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Package Sets Off Sarin Alarm at Facebook

Scare triggers evacuations

(Newser) - An alarm went off as a machine screened packages at Facebook on Monday, alerting employees of the possible presence of sarin. Four buildings on the Menlo Park, California, campus were evacuated, CNBC reports; three were soon reopened. No employees were exposed to the poison, firefighters said, and a fire official...

Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

Final 6 Aum Shinrikyo members hanged

(Newser) - Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members of a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC...

In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur
In Japan, Signs Suggest
Mass Execution Might Occur
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In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur

Japan sentenced 13 Aum Shinrikyo members to die for sarin, other attacks

(Newser) - Japan may be readying itself for a mass hanging. The Guardian reports that signs suggest the long-awaited executions of the doomsday cult members behind the infamous 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may soon come to pass. The two big indications: It reports the country typically holds...

Military Personnel Swarm City in Russia Spy Probe

Investigators take closer look at two grave sites

(Newser) - An investigation into the apparent poisoning of a Russian double agent and his daughter concentrated Friday on two grave sites in the once-quiet city of Salisbury, the Guardian reports. With some 200 military personnel supporting police efforts, hazmat-suit-wearing experts established tents around two graves: the wife and son of Sergei...

Investigators: Deadly Attack in Syria Used Sarin

Findings will be part of UN investigation

(Newser) - An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog has concluded that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war. The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib province left more...

Japan PM Issues Sarin-Gas Warning About North Korea

As concern mounts that another missile test is imminent

(Newser) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan, as international concern mounted that a missile or nuclear test by the authoritarian state could be imminent. "There is a possibility that North Korea is already...

Susan Rice's Claims on Syria Fail Fact-Checker's Test

In January, she suggested Assad had turned over all his chemical weapons

(Newser) - The Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post has taken the unusual step of looking at a months-old statement made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice about Syria's chemical weapons. She won't be happy to learn that she earned the worst ranking of Four Pinocchios (only "...

White House Considering Military Action Against Syria

A report says the chemical used in Tuesday's attack was sarin

(Newser) - The chemical used in an attack this week that left at least 86 people—27 of them children—dead in Syria was sarin, a banned nerve agent, the New York Times report. The Turkish Health Ministry says it confirmed the chemical as sarin following an autopsy on three victims. Many...

Trump Blames Obama for Syria Chemical Attack

Trump Blames Obama
for Syria Chemical Attack

Trump Blames Obama for Syria Chemical Attack

He cites failure to enforce 'red line' after chemical attack

(Newser) - An apparent chemical attack that killed scores of people Tuesday is being called one of the worst atrocities of the Syrian civil war—and President Trump blames his predecessor. The "heinous" actions of the Assad regime "are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution,"...

Judith Miller: No, I Didn't Start the Iraq War
Judith Miller: No, I Didn't
Start the Iraq War

Judith Miller: No, I Didn't Start the Iraq War

Former Times reporter sets out to dispel 'false narratives'

(Newser) - If you're familiar with the name Judith Miller , the former New York Times reporter has a pretty good idea why: "I took America to war in Iraq," she writes in the Wall Street Journal . "It was all me." This is Miller's tongue-in-cheek introduction to...

CIA Bought Chemical Arms From Secret Iraqi Seller: Report

Agency reportedly studied, destroyed weapons to keep them from militants

(Newser) - Just months after a New York Times exposé in which US troops alleged serious injuries from chemical weapons in Iraq, a new story has emerged about US efforts to acquire these arms—and the secret source from which they were culled. The CIA, with military help, reportedly purchased at least...

Gov't Covered Up Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq: NYT
Chemical Weapons Found
in Iraq Were Kept Secret
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Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq Were Kept Secret

NYT : Troops who served in Iraq allege serious injuries, incompetence

(Newser) - US troops headed into Iraq more than a decade ago to hunt down weapons of mass destruction, but they found something else instead: massive numbers of chemical weapons, which injured soldiers and prompted a possible Pentagon cover-up, the New York Times reports. In a stunning narrative based on interviews and...

White House Watched as Syria Stockpiled Chemicals

Leaked cables document Syria importing ingredients from Europe, US

(Newser) - It may have taken a while to convince President Obama that Assad had used chemical weapons, but it was no revelation that he had them. Leaked US diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records show the White House had long been tracking the growing chemical arsenal being amassed by the Syrian...

Russia Not Buying Syria Strike Evidence

Congress 'split 5 ways' on military action

(Newser) - Russia has seen some of the evidence that the US has gathered on Syria's chemical weapons strike—and calls it "absolutely unconvincing," the AP reports. The country's foreign minister says the evidence is "not specific"—it has "no geographic coordinates, no names, no...

Kerry Confirms Sarin; Assad 'Joins List of Hitler, Saddam'

Says 'case is building'

(Newser) - The Syrian regime used sarin gas on its own people, John Kerry confirmed today, saying that blood and hair samples from first responders in Damascus had tested positive for the chemical agent and that the evidence had come to the United States independently, and not via the UN. "Bashar...

Plot to Release Poison Gas via Toy Planes Foiled

Five arrested after workshops, toys uncovered in Iraq

(Newser) - Iraqi authorities say they have arrested five men who were manufacturing sarin and mustard gas, which they planned to release via remote-controlled toy planes, reports the BBC . They also planned to smuggle the chemicals into Europe and North America and strike targets there. The men confessed to the plot, and...

UN Suspects Syrian Rebels Used Nerve Gas

'Strong suspicions' but no proof yet, top investigator says

(Newser) - Another game-changer? One of the United Nations' chief investigators says evidence is building that sarin gas was used in the Syrian conflict—but by rebels, not Bashar al-Assad's regime. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors, and field hospitals" and "there are strong, concrete...

Hagel: Syria Likely Used Chemical Weapons

Defense secretary says sarin gas probably used on 'small scale'

(Newser) - Have we crossed the red line? US intelligence has concluded with "some degree of varying confidence" that Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters in Abu Dhabi today, per the AP . The determination apparently came within the past day, and the White...

Syria's Chemical Weapons Sparked Global Unity

'New York Times' takes a look at international response

(Newser) - The New York Times today takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Syria chemical weapons scare that erupted in early December . Israel first contacted the Pentagon in late November, concerned by satellite images showing Syrian troops likely making sarin gas bombs . That call sparked a rare show of cooperation between countries...

Wind Carried Sarin Gas to Gulf War Troops

Controversial paper cites bombing of Iraqi chemical weapons depots

(Newser) - A controversial new paper may shed light on Gulf War syndrome, a collection of symptoms seen in veterans of the 1991 conflict: Chemical weapons could be to blame. The researchers assert that when US troops bombed chemical weapons depots in Iraq, the neurotoxin sarin was sent into the atmosphere then...

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