Apr 17, 2018

Canada pulls diplomatic families out of Cuba citing health concerns

Justin Trudeau. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Canada's government has ordered families of diplomats to return home from assignments in Cuba due to a mystery illness of unexplained symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.

The pattern: The U.S. ordered diplomats to come home from Cuba in the fall for a similar illness, but Canada says it is discounting theories that sonic attacks are the culprit. Canada's government writes that it represents "a new type of a possible acquired brain injury."

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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