Salisbury Russia Nerve Agent Poisoning

DEFENCE DAILY: May's Ultimatum To Moscow And Taliban Peace Talks

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Salisbury Russia Nerve Agent Poisoning

Picture: Soldiers remove a contaminated vehicle in Salisbury (Image: MoD)

May's Midnight Ultimatum To Moscow

The nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia "clearly came from Russia" and "certainly will trigger a response", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.

Tillerson's comments amount to the strongest US response yet to Theresa May's declaration that it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the horrific poisoning in Salisbury on March 4.

The Prime Minister told MPs that the highly dangerous substance used in the attack was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced by Russia.

Theresa May set a deadline of midnight on Tuesday for Moscow to explain whether it was behind the attack or had lost control of its stockpile of the poison.

Taliban 'Picking Up' Interest In Peace Says US Defense Secretary

The US Defense Secretary says there is "interest that we’ve picked up" from the Taliban that they may be interested in talks to end the fighting in Afghanistan.

Jim Mattis was speaking at the start of an unexpected visit to the country, saying there's a renewed optimism negotiations could succeed.

Last month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered the Taliban talks without preconditions.

Pioneering New 'Life Support System' Treatment To Save Limbs Of Injured Soldiers

A new technique which could help save soldiers' limbs after battlefield injuries has been pioneered by biomedical engineers.

Described as a "life-support system for the limb" it aims to give doctors precious time to attempt to repair damage and reduce amputations.

The technique has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and funded by The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) through the Defence and Security Accelerator.