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Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

Pathologist tells Litvinenko inquiry that radiation made autopsy the most hazardous ever
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko told ex-Russian agent may have been poisoned twice
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.

Ben Emmerson, attorney for Litvinenko's widow, said the KGB spy turned Kremlin critic was the victim of an "assassination by agents of the Russian state."

Russia: US spy ring charges part of 'anti-Russian campaign'

Russia: US spy ring charges have no basis, part of 'anti-Russian campaign'
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia has accused the United States of having no evidence against three Russian citizens charged with spying, and says the Americans are using the charges for political purposes.

U.S. prosecutors said the defendants were directed by Russia to gather sensitive economic intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources.

One of the defendants, arrested Monday in New York, is officially employed by the Manhattan branch of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state bank that was hit by U.S. sanctions last year.

US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

US announces charges in Russian spy ring case, say 3 defendants tried to recruit New Yorkers
Tom Hays, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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