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British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies

Counter-terror chief slams 'outrageous, reckless, and barbaric act'

(Newser) - The latest Novichok case in England is now a murder investigation. Dawn Sturgess, one of two people exposed to the same nerve agent that nearly killed Russian citizens Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal earlier this year, died late Sunday at the hospital in Salisbury where she had been treated since... More »

Couple Sickened by Novichok Handled Contaminated Item

Charlie Rowley, Dawn Sturgess described as found foaming at the mouth

(Newser) - The UK on Wednesday confirmed that the two people who lie critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The BBC reports the pair are Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44; Metropolitan Police on Thursday... More »

Yulia Skripal Speaks Out for First Time

The spy's daughter was interviewed in a secret location

(Newser) - Yulia Skripal has made her first statement since being released from the hospital after a near-fatal poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok. “My life has been turned upside down,” the daughter of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal told Reuters in Russian, speaking from a secret location in... More »

Poisoned Ex-Spy Enters 'Important Stage in Recovery'

Sergei Skripal is out of the hospital

(Newser) - The former Russian spy targeted in a nerve agent poisoning has finally left a UK hospital. Sergei Skripal, 66, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital more than two months after he and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped on a park bench on March 4. "This is an important... More »

Nerve Agent in Poisoning of Skripals Was Liquid

Investigators say full cleanup will take months

(Newser) - The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, per the AP , revealing it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury. The UK Environment Department said... More »

UK Alleges Russia Previously Tested Door-Handle Attack

Sends letter to NATO detailing evidence of Russia's hand in things

(Newser) - The Skripals have been in Russia's sights for some time, or so alleged the UK on Friday. National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill accused the country of spying on Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia for a minimum of five years, and offered some specifics in a letter sent to NATO... More »

New Findings Lend Weight to Russian Role in Poisonings

Watchdog says 'high purity' nerve agent used against Skripals

(Newser) - The international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's finding that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, as Russia continued to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack. Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Nobel Peace... More »

A 'Significant Milestone' for Poisoned Spy's Daughter

Yulia Skripal is released from the hospital

(Newser) - More good news for the daughter of a poisoned former Russian spy: Yulia Skripal is out of the hospital. "This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone," says a statement from the UK's Salisbury District Hospital, per the BBC . The 33-year-old had... More »

A New Development in Ex-Spy Poisoning: 3 Dead Pets

Cat, 2 guinea pigs found on Sergei Skripal's property, though Skripal himself is improving

(Newser) - First good news on Yulia Skripal ; now an optimistic outlook for her dad. Doctors at the UK hospital where Sergei Skripal has been convalescing since his March 4 poisoning report the 66-year-old ex-Russian spy is "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly, and is no longer in a critical condition,... More »

Poisoned Russian Daughter Issues First Statement

'My strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

(Newser) - Good news on the fate of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father in Britain: The 33-year-old issued a statement saying her health is improving. "I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily," she says in... More »

Russia Tries to Join Spy Poisoning Probe, Gets Rejected

Brits call proposal 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested many have doubts about Britain's allegations that... More »

Scientists Can't Confirm Novichok Came From Russia

But the UK says their work is just one piece of the puzzle

(Newser) - Countries have lined up behind the UK to enact consequences on Russia in the wake of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia, but the scientists who have been analyzing the nerve agent on Tuesday clarified that they haven't been able to establish it was created in... More »

Russia Expelling Diplomats in Quid Pro Quo Response

That includes 60 diplomats from US

(Newser) - Russia's foreign minister says Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain, the AP reports. Sergey Lavrov said US Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, where... More »

Daughter of Poisoned Ex-Spy No Longer in Critical Condition

Yulia Skripal 'improving rapidly,' doctors say

(Newser) - Doctors say Yulia Skripal, daughter of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, is "improving rapidly" and is no longer in critical condition after being poisoned with a nerve agent alongside her father, the BBC reports. "I’m pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition... More »

Nerve Agent Found on Front Door of Ex-Spy's Home

Boris Johnson praises allies for expelling Russian diplomats

(Newser) - The military-grade nerve agent that left former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter near death appears to have been left on his front door in Salisbury, England, police say. Investigators say the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent at Skripal's home, and the highest... More »

Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Access

Ecuador is punishing WikiLeaks founder for tweets about ex-spy's poisoning

(Newser) - Much like a child caught blowing off his math homework, Julian Assange has lost his internet privileges. USA Today reports Ecuador announced Wednesday it had cut off the WikiLeaks founder's internet access. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, avoiding alternately extradition to Sweden... More »

Niece: Skripal, Daughter Probably Won't Live

Viktoria Skripal says she has just '1% of hope,' though she's hoping for 'miracle'

(Newser) - Theresa May predicted that ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may never fully recover after being poisoned with a nerve agent March 4 in Salisbury, England. Now a family member tells the BBC , via the Guardian , that the outlook for the pair "really isn't good" and that... More »

Troubling Update on Poisoned Ex-Spy, Daughter

'They may never recover fully,' says Theresa May

(Newser) - British prime minister Theresa May says former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter may never recover from a nerve-agent attack that left them in critical condition. May says "their condition is unlikely to change in the near future, and they may never recover fully." May also told lawmakers... More »

Condition of Poisoned Ex-Spy, Daughter Revealed

Both may have suffered brain damage, documents reveal

(Newser) - "'Normal' life for me will probably never be the same" but "I want people to focus on the investigation—not the police officer who was unfortunate enough to be caught up in it." Per the Guardian , that was the message from British police officer Nick Bailey... More »

UK: Trail to Spy's Poisoning 'Leads Inexorably to Kremlin'

Russian ambassador to UK says situation is 'escalating dangerously and out of proportion'

(Newser) - Britain's foreign secretary said Sunday that the trail of blame for the poisoning of a former spy "leads inexorably to the Kremlin," reports the AP , after a Russian envoy suggested the nerve agent could have come from a UK lab. "We actually have evidence within the... More »

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