Foreign secretarys statements precede Trump sacking of Tillerson, who had criticised Moscow
The UK has been encouraged by the “strength of support” from allies to take action against Russia after the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson told just hours before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was sacked by Donald Trump.
Tillerson, who spoke to the foreign secretary on Monday afternoon, had told reporters the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal” clearly came from Russia” and would have consequences.
His statements went further than those of Theresa May, who told the House of Commons on Monday it was ” highly likely” Russia was behind the two attacks. The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had stopped short of pointing the finger at Russia.
Just hours after Johnson had welcomed US support, Trump tweeted that he had replaced Tillerson with the CIA director, Mike Pompeo. The sacking may not be linked to Tillerson’s comments on Russia; closer relations between the pair are believed to have been degenerating for some time, especially over the Iran nuclear deal and Trump’s announcement that he would meet the Northern korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
It is unclear when Tillerson learned that his dismissal was imminent. It was first reported he had known since Friday, which was denied by sources, and a state department spokesman afterward said Tillerson” did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason” and later suggested he had read the news on Twitter.
The US president said he would speak to the British “ministers ” about the Salisbury poisoning on Tuesday.
Trump told:” It sounds to me like they believe it was Russia … I would certainly take that finding as fact .” But he added:” If we get the facts straight we will denounced Russia, or whoever it might be .”
Downing Street is hoping for a strong statement of support from Trump when he speaks with May on Tuesday, having previously been encouraged by such direct disapproval from Tillerson.
Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital in a critical condition while the Wiltshire police detective sergeant Nick Bailey is in a serious but stable condition.
Bailey is making good progress, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer told. Delivering an update on the police investigation outside New Scotland Yard on Tuesday, the Metropolitan police deputy deputy commissioner, Neil Basu, told 38 people were ensure by medical staff in the aftermath of the” reckless, despicable and targeted” attack.
Of those, 34 have been assessed and discharged and one more person is still being monitored as an outpatient but is not showing signs of illness. Previously, police had said 21 people had been affected.
In an interview earlier on Tuesday, Johnson repeated May’s ultimatum to the Kremlin that it must explain by midnight on Tuesday if it was behind the attack, or if it had allowed the deadly nerve agent novichok to get into the incorrect hands.
” If they can come up with a convincing rationale, then patently we will want to see full disclosure of that to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague ,” Johnson said.
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Russia had requested access to the substance to perform its own checks but any such requests had been refused. May’s spokesman hit back at Lavrov’s suggestion that Britain could be violating the chemical weapons convention.
” The UK fully complies with all of its obligations for the purposes of the chemical weapons convention ,” the spokesman told.” Under the chemical weapons convention, nations have the mechanism to consult but there is no requirement to do so .”
May updated her cabinet on the unfolding investigation into the Salisbury attack, telling pastors there was ” no doubt of the severity” of what had taken place.
Should Russia give no credible rationale, the UK is likely to expel a number of diplomats, more than the four who were told to leave the UK after the death of the former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko. The UK may also mount a covert cyber-offensive against the Kremlin.
Any direct action may be covered under article 51 of the UN charter, which lets legitimate self-defence, but Downing Street denied May was trying to win support to invoke section 5 of the Nato treaty on common defence.
The measures, which the Foreign Office have already been defied, saying it already has the full confiscatory powers it needs, are highly symbolic, having been already adopted by the US, but pastors are likely to support a specific” Magnitsky clause” in the bill at report stage.
Ministers may also consider whether to direct the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, to investigate whether Russian media outlets, such as RT, are fit to hold broadcasting licences and whether senior officials could be told to boycott the football Football world cup in Russia this summer.
Russia has denied being behind the attack on Skripal, a former double agent who came to the UK in a spy swap in 2010, and his daughter.
During an election campaign trip, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, dismissed the issue of the Skripals when confronted by the BBC, saying:” Get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this .”
The UK’s national security council was expected to meet on Wednesday to discuss the Russian answer before the prime minister updates MPs. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments.
A stunning indicate at the Design Museum presents the master couturiers own vision although sadly he wont see it. By Kate Finnigan
When Azzedine Alaia, the Tunisian master couturier, succumbed of a heart attack in Paris last November, aged 82, the Design Museum in London was seven months into preparing a big depict dedicated to his run. It was to be the first style exhibition in the museum’s new building in Kensington and the choice of Alaia had been carefully attained.” The museum has very special architecture ,” says Alice Black, co-director.” What Azzedine Alaia created over his career is also striking statue. We felt that his work against the backdrop of the museum would be amazing .”
Black had come to know the tiny and charismatic decorator over the previous few months. The team had been working closely with Alaia himself, a man known for his perfectionism and hands-on approach.” Azzedine was the heart and soul of his label. For a while I wondered if the exhibition could still go ahead ,” tells Black.” But because he had really wanted it, everyone took it on themselves to make it happen. It was his concept, his idea, so we hadn’t been left to second guess .”
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier, curated by Alaia’s long-term collaborator and friend, Mark Wilson of the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, opens this Thursday. The museum has defied the temptation to turn it into a retrospective and has stayed with the designer’s original vision for it to be a study of technique and craft, with more than 60 examples of couture pieces. It is the first-ever UK show dedicated to Alaia, who is less well known here than in his adopted France. But those who know style revere Alaia almost like no other. The industry loves a secret and there has been a cult surrounding Alaia for five decades, inspired not only by his unique- although much-imitated- style but by his passion for perfectionism( a dress could take five weeks or five years ), his refusal to be dictated to by commercialism and his personal style of business, largely conducted in his atelier-cum-apartment in the Marais around a kitchen table, where Alaia served guests with his own cuisine.
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US president agrees Moscow must provide answers over poisoning as May prepares reprisals
Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of tackling Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is” with the UK all the route “.
The US president’s backing came in a phone call on Tuesday after he had said earlier that it was conditional on the facts supporting the British prime minister’s suit. Downing Street told Trump had agreed that” the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used “.
May has already received strong subsistence from key European leaders and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons( OPCW ), the body responsible for the control of chemical weapons.
The prime minister is preparing to set out a range of reprisals against the Russian state, including calls for fresh sanctions, visa bans and crackdowns on Russian fund in the UK. She is expected to set out plans to build a coalition of international subsistence- from the European union, Nato and even the United nations organization- to rein in Russia over time.
May will put her proposals to the national security committee on Wednesday before briefing MPs in a statement that could defined the course for UK foreign policy for years to come.
The package of measures comes in the face of a warn by Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, that Britain must not try to scare Moscow, pointing to Vladimir Putin’s recent speech in which he presented a range of new nuclear weapons
Russia’s ambassador to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, accused the UK of stimulating unfounded accusations and pumping out hysteria.
” We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal field of the chemical convention, which allows us to resolve this kind of situation ,” he said.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in the UK, responding to speculation Britain may mount a cyber-strike as part of its response, told:” Statements by a number of MPs,’ Whitehall sources’ and’ experts’ regarding a possible’ deployment’ of’ offensive cyber-capabilities’ cause serious concern.
” Not merely is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently schemes are developed under the UK to strike Russia with cyber-weapons .”
In Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, and warned that” actions by the British authorities are openly provocative “.
” Any threats of sanction measures against Russia will not be left without a reaction ,” government ministries said.
Is it Fall yet? Every hour July/ August hits we all become destined to recur how much we miss sweaters and blankets and pumpkin spice lattes and scarves. We also greatly miss things like cheese, carbs, and hearty-ass shit that we can eat and get away with since layers are in. However, during summertime, salads with lemon spiked drinks and like, a lot of alcohol are par for the course, so we say make a meal that youll actually enjoy eating. While eating a salad can sometimes feel like literal torturing, we guarantee that this summer salad does not fall into the usual this-tastes-like-dirt-but-I-need-to-power-through vibe that most salads give off. Plus, it’s packed with so many toppings itll feel like youre being bad without actually being bad and gaining 10 lbs. When we blend arugula with citrus and skrimps, we feel better than everyone else. We accommodated this recipe from the, but built it easier for those of you who fucking suck at cooking or just like, don’t have time to pay attention to food and shit.
2 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps plus 2 tsps fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Mint leaves from one bunch
Preheat the broiler in your oven and move the rack as close as possible to the heat on top. Grab a big oven proof skillet and set it on the stove. Turn the hot to looooow. Grab your skrimps and combine them with the garlic, red pepper( honestly, however much you want or dont want ), paprika, salt and pepper to taste, 2 tbsps of the olive oil, and 2 tspsof the lemon juice.
Stir that shit until its all combined. Turn the heat on the skillet to high, and when it starts kind of smoking( SCARY ), throw in the shrimp. Shake the pan a few times so all the shrimp get some attention, then put the skillet in the oven. The shrimp will be done in about 3-4 minutes, so keep an eye out unless you want some chewy sea-spiked bullshit.
While that shit cooks, chop up about a third of the mint and about half of the basil and set it aside. Tear up the remaining foliages and throw them into a bowl with the arugula where they can get to know each other. Grab another bowl and mix together the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice.
When the shrimps are done, use a slotted spoon to put them on a plate. In a bowl, add whatever juice is at the bottom of the shrimp skillet to the lemon juice and olive oil concoction and stir. Drizzle over the arugula and herb mix and toss. Arrange the shrimp on top and garnish with any leftover herbs.
Diversity takes centre stage as Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyongo, Whoopi Goldberg and Sean Diddy Combs feature in Tim Walker and Edward Enninfuls twisted version of Alice in Wonderland
I chop off people heads and I like it. Naomi Campbell appears up from her telephone to tell a group of journalists about her role in the most recent Pirelli calendar. It is inspired by John Tenniels original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, and Campbell is on set in a photographic studio in north London, surrounded by a twisted fairytale scene of mouldy jam tarts and scorched doll houses.
She plays the Royal Beheader of course she does and is joined by Lupita Nyongo as a dormouse, Sean Diddy Combs as Campbells fellow beheader, South Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot as Alice, Whoopi Goldberg as the Royal Duchess and Sasha Lane as the March Hare. Fashions woke poster-woman and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah has been shot as Tweedledee. And RuPaul will also appear, as the Queen of Hearts.
The DEAs reversal on kratom is a major victory. But the final judgment on its legal status is still to come, and your views could make all the difference
As director of the American Kratom Association, I know that huge number of people in this country have legally use kratom as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications in order to alleviate pain, ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal and treat PTSD. Kratom is a natural botanical substance, extracted from a tree which belongs to the coffee family and is native to south-east Asia. The herb merely stimulated headlines, however, on 30 August, when the Drug Enforcement Agency( DEA) announced its intention to schedule kratom as an illegal substance.
In response to the DEAs move, an impressive alliance of veterans, congresspeople, senators, both consumers and human rights activists created their voices. It is a relief the DEA has now decided to listen to public comments. It will review those comments and continue to consult until 1 December, before making a final scheduling decision.
This DEA action is a major victory. Reversing the intended prohibition on kratom can be viewed as the first step towards undoing the harm caused by four decades of the war on narcotics. Since 1961, the official solution to drug usage problems has been to criminalize personal drug possession rather than investing resources in programs to decrease the risk links with drug use and offer voluntary treatment options for people struggling with dependency. This must stop.
The government is now severely reviewing scientific research which I believe demonstrates that kratom is a safe medical alternative to opioid utilize. Further study will probably demonstrate our position, confirming that kratom has medical benefits. As a result, Americans will have at their disposal a tea-like beverage, rather than powerful prescription drugs, that could help reduce ache, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
I have expended period with US army veteran David Dasilma, who explained how his own life dramatically improved when he switched to kratom from exorbitantly overpriced prescription drugs. He is not alone. Veterans who have been pumped full of opioids and built up tolerance to traditional methods of pain management help find kratom to be a great solution.
The DEA reversal on kratom is consistent with statements built recently by President obama. For too long we viewed drug addiction through the lenses of criminal justice, he said. The most important thing is preventive treatment for our veterans, stimulating it as public health concern and not a criminal problem.
The government has shown signs of shifting towards a new practise of cautiously governing and aggressively researching other herbs in order to understand the advantages and risks before making any determinations. One instance is that the Veteran Administration is now considering marijuana as an alternative technique of easing pain. Many believe, as I do, that kratom is also a potential answer for many veterans.
I urge you to make an official comment via government channels before 1 December, here. It is time to support veterans and others right to choose their own pain relief, nervousnes and dependence supporting protocol.