British government security ministers held an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss the poisoning of a Russian who spied for Britain, as police backed by soldiers continued to search the British town of Salisbury, where he was attacked with a nerve agent.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said after the meeting it was still “too early” to say with certainty who was behind the poisoning that left former Russian military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, in critical condition.
Rudd said that the investigation has been painstaking and that more than 240 pieces of evidence have been collected, with 200 witnesses identified. The investigation has turned to the cemetery where the ex-spy’s wife and son are buried.
The father and daughter were found unconscious March 4 on a bench in Salisbury; Skripal lived in the city, located 90 miles southwest of London.
— Associated Press
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has narrowed its travel warning for the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen amid what it calls an unspecified “ongoing security threat.”
In a notice posted on its website, the embassy also said the U.S. Consular Agency in the city would reopen and resume normal operations Monday after a shutdown of several days — “absent additional changes in the security situation.”
The revised restrictions say U.S. government employees must avoid five neighborhoods in and around a downtown tourist zone filled with hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. But they lift a blanket ban issued last week for the city that had covered several all-inclusive resorts.
After the first travel alert, Mexican officials came out to defend public safety in the area, apparently concerned about a possible hit to tourism.
— Associated Press
Turkish president criticizes NATO for lack of support: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is criticizing NATO for not supporting his country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria. Speaking to reporters, Erdogan said NATO member Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested but did not receive support in return. Erdogan urged NATO to come to Turkey's aid, saying its borders are "under threat right now."
Palestinian teen killed during clash with West Bank settlers: A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed on Saturday in what began as a clash between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. Both sides blamed the other for the violence between residents of a Jewish settlement and a nearby Palestinian village. The Israeli military said soldiers arrived at the scene and "used riot dispersal means and fired live rounds." It was unclear whether they were shot by Israeli soldiers or settlers.
Anarchists clash with police in Greece: Anarchists and riot police clashed in Greece after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism. Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the anarchists, who also barricaded themselves at the University of Thessaloniki. The gathering of Balkan anarchists was organized after far-right activists burned down an anarchist collective's premises during a January rally protesting the use of the name Macedonia by Greece's northern neighbor.
Bolivians hold 120-mile demonstration for seaport: Thousands of Bolivians held a strip of blue across more than 120 miles of the nation of Bolivia as part of a demonstration of the country's demand for an outlet to the sea. Bolivian officials say the Bolivian navy's ensign held by participants along a highway on Saturday is the world's biggest — or at least longest — flag. Bolivia lost its only sea coast to Chile in a war from 1879 to 1883. It has asked the International Court of Justice to order Chile to negotiate a settlement in good faith.
— From news services