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19 December 2022 Annual workshop reviews progress in implementation of Article XI (OPCW News) The Member States of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) participated in an annual Review and Evaluation Workshop of the Components of an Agreed Framework for the Full Implementation of Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) …

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18 December 2022 Law prohibiting chemical weapons ratified allowing hefty fines (The Edition) Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, president of the Maldives, ratified the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Act on December 18, allowing heavy fines to be levied for stockpiling, or use of chemical weapons.

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17 December 2022 BGCAPP: Sept. 2023 completion eyed for destruction of U.S. chemical weapons stockpile (Richmond Register) During the Dec. 14, 2022 meeting of the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission (CAC) and the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB), it was estimated that the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant’s (BGCAPP) final chemical …

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9 December 2022 Benzyl trichloroacetimidates as derivatizing agents for phosphonic acids related to nerve agents by EI-GC-MS during OPCW proficiency test scenarios (Nature) Recently, the deliberate use of organophosphorus-based nerve agents (OPNAs) in successful and failed assassination attempts in the world has resulted in a resurgence of research efforts towards the development of medical countermeasures …

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7 December 2022 CMC Pharmaceuticals Awarded Sequential Phase II SBIR Grant to Continue Pharmaceutical Development of a Medical Countermeasure to Nerve Agents (BioSpace) CMC Pharmaceuticals has been awarded a Sequential Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) grant from the U.S. Defense Department’s (“DoD”) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense …

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5 December 2022 Significant Progress Made Gathering Evidence on ISIL/Da’esh Crimes in Iraq, but Domestic Laws Needed, Investigating Head Tells Security Council (United Nations: Meeting Coverage and Press Releases) The Team’s investigations into the development and use of chemical and biological weapons by ISIL/Da’esh have notably progressed, he continued.  Evidence collected continues to suggest that ISIL/Dae’sh …

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6 December 2022 Syria Still Avoiding Full Cooperation with OPCW on Chemical Weapons Question, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Tells Security Council (ReliefWeb) Syria continues to avoid full cooperation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to urgently address information missing from its submitted declarations, including providing details on the unauthorized movement …

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4 December 2022 Kyiv Claims Russia Used Banned Chemical Weapon (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty) The Ukrainian Navy has accused Russia of using a banned chemical weapon against Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine. The reports could not be verified, and there was no immediate reaction from Moscow. 

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2 December 2022 Chemical weapons agency gets budget for year ahead (C&EN) From Nov. 28 to Dec 1, signatories to the CWC met at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) headquarters in the Hague to discuss progress toward eliminating chemical weapons and to agree on the effort’s budget for the upcoming year. …

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28 November 2022 Ukraine war increases WMD, chemical weapons threat, global watchdog says (South China Morning Post) Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased the threat from weapons of mass destruction including chemical munitions, the head of the OPCW said on November 28.