invoking the ongoing U.S.-Cuba dispute over sonic interference with diplomats’ brains to urge a U.S. military judge to take the captive’s sleep-deprivation complaints seriously.
Cuban leader Raúl Castro was welcomed by Putin in 2015 and his possible successor, Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel in 2016. But after the election of President Donald Trump, the pace of bilateral contact with Russia has been frantic.
A bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Havana has sent U.S. relations with Cuba to their lowest level in decades. In the city where the attacks occurred over the last year, few people believe a word of it.
Intermeds seeks to offer patients in Latin America the opportunity to have their medical records reviewed by specialists in the United States. The initiative could help the nearly 9 million people in the region on waiting lists.
Tour operators, airlines and cruise lines make bulk purchases of the tourist visas that many Americans need to travel to Cuba and have enough in hand to allow eligible U.S. travelers to visit the island for the foreseeable future. Cuban Americans who have up-to-date Cuban passports also can still travel.
The State Department shares more information on the suspension of visa processing at its embassy in Havana, after the withdrawal of non-essential personnel. It will not refund visa fees; all consular interviews are cancelled.
The expulsion of Cuban personnel from the Cuba Embassy in Washington will mean that travel will remain in limbo for the hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans flying to the island every year to visit relatives.
Stretches of the famed Malecón boulevard are still closed for repairs and seaside businesses show the scars of 30-foot waves that crashed through the seawall during Hurricane Irma. But tourists have returned to the capital, even as areas hit hard by the storm continue to struggle.
Cubans and tourists are reacting to the announcement that drastically reduce the staff of the US Embassy in Havana and will suspend the issuance of visas for Cubans who wish to travel to the United States.
The action follows the apparent “sonic” attack — which remain unexplained — on American diplomats in Havana and after a meeting between the secretary of state and Cuba’s foreign minister earlier this week.