FILE -- In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, Richard Ratcliffe husband of imprisoned British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses during an Amnesty International led vigil outside the Iranian Embassy in London. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, Iran's state TV, citing unnamed official, said Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces a new charge but did not elaborate. Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic after serving nearly all of her five-year sentence. She was arrested during a holiday with her toddler daughter in April 2016. less … [Read more...] about Iranian TV: British Iranian dual national faces new charge
The EU has complained that this would break international law — heedless of the fact that senior British politicians such as Daniel Hannan believe that the imposition of trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom would break legally superior national law — with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier denying a particular British accusation that it is threatening to use the Withdrawal Agreement to block the importation of food to the province from the British mainland. … [Read more...] about British Brexit Negotiator Calls Out EU’s Barnier on Northern Ireland Dirty Tricks
MEDIAJournal, is he offering more money or just the standard empty promises? [Romenesko]NBC is expanding internationally by buying U.K.-based Sparrowhawk media. It’s a great name, at least. [NYP]Times stories harming personal reputations are a lot of hot air. Sort of like this column about it. [Slate] … [Read more...] about Jeb’s Job
A billboard truck depicting Julian Assange drives past the Central Criminal Court Old Bailey in London, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the U.S. government were squaring off in a London court on Monday at a high-stakes extradition case delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. American prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges over Wikileaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. less … [Read more...] about Assange told to stop interrupting witnesses at UK hearing
Novichok, a deadly nerve agent, was developed in the Soviet period and produced at least until the early 1990s at a top-secret Russian government facility in the city of Shikhany in the Saratov region. Such facilities are under heavy guard by the FSB. Banned by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which Russia signed, Novichok can be a liquid or powder and is a binary substance, formed by mixing together two substances that are not toxic on their own. This feature, which makes Novichok easy to store and transport, along with the difficulty in identifying Novichok in victims, may explain why it was chosen for the attack on Navalny. … [Read more...] about Navalny Had Many Enemies in the Kremlin—but Who Wanted Him Dead?