Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Nation & World

UK police: 21 total treated after spy poisoning

LONDON — British police now say a total of roughly 21 people have sought treatment after a nerve agent was used to attack and ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

Wiltshire acting police chief Kier Pritchard told Sky News on Thursday that "a number" of those people got blood tests, support and hospital advice.

He says only three people remain hospitalized. They are former Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and police Sgt. Nick Bailey.

Officials say Bailey is making progress. The ex-spy and his daughter remain in critical condition.

Police say the roughly 21 people treated include the three still hospitalized.

Read More: Why did Putin target Tampa Bay?

The global chemical weapons watchdog says it is in touch with authorities in Britain about the use of a rare nerve agent in an attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

In a brief written statement, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says that "the recent report that two people became seriously ill in the United Kingdom as a result of exposure to a nerve agent is a source of great concern."

The organization based in The Hague did not immediately return a call Thursday seeking more detail on the nature of the contacts with Britain.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has told the House of Commons that enormous resources are being used to determine who is responsible for poisoning Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33. The pair were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on Sunday.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says a former Russian spy and his daughter who were poisoned with a nerve agent are in a critical but stable condition.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury on Sunday.

Rudd says a police officer who treated them is in serious but stable condition and is "talking and engaging." She says it’s highly likely the officer was exposed to the same nerve agent.

Rudd says the attack is an "outrageous crime" and a "brazen and reckless act" but cautions it is too early to say who was behind it.

Britain’s Home Secretary says the investigation into the nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter is focusing on three sites — his home, a pub and a restaurant.

Amber Rudd told the BBC on Thursday that enormous resources are being directed at trying to figure out who might be responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Rudd, who is in charge of public security issues, says the police officer also injured in the incident Sunday is also in serious condition but is conscious and talking.

Rudd declined to say if she believed Russia was behind the attack, but says Britain will "if it is appropriate, attribute it to somebody. If that is the case, then we will have a plan in place."

     
 
Comments

Active shooter perceptions disproven

Washington PostThe terror of an armed gunman opening fire in public places has become an all-too-common occurrence, affecting American schools, churches, offices, holiday parties, government facilities and movie theaters.While the attacks differ in l...
Updated: 3 hours ago
In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramat...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Watch: Protesters interrupt homeland secretary Nielsen’s dinner at Mexican restaurant

Watch: Protesters interrupt homeland secretary Nielsen’s dinner at Mexican restaurant

WASHINGTON — About a dozen protesters heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s immigration policy as she ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington. The protesters entered MXDC Cocina Mexicana Tuesda...
Published: 06/20/18

Apple to set up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information ...
Published: 06/18/18
Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents.In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Departmen...
Published: 06/18/18
Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

MOSCOW — Mexico is in the World Cup, the United States is not, and to former U.S. national team star Landon Donovan, American fans without a rooting interest should support their chief rivals.Saturday morning, in a tweet sponsored by Wells Fargo, Don...
Published: 06/18/18
‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands

‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands

DeDe Phillips grew up in the country, and she knew all about bobcats - including how they kill."They go for your jugular," the Georgia woman recently told OnlineAthens. "[B]ecause when they can get the vein you’re dead in a couple of minutes."That in...
Published: 06/18/18
No mixed-race babies, please: Russian lawmaker tells women to avoid sex with some World Cup visitors

No mixed-race babies, please: Russian lawmaker tells women to avoid sex with some World Cup visitors

On the eve of the World Cup, a Russian lawmaker urged the nation’s women to avoid sexual liaisons with foreigners of different races.Tamara Pletnyova, a lawmaker in the Communist Party and head of a state congressional committee on children and famil...
Published: 06/16/18
Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges

Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges

Paul Manafort will be jailed after being accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller III.The order to imprison President Donald Trump’s former campaign...
Published: 06/15/18
US to house migrant children in tents as government takes more into custody

US to house migrant children in tents as government takes more into custody

With the number of migrant children in government custody rising fast, the Trump administration said Thursday that it will open an additional temporary shelter in the desert outside El Paso.The shelter site, at the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna port of en...
Published: 06/15/18