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Brits issue warning over poisonings

VLADIMIR PUTIN is president of the Russian Federation (Wikipedia/Kremlin.ru).

The Russian government is “highly likely” to be behind the March 4 poisoning of a former spy and his daughter, said British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

Speaking to the House of Commons, she said that unless there’s a “credible response” from the Kremlin by Tuesday, the attack on Sergei Skiripal and his daughter would be considered to be “unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.

The British believe that the poison used was a radioactive nerve agent.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” said May.

The Russian government denies that the attacks were directed from the Kremlin.

Second bomb attack in Austin kills one, hurts another.

One person was killed and two others wounded by package bomb explosions on Monday in Austin, Texas, according to authorities. They believe those attacks are in some way connected to a bomb explosion that killed a man on March 2.

Race may also be a factor, as all of those injured or killed so far have been black or Hispanic. The attacks came just as the SXSW – South By Southwest – music festival was about to begin.

The packages were left on doorsteps and were apparently not delivered by the USP Postal Service, FedEx or UPS.

STORMY DANIELS

Stormy offers to give back $130k

Porn video star Stormy Daniels on Monday offered to return the $130,000 she said she received for agreeing to not disclose her alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump.

The woman, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said through her lawyer she was willing the send the money back if that made her free to speak about her claimed affair with Trump, said to have happened before he was elected to the presidency in 2016.

The president has denied any such relationship took place.

Sports: Randle leads Lakers past Cavs

Overnight sports results for teams of interest to Trib readers.

  • Los Angeles Lakers 127, Cleveland Cavaliers 113. Julius Randle scored 36 points as the surging Lakers won their seventh game in 10 starts to improve to 30-36 (NBA).

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