The Russian scientist who helped develop the nerve agent that the British government says left former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in a critical condition in Salisbury has said they will die if they are taken off life support because there is no antidote. Vladimir Uglev worked at Russia’s state scientific research institute for organic chemistry and technology, or GOSNIIOKHT, where he helped develop "Novichok" in a pilot project between 1972 and 1988 in the town of Volsk in the Saratov region. Uglev pointed out Novichok is in fact a group of four nerve agents, each named after the year they were created.
Ant McPartlin is reportedly on lockdown in his London home as he undergoes his second round of rehab. The ITV star is thought to have had only limited contact with presenting partner Declan Donnelly since his arrest for ‘drink-driving’ on Sunday, with his parents being the only people allowed to visit him. Donnelly is due to have ‘crunch talks’ with ITV on Wednesday to decide the fate of the final episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, without McPartlin.
Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain share a joke in between media and sponsorship duties in the futsal hall at St George’s Park. A few yards away, Jack Wilshere smiles as he’s reintroduced to a member of FATV on his return to the squad after 16 months away. The scene is a reminder of the high-level game of ‘stick or twist’ Arsenal’s England contingent have been forced to play with a World Cup on the horizon.
David Stark managed to eject from the £30 million jet before it plunged to the ground.
President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on his re-election, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," according to officials familiar with the call. Mr Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and US governments have blamed on Moscow. The President's conversation with Putin, which Mr Trump called a "very good call," prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone towards one of the United States' biggest geopolitical rivals amid the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials.
Marvel's decision to brand forthcoming superhero mash-up Avengers: Infinity War "the most ambitious crossover event in history" has received quite the response on Twitter.
Russia's foreign minister threatens to 'hit back' at Britain over response to nerve agent attack
Marlène Schiappa, the minister for gender equality, has said French laws must state that it is forbidden to threaten, intimidate or follow women in the street. France is to introduce on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment in public places and lengthen the time-limit for filing rape complaints as part of new legislation against sexual violence. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said the aim is to ensure “women are not afraid to be outside”.
The UK's first members' club for working women has opened in a five-storey townhouse in Bloomsbury, London. The Allbright includes a cafe, cocktail bar, lounge, exhibition space and meeting rooms. Men are allowed into the club as guests.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted it would be a "pleasure" to play alongside Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. Pogba was an unused substitute in Manchester United's 2-0 FA Cup win over Brighton on Saturday, with the France international having seen himself in and out of Jose Mourinho's side in recent weeks. Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps admitted that Pogba's situation at Old Trafford cannot make him happy, but added he would talk to the 25-year-old to properly understand what he is currently going through at United.
Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents about its Sept. 6, 2007, air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. It said the reactor was being constructed with help from North Korea and had been months away from activation.
Land Rover has succumbed to environmental pressure and gone the way of Porsche and Bentley by fitting its flagship Range Rover with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – PHEV for short. Tom Wiltshire gets behind the wheel to see if the British bruiser suits an ‘eco’ makeover
Supporters of Britain's exit from the European Union dumped crates of haddock into the River Thames on Wednesday to protest against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit transition deal which they say has betrayed the fishing industry. As part of the transition deal announced on Monday, Britain agreed to remain within the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) for around 20 months after Britain's exit on March 29, 2019. In Scotland, home to Britain's richest fishing grounds, lawmakers from May's Conservative Party have pledged they will not back a final Brexit deal unless Britain leaves the Common Fisheries Policy altogether.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she attended an event on Wednesday morning at the Royal Society of Medicine in London wearing a super chic pale mint green coat and matching dress. Adorned with an elegant bow fastening at the neck and gold buttons on the cuffs, the bespoke Jenny Packham coat nailed the season’s pastel trend with perfect execution. The Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation hosted a symposium on the benefits of providing social and emotional support to children in their early years, a cause close to her heart, where the Duchess brought together academics, researchers, practitioners, educators and charities to discuss perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, parenting support, and resources for schools.
50 Mums across the UK made a special video to mark World Down syndrome Day. They can be seen signing along to Christina Perri’s song A Thousand Years.
Asia is a critical battlefield in the global fight to rein in air pollution, registering about 5 million premature deaths each year, delegates at a United Nations conference said on Wednesday, as urged tougher enforcement of curbs. About 90 percent of related deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries, most of them in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. "There is a sense that if you're developing economically it doesn't mean that you have to live in a city where you can't breathe the air," Dechen Tsering, the Asia-Pacific director of the U.N. Environment programme, said at the two-day event.
Wagamama is claiming a world first through the launch of a mobile payment app which it describes as the "Uber for diners". The restaurant chain says wagamamago enables customers who have downloaded the app to walk in to restaurants, order, eat and go. The cashless technology was developed with Mastercard (Swiss: MA.SW - news) after Wagamama's chief investment officer wanted a way to ease stress among diners waiting to pay up at one of its airport outlets.
An explosion that injured a man in a charity shop in Austin, Texas, is not linked to a series of package bomb attacks that have left two dead, police said. The explosion Tuesday night was caused by an old military incendiary device donated to the store, according to authorities. The city has been on edge after a series of blasts, with hundreds of police now involved in the search for the person or persons responsible. Police respond after one person was injured by a package containing an incendiary device at a nearby Goodwill store on March 20, 2018 in Austin, Texas.