Navalny aides say Novichok found on hotel water bottle Sep 18, 2020 0 1139 12345 MOSCOW: Aides of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that German experts found Novichok nerve agent on a water bottle taken from the hotel room where he stayed before being taken ill.The bottle appears to have been key evidence for Germany’s conclusion that the 44-year-old lawyer and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin was poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent.Specialists from a German military laboratory found traces of Novichok on a bottle of ‘Holy Spring’ water Navalny left in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said in a video statement.The discovery “means that Navalny was poisoned before he left the hotel and not in the airport or on the plane,” Yarmysh said. Previously aides had suggested he had been poisoned by a cup of tea he drank at an airport cafe.Navalny’s team, some of whom were staying at the same hotel, collected the bottle and other items from his room straight after hearing he had been taken ill on August 20. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES WHO warns of ‘alarming’ virus spread in Europe Sep 18, 2020 0 1140 US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, angering China Sep 18, 2020 0 668 EU parliament demands tough Russia sanctions over Navalny Sep 18, 2020 0 1123 Moderna reveals detailed plans for COVID-19 clinical trial AFP Washington US biotech firm Moderna, one of two companies currently holding phase 3 trials in the United States for a COVID-19 vaccine, took the unusual step on Thursday of publishing its trial protocols after calls .. Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan re-opens for international flights AFP Beijing China’s Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged. China .. Czechs struggling with record COVID-19 spike PRAGUE: The Czech Republic is struggling to stem a massive spike in coronavirus infections after clocking a record daily rate of infection on par with neighbouring Germany, which has a population that is eight times .. 17 countries initiate OSCE human rights investigation in Belarus DPA Vienna Belarus will be subject to an international investigation into human rights abuses and election fraud, according to a mechanism triggered by 17 mostly European countries on Thursday. The group, which .. New York City delays return to school again NEW YORK: New York City postponed again on Thursday the return of in-classroom teaching for a large number of pupils, highlighting the difficulty of getting children back to school amid anxiety among teachers about .. Biden faces US voters at town hall as campaign heats up AFP Washington White House hopeful Joe Biden on Thursday holds his first extended face-to-face with real voters since winning the Democratic nomination, a town hall where he will likely savage President Donald Trump’s ..