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26 August 2022 The Lawfare Podcast: Sean Ekins and Filippa Lentzos on a Teachable Moment for Dual-Use (Lawfare) Back in March, a team of researchers published an article in Nature Machine Intelligence showing that a drug discovery company’s AI-powered molecule generator could have a dangerous dual use. During this podcast episode, Lawfare associate editor Tia Sewell sat down …

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23 August 2022 Final Stage of Blue Grass Chemical Weapons Cleanup Underway (The Appalachian Voice) The Blue Grass Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant began destroying the last type of chemical weapons stored at an Army depot in Kentucky on July 6. The Blue Grass Army Depot originally stored more than 523 tons of mustard gas and nerve agents …

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22 August 2022 Syrians in Idlib protest Assad regime’s Ghouta chemical attack (Daily Sabah) On the ninth anniversary of the sarin chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria, protestors demonstrated at the city center in Idlib to commemorate the attack and renew calls for justice.

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21 August 2022 Press Release: Ninth Anniversary of the Ghouta, Syria Chemical Weapons Attack (U.S. Department of State) U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price released a press statement observing the ninth anniversary of the sarin chemical attack on Ghouta, Syria and calling on the Assad regime to fully declare and destroy its chemical weapons program.

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20 August 2022 Russia accuses Kyiv of poisoning some of its soldiers in Ukraine (Reuters) Russia’s defense ministry accused Ukraine of “chemical terrorism,” alleging that Ukraine poisoned Russian soldiers with botulinum toxin type B. Ukraine denied the claim and replied that the alleged poisoning could have been caused by expired canned meat. Russia will be …

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20 August 2022 U.S. calls for Putin critic’s release on anniversary of assassination attempt (Axios) In a statement released on August 20, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said: “We again condemn Russia’s use of a chemical weapon to poison a political opponent, and call on the Kremlin to fully declare and dismantle its chemical weapons …

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15 August 2022 Brazilian Military Strengthen Chemical Emergency Preparedness in Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Diálogo Américas) Troops of the Brazilian Army’s 1st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Battalion (1st Btl DQBRN) participated as instructors in the Basic Course on Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents for Portuguese-speaking Countries in Angola, June 27-July 1, in coordination with the Organisation for the Prohibition of …

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15 August 2022 Roll of Japanese chemical warfare unit disclosed (Xinhua) A document containing information on Japanese chemical warfare Unit 516, which was set up by the Japanese army in May 1939 in Qiqihar City of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, was revealed for the first time in China on August 15. As the base camp …

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10 August 2022 Colorado Chemical Weapon Stockpile Site on Target to Meet Destruction Deadline (Arms Control Association) With two out of three munition-specific destruction campaigns completed and a new proposal to accelerate the destruction of all remaining munitions, the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) is on its way to meeting the 2023 chemical weapons …

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9 August 2022 S. Korea, 20 other countries joining U.S.-led anti-WMD exercise in Hawaii (Yonhap News Agency) South Korea, the United States and 19 other countries conducted a five-day, U.S.-hosted exercise in Hawaii with an aim to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according to the U.S. State Department.