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News of the day from across the globe, Aug. 12

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that U.S. diplomats in Havana had been the victims of “health attacks” that left them with hearing loss — the most definitive U.S. statement yet on a series of mysterious incidents that have puzzled longtime observers of U.S.-Cuban relations. U.S. officials later revealed that American diplomats had suffered unexplained losses of hearing, and on Thursday Canada’s government said at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also had been treated for hearing loss. The Afghan military will begin expanding its elite commando units in the coming weeks, Afghan officials and military officers said, in a bid to capitalize on a force that has been one of the few success stories in the nearly 16-year-old war. The Afghan military’s decision to invest in its commando forces comes with strong U.S. backing and is a key component of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent military reform plan. 4 Train collision: A train collision near Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killed at least 43 people and injured 122 others, Egyptian officials said. Copenhagen police say the owner of an amateur-built submarine that sank in Denmark’s water was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been a passenger on his vessel and had been writing about the UC3 Nautilus’ owner and builder, Peter Madsen.

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