Polonium http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35914/all en Britain seeks to withhold info from Litvinenko inquest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/britain-seeks-withhold-info-litvinenko-inquest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain is seeking to withhold information about Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko at the forthcoming inquest into his death to avoid damage to trade deals with Moscow, a court was told on Tuesday.</p> <p>A pre-inquest hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice heard that Foreign Secretary William Hague had signed a public interest immunity (PII) certificate to prevent evidence relating to the case being placed in the public domain.</p> <p>This was because disclosure risked "serious harm to the public interest", Hague wrote in the document which has been made public.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/britain-seeks-withhold-info-litvinenko-inquest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexander Litvinenko Chemistry Politics Polonium Social Issues AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767307 at http://www.globalpost.com Coroner to examine UK bid to keep Litvinenko details secret http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/coroner-examine-uk-bid-keep-litvinenko-details-secret <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A British coroner said on Wednesday he would consider in secret sensitive information which the British government does not want made public about the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered in London in 2006.</p> <p>Litvinenko, who had been granted British citizenship and had become a vocal critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, died after someone slipped polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope, into his cup of tea at a plush London hotel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/coroner-examine-uk-bid-keep-litvinenko-details-secret" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:45:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768304 at http://www.globalpost.com Litvinenko murder suspect 'pulls out' of British inquest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/litvinenko-murder-suspect-pulls-out-british-inquest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The chief suspect in the polonium poisoning of Russian dissident and ex-security agent Alexander Litvinenko said Tuesday he would take no part in the British inquest into the death, blaming London's decision to keep some sensitive material a secret.</p> <p>Russian lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi said that his legal representatives would no longer take part in the inquest or present evidence, claiming that he had lost faith in the British justice system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/litvinenko-murder-suspect-pulls-out-british-inquest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Politics Polonium Technology AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5780552 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian suspect rejects British inquiry into polonium death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/russian-suspect-rejects-british-inquiry-polonium-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) - A Russian suspect in the death of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko said on Tuesday he would no longer cooperate with a British inquiry into the former KGB agent's radiation poisoning in London.</p> <p>Andrei Lugovoy, a former security agent who is now a member of Russia's parliament, told a news conference in Moscow that Britain was trying to hide the truth about Litvinenko's death in November 2006 by keeping evidence secret.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/russian-suspect-rejects-british-inquiry-polonium-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrey Lugovoy Bodyguards Politics Polonium Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:15:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5780577 at http://www.globalpost.com Litvinenko murder suspect 'pulls out' of British inquest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/litvinenko-murder-suspect-pulls-out-british-inquest-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The chief suspect in the polonium poisoning of Russian dissident and ex-security agent Alexander Litvinenko said Tuesday he would take no further part in the British inquest into the death, blaming London's decision to keep some sensitive material secret.</p> <p>Russian lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi said that his legal representatives would no longer take part in the inquest or present evidence, claiming that he had lost faith in the British justice system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/litvinenko-murder-suspect-pulls-out-british-inquest-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrei Lugovoi Politics of Russia Polonium Technology Toxicology AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:47:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5781125 at http://www.globalpost.com Inquest into Litvinenko death in London delayed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/inquest-litvinenko-death-london-delayed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The inquest into the death by radioactive poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko will be delayed by another five months until October, the coroner said on Thursday.</p> <p>A pre-inquest hearing was told that all the material needed to assess the former spy's agonising death in London in November 2006 would not be ready for a planned May start.</p> <p>"I have come, with great reluctance, to the conclusion that I can no longer adhere to May 1 as the starting date," said Robert Owen, the High Court judge leading the investigation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/inquest-litvinenko-death-london-delayed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear terrorism Politics Polonium AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:15:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5783642 at http://www.globalpost.com Litvinenko widow's inquiry bid 'running out of money' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131004/litvinenko-widows-inquiry-bid-running-out-money <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The widow of murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko broke down in tears Friday as she told a British court she was running out of money in her quest for a public inquiry.</p> <p>Marina Litvinenko, whose ex-spy husband was killed with radioactive poison in London in 2006, wept as she told the High Court she could lose "almost everything" if she continued her legal battle with the British government, which has ruled out a judge-led public inquiry into the death.</p> <p>"I really want to get the truth," she told reporters. "I absolutely cannot just give this up."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131004/litvinenko-widows-inquiry-bid-running-out-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Politics Polonium AFP Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:39:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5951788 at http://www.globalpost.com Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/radiation-experts-confirm-polonium-arafat-clothing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned.</p> <p>In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat's belongings.</p> <p>Arafat died in France on November 11 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow's request.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/radiation-experts-confirm-polonium-arafat-clothing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Technology AFP Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:20:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5960396 at http://www.globalpost.com Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/radiation-experts-confirm-polonium-arafat-clothing-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned.</p> <p>In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat's belongings.</p> <p>Arafat died in France on November 11 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow's request.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/radiation-experts-confirm-polonium-arafat-clothing-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Technology Yasser Arafat AFP Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:21:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5960409 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian official rules out Arafat polonium poisoning http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131015/russian-official-rules-out-arafat-polonium-poisoning <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.</p> <p>However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official statement about the research, saying only that it had handed its results to the Russian Foreign Ministry.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131015/russian-official-rules-out-arafat-polonium-poisoning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Yasser Arafat Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:18:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5961680 at http://www.globalpost.com Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss scientists have concluded Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is likely to have died from polonium poisoning, according to a text of their findings published by Al-Jazeera television Wednesday.</p> <p>The results of tests on Arafat's remains "moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210," said the 108-page analysis posted on Al-Jazeera's website.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Technology Yasser Arafat AFP Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:48:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5981876 at http://www.globalpost.com Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss scientists have concluded Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is likely to have died from polonium poisoning, according to a text of their findings published by Al-Jazeera television Wednesday.</p> <p>The results of tests on Arafat's remains "moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210," said the 108-page analysis posted on Al-Jazeera's website.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Technology AFP Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:06:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5981909 at http://www.globalpost.com Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss scientists have concluded Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is likely to have died from polonium poisoning, according to a text of their findings published by Al-Jazeera television Wednesday.</p> <p>The results of tests on Arafat's remains "moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210," said the 108-page analysis posted on Al-Jazeera's website.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131106/tests-point-polonium-poisoning-arafat-death-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Polonium Technology Yasser Arafat AFP Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:49:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5981943 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium: widow http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131106/former-palestinian-leader-yasser-arafat-was-poisoned-death-radi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Paul Taylor</p> <p>PARIS (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.</p> <p>"We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in Paris.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131106/former-palestinian-leader-yasser-arafat-was-poisoned-death-radi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Matter Palestinian territories Politics Polonium Technology Yasser Arafat Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:19:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5981820 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel says did not poison Arafat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131107/israel-says-did-not-poison-arafat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it did not poison Yasser Arafat, making the denial after the Palestinian leader's widow said Swiss forensic tests had proven he died from radioactive polonium poisoning in 2004.</p> <p>"We never made a decision to harm him physically," Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, who in 2004 served as foreign minister and as a member of Israel's security cabinet, told Israel Radio.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131107/israel-says-did-not-poison-arafat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Labor Law Palestinian territories Politics Polonium Religion Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers War Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:55:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5982692 at http://www.globalpost.com