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22 September 2021 What lies beneath: Swiss search for bombs at bottom of Lake Geneva (France 24) The pristine turquoise waters of Lake Geneva may appear serene, but lurking below are piles of bombs, cartridges and possibly even chemical weapons discarded decades ago. For the first time ever, Swiss authorities will soon start mapping the …

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21 September 2021 British police identify new suspect in Russian Novichok double-agent poisoning (The Washington Post) Police identified a third suspect in the attempted poisoning of a former Russian double agent in 2018, and the European Court of Human Rights said Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing in Britain of former KGB agent Alexander …

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21 September 2021 Asian Member States share good practices in training customs officers on chemical trade controls (OPCW) Representatives of 13 Member States of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from Asia shared good practices and discussed challenges in Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) related training for customs officers. 

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20 September 2021 Little research available on the long-term effects of tear gas use (University of Minnesota) University of Minnesota Medical School graduate students analyzed and summarized literature on the health effects of chemical demonstration control agents, such as tear gas, including the studies which informed existing exposure guidelines. Their study shows that, despite frequent …

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15 September 2021 U.S. expert suggests elimination of N.K. chemical weapons as confidence-building step for nuke disarmament (Yonhap News Agency) The elimination of North Korea’s chemical weapons could serve as a confidence-building step to convince the communist nation to eventually give up its nuclear power, an American expert said Wednesday.

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15 September 2021 Chemical weapons dump off King Island queried amid seismic surveys (The Advocate) A World War II-era dump of chemical weapons in waters to the west of King Island (Australia) is causing alarm among residents as ConocoPhillips conducts seismic testing in the area.

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7 September 2021 OPCW Director-General meets Coordinator of Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition (OPCW) The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and Coordinator of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Coalition of civil society organisations, Dr Paul Walker, today discussed NGO involvement in mobilising popular support for the …

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7 September 2021 All Mustard Agent Projectiles Now Destroyed in Kentucky (PEO ACWA) The last 155mm projectiles containing mustard agent were destroyed in the Static Detonation Chamber at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) Sept. 4. This marks the third of five chemical weapons destruction campaigns completed at the Blue Grass Army Depot …

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6 September 2021 Second round of US sanctions against Russia over Navalny becomes effective (Tass) The US administration introduced new restrictions against Russia on Tuesday, September 7, over its alleged involvement in the incident with blogger Alexey Navalny. According to the US Department of State, Russia had allegedly violated the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control …

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1 September 2021 OPCW Director-General meets Deputy Minister for Legal and Multilateral Affairs of Iraq (OPCW) The Director-General of the OPCW and the Deputy Minister for Legal and Multilateral Affairs of Iraq met to discuss progress in the implementation of the CWC.  The DG briefed the Deputy Minister on a range of topics including the OPCW’s efforts to counter the threat …

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