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Here we go again …. Russian propaganda machine ramps up with the proverbial barrage of BS over Amesbury / Salisbury. Consensus in the UK seems to be that it is collateral from the attack against the Skripals. HM govt is not impressed. The Russian Novichok attack in Salisbury will end up being counted as one of the politically most expensive election stunts of all times.

Iran makes more threats, the US issues a warning, and China appears to reverse its long standing practice of supporting Tehran, chastising it over its threats. An oil and LNG shortage in the middle of a trade war would not work well for China. Perhaps it is time for Beijing to reassess who its actual friends are – New Axis of Evil members do not have a good track record for integrity, honesty or loyalty.

More on Syria.

Russia mocks Britain after 2 more people poisoned with nerve agent – ThinkProgress

A couple was found unconscious near the same park where a former spy and his daughter were nearly killed in March.

Russian unleashes torrent of alternative facts in Amesbury poisoning case

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Within hours of British police announcing last night that a couple from Amesbury, Wiltshire had been poisoned with Novichok, Russia’s propaganda machine was firing out projectiles in all directions with the usual aim of casting doubt and confusion in people’s minds. The real story is fairly straightforward: Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were taken ill on June 30 and are now in critical condition, probably due to coming into contact with Novichok residue in Salisbury from the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March. By now Russia’s tactics in these situations are tried and tested, and even boring, but they’re still effective. Plenty of people in the UK would rather believe that they are being duped by their own government than by Russia – supporters of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn in particular – and they form a fertile audience for Russia’s lies, which they then repeat and embellish themselves. The cycle continues with Russian media quoting the British “sceptics”, who are depicted as being smarter than those who trust the “official narrative” – in other words, stick to known facts.

Russian Officials Deny Involvement In Second U.K. Poisoning | Time

Two more people in England have been poised by the nerve agent Novichok. Russian officials are denying involvement.

TASS: World – Amesbury poisoning victims fell ill after handling contaminated item — police

«Meticulous and systematic searches are under way at a number of sites,» police said

The UK is blaming Russia after a British couple was poisoned with a lethal toxin – Vox

The poisoning of a British couple comes just four months after a former spy from Russia was exposed to the same toxin in Britain.

British PM May says new Novichok poisoning deeply disturbing | Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday it was deeply disturbing to see two British citizens poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent.

UK Interior Minister gives statement on new Novichok poisoning case | Euronews

UK Interior Minister gives a statement on new Novichok poisoning case.

Sajid Javid: Russia is using UK as dumping ground for poison – YouTube

Guardian News Published on Jul 6, 2018 The home secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed to MPs – after he chaired the government’s Cobra security meeting – that Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley appeared to have been exposed to novichok at a separate location to the Skripals. Javid told the Commons: ‘It is unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns to be dumping grounds for poison’

Britain Rips ‘Reckless’ Russia, Demands Answers After New Poisonings

The British Home Office accused Russia of “reckless and callous” behavior and demanded that Moscow provide details about the nerve-agent attack on a Russian former double agent and his daughter in March after two British citizens were poisoned with the same substance last week.

Britain rips ‘reckless’ Russia, demands answers after new poisonings – media | UNIAN

The British Home Office accused Russia of “reckless and callous” behavior and demanded that Moscow provide details about the nerve-agent attack on a Russian former double agent and his daughter in March after two British citizens were poisoned with the same substance last week. Britain blames Russia for the assassination attempt, but Moscow denies any involvement.

Amesbury poisoning: Wiltshire police cannot rule out more people falling ill amid hunt for Novichok-tainted item

Police hunting the deadly Novichok-tainted item that left a couple fighting for their lives in Wiltshire have said they cannot rule out more people being poisoned.

Second Novichok poisoning in Britain raises alarm, questions over contamination | Ars Technica

Remnants of first attack suggested as cause, but scientist doubts poison lingered.

British Police Hunt Object That May Have Poisoned Couple With Novichok

British police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

Amesbury poisoning is same Novichok nerve agent used in Salisbury attack on Sergei Skripal – CBS News

Officials believe pair who fell ill near site of attack on Russians are likely unintended victims, but that raises new questions

Couple sickened with nerve agent not ‘deliberately targeted,’ deepening mystery – ABC News

The pair, a man and woman in their 40s, were exposed to Novichok last week.

Homeless hostel in Salisbury evacuated after novichok poisoning | UK news | The Guardian

John Baker House was home to Dawn Sturgess, who is being treated in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent

UK town faces new reality: Another nerve agent poisoning

AMESBURY, England (AP) — In this normally pleasant town of 10,000 residents a stone’s throw from the mysterious Stonehenge monument, the new reality is sinking in: Novichok, again.

Salisbury residents count cost of second nerve agent incident | UK news | The Guardian

Worried parents and disappointed traders fear city’s recent progress will be lost

Novichok poisoning: will it be us next? Residents fearful amid anger at clean-up | News | The Times

Residents have criticised the official response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack after two members of the public were left fighting for their lives four months later.Locals questioned the public health advice after they were again told there was no risk from the novichok used in the assassination

Novichok poisoning: How could it happen again in Salisbury? | New Scientist

Health officials have said the risk to the public is low after a couple in Wiltshire have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok

Novichok poisoning: Amesbury victim’s brother says poisoning will ‘finish him physically’ – Mirror Online

Matthew Rowley said he has struggled to find out information about his brother Charlie’s condition since he was rushed to hospital on Saturday

UK Couple Poisoned by Same Nerve Agent that Struck an Ex-Russian Spy and His Daughter

Novichok, the nerve agent that let an ex-Russian spy and his daughter unconscious on a park bench in March, strikes again. Here's how the poison works.

Novichok Poisons Two More Near Salisbury. What to Know | Time

Police confirmed that the deadly nerve agent has left a couple in Amesbury, southern England, critically ill.

How nerve agent Novichok suspected in UK poisonings affects the body – ABC News

It has been blamed for the almost fatal poisoning of a former Russian agent.

Factbox: What do we know – and do not know – about the Novichok poisonings? | Reuters

Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said.

Britain demands Russian explanation after couple poisoned by Novichok ‘contaminated item’ – YouTube

ABC News (Australia) Published on Jul 5, 2018 The poisoning of two Britons with the Novichok nerve agent looks like an unfortunate after-effect of the attempted murder in March of a former Russian agent and his daughter, Britain’s Health Minister says.

How did Salisbury couple come into contact with Novichok? | ITV News – YouTube

ITV News Published on Jul 5, 2018 Wiltshire Police initially thought the couple had taken contaminated crack cocaine or heroin, however after samples were sent to the chemical weapons research laboratory at Porton Down, it was revealed that they had been exposed to the nerve agent novichok. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it is not thought the individuals are linked in any way to Russia or to the Skripals but Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he “cannot rule out” the possibility the novichok found in Amesbury was from the same batch used in the Salisbury attack.

Amesbury Novichok contaminated item search continues – BBC News

The couple were likely exposed to the nerve agent from “an object in a contained space”, the BBC learns.

Dawn Sturgess captured on CCTV hours before ‘Novichok’ poisoning – Daily Mail – YouTube

Daily Mail Published on Jul 5, 2018 This is the moment Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess was captured on CCTV buying alcohol just over 24 hours before she was found frothing at the mouth and taken into intensive care. The footage, obtained exclusively by MailOnline, shows the blonde and gaunt addict smiling and laughing at an off licence at the bottom of Rollestone Street in Salisbury, where her homeless hostel is located, unaware that by Saturday she would be fighting for her life. Ozzy Hayatsu, the owner of the Best 1 Local off licence who sold her four cans of Karpackie beer for £6.99, said: ‘She seemed happy.

🇬🇧 UK police: Nerve agent poisoning of couple unlikely deliberate | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 5, 2018 British police have confirmed that two people critically ill in hospital in southern England were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. That is the same substance used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. The latest victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were discovered in the small town of Amesbury in southwestern England, which is just 13 kilometres from the city of Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned and where they are now being treated in hospital. However, police say it is unlikely that Sturgess and Rowley were deliberately targeted. Al Jazeera’s Peter Sharp reports from Salisbury.

Amesbury Novichok poisoning: Couple exposed to nerve agent – BBC News – YouTube

BBC News Published on Jul 5, 2018 A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok – the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill at a house in Amesbury on Saturday and remain in a critical condition. Police say no one else has presented with the same symptoms. There was “nothing in their background” to suggest the pair were targeted, the Met Police said.

China chides Iran over threat to block oil exports through Strait of Hormuz | Reuters

Iran should make more effort to ensure stability in the Middle East and get along with its neighbors, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they may block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran, Pentagon Trade Warnings Over U.S. Effort To Block Iranian Oil Exports

The United States and Iran have traded warnings over U.S. efforts to block Iran’s oil exports, with Tehran suggesting that it could retaliate by blocking oil tankers from leaving the Persian Gulf.

U.S.-Iran tensions rise over oil route as EU tries to save nuclear deal | Reuters

The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure free navigation and the flow of commerce, the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if necessary.

Iran threatens to close critical transit lane for crude oil

Rising tensions between the United States and Iran are resurrecting long-held fears about conflicts in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s busiest sea lane for crude oil shipments.

Does Israel want Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in power? | Syria News | Al Jazeera

As Syrian forces close in on rebels in the south, experts say Israel likely to be at ease with Assad remaining in power.

Hezbollah role in Syrian south exposes limits of U.S. policy | Reuters

Hezbollah is helping to lead a Russian-backed offensive in southern Syria, pro-Damascus sources said, exposing the limits of U.S. policy that hopes Moscow can get Iran and groups it backs out of the country.

Syrian Rebels Return To Talks Over Pullout After Fierce Bombing Campaign

Rebels in besieged areas of southwestern Syria say they are returning to negotiations with Russia over a possible pullout after an intensive bombing campaign by Russian and Syrian forces.

The Rise of Iraq’s Young Secularists – Defense One

On Facebook and in the cafés of decimated Mosul, they envision a country free from political Islam. Do they have a shot?

53 And Counting! Heat Wave Breaks Records In Iran, Across The Caucasus

An intense heat wave is shattering temperature records in Iran and the Caucasus nations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, causing power shortages that are adding to discomfort in the region.