Harris Trip To Vietnam Delayed After Possible ‘Health Incident’ In Hanoi
Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed from departing on a trip to Vietnam after the State Department issued a warning of a “possible anomalous health incident” in the country’s capital of Hanoi.
“Earlier this evening, the vice president’s traveling delegation was delayed from departing Singapore because the vice president’s office was made aware of a report of a recent possible anomalous health incident in Hanoi, Vietnam,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement Tuesday. “After careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the vice president’s trip.”
As both CNN and Bloomberg point out, the State Department has used the phrase “anomalous health incidents” to describe the mysterious Havana Syndrome, which in the past has left dozens of U.S. diplomats and other intelligence officials feeling ill.
Havana Syndrome gets its name from its first known emergence in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 after dozens of U.S. Embassy staff suffered symptoms like headaches, dizziness, tinnitus and visual and hearing problems. Since then, The New York Times reported that more than 130 other U.S. officials have experienced the bizarre illness, leading to questions over whether U.S. personnel are being targeted and, if so, by whom. So far, the U.S. intelligence community has not been able to provide those answers.
Harris was eventually cleared to depart from Singapore to Hanoi after a three-hour delay.
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U.S. officials said Tuesday that the military would have to start pulling out of Afghanistan starting this Friday in order to meet President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline agreed to by the Taliban.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said during a Tuesday press conference the deadline won’t be extended. He also claimed he is “not aware” of any meeting between CIA Director William Burns and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar but did not deny that such a meeting took place, The Associated Press reported.
A decision from the White House to extend the Aug. 31 deadline could come as soon as Tuesday following G-7 meetings. The Biden administration has vowed to get every U.S. citizen who wants to leave out of the country.
There are nearly 6,000 U.S. troops at the Kabul airport along with dozens of aircraft, including Apache gunships and armored vehicles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Mister Car Wash Shares Down 7%
Shares of Mister Car Wash Inc. (MCW) are down 7 percent on Tuesday’s trading. The company announced that several of its selling stockholders including investment funds affiliated with Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., and members of its management team, and pre-IPO investors are offering 12 million shares of its common stock in a secondary offering.
The company would not be receiving any proceeds from the sale of the shares of common stock by the selling stockholders.
Currently at $19.02, the stock has traded between $17.68 and $24.49 during the past 52 weeks.
Chip shortage transient, likely to resolve by 2022: Maruti chairman R.C. Bhargava
MSIL output hit only partly: Bhargava
The semiconductor shortage problem faced by the automobile industry is temporary and is expected to be over by 2022, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. chairman R.C. Bhargava said on Tuesday. He also said that the company hadn’t faced a major impact due to it though production had been partly hit.
Addressing shareholders at Maruti’s annual general meeting, held virtually, he also said the carmaker was looking at the electric vehicles space but would enter it only when it becomes feasible for customers in terms of affordability and also for the company to operate without making a loss.
“The shortage of semiconductors is a temporary problem, partly due to COVID-19. Our estimation is that this… will be over by 2022,” he said, responding to a shareholder query.
“There has been a bit of a hit on production… we have had to adjust but there is no major loss that we have to be concerned about,” Mr. Bhargava added. He also said MSIL had outlined a capex of ₹4,500 crore in the ongoing fiscal year.
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