Britain says former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent

SALISBURY, England,  (Reuters) – A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London’s ties with Moscow.

Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the southern English city of Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.

Both remain critically ill and a police officer who attended the scene is also in a serious condition in hospital.


Chevron says it will not dispute climate science in U.S. lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – A Chevron attorney said in court yesterday that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change, a response to a lawsuit that accuses five major energy producers of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming.

Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistakes on user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday that his company made mistakes in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.

Tens of millions in northern Brazil hit by massive power outage

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – A power outage struck large swaths of Brazil yesterday, affecting tens of millions of people, especially in the country’s northern and northeastern regions where the system remains “practically collapsed,” according to an official.

Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas,  (Reuters) – The Texas man who carried out a three-week bombing spree made a 25-minute video “confession” on his phone, which was recovered after he blew himself up yesterday as police were closing in to make an arrest, police said.

Miss Venezuela pageant to probe contestants’ ethics after social media feud

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant said  yesterday it will investigate possible unethical conduct by its contestants following a vitriolic social media spat that saw former participants accusing each other of inappropriate behavior.


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