Diplomacy

Doctors say symptoms of diplomats in Cuba "cannot be faked"

U.S. embassy in Havana
The United States Embassy in Havana. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Doctors and scientists who have evaluated the U.S. diplomats who suffered strange illnesses and brain trauma after mysterious health attacks in Cuba last year said their symptoms "cannot be faked," but they still don't know what caused them, NBC News reports.

What they're saying: Dr. Michael Hoffer, who was appointed by the State Department to examine the victims and determine what happened, and his colleagues at the University of Miami have released a study revealing that they "have measurable, quantifiable evidence that something really did happen."

A win for diplomacy at the G20

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The G20 summit in Buenos Aires exceeded all expectations. No one thought Donald Trump had prepared for his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but somehow an agreement was hashed out that calls a 90-day truce to the trade war between the two countries. The planned tariff hike on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% will no longer happen on Jan. 1 as scheduled. Instead, a more normal set of trade negotiations will commence.

Why it matters: Score one for the globalists: This is a win for NEC Director Larry Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; it's a loss for White House trade hawk Peter Navarro. But "90 days is a short time," says Axios' Jonathan Swan. "Trump has hedged and could easily reverse."

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