Autopsy confirms VX caused fatal paralysis
Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday that autopsy results confirmed that a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as police completed a sweep of the airport terminal where Kim Jong Nam was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.
The investigation has unleashed a diplomatic fight between Malaysia and North Korea, a prime suspect in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. The toxin apparently was applied directly to the victim’s face.
Tens of thousands of passengers have passed through the airport since the apparent assassination was carried out. No areas were cordoned off. Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said there have been no reports of anyone else being sickened by the toxin. Man drives car into crowd in Germany, killing one: A man drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said. One of the victims later died. The suspect, a 35-year-old German whose identity wasn’t released, was taken to a hospital and underwent an operation. There was no immediate word on the man’s possible motives, where he came from or his condition in the hospital.
Britain finalizes $150 million loan to Egypt: Britain on Saturday finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt, where Boris Johnson was on his first visit to the country as foreign secretary. In a statement, the Foreign Office said Johnson and President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi discussed British support for Egypt’s economy including joint work on aviation security, antiterrorism efforts, and work to resolve regional conflicts especially in Libya and Syria, adding that human rights and the benefits of a free society to promote stability and economic growth were mentioned. Earlier, the human rights organization Reprieve urged Johnson to speak about “appalling” abuses by the Sissi regime.
Lake created by mine waste floods key Bosnian highway: Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia’s main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier in the week, a huge landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnian town of Kakanj, creating the lake. The overflowing lake forced the closure of a busy highway connecting the capital of Sarajevo with the central town of Zenica.
Mugabe celebrates 93rd birthday with defiant speech: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday by defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power. In an hourlong speech, he said that at times he felt alone but that he has a “mission” and “mandate” as Zimbabwe’s leader. He appealed for the ruling party to overcome its divisions.