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Canada To Remove Families Of Diplomats Posted In Cuba

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OTTAWA – Canada will remove families of diplomats posted at its embassy in Cuba as the cause of unusual health symptoms is still unknown, though information received from medical specialists has raised concerns of a new type of acquired brain injury, a senior Canadian government official said on Monday.

The symptoms, which include dizziness, headaches and nausea, have been found in 10 of the 27 Canadian personnel and family members that initially received medical testing, the official said.

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Britains Labour Party Tells Financiers Pay Higher Taxes If You Want Influence

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LONDON – Britain’s opposition finance chief John McDonnell offered a new pact with the financial services industry on Thursday: higher taxes in return for a seat at the policymaking table if Labour wins the next election.

McDonnell, a veteran socialist who has won over many voters with his promises to re-nationalize services and increase public spending, is seeking better relations with London’s lucrative financial sector.

“There are some policies that you will like and some of which you will be less enthusiastic about,” he told a conference on the future of financing at Bloomberg.

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Eu Says May Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela If Democracy Undermined

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BRUSSELS – The European Union said on Thursday it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela if it believes democracy is being undermined there, after its president called for elections next month that the main opposition has said it will boycott.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that she regretted the way the authorities under President Nicolas Maduro had called the May 20 presidential and legislative elections without a consensus on the “conditions for a credible and inclusive electoral process”.

Venezuela has tumbled into an economic and social crisis, with millions suffering food and medicine shortages, hyperinflation and growing insecurity, which critics say is the result of the dysfunctional policies of Maduro’s government. The collapse has driven an estimated 3 million people to flee the country.

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Us Hopes For Success In Talks With Europeans On Iran Nuclear Deal

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GENEVA – The United State is hopeful of reaching agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address U.S. concerns about the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a news conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Wood said that the discussions were “intense” ahead of a May 12 deadline, and said the United States had concerns about a failure to address Iran’s ballistic missile program, 10-year “sunset” clauses for limits on Iran’s nuclear programs, and Iran’s general behavior in the Middle East.

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