January 30, 2019 / 7:07 PM / 9 months ago

Canada to cut Cuba presence after another diplomat falls ill

TORONTO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Canada has decided to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Cuba by up to half after another diplomat fell ill, the Canadian government said in a statement on Wednesday, bringing the total to 14 Canadians suffering mysterious symptoms since 2017.

Canadian and U.S. diplomats in Havana first began complaining of dizziness, headaches and nausea in the spring of 2017. The United States reduced embassy staffing in Cuba from more than 50 to a maximum of 18, after more than two dozen personnel developed unusual illnesses. (Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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