drones with a device for spraying chemicals

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Russian spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal hopes to return to Russia
23 May 2018
The daughter of an ex-Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury has said she is "lucky to be alive" after the attack.

Yulia Skripal and her father, Sergei, were exposed to nerve agent Novichok in the city on 4 March.

In her first filmed public statement since the attack, Ms Skripal told Reuters that her life had been "turned upside down" but she hoped to return to Russia in the future.

Her father was discharged from hospital earlier this month.

Ms Skripal spent six weeks in Salisbury District Hospital, and was discharged after doctors there said she had responded "exceptionally well" to treatment.

Speaking to the news agency, she said she was continuing "to progress with treatment" and her focus remains on her recovery.

"After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we may have been poisoned. I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked in a such a way."

Ms Skripal thanked the Russian embassy for its offer of assistance. But she said she and her father were "not ready to take it".

She also paid tribute to those who had treated her since the attack, describing them as "wonderful and kind".

"We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination.

"I don't want to describe the details, but the clinical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.

"Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful."

In the video, a scar on Ms Skripal's neck can be seen which is understood to be from a tracheotomy - a procedure to help patients breathe.

Ms Skripal added she would be taking "one day at a time" and that she hoped to care for her father until he is fully recovered.














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Zelensky and Boris Johnson had an emergency tele talk

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Hungary reveals what weakened EU
The country’s top diplomat says the bloc’s leaders failed to protect their citizens from the Ukraine conflict’s ramifications
The armed conflict in Ukraine has “catastrophically” weakened the European Union, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, has claimed.

Speaking at the ‘Open Balkan’ summit in Belgrade on Friday, Szijjarto argued that the Ukraine conflict along with its “economic influence and a ruinous energy crisis… has led to a catastrophic weakening of Europe and the EU.” The diplomat went on to claim that EU leaders’ failure to “protect people in Europe” has resulted in citizens paying the price for a “war they are not even responsible for.”

The Hungarian minister stressed that talks are needed within the bloc to ensure that the consequences of the conflict are not “fatal to the continent.”

Szijjarto added that food shortages in developing countries caused by the fighting in Ukraine have left “hundreds of thousands of people under the threat of famine,” leading to a “new level of migrants’ aggression” at Hungary’s borders.

The official also stressed the importance of the EU’s expansion in the Western Balkans.

Unlike most other EU member states, Hungary has remained relatively neutral since the start of the conflict in February, refusing to provide weapons to either Ukraine or Russia. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has argued that such shipments could see Hungary getting dragged into direct military confrontation – which is not in the country’s interest.

Moreover, officials in Budapest have repeatedly criticized EU sanctions against Moscow, insisting that the punitive measures hurt the bloc itself more than they do Russia. Hungary has also called for dialogue with Russia to put an end to the Ukraine conflict.






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Hunger-stricken Africans encouraged to eat bugs

Hunger-stricken Africans encouraged to eat bugs
UK aid projects in the DRC and Zimbabwe are urging rural inhabitants to farm more insects

UK-financed aid projects in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are encouraging the hunger-stricken population of these African countries to introduce more nutrient-rich bugs into their diet.

As reported by The Guardian on Friday, the agencies are currently spending as much as $57,000 in the DRC and $346,000 in Zimbabwe on trialing insect diets with a view to introducing them to the local population.

In the DRC, the initiative is exploring the benefits of eating African caterpillars, migratory locusts and black soldier flies. It’s noted that there are some 23 species of insects, including termites and crickets, that are already consumed in the South Kivu region. However, the locals consume them opportunistically and gather them depending on the season.

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, a UK-based charity, is now pushing the Congolese to begin farming bugs in an industrialized manner in an effort to end starvation problems in the region.

In Zimbabwe, another aid agency is looking for ways to use mopane worms in porridges served in schools. The Guardian notes that these slimy green caterpillars, which turn into emperor moths, are already commonly picked for consumption from vegetation during rainy seasons.

The project aims to develop a bug-laced gruel to feed poor children in the southern town of Gwanda and the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. The agency says this dish will combine locally farmed mopane worms with cereals and fruits, offering all the crucial vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, sodium, as well as vitamins B1 and B2.

Dr. Alberto Fiore, a professor of food chemistry and technology who leads the project in Zimbabwe, told The Guardian that introducing the bug-based meal is only the first stage of the project, which will also conduct randomized trials to see if the dish will have an effect on children’s performance in school and benefit their health.

Both projects in Zimbabwe and the DRC are funded through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

A UKRI spokesperson told The Guardian that the organization hopes the funding of such projects will “benefit citizens around the world irrespective of their economic status,” and noted the environmental benefits of consuming an insect-based diet.
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Nord Stream gas supply to EU stopped indefinitely – Gazprom
The flow will not be restored on schedule due to a turbine failure, Gazprom says
Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Friday the suspension of natural gas supplies to the EU via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, for an indefinite period, due to technical malfunctions. The pipeline was supposed to restart on September 3 following repairs to its sole operating turbine.

According to the company, it received a warning from Russia’s industrial regulator Rostekhnadzor about the turbine failure. The problems were reportedly detected during maintenance work, and the pipeline will not be able to operate without proper repairs, according to Gazprom.

The Russian firm said it has informed German manufacturer Siemens about the turbine failure and the need for an overhaul.

Repairs on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline were originally scheduled from August 31 until September 3, prompting a full shutdown of gas flows to the EU.

Since July, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline has been operating at reduced capacity due to the shutdown of several gas turbines. Some were sent to Montreal for repairs and were stuck there due to Canadian sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. At Germany’s request, Ottawa announced an exemption for the turbines in July, and returned one turbine, but Gazprom refused to take delivery, citing irregularities in the documentation.

Gazprom has cited faulty or delayed equipment as the main reason for the 80% reduction of deliveries via the pipeline. The Kremlin said this week that only sanctions prevent Nord Stream 1 from working at full capacity. Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller also warned the sanctions could obstruct Siemens Energy from carrying out regular maintenance of the pipeline’s equipment.

Meanwhile, the newly-built Nord Stream 2 pipeline stands idle as Germany has refused to certify it for operation.

Nord StreamのEUへのガス供給が無期限停止に-ガスプロム



Nord Stream 1パイプラインの修理は当初、8月31日から9月3日までの予定だったが、EUへのガスの流れを完全に停止させることになった。

7月以降、複数のガスタービンが停止したため、Nord Stream 1パイプラインは容量を減らして運転されている。一部は修理のためにモントリオールに送られたが、ウクライナ紛争をめぐるカナダの対ロシア制裁のため、そこで立ち往生していた。ドイツの要請により、オタワは7月にタービンの免除を発表し、タービン1基を返却したが、ガスプロムは書類の不備を理由に引き渡しを拒否した。

ガスプロムは、パイプライン経由の納入が80%減少した主な理由として、機器の不具合や遅れを挙げている。クレムリンは今週、Nord Stream 1がフル稼働できないのは制裁措置のせいだと述べた。ガスプロムのアレクセイ・ミラーCEOも、制裁によってシーメンス・エナジー社がパイプラインの設備の定期メンテナンスを実施することが妨げられる可能性があると警告している。

一方、新しく建設されたNord Stream 2パイプラインは、ドイツが稼働の認定を拒否しているため、休止状態となっている。

EU threatened with complete halt of Russian gas supplies
Former President Dmitry Medvedev’s comment came after the European Commission President proposed a gas-price cap

Moscow would halt its gas supplies to the European Union altogether should the bloc impose a price cap on Russian fossil fuel, Dmitry Medvedev, who served as the country’s president from 2008 to 2012 and is currently the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has warned.

On Friday, Medvedev posted a short message on his Telegram channel commenting on a remark made earlier in the day by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“It will be much like with the oil. There simply won’t be Russian gas in Europe,” the politician wrote.

His warning came shortly after von der Leyen said that she firmly believed “that it is now time for a price cap on Russian pipeline gas to Europe.” The official noted that the ceiling “can be proposed at European level,” adding that “there also is a legal foundation at European level to skim profits temporarily as an emergency measure at a time of crisis.”

Also on Friday, G7 foreign ministers issued a statement following an online meeting, which signaled the countries’ “joint political intention to finalise and implement” a price cap on Russian oil.

According to the communique, the measure is “specifically designed to reduce Russian revenues and Russia’s ability to fund its war of aggression whilst limiting the impact of Russia’s war on global energy prices.”

The Group of Seven also expressed hope that a “broad coalition” of countries would abide by the proposed price ceiling.

Moscow has already made it clear that should such a restriction be imposed on its oil, it would simply cease selling its crude to those nations, turning to alternative buyers instead.

Following the start of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine in late February, gas prices have climbed to record highs in Europe. This, in turn, has seen overall inflation go up considerably, too.

To make matters worse, Russia has incrementally reduced gas supplies to the EU to a fraction of pre-February levels over the past few months. Moscow has been citing technical issues caused by Western sanctions as well as scheduled maintenance as reasons for cutting supplies.

The bloc, for its part, accuses Russia of weaponizing its energy exports.











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13 employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations were killed

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