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Contamination in ex-spy case ups pressure on UK to act

Contamination in ex-spy case ups pressure on UK to act

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The health implications of the nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his adult daughter broadened Sunday when British officials conceded that limited traces of contamination were found in a restaurant and a pub in Salisbury, a city in England. Public health officials said the risk of others being sickened by the chemicals that put the father and daughter in critical condition a week ago was very low. But they advised people who had patronized the businesses during a two-day period to wash their clothes, double-bag articles for dry cleaning, and to wipe down items like jewelry. "It's really important to understand the general public should not be concerned. There is, on the evidence currently, a very low risk." Dr. Jenny Harries of Public Health England said during a news conference. ...
China scraps term limit on presidential rule

China scraps term limit on presidential rule

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China has abolished the limit on how long its leader can serve, meaning President Xi could now rule the country indefinitely.The almost 3,000 hand-picked delegates at the National People's Congress overwhelmingly endorsed the constitutional change, with 2,958 voting in favour.There were two votes against, three abstentions and one ballot was invalidated.The amendment overhauls a system introduced by former leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982, which was introduced with the aim of preventing a repeat of the bloody reign of Mao Zedong.Until now, presidents had been limited to two consecutive terms.Image:The result of the vote is seen on a giant screenAs voting got under way, President Xi led members of the seven-member all-powerful Politurbo Standing Committee in casting their ballots.He put his ora...
Two Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli army

Two Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli army

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March 10 (UPI) -- A young Palestinian was shot in the chest and later died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.Various local news outlets reported different names and ages for the man. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, a young Palestinian man was rushed to a hospital in Nablus in critical condition and later died of his wounds.According to an Israeli forces spokesman, the incident happened after a riot was instigated in the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, "during which troops used riot dispersal means and fired live rounds."On Friday, another young Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank city of Hebron, after what the Israeli army reported as riot in which protesters attacked soldiers. In that clash, Israeli troops fir...
Kurds say Syrian city being 'ethnically cleansed'

Kurds say Syrian city being 'ethnically cleansed'

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Syrian Kurds living in the northern city of Afrin have accused Turkey of waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing.Sky News was the first British broadcaster to reach the besieged city and saw first hand dozens of civilian casualties and victims of the Turkish offensive.Funerals in the city are now happening on a daily basis - since the fighting began more than 200 people have been killed.We watched as 19 people were buried in the soft, dark earth in sparsely populated farmland on the edge of the city.Most of those killed were YPG fighters but five were civilians, all of them children aged between five and 14.Image:A woman mourns one of the many children killed in the fightingIn the hospital wards we were shown numerous patients suffering from extensive injuries caused by shelling and airstrik...
'Extraordinary' turnaround as Trump agrees to meet Kim

'Extraordinary' turnaround as Trump agrees to meet Kim

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Donald Trump has hailed the "great progress" made with North Korea after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un by May this year.In an extraordinary turn of events, he confirmed on Twitter that a meeting was being planned despite the two leaders trading insults for months and economic sanctions on North Korea being ramped up in response to its nuclear weapons programme.Mr Trump had previously threatened "fire and fury" in response to threats from North Korea. Mr Trump also referred to the North Korean leader as "Little Rocket Man".But today, the US leader tweeted: "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation with the South Korean representatives, not just a freeze."Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agre...