Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert sonic device

US diplomatic relations with Cuba two years ago has been hidden on Wednesday that US officials say it is a series of strange incidents that left a group of US diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a secret audio device.

In the fall of 2016, a number of US diplomats began to suffer unexplained hearing loss, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation of the case.

Several diplomats were newcomers to the embassy, ​​which opened again in 2015 as part of the recovery by former President Barack Obama diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Some of the diplomatic symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tour early and return to the United States, authorities said. After months of research,

US officials have come to the conclusion that diplomats have been exposed to an advanced device that works out of reach and deployed inside or outside their homes.

It was not immediately clear whether the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack or had another purpose. The US authorities were not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation and talk about anonymity.

State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said the United States has rebuked for the expulsion of two Cuban diplomats from its embassy in Washington May 23

He did not say how many US diplomats have been affected or have been confirmed to have suffered a hearing loss, and only said that they had “a variety of physical symptoms.”

The Cuban government said in an extensive statement Wednesday that “Cuba has never permitted or authorized the Cuban territory to be used for any action against diplomatic officials and their families, without exception.”

The statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry said that it had been informed of the incident, on February 17 and launched a “comprehensive, high priority and urgent demand of the highest levels of the Cuban government.”

He said the decision to expel two Cuban diplomats was “unjustified and unfounded.”
The ministry said it had established a committee of experts to analyze incidents and enforced security around the US embassy and US embassies.

“Cuba is universally considered a safe destination for visitors and foreign diplomats, including US citizens,” the MP said. Officials told the AP that almost five diplomats, many of them with spouses had been affected and no children were involved.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Diplomatic Service enquêtent.Cuba Security employs a state security apparatus that keeps a large number of people under surveillance and US diplomats are among the most seen people on the island.

Like virtually all foreign diplomats in Cuba, the victims of the incidents lived in homes owned and maintained by the Cuban government. Nauert said that the investigators had not yet made a definitive explanation of the incidents, but noted that they were taking “very seriously”, as shown by the expulsion of Cuban diplomats.

Trump threatens North Korea with ‘fire and fury’

President Donald Trump followed his incendiary warning to North Korea against the US. Threatened with a boast Wednesday in the strength of the United States nuclear arsenal, although he hoped it would not take use.

Twitter messages from Trump’s nuclear arsenal arrived after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike in the US territory of Guam in the United States Pacific. He then followed the comments of M. Trump on Tuesday that any North Korean threat from the United States would be full of “fire and fury”.

“My first term as president was to renew and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now much stronger and more powerful than ever before,” said M. Trump. “We hope we never have to use this power, but it will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

The sharp rise in tensions between a country that has one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals and a nuclear boom erasing financial markets led US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to try to delay the rhetoric.

While Mr. Trump said the nuclear arsenal was more potent than ever, US officials say it takes decades to actually modernize nuclear weapons, a movement already under the administration of President Barack Obama, and there are treaties that regulate the expansion nuclear. Trump administration still conduct a review of the nuclear stance.

Shortly before Mr. Trump’s statements about the nuclear arsenal, Mr. Tillerson landed in Guam for a pre-press visit after he did not believe there was an imminent threat to North Korea and that “Americans should sleep well at night.”

Tillerson said that with his “fire and fury” warning, the US president was trying to use the kind of language that would resonate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States

“What the President did is send a strong message to North Korea in a language that Kim Jong Un would understand because he does not understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said.

This morning, North Korea said it “carefully examined” a Guam attack plan, home to about 163,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squad, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

The plan was implemented at any time after Kim made the decision, a spokesman for the Korean People’s Army said in a statement released by the KCNA state news agency.

Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for “any eventuality” with strategically placed defenses. He said he had been in touch with the White House and that there was no change in the threat level. “Guam is a US plant … We are not just a military facility,” said M. Calvo in an online video message.

North Korea, which tracks missile and nuclear weapons programs in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, also accused the United States of America. Of having designed a “preemptive war” and said another report that any plan to execute it would be filled with a “casual” war, erasing all enemy strongholds, including the American continent.

Deadly earthquakes in China’s recent history

The most important earthquake in the world was supposedly the huge disaster in 1556 that affected the northern province of Shaanxi, more than 8 30 000 people.

Earthquakes have sunk China throughout its history, the last night of next Tuesday – a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook the mountainous Sichuan province in the southwest.

It was followed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake more than 2 000 km in the Xinjiang region, northwest of the country Wednesday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or loss in the remote area.

The most important earthquake in the world was supposedly the huge disaster in 1556 that affected the northern province of Shaanxi, with estimates of the number of deaths rising to more than 000 8.30.

Some of the greatest Chinese tremors of the last century:

December 16, 1920: 230,000 perish in an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 in the northwest of Gansu Province.

May 23, 1927 More than 41 000 people die in Gansu in an earthquake of 7.6.

January 5, 1970: More than 15 000 people die in an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 in Yunnan Province, to the southwest.

May 11, 1974: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck southwest of the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Estimates of the dead vary widely from 1 500 20 000.

July 28, 1976: The industrial city of Tangshan, 200 km (125 miles) east of Beijing, is stabilized by an earthquake of 7.8. Estimates of the range of mortality are between 250 000 and 800 000 people.

February 3, 1996: Up to 300 people were killed and thousands injured in a 6.6 earthquake near Lijiang City, Yunnan.

May 12, 2008: An earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude shook Sichuan, leaving nearly 87,000 dead or missing. The earthquake was felt in the capital of Beijing, at 1 800 km as well. Another 4.45 million injured in the biggest earthquake disaster affecting China in a generation.

April 14, 2010: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in a Tibetan area of ​​Qinghai kills in large part nearly 2 700 people and left more than 12,000 injured.

North Korea dismisses Trump’s threat, warns of ‘absolute force’

North Korea officially officially rejected threats from the president of “fire and fury” Donald Trump, saying that the American leader “deprived of reason” and the alert in question, “absolute power can only work on it.”

In a statement in the state press, Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, who heads the North Korean rocket command, also said that his country was “about to take a” military action near the Guam United States peace territory. He said the North would end a plan involving mid-August medium-range missiles that hit the water 30 to 40 kilometers off the island.

The plan then go to the commander of the North Korean nuclear force and “wait for an end,” said Kim Kim, quoted by KCNA. He called it a “historical fire enveloping Guam.”

The statement only served to increase tensions even later in a week that saw an avalanche of threats from both sides. Although the nuclear confrontation still seems very remote, the comments have caused deep discomfort in the US, Asia and beyond.

One day after referring to the use of the overwhelming military force of the United States, M. Trump made the atomic supremacy of America. He said his first term as president was to “restore and modernize” an arsenal “now much stronger and more powerful than ever.” It was a rare public weighing on the United States nuclear power.

And M. Trump’s vanity has only increased confusion as to the focus of his North Korean nuclear expansion-management contract in a day when his top national security aides were among the alarm and security messages.

If M. Trump’s objective with two days of difficult discussions was to scare North Korea, M. Kim, the commander, took this idea to rest quickly. M. Trump’s rhetoric described a “nonsense coup”, which aggravates a serious situation.

“The dialogue sound is not possible with a man so devoid of reason and only an absolute force can work on it,” said the KNCA report. Kim said the Guam action would be “an effective resource to restrain the frenetic movements of the United States in the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its environment.”

North Korea outlines plan to launch missiles toward Guam

North Korea announced Thursday a detailed plan to launch a barrage of ballistic missiles into the Pacific territory of the United States of Guam, a major military center and home to US bombers and rejected President Donald Trump’s threats “the fire and the Fury “if this is not the case again.

The announcement, made on behalf of a commanding general of the North Korean rocket, warned that Pyongyang is preparing a plan to pull four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into the waters surrounding the small island, home to 7,000 Military base on two major bases and has a population of 1,60,000.

He said the plan could be finalized within about a week and then must turn to leader Kim Jong Un for approval. It belongs to Mr. Kim to approve the plan. He said the missiles would reach 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) off the island.

It is unclear whether North Korea could fire missiles so close to US territory, which could lead to countermeasures and further escalation.

North Korea often uses extremely bellicose rhetoric with warnings of military action to keep opponents on their heels. He usually lowers his threats with language by saying he will not attack the United States unless he was first attacked, or that an attack is imminent.

According to reports that the United States reports suggest that North Korea could combine a nuclear warhead with a missile capable of reaching targets in the Americas, M. Trump has warned North Korea that “it faces reprisals with The fire and the fury against what the world has seen before. ”

Meanwhile, Pyongyang has been stronger in its complaints against a new and harsh sanctions ceremony that was imposed by the United Nations, with strong support from the United States, and Washington’s use of Guam as a platform for stealth bombers, which could Be used to attack North Korea and are particularly concerned about leadership in Pyongyang.

According to the report, the Hwasong-12 rockets flew above the prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Japan and will travel “1065 seconds before hitting the water 30 or 40 kilometers from Guam.”

He said that the strategic force of the Korean People’s Army would end the plan in mid-August, present it to Kim Jong Un and “wait for his order.”

“We carefully monitor the speech and behavior of the United States,” he said. This movement is not only a test launch, but a demonstration of military capabilities so that it could easily lead to serious consequences.

If North Korea were actually to undertake such a start, even if it is to hit the waters of the island, not the island itself could clearly constitute a potential threat to United States territory and put the United States in a lot situation More complicated was the launch of previous missiles.

Guam is about 3,400 kilometers from the Korean peninsula, and it is highly unlikely that Kim’s government will be annihilated with a pre-emptive strike against US citizens. It is still unclear how reliable missile North Korea would oppose such a distant target, but no one listened to the danger altogether.

North Korea ‘considering’ missile strike after Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike in the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump has said in Pyongyang that any threat to the United States would fill “fire and fury “.

The sharp rise in tensions has shaken financial markets and prompted US authorities and analysts not to participate in rhetorical games with North Korea.

Pyongyang said it “carefully examined” a plan to reach Guam, home to about 1,63,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squad, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army in a statement issued by the state news agency KCNA that the plan was implemented at any time, once the leader Kim Jong Un made a decision.

Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, dismissed the threat from the North and said that the island was prepared for “any eventuality” with strategically placed defenses. He said he was in contact with the White House and that there was no change in the level of threat.

“Guam is a US plant … We are not just a military facility,” said M. Calvo in an online video message.

North Korea accused the United States of designing a “preemptive war”. In another statement, he said any plan to execute it would be filled with a “total war that would wipe out all enemy strongholds, including the United States.”

Washington has warned that it is willing to use force if necessary to stop North Korea’s nuclear and nuclear programs, but prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

M. Trump however, has made every possible warning to North Korea in comments to the press in New Jersey on Tuesday.

“North Korea is more threatening to the United States, they will be welcomed with fire and fury as the world has never seen,” he said.

North Korea did not hide its plans to develop a nuclear missile capable of attacking the United States and ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defense against perceived hostility from the United States, including joint military exercises with South Korea.

US stocks declined slightly after Mr. Trump made no comment, while a measure of general compliance with stock market anxiety ended at its highest level in nearly a month.

The dollar index fell and the yen shelter strengthened against the US currency after North Korea’s response.

Asian stock markets tumbled, South Korea’s benchmark index fell 0.9% and the Nikkei in Japan, down 1.6%.

“Tensions continue to rise and eventually could become a black swan event that markets do not consider carefully,” said Steve Hanke, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, Reuters Markets Forum.

The United States has been technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Sharif asks people to guard democratic mandate

Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has urged people to maintain their mandate so that elected representatives are not eliminated by “undemocratic” days after the Supreme Court in office was disqualified from the scandal of The documents of Panama.

M. Sharif, who was forced to leave before the hour for the third album, went to a large rally in the center of Rawalpindi, after beginning his journey from Islamabad to Lahore to project his political force.

It took more than 12 hours to cover a distance of 30 km, which takes about half an hour under normal circumstances.

M. Sharif, 67, said there was no premieres damages in the country’s 70-year history has been allowed to fulfill its mandate.

“Some prime minister of this country received a mandate of a year and a half, on average, to govern. Some were executed, some imprisoned, some handcuffed, some exiled,” he said.

Individuals were asked to commit themselves to maintaining their mandate so that elected officials were not eliminated by undemocratic means.

“They make me a promise that they will respect his mandate. Promise me that he will not allow his prime minister to be humiliated in this way,” he said.

He warned supporters that their elected leaders would be fired again in the future if “their rights are not protected.”

“This happened to me for the third time. Is not that an insult to your vote?” He said.

He criticized the court’s verdict saying the judges stated that there were no corruption charges and asked why they were disqualified if there were no cases of deflection. “I leave it to history to determine,” said M. Sharif.

The meeting was asked if they would accept the decision. The public responded with the big “No”, prompting Sharif said: “A court made known its decision, the court now has the people’s decision.”

He called the verdict meeting of the people’s court – a referendum.

“This meeting serves here referendum. Pakistan, the people of the court gave their verdict in my favor,” he said.

M. Sharif also said he respected the decision despite strong reservations. He said he was not fighting for his restoration.

“I’m going home and I do not want it to be restored, but I want you to introduce me to the development and improvement of the country,” he said.

Later, the crowd dispersed peacefully while Sharif went to Rawalpindi Punjab for the night.

M. Sharif resume his trip to Lahore on Thursday and intends to join Gujranwala, which is the last major city before Lahore, before the end of the day.

However, he is not sure if he would take the time if the answer is massive as in Rawalpindi.

Last month, a vertiginous bank of five Sharif members had found “unfit for office,” ruling that it had been “bad by Parliament and the courts did not disclose their use in the company-based FZE Dubai 2013 nomination papers “.

North Koreans gather in support of government after Trump warning

Washington (United States): President Donald Trump gave North Korea an apocalyptic warning Tuesday saying it had “fire and fury” from its weapons programs, as it said Pyongyang considering a missile attack near the US territory of Guam.

Trump’s comments mark a sharp intensification of Washington’s rhetoric about North’s nuclear and missile programs – and its belligerent tone has expressed concern about China as well as US politicians and foreign allies.

The language used by the president echoed that adopted by Pyongyang in its usual promises to turn enemies like South Korea into a “sea of ​​flames.”

“North Korea has more threats to the United States,” Trump said of his golf club in New Jersey. “They will be received with fire and fury as the world has never seen.”

North Korea raised the bet a few hours later, saying it planned missile attacks near the strategic military facilities of the United States on US soil in Guam, the Pacific.

Once finalized, the plan could be put into action at “any time” once the leader Kim Jong-un has made a decision, the official Korean news agency said a military statement.

The remote island of Guam – a 210-square-mile point in the Pacific – is a major US military post and home to some 6,000 US troops stationed at all facilities, including Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Of Guam.

US bombers B1 based on Guam flew over the Korean peninsula KCNA said Tuesday that “it shows that the US imperialists are maniacs of nuclear war.”

The Pentagon did not comment on the story, but Post said two US officials familiar with the analysis had checked the overall conclusions of the assessment, and CNN said it had confirmed the report.

The experts have delayed a lot compared to accurate North capabilities, and a similar assessment of the DIA, there are four, was rejected by other intelligence organizations. But they agree that progress has been made quickly under Kim Jong-un.

Trump said that Kim “was very threatening, beyond a normal state.” “As I said, they will be greeted with fire and fury and, indeed, power,” he told reporters. EU officials have repeatedly said this year that military action against the North was an “option on the table.”

Tone Trump was significantly different Secretary of State for insurance Rex Tillerson last week that Washington was not looking for a regime change in Pyongyang, and his comments sparked a mixed response at home and abroad.

The main ally of northern China warned against “words and actions” that would hang tensions, while Germany said he was looking at rising rhetoric worsening anxiety. However, France has praised Trump’s “determination” to rise in Pyongyang.

US Republican Senator John McCain said Trump must walk cautiously when talking about the North, telling a US radio station: “All he’ll do is bring us closer to some kind of serious confrontation.”

JD(U) split ahead? Sharad Yadav faces the heat from party before visit across Bihar

A division at the Janata Dal United for could be on the cards, the far side of Sharad Yadav, who will be in Bihar for his two-day Public Interaction Program, starting Thursday.

Yadav congratulated Congress Ahmed Patel after victory on Tuesday in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls and shortly thereafter, JD (T) returned Yadav’s confidant as secretary general.

Wednesday morning, Yadav took to Twitter to congratulate the veteran Congress for its victory. In response, Patel thanked Yadav for his support throughout his campaign.

Patel won his seat at the Rajya Sabha by a single vote on Tuesday. Challubhai Vasava JD (T), a tribal leader from southern Gujarat, said he had voted for Congress, while the BJP in power had contributed little to the tribes and the poor in the last 20 years.

He also said that the move was against the decision of its party leader and leader Nitish Kumar joining BJP in Bihar.

The member’s claim to JD (T) came at a time when the party has established ties with the BJP in Bihar to form the government.

“The president of the party (Nitish) has taken a more serious tone of the problem and relieved of his position as secretary general,” Tyagi said in his letter to srivastav.

“The act not only represents an antipartite activity, lack of discipline, but also a betrayal,” Tyagi said in the letter.

Presidents of the JD (U) units in at least 14 states have written to Nitish, who raises doubts about how he announced the decision to “break the alliance based on secularism”

The Indian Express reported. They also demanded a “collective decision” on the matter. Vasava was one of those who wrote the letters.

Yadav, who was the leader of JD (T) for years before Nitish takes over, calls for the new alliance in Bihar to betray the people’s mandate in the Assembly elections in Bihar two years ago.

Yadav was not happy with Nitish’s decision taken without consulting senior party leaders at a time when the unity of the opposition should be strengthened.

“Sharad Yadav was ignored and should take a final step soon,” a JD (T) leader told IANS. Leaving the route through Yadav, JD (U) has the qualified personal initiative Yadav.

JD (T) spokesman Neeraj Kumar said the former union minister would personally visit Bihar. “Yadav did not visit the invitation of Bihar JD (T).

So where is the question of the party? “He has said that Yadav will begin his visit in seven districts, including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura.

According to a JD MLC (T), Yadav “party leaders meet and workers loyal to him for his position and read the political situation before making a decision.”

The tensions within the JD (U) have accumulated for months. As he opened the way to revive his association with the BJP, Nitish support the major reforms of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the demonetization and deployment of GST has not been well received by Yadav.

Abrogation of Article 35A: Mehbooba Mufti to meet Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi today

Srinagar: Prime Minister Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti will meet Prime Minister Thursday Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi to discuss legal challenges to Section 35 A of the Constitution, according to official sources.

The chief minister, who is due to leave for Delhi in the afternoon, is also likely to meet leaders like Sharad Yadav JD (T) on the subject of Article 35A which gives special status to the state and was challenged before the Supreme Court, they said.

Mehbooba is ready to build consensus against the scrapping of the constitutional provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislator to define “permanent residents” of the state and their special rights and privileges.

In a startling development, Mehbooba called the chairman of the National Opposition Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah this week to call for his party’s support on the issue.

Abdullah had said that it was to meet the prime minister, all ministers and leaders of the central BJP key to convince Sangh Parivar against the suppression of constitutional provision.

The Minister also met with other opposition party leaders in the state, including the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress, GA Mir and Chief Ghulam Hassan Mir DPN.

Sources of the Democratic Party of Mehbooba (PDP) peoples reported section 35A hit would be “a disaster for all major political parties in Kashmir.”

It will be nothing less than a “tsunami” for traditional politicians, since protecting the special status of Jammu and Kashmir within the Constitution of India is the “cornerstone of its policy,” they said.

In the latest developments, NC spokesman Junai Mattu tweeted: “In # 35A, @MehboobaMufti strangers seek consensus against BJP while in alliance with BJP She wants to have the cake and eat it.”

“This is the heart of their dilemma – running with the hare and hounding with dogs who wants to rule with the BJP and oppose their policies with us,” Labor Party President Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

The controversy erupted in 2014 after an NGO ‘We, the Citizens’ has submitted a PIL in the Supreme Court by Article 35A is canceled.

The government of Jammu and Kashmir in sections 35A and 370, which grants special status of autonomy to the state discriminates against non-residents, which is prevented from buying property, to get government work or to vote in local elections, said The PIL.

Section 35A was added to the Constitution by a presidential order in 1954. According to the government, the state government opposed the motion, saying that the president had the power to incorporate a new provision into the Constitution prescription, the Center recently expressed reservations .