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Russia warns UK over ex-spy’s poisoning

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UNITED NATIONS — Russia has warned Britain it is ‘playing with fire and you’ll be sorry’ over its accusations that Moscow was to blame for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter.

It was the second showdown between Russia and Britain at the United Nations Security Council since the March 4 nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in an English town.

Russia, which requested the council meeting, denies any involvement.

Ms Skripal has since made her first public comment since the attack, while her father remains in a critical condition.

The attack has had major diplomatic ramifications, with mass expulsions of Russian and Western diplomats. The 15-member Security Council first met over the issue on March 14, at Britain’s request.

“We have told our British colleagues that, ‘You’re playing with fire and you’ll be sorry’,” Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said during a more than 30-minute speech that attempted to poke holes in Britain’s allegations against Moscow.

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He suggested that anyone who watched television crime shows like Britain’s Midsomer Murders would know “hundreds of clever ways to kill someone” to illustrate the “risky and dangerous” nature of the method Britain says was used to target Skripal.

British police believe a nerve agent was left on the front door of the Salisbury home where Skripal lived after he was freed in a spy swap. He was a military intelligence colonel who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to Britain’s MI6 spy service.

“We believe that the UK’s actions stand up to any scrutiny,” British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce told the Security Council. “We have nothing to hide … but I do fear that Russia might have something to fear.”

“Allowing Russian scientists into an investigation where they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime in Salisbury would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty,” Pierce told reporters earlier on Thursday, citing a character from “Sherlock Holmes.”

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17 dead after duck boat capsizes in Missouri

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MISSOURI — At least 17 people, including nine people from the same family, have been killed after an amphibious tour boat carrying 31 people capsized on Table Rock Lake near Branson town in Missouri, USA.

The ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat tipped over when strong winds and large waves swept through the area, as a result killing the driver as well, media reported.

Authorities, in their initial assessment, blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength.

Rescue authorities fished out the bodies from the lake and the age range of the deceased varies from one year to 70 years.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Branson at around 6:30 p.m on (Friday local time), about 30 minutes before the boat capsized.

There were several reports of trees falling down and structural damage, with winds reaching a high of 63 mph.

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Missouri Governor Michael Parson said that nine members of a family were killed in the tragedy. He also met with first responders, survivors and the victims of the families killed in the mishap.

He stated that there was a forecast of severe storms for southeast Missouri on Friday, while also issuing a warning to residents to take preventive actions and follow weather bulletin reports.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said that the boat was at the bottom of the lake and is likely to be recovered by Monday.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to those killed in the tragedy.

He tweeted, “My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!”

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