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December 4, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
British authorities said Sunday that they were widening their investigation of the poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko on the heels of a fresh series of leads into the Russian's murky political and business connections stretching from Moscow to the U.S. "Over the next few days, I think all of these things will widen out a little from the circle just being here in Britain," Home Secretary John Reid told the "Sunday Live With Adam Boulton" program of Britain's Sky News.
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December 2, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
An Italian KGB expert who had warned poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko that his life might be in danger has a "significant quantity" of radioactive polonium-210 in his body, authorities said Friday. British health officials also said they had detected a small quantity in a close relative of Litvinenko. Neither has shown signs of illness.
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December 1, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Irish authorities launched an inquiry Thursday into the sudden and violent illness of former Russian Prime Minister Yegor T. Gaidar, whose aides said he might have been the victim of poisoning. Gaidar's illness appeared to deepen the mystery surrounding the fatal poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, in London, though investigators did not indicate that the cases were linked. Litvinenko died last week. Gaidar, 50, suddenly fell ill Saturday at a university near Dublin.
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November 30, 2006 | Sebastian Rotella and Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writers
Investigators found traces of radiation on two British Airways planes Wednesday as police widened a complex international investigation into the mysterious poisoning death last week of a former Russian spy. The discovery of polonium-210, the rare and lethal radioactive substance that killed Alexander Litvinenko and ignited a public health scare, could be a sign that police are on the trail of a suspected killer who traveled between London and Moscow.
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November 25, 2006 | Sebastian Rotella and Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writers
Counter-terrorism police investigating the mysterious death of a Russian spy-turned-dissident warned Friday of a potential public health hazard at two hospitals that treated him and three other locations where officials found traces of the radioactive material thought to have killed him. On a day of dramatic revelations and accusations, authorities said they believed Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir V.
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November 22, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Here in Moscow on the Thames, it was a calling card from home. A former KGB agent who has settled in London to raise his family gets a warning that his name is on an organized crime hit list, then falls ill from a mysterious poisoning. Theories involving the Kremlin and sinister business figures tumble around town like blinis from a hot pan. Suddenly, the elegant Mayfair townhouses with window-box geraniums and the Chelsea gastro pubs with designer vodka don't seem so far from Russia after all.
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November 21, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
A former KGB agent who had accused the Russian security services of involvement in several killings was transferred to intensive care Monday after British doctors confirmed he had been the victim of a deadly nerve poison. Alexander Litvinenko, 41, a Kremlin critic who has lived in Britain for several years, suffered a slight setback over the weekend and remained in serious condition, hospital officials in London said.
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November 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A former Russian spy poisoned in Britain and now hospitalized under armed guard may have been targeted because of his criticism of former colleagues and his investigation of the killing of a prominent anti-Kremlin journalist, friends and fellow dissidents said Sunday. Col. Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, said last week that he fell ill Nov. 1 after a meal with a contact who claimed to have details about the slaying of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist gunned down Oct.
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October 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Panamanian authorities are investigating five people in connection with the distribution of contaminated cough medicine that killed 26 people, the state prosecutor's office said. The government-made cough syrup contained diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent commonly used in brake fluid. The deaths, and scores of illnesses, occurred mainly in the capital.
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September 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
About 250 children sickened by emissions from a lead smelter in western China remain in hospital weeks after the mass poisoning case was uncovered, and at least four are likely to suffer permanent brain damage, state media said today. A top Chinese environmental official blamed local authorities for allowing the factory to emit 800 times the acceptable levels of the heavy metal.
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