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U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The State Department says the action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having 'used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law'

SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK police identify Novichok suspects as Russians

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time,' a source with knowledge of the investigation says

NERVE AGENT. A police officer stands guard over a public rubbish bin that is cordoned off in Amesbury, near Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 in connection with the investigation launched after two people were found unconscious after exposure to what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Relationship status: Happy and pro-divorce

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:12 PM

In a survey conducted by The Nerve, Filipinos weigh in on the legalization of divorce

Novichok patient no longer critical – UK hospital

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Charlie Rowley 'is no longer in a critical condition,' Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital in southwest England, says

CHARLIE ROWLEY. An undated file picture taken from the Facebook page of Charles Rowley on July 9, 2018. Image from Facebook page of Charles Rowley/AFP

British woman dies after exposure to Novichok nerve agent

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:18 AM

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War

NERVE AGENT. Police officers stand guard near barriers across Rollestone Street, outside the John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living in Salisbury, southern England, on July 8, 2018. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Moscow accuses UK of 'dirty political games' over nerve agent

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also says London will have to apologize for its handling of the two poisoning cases and its accusations against Moscow

CORDONED OFF. A police officer guards a cordon at a residential address in Amesbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 where police reported a man and woman were found unconscious after contact with what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:31 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters the case is 'very worrying' but Russia had no information 'about what substances were used and how they were used'

NERVE AGENT. A police officer stands guard over a public rubbish bin that is cordoned off in Amesbury, near Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 in connection with the investigation launched after two people were found unconscious after exposure to what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe / AFP

G7 calls on Russia to answer for Salisbury nerve agent attack

Apr 17, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'We call on Russia to urgently address all questions related to the incident in Salisbury,' foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations say in a joint statement

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Russia diplomats, families, leave U.S. embassy

Apr 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

In total, 171 people will leave the country, state news agency TASS reports Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, as saying

EXPELLED. Russian diplomats leave their embassy in Washington. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Russia demands UK cut over 50 diplomats in new tit-for-tat move

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:31 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Britain says it is considering Moscow's request for consular access to Yulia Skripal, daughter of poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal

KREMLIN. A general view photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia expels diplomats from 23 countries as spy crisis escalates

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The moves by Russia come after a coordinated campaign by the United Kingdom and its allies over a nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kay Nietfeld

Europe steps up pressure on Russia over spy attack

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A number of member states are considering following Britain's lead and expelling Russian intelligence agents posing as diplomats, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying further coordinated actions were "necessary"

Russian envoy to UK pens letter to cop sick from nerve agent

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:48 AM

'I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your bravery when reacting to the assault on two Russian nationals,' says the Russian ambassador as he insists on Moscow's innocence

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and suspended high-level contacts, including for the World Cup, as the US joined it in blasting Moscow at the UN on March 14. British Prime Minister Theresa May told Britain's parliament that Russia had failed to respond to her demand for an explanation on how a Soviet-designed chemical, Novichok, was used in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / TOBY MELVILLE

UK 'anticipated' expulsion of Moscow diplomats

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Moscow expels 23 British diplomats following London's 'provocative' measures over poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter

ANTICIPATED. British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

Kremlin furious as Britain blames Putin for ex-spy attack

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Britain Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol

ESPIONAGE. A police officer stand in front of a cordon in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 11, 2018, as investigations continue in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. finds North Korea killed Kim brother with VX agent

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The finding triggers another layer of US economic sanctions against Pyongyang, just as South Korea reported that the regime is ready for talks to end a nuclear standoff

KIM JONG-NAM'S MURDER. This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam murder trial visits lab to view tainted clothes

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The visit to the government lab near Kuala Lumpur comes after a chemist last week testified there were traces of VX on the women's clothes

MURDER TRIAL. This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam suffered extensive organ damage, trial hears

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Vital organs, including Kim Jon-Nam's lungs and brain, swell due to a build-up of fluid, pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood testifies after carrying out the post-mortem

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Stats on holiday shopping in PH and why the ‘ber’ season is a myth

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:14 PM

A survey conducted among Rappler readers reveals the new shopping habits of a modern, digitally-savvy market

Laywer for accused in Kim murder slams 'unethical' authorities

May 29, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Gooi Soon Seng chief lawyer for Siti Aisyah says police and state prosecutors have yet to give the defense the airport closed circuit television CCTV footage of the assassination or the autopsy report on Kim

ON THE KIM MURDER. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

The toxic mystery behind Kim Jong-Nam's assassination

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:20 PM

More than a month after Kim Jong Nam was murdered in Kuala Lumpur experts are struggling to make sense of Malaysia s findings that the lethal nerve agent VX was used to kill him without apparent harm to anyone else

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang on February 26, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Lawyer for suspect in Kim murder calls for second autopsy

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Doan Thi Huong s lawyer suggests Malaysia does not have the necessary expertise in the VX nerve agent adding that he planned to request a second post mortem

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Malaysian court charges two women with Kim murder

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The suspects who claim they thought they were merely taking part in a prank video remained composed throughout the brief hearing

Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C), 25, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 28, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam suffered painful death within minutes of attack – Malaysia minister

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

The estranged half brother of the North Korean leader would have suffered a very painful death as his major organs shut down Malaysia s health minister says

Passengers look on as Malaysia's Hazmat team cordon off an area inside the departures terminal for a decontamination operation at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang early February 26, 2017.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

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Feb 24, 2017 - 8:58 PM

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North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile – Seoul

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Pyongyang is believed to have up to 5 000 tons of chemical weapons including the VX nerve agent allegedly used to kill Kim Jong Nam

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Kim Jong-Nam killed by VX nerve agent – Malaysia police

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:05 AM

5th UPDATE South Korea slams the use of the nerve agent as a blatant violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and other international norms

GMA's 'life-threatening condition' revealed

Jun 26, 2012 - 7:41 PM

Her titanium implant threatens her life says former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s latest medical report