US Considering Closing Embassy in Cuba
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the United States is considering closing its embassy in Cuba following a number of "health attacks" on American diplomats there.
"We have it under evaluation. It's a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered. We've brought some of those people home. It's under review.'' Tillerson said on the CBS television show Face the Nation.
At least 21 Americans have suffered what the State Department calls "incidents" that have led to a variety of symptoms, including hearing loss, concussions, headaches, ear-ringing, and even problems with concentration and common word recall. Some Canadian diplomats and their families have also been affected.
Some felt vibrations or heard loud sounds mysteriously audible in only parts of rooms, leading investigators to consider a potential "sonic attack." Others heard nothing but later developed symptoms.
Though investigators have explored the possibility of sonic waves or an electromagnetic weapon, no culprit or device has yet been identified, the Associated Press reports. The incidents began late last year and the most recent was reported in August.
Lawmakers in Washington have raised alarm over the incidents. On Friday, five Republican senators wrote Tillerson to call for both closing the Havana embassy and expelling all Cuban diplomats from the United States.
"Cuba's neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and their families cannot go unchallenged,'' said the lawmakers, who included Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who led the effort, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a prominent Cuban-American and critic of the U.S. détente with Cuba.
Cuba has denied involvement and has said it is cooperating in the investigation into the attacks. The United States has not blamed Cuba directly for the attacks, but asked two Cuban diplomats to leave Washington earlier this year.
Former President Barack Obama re-established ties with the Caribbean island nation two years ago, a move that has been criticized and threatened by his successor Donald Trump.
圣路易斯的居民阿尔德曼·约翰·柯林斯-穆罕默德（John Collins-Muhammad）告诉圣路易斯邮报：“我们对无罪释放感到悲痛，我们很失望。 “在这个城市的黑人得到公正之前，在桌子旁有我们的一席之地以前，这个城市不会有和平。”
St. Louis Police Arrest 80 After 3rd Night of Protests
Police in St. Louis, Missouri, said they made more than 80 arrests Sunday after some people smashed store windows following what had been a peaceful protest against the acquittal of a former officer in the shooting death of a black man.
Police Chief Larry O'Toole told reporters early Monday that some people assaulted officers and threw rocks at them.
"We're in control, this is our city, and we're going to protect it," O'Toole said.
Mayor Lyda Krewson spoke of the difference between those who caused damage at night and the daytime protesters who rallied again peacefully in response to Friday's verdict in the case of former officer Jason Stockley.
"Today we saw again that the vast majority of protesters are nonviolent, but for the third day in a row the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive," Krewson said. "After the demonstrations, organizers announced that the daytime protest was over, but a group of agitators stayed behind, apparently intent on breaking windows and destroying property."
Stockley had been charged with the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith after a car chase in 2011. Prosecutors alleged Stockley also planted a gun on Smith's body, and that video from his car captured the officer saying during the chase that he was going to kill Smith.
The judge in the case said the prosecution had failed to prove the shooting was not a justified use of force in self-defense.
There was some violence late Saturday with protestors breaking windows and throwing objects at police. Nine people were arrested then.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens warned that his administration will deal harshly with those responsible for the violence.
"These aren't protestors, these are criminals," Greitens said Sunday. "Criminals, listen up: you break a window, you're going to be behind bars. It's that simple."
Saturday's protests included several hundred people walking through two malls in suburban St. Louis shouting "black lives matter" and "it is our duty to fight for our freedom" as they marched.
Protests started peacefully on Friday, with hundreds gathering in the streets of St. Louis holding signs and chanting "No justice, no peace." Some made their way to police headquarters, calling for police resignations.
By the end of the night, demonstrators had broken a window and splashed paint on the mayor's home, prompting police in riot gear to move the protesters away from the residence.
"We are saddened [about the acquittal], we are frustrated," St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "Until black people in this city get justice, until we get a seat at the table, there will be no peace in this city."
Damone Smith, a 52-year-old electrician, told the newspaper, "I think the verdict is disgusting."
"Time and time again, African-American men are killed by police and nobody is held accountable," he said.
Racial tension in the area is not new. One of the suburbs of St. Louis is Ferguson, Missouri, where two weeks of protests began in August 2014 with the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, by a white police officer.
That November, the decision not to indict the police officer sparked another week of protests, and the anniversary of the shooting in 2015 was the occasion of a third protest.
Brown's father told a St. Louis television station after Friday's verdict, "You all know this ain't right and you all continue to do this to us. Like we don't mean nothing, like we're rats, trash, dogs in the streets ... my people are tired of this."
The incidents in Missouri were followed by police shootings and protests in a number of American cities, among them Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.