Au­topsy con­firms VX caused fa­tal paral­y­sis

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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