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Amesbury poisoning: Couple ‘handled contaminated item’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The couple, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, fell ill on Saturday The couple poisoned by Novichok were exposed to the substance after handling a contaminated item, police say. Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, collapsed at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday and remain critically ill. Home Secretary […]

Amesbury poisoning: Russia using UK as ‘dumping ground’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The couple, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, fell ill on Saturday The home secretary has accused Russia of using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison” after a second incident involving the nerve agent Novichok. Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, collapsed at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on […]

Couple poisoned by Novichok nerve agent

Media captionAssistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations Neil Basu speaking on Wednesday night A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok – the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill at a house in […]

UK sets out new Brexit customs plan

Image copyright Downing Street Image caption Brexit will be on the agenda when Angela Merkel hosts Theresa May in Berlin Downing Street has set out some of the detail of how customs could be handled after Brexit. No 10 says its new plan – dubbed the “facilitated customs arrangement” – offers “the best of both […]

MEPs reject controversial copyright law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MEPs haf been subject to fierce lobbying by both those who favoured and those who opposed the legislation MEPs have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September. The law would have put a greater responsibility on individual […]

Polluters exposed by new eye in the sky satellite

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Norilsk in the Arctic Circle is built on its mining and smelting industries What must it be like to live in the Siberian town of Norilsk on a “bad air day”? They say the local smelting industry produces 1% of all the sulphur dioxide (SO₂) going into the air […]

Russian mother faces jail for trying to sell son’s seizure gel

Image copyright Getty Images The mother of a seriously ill boy of six is facing up to eight years in prison in Russia for trying to sell anti-seizure medication she says she no longer needed for her son. When Yekaterina Konnova tried to sell several tubes of diazepam (valium) rectal gel online, police mounted a […]

Wiltshire pair poisoned by Novichok nerve agent

Media captionAmesbury pair poisoned by Novichok A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were poisoned by Novichok – the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, are in a critical condition having been found unconscious at a house on Saturday. […]

Russian mother faces jail for trying to sell son’s seizure gel

Image copyright Getty Images The mother of a seriously ill boy of six is facing up to eight years in prison in Russia for trying to sell anti-seizure medication she says she no longer needed for her son. When Yekaterina Konnova tried to sell several tubes of diazepam (valium) rectal gel online, police mounted a […]

Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

Image copyright Europol Image caption Thousands of illegally excavated artefacts were recovered in the police raids A huge sting operation targeting a criminal gang and carried out by police in Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK has recovered 25,000 archaeological items worth €40m ($47m; £35m), Europol says. The European Law Enforcement Agency said that 43 […]