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Subscribe To This Feed JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Tuesday marks six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane. As the storm ripped through the island on Sept. 20, an emergency management official told ABC News that island was “destroyed.”

Six months later, island and federal officials are speaking with ABC News as they take stock of where things are and what comes next.

In an interview with ABC News' Eva Pilgrim, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said that the island is slowly reaching normalcy, but they still need to close the gap between areas that are closer to pre-storm conditions versus hard-hit areas.

"There are some towns in the middle of Puerto Rico and in the southeast part of Puerto Rico that are hovering over around 20 to 30 percent [with electricity]" Rossello said.

To date, 93 percent of customers who are able to receive electricity have power, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. That leaves slightly over 100,000 customers without power.

Col. Jason Kirk, the commander of the Task Force Power Restoration, called the longest blackout in American history "the biggest challenge ever as far as devastation to an electrical grid system in the United States." Kirk added that power restoration in some cases could take until June.

The complexity and nature of the mission has made the task of electrical restoration all the more difficult, he said.

"The power restoration that we're doing right now, for the most part, is replacement ... if we were in the mission to bury them [electrical poles], we would have hundreds of thousands of people without power because it takes so long," Kirk said.

At a press conference in San Juan Tuesday, Rossello said that the electrical grid that is being put up now will be weaker than the grid that existed prior to Maria. He added that it will take close to five years to a rebuild a stronger electrical grid.

Mike Byrne, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's federal coordinating officer, said that he foresees the agency being in Puerto Rico for another five to 10 years.

"There was no part of the infrastructure that wasn't impacted by this storm," Bryne said. "The good news is we have a chance to build back the right way."

FEMA said that it will continue to provide water to some municipalities that are still in need. Some of the hardest-hit areas are near where landfall occurred and the mountainous parts of the island. Byrne said that 885 generators are still being used throughout the island -- down from 1,800 at the height of dependence. Only 310 FEMA generators were ever used in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Despite the events of the last six months, the governor remains steadfast that getting the economy back on track will help the island at this critical time.

"Puerto Rico is open for business and it's open for tourism ... we are banking on tourism," he said.

One of the biggest questions that hangs over the island is the death toll. According to the government, the number currently stands at 64 but an independent investigation has been commissioned. A preliminary report is expected in early April, with a full report expected next year, a government official told ABC News on Monday. Analysis of daily mortality data done by a researcher at Penn State, and later corroborated by other news organizations, estimated that an additional 1,000 deaths occurred on the island in the month after Maria's landfall.

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Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Among Russia's denials that it cannot have been involved in the poisoning of the former spy in Britain two weeks ago is a claim by its foreign ministry that Russia and the Soviet Union never had a program to develop the type of nerve agent that British authorities say was used in the attack, known as "Novichok."

But on Tuesday, one of Russia’s main state news agencies published an interview with a man who said he had overseen the creation of the series of nerve agents in a Soviet government lab.

The exclusive interview published by the news agency, RIA Novosti, had sought to highlight a Russian argument that the type of nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal could have been produced in Britain, but it seemed to inadvertently undercut denials by senior Russian officials that the program developing Novichok agents ever existed.

The man, Leonid Rink, said he had overseen a team at a Soviet government lab in central Russia developing the nerve agents. Rink said he had worked for 27 years at the state Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in the town of Shikhani. In the article, RIA Novosti refers to Rink as “the creator of Novichok.”

“Novichok was worked on by a big group of specialists in Shikhani And Moscow,” Rink told RIA Novosti. “And the end results were very good.”

Last Thursday, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had said categorically there had never been a Novichok program.

“I want to state with all possible certainty, that there was no sort of program around the development of 'PS' [poisonous substances] under the name 'Novichok,' neither in the USSR, no in the Russian Federation,” Ryabkov told the Russian news agency Interfax. Around the same time Rink’s interview was published Tuesday, Ryabkov was again quoted by Interfax denying a Novichok program had ever existed.

Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s ambassador to United Nations, also denied Russia had ever had a Novichok program, alleging the United Kingdom might have staged the poisoning to "tarnish" Russia.

The Russian denials had already conflicted with evidence provided by another Russian scientist, Vil Mirzayanov, who had worked in the country's chemical weapons program and blew the whistle on the Novichok program in the early 1990s. Mirzayanov emigrated to the U.S. after revealing details of the Novichok program in an article and speaking to American journalists.

According to those accounts, Novichok -- which means “newcomer” or “the new guy” in Russian -- weapons were developed as a new generation of nerve agents, intended to be more potent and harder to detect. Rink confirmed Mirzayanov’s account about the Novichok program, saying the Soviet team had worked on ensuring the nerve agent was “effective and active in all types of means of delivery.”

Rink's work at the institute has previously been confirmed: In a 1995 court case, Russian prosecutors accused Rink of selling a Novichok nerve agent to be used in a criminal hit.

"Incidentally, Novichok is not a substance,” Rink told RIA Novosti. “It’s a whole chemical weapons system. The weapons system adopted in the USSR was called 'Novichok-5.' Without the number, the name wasn’t used."

Since the U.K.’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced a week ago that a Novichok nerve agent was used in the attack in Salisbury, England, Russian officials have put out a shifting series of denials that have graduated from accusing the U.K. of exploiting the attack to stoke anti-Russian feeling to suggesting U.K. intelligence could have carried it out itself.

The Kremlin has said that Russia has destroyed all its chemical weapons, and President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called allegations of Russia’s involvement “nonsense” and said Russia had no motive for the attack.

On Sunday, Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, alleged that Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, as well as the U.K. and the United States were the “most likely” source of the nerve agent, saying they had researched the Russian nerve agent after it was revealed by Soviet scientists like Mirzayanov.

The Russian denials may rely on a semantic dodge: In making them, Russian officials have focused on the idea that the programs the nerve agents were developed under were not officially called “Novichok"; according to Mirzayanov, one of the programs for example was codenamed “Foliant.” Russian officials have claimed that the nerve agents were not referred to as Novichoks in Russia, something that Rink's interview appears to contradict.

Boris Johnson, the U.K.'s foreign minister, has said the repeated Russian denials were becoming "increasingly absurd."

"At one time they say they never made Novichok. At another time they say they did make Novichok, but all the stocks have been destroyed. Then again, they say they made Novichok and all the stocks have been destroyed, but some of them have mysteriously escaped to Sweden or the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or the United States or even the United Kingdom," Johnson told reporters. "This is a classic Russian strategy of trying to conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation."

In the interview, Rink also said he did not believe Russia was involved in Sergei Skripal's poisoning, arguing Russia has no motive and that if Russia had used it, the ex-spy would not be alive.

“To fire a powerful rocket at an irrelevant person and, moreover, miss, is the height of folly,” Rink said. “For now they are all still alive. That means, either it’s not the Novichok system at all, or it was badly 'brewed' or shoddily used,” he said.

Rink said that any major power could easily make Novichok agents now and suggested the British could have done so.

Rink also dismissed a theory suggested in British newspaper The Telegraph last week that the nerve agent could have been brought from Russia hidden in Yulia Skirpal’s suitcase, saying it would not have survived the journey. U.S. intelligence sources have told ABC News that investigators are currently focused on Sergei Skripal's car as the likely place the two were exposed.

Russia’s contradictory versions recalled its reaction to the downing of the passenger airliner Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed 283 people. Most evidence has come to show that the plane was brought down accidentally by pro-Russian rebels, using a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia.

Russia's military and its state media have put out multiple self-contradictory versions seeking to lay the blame on Ukraine, sometimes even presenting fake evidence that contradicted earlier fake evidence.

Russian state TV released a satellite image purporting to show a Ukrainian warplane shot down the airliner, but dropped it when the image was quickly shown to be a badly photoshopped fake. Russia's military was then caught doctoring satellite imagery to show the surface-to-air missile must have been Ukrainian. Russian officials have claimed investigations showing rebel involvement are part of a conspiracy against Russia.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A Minnesota police officer was indicted Tuesday on murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting last July of a 40-year-old Australian woman in Minnesota, according to prosecutors.

Officer Mohamed Noor, of the Minneapolis Police Department, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond, according to Hennepin County Jail records.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that Noor "abused his authority to use deadly force" when he shot Damond, who was weeks from getting married.

On the night of July 15, Damond had called 911 to report what she feared was a woman being sexually assaulted behind her home, according to the criminal complaint, filed Tuesday in Hennepin County.

Noor and his partner, Minneapolis police Officer Matthew Harrity, responded to the call but did not encounter anyone while driving through the alley, the complaint states. Noor then entered "Code 4" into the computer in the squad car, which communicates to emergency dispatch "that the officers were safe and needed no assistance."

Less than a minute later, Harrity was reporting "shots fired, one down" on his radio, according to the complaint.

Harrity told investigators that "five to 10 seconds" after Noor entered the Code 4 into the computer, he heard a voice or thump from somewhere behind him on the squad car and caught a glimpse of a person's head and shoulders outside his window, the document states.

Although Harrity was not "able to articulate" what the noise was or what the person's voice sounded, the noise "spooked" both him and Noor, enough for Harrity to take his gun out of the holster and point it downward, Freeman said.

Harrity said he saw no weapons and that he had a better vantage point to determine the threat in the driver's seat than Noor would have had in the passenger seat, Freeman said.

He then heard a noise that sounded like a "lightbulb dropping on the floor," Freeman said. After checking "to make sure he was not shot," he saw Noor's hand stretched across him, toward the open window on the driver's side, Freeman said.

Harrity looked out of his window to see a woman who had her hands on a gunshot wound, saying "I'm dying" or "I'm dead," according to the complaint.

Efforts to resuscitate Damond were unsuccessful, and she died at the scene from a single gunshot wound to her abdomen, according to the complaint.

Both Noor and Harrity were wearing body cameras, but they did not activate until after the shooting, the complaint states. Footage from when the cameras did turn on begins with the officers standing over Damond's body.

Noor was hired by the department on March 23, 2015, and had no prior law enforcement experience, according to the complaint. Prior to his hiring, he completed training the Minneapolis Police Department Academy, which includes training in "numerous scenarios intended to teach them to identify a target and its threat."

Freeman said there was "no evidence of a threat" in the "short time between when [Damond] approached the car and the time he fired the final shot."

Noor turned himself into authorities earlier Tuesday, Freeman said. Noor's attorney, Tom Plunkett, said that Freeman has "contemplated these charges long before the grand jury investigation he directed was even commenced," based on "public comments" he made "at a happy hour where he thought he was off the record" six months ago.

"The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy," Plunkett said in a statement. "Officer Noor should not have been charged with any crime."

Several police officers who responded to the scene after Damond was shot were interviewed as part of the investigation into her death, Freeman said.

Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said the union "takes great exception" to Freeman’s statement that members did not cooperate in the investigation into Damond’s death.

"Early on, the federation sought legal advice and briefed all board members on what our legal obligation was in offering advice to our officers that were requested to provide voluntary interviews with county attorneys."

The federation said that many of its members under subpoena for grand jury "had no involvement whatsoever” with the incident and that “they were confused on why the county attorney’s office would want to speak with them."

"The federation’s duty is to protect the rights of its members and fully advise them of what their rights are,” the statement read. “No opinions were offered on what action to take with any of our members."

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who was acting chief at the time of the shooting, said in a press conference Tuesday that members of the police department are expected to "cooperate with an investigation."

"That is the expectation," he said. "That will continue to be the expectation."

Noor's employment with the police department ended on March 18, Arradondo said. The police chief would not comment on whether Noor resigned or was fired, only saying, "As chief, I ultimately have the make decisions as to one's employment."

"I wanted to make sure that the criminal process played its course before making any sort of employment decision, which could have impacted" the criminal process, he said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said that the city and its police department "will continue advancing a concerted direct effort to reinforce" police training in de-escalation, crisis intervention, wellness and making sure body cameras and turned on when they're supposed to be. He also said that the police department will "hold our officers accountable for their actions."

"It's important to remember the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve ... was fractured long before" Damond's death, Frey said.

Frey added, "Together, we must chart a path forward to prevent these tragedies from happening again."

Freeman extended his "deepest sympathy" to Damond's family, saying it is "inexplicable" that she died "as a concerned and caring citizen at the hands of a person she called for help."

"Justine’s family in Australia and the U.S. applaud today's decision to criminally charge Officer Noor with Justine's murder as one step toward justice for this iniquitous act," Damond's family said in a statement Tuesday by their attorney. "While we waited over eight months to come to this point, we are pleased with the way a grand jury and County Attorney Mike Freeman appear to have been diligent and thorough in investigating and ultimately determining that these charges are justified."

The family said it is hopeful that Noor will be convicted.

"No charges can bring our Justine back," the family's statement reads. "However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today’s actions reflect that."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The body of Philadelphia student found dead in Bermuda was found “near the base of a significant drop” local officials said in a press conference Tuesday.

Superintendent Sean Field-Lament said that the body of Mark Dombroski, 19, was found “in a moat” near Fort Prospect. His cellphone and wallet were also found with him, Field-Lament said.

“Contrary to recent speculative social media posts, Mark’s body was not bound or tied up,” BPS said in a press release.

Dombroski was on the island to compete in a rugby competition with Saint Joseph’s University, BPS said. He was last seen early Sunday morning at The Dog House, a bar in Devonshire, BPS said. Investigators used CCTV footage to track Dombroski’s movements after leaving the bar; footage shows him walking alone, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard said in a press conference Monday.

A forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause of death, Field-Lament said.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the Dombroski family along with Mark’s teammates, classmates and friends,” Saint Joseph's University said in a statement Tuesday. “Saint Joseph’s students in need of counseling or ministry have been informed of available services. The circumstances of Mark’s death are still under investigation by the [Bermuda Police Services].”

Officials said the incident is still under investigation.

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Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The board of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica said Tuesday it had suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, following accusations the firm misused information from up to 50 million Facebook accounts.

The board said that secretly recorded comments Nix had made in a report by the U.K.'s Channel 4 "and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation."

The suspension was effective immediately and was "pending a full, independent investigation," the board said.

The board asked Alexander Tayler to serve as the firm's acting chief executive while the investigation was launched.

It said it would "ensure that Cambridge Analytica, in all of its operations, represents the firm’s values and delivers the highest-quality service to its clients."

The company is under investigation by British officials for its use of data from Facebook users.

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James Gillings/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Even now that he is safe in Europe, Mohammad Harb often finds himself back in his Syrian prison cell. The screams of prisoners echo in his memory. The lifeless bodies of tortured detainees appear in his dreams. Scars, from when the guards burned him with lit cigarettes and beat him with a rubber pipe, line his back and legs.

“I can’t forget it,” Harb told ABC News. “I can’t forget the voice of the people when they beat them. They were begging them to let them go, saying, ‘Don’t beat me, I’m innocent.’”

Like thousands of others who have fled from danger or mistreatment, Harb, 49, is now trapped on the island of Lesbos, waiting to find out if he will be granted asylum. After years of war and the perils of the escape, many of the refugees and migrants waiting on the Greek islands now have to cope with their psychological trauma. The demand for mental treatment is so great that aid organizations struggle to keep up.

“We’re seeing a huge increase in psychiatric cases that we have to deal with,” Grigoris Kavarnos, a clinical psychologist who treats refugees and migrants on Lesbos with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), told ABC News during a recent interview.

MSF had to stop taking new patients recently because its mental health clinic had reached full capacity, with hundreds already on the waiting list, Kavarnos said. Some of the patients, many of whom are victims of sexual assault or torture, were unable to even be in the clinic’s waiting room because it was so overcrowded, he said. In response to the high demand, MSF opened a larger clinic in early March, which has allowed them to take new patients again. The organization works with local psychiatrists, but has now also employed a full-time psychiatrist because of the increase in patients who suffer from psychiatric problems such as severe anxiety and depression, Kavarnos said.

 Many patients develop psychiatric conditions because they not only suffered in their home country, but also as they were fleeing and now while they await an answer to their asylum claims on the Greek islands.

“If a person has left the country because, for example, they were jailed and tortured and then during their journey they get mistreated by smugglers or the authorities in the countries of transit and then they’re forced to live under conditions reminiscent of jails here in Greece, under really shocking conditions; you can imagine that by the time they come to me for help their condition is completely awful,” Kavarnos said.

The majority of the patients he treats suffers from post-traumatic stress, he said. The symptoms can be anxiety, nightmares, lack of sleep -- and when they get worse: deep depression and hallucinations.

 Harb lives in a small tent in an olive grove, which serves as an informal refugee camp right outside the Moria camp, the largest on the Greek island of Lesbos. When he was in prison in Syria, he and 50 others slept crammed together in a tiny cell, he said. He had 10 seconds to go to the bathroom once a day. Every 16 hours, the guards would bring them a piece of bread or maybe some rice to eat, he said. His past experience means that he is now unable to live inside the Moria refugee camp, which is so overcrowded that many have to share tents with strangers, separated only by pieces of fabric. Instead, Harb chose to stay in his own small tent outside the camp among the olive trees. He doesn’t know how long he'll be there.

The trauma of his past combined with the uncertainty of his present triggers very different reactions -- sometimes he’s extremely apathetic, other times overly emotional, he said.

“Sometimes in a situation that’s very upsetting you’ll find me unable to have any reaction,” he said. “Other times my reaction is anger. I cry. I feel pain. I scream.”

A group of men from Yemen lives in a cluster of tents near Harb’s tent. One of them is Khaled, a 30-year-old gay man from Aden who like Harb said his anxiety doesn’t allow him to live inside the Moria camp or share his tent with others. Instead, he bought his own tent for 100 Euros, he said. In June, Khaled was at the beach in his hometown with a close friend who is also gay. While Khaled went to buy ice cream, masked men drove by and shot his friend to death, he said. Khaled said he witnessed what happened.

“Imagine seeing one of the dearest people in your life killed,” Khaled, who asked that his family name be withheld out of safety concerns, told ABC News. “If they had caught me they would have killed me too. But I escaped.”

 Khaled said he believes his friend was killed by extremists who deliberately targeted gay people in Yemen. After his friend died, Khaled received death threats, he said. One day he found a bag placed on his car. Inside was a bullet and a note that read: “You’ll be next.” That’s when he decided to escape his country. In late October, he was smuggled to Oman, then traveled to Iran where he made several stops before making his way to Turkey. From there, he and about 50 others had to stand in a van that drove them for 15 hours before they boarded a boat to Lesbos in December.

“If I was safe in my country I wouldn’t have left,” he said. “Safety is the most important thing for me.”

Now, he still doesn’t feel safe or comfortable, he said. He sleeps on wood and gets cold at night. When it’s very windy, his tent collapses. He also feels frightened, especially at night. Sometimes he doesn’t get any rest for days, he said.

“I feel scared in the darkness,” he said. “When I have to pee during the night, I’m too scared to leave the tent. I imagine that I’m hearing sounds or that someone is following me. I can’t get rid of this feeling.”

Across the street from his tent is the Moria refugee camp. The words “Welcome to prison” are spray-painted at the entrance and barbed wire surrounds the camp, which used to be a detention center for rejected asylum-seekers. People there live in shared tents and containers that are packed tightly together. Majdolin, 27, and her parents live in one of the containers, which they share with a few other families. Their living space has just enough room for three sleeping mats that are placed right next to each other.

 “I can’t sleep here,” Majdolin, who asked that her family name be withheld, told ABC News. “I wake up late because I stay up late.”

The family escaped from Aleppo in war-torn Syria. Majdolin said she still has nightmares about the fighting she witnessed there. Sometimes she dreams that bombs are falling on her and wakes up terrified. Her parents are sick. They have been given permission to await an answer to their asylum application in better conditions in Athens. But Majdolin keeps being told by the authorities that she has to wait in the camp. And her parents don’t want to leave her alone -- so they have stayed behind too. The family has been waiting in the camp since September, they said.

“I feel guilty because my parents can leave, but are staying for my sake,” said Majdolin. “I feel like my life is empty. There’s nothing to do here. It feels like I'm imprisoned.”

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, which has been criticized by humanitarian organizations, refugees and migrants who manage to cross the sea to Greece are trapped on the islands. They face being returned to Turkey, unless the Greek authorities determine that they should be granted asylum in Greece. Only vulnerable asylum-seekers such as pregnant women, unaccompanied children and torture victims -- or asylum-seekers with close family members elsewhere in Europe -- are allowed to move to mainland Greece. But even those vulnerable people often have to wait on the islands for months for a decision.

 The most difficult part about living in the camp is the lack of safety, the dirt and the uncertainty, said Majdolin.

“I’m not living at all,” she said. “There are many fights here. There’s no safety. The case processing takes a very long time. And there’s nothing you can do to entertain yourself. There’s nothing to do. The worst thing is the dirt because you can’t take a shower or use the toilet because of the dirt. I’m suffering a lot because of that.”

The bathrooms in the Moria camp are not only dirty but also unsafe. Last month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that reports of sexual assault in the Moria camp are high and that bathrooms and latrines there are no-go zones after dark for women and children, unless they are accompanied. Even showering during the day can be dangerous, the UNHCR said.

Giannis Balpakakis, the Moria camp’s director, said his staff struggles to keep up with the amount of people arriving on the island. The camp is so crowded that staff members clean the bathrooms and toilets only to find them dirty again an hour later, he said.

“We may make mistakes, we may not be able to get to everything, but we are trying really hard,” he told ABC News. “Everyone talks countless hours on the phone, to get everything in order, to strive, but I say to you honestly the problems that we have here are huge. Why? Because we constantly have new people. There is this stress, to welcome 100 people today, then 200 tomorrow, then another 100.”

 Majdolin said that during her stay in the Moria camp her mental health has deteriorated. She feels sad and angry and often gets into fights with her parents over small things. She has attempted suicide several times, she said.

“It got to that point,” she said.

Kavarnos, MSF’s psychologist on Lesbos, said that even healthy people who haven’t escaped from war or mistreatment will develop psychological problems if they stay in the Moria camp for just one month.

“And if you’re kept for two or three months and are left untreated, you will develop psychiatric problems,” he said.

Majdolin said she has made friends with some of the other young women who live in her container, but they have gotten permission to move to Athens and will be leaving soon.

Many of the friendships she makes are temporary because people move on. Before the Syrian war, Majdolin worked as a hairdresser and dreamt about taking an education. Now she hopes to reunite with her two sisters and brother who live in Austria. But it is difficult to think about the future while she's waiting in the camp, she said.

“Once I leave here there’ll be a future for me,” she said. “But as long as I’m here there’s no future.”

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Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Nicolas Sarkozy is being questioned Tuesday by French investigators looking into allegations that Libya helped finance the former French president's victorious 2007 campaign, a judicial source who spoke on condition of anonymity told ABC News.

An inquiry began in 2013 into whether Moammar Gadhafi's regime sent millions of euros to Sarkozy, who has denied the allegations, calling them "grotesque."

A lawyer for Sarkozy could not be immediately reached for comment.

Libyan officials from the Gadhafi era told Mediapart, a French investigative website, that they provided financial support to Sarkozy in 2007.

This is the first time since the investigation began that Sarkozy has been questioned by authorities, who can charge or release him after the interrogation, which may last as long as 48 hours.
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James Warwick/Getty Images(NANYUKI, Kenya) -- The last male northern white rhino has died, the conservation organization in Kenya caring for the animal announced Tuesday, leaving only two remaining white rhinos in existence.

The rhino, named Sudan, who was 45 years old, was euthanized after his health fell into sudden decline "over the last 24 hours." Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur Králové Zoo made the decision.

"It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018," the conservancy announced. "Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal."

The only two northern white rhinos still in existence are Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. The second-to-last male northern white rhino died in 2014, at age 42, at the San Diego Zoo.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy had been "cautiously optimistic" just two weeks ago when Sudan appeared to be recovering from treatments for his "age-related infection." They also posted a photo on Twitter showing Sudan enjoying the mud brought on by heavy rains in Kenya.

Sudan lived in captivity for the final 38 years of his life in order to protect and care for him.

"During his final years, Sudan came back to Africa [from Dvur Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic] and stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength," Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a release.

The survival of the species, however, depends on less on the death of Sudan and more on the health of the two remaining females. Semen from dead northern white rhinos is stored around the world, according to The Associated Press. His daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu would need to reproduce through in vitro fertilization, a technique which is still being developed, according to Ol Pejeta.

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Craig Aurness/Corbis//Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and South Korea have announced that their annual large-scale military exercises will begin on April 1.

U.S. officials had said previously that the anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un would not impact the timing of the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises.

"Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and the Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo have agreed to resume the annual combined exercises including Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, which were deconflicted with the schedule of the Olympic Games," the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. "The exercises are expected to resume April 1, 2018, at a scale similar to that of the previous years."

"The United Nations Command has notified the Korean People's Army on the schedule as well as the defensive nature of the annual exercises," the statement added. The Korean People's Army is the official name of North Korea's army.

The U.S. and South Korea previously agreed to delay the exercises until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games held in South Korea. The Paralympic Games concluded on Sunday.

The tactical exercises that make up Foal Eagle will involve about 11,500 U.S. forces and approximately 290,000 S. Korean military personnel.

The computer simulated headquarters exercise known as Key Resolve will involve 12,000 U.S. forces and 10,000 South Korean personnel.

"The exercises include all services and are of the same scale, scope, and duration as previous years," said Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman.

"Our combined exercises are defense-oriented and there is no reason for North Korea to view them as a provocation," Logan added. "While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed."

In the past, North Korea has often condemned the Foal Eagle exercise and used it as an excuse for its provocative missile and nuclear tests.

But that appeared to have changed in the lead up to Kim's offer to meet with Trump.

Kim "understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue," South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters on March 8 as he announced that Trump had agreed to meet with Kim.

North Korea has not publicly responded to Trump's decision and no date has been scheduled for a meeting between the two leaders.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It's a three-week tour that any presidential candidate or celebrity would be jealous of -- one worthy of a newly minted crown prince, you might say, as he introduces himself to his most important ally.

But between the halls of Harvard University and the hills of Hollywood, Mohammed bin Salman -- the 32-year old heir to the Saudi throne who's made waves with his aggressive campaigns against his country's elites and its neighbor and enemy Iran -- must navigate tricky political factions in President Donald Trump's Washington, split U.S. public opinion on his country's image and criticism of his record, especially the war in Yemen he's led as defense minister.

The crown prince, known by his initials "MBS," is making his first trip to the U.S. after his power-grabbing move last June to become first in line for the throne and the de facto ruler of the country. Since then, he's begun a controversial reform campaign at home and a messy, assertive foreign policy abroad, with that devastating war in Yemen, but also a nasty split with U.S. ally Qatar, a failed plot in Lebanon and a tighter bond with the Trump administration.

The crown prince's schedule

His high-profile visit includes meetings with American luminaries like Bill Gates, Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos; dinners with American leaders in Washington and Hollywood; and a campaign to bring U.S. investment to Saudi Arabia. But it'll also be an introduction for a young leader who will likely be in charge for decades to come -- as much a learning experience for him, as it is a PR campaign to remake his kingdom's image.

MBS started in Washington Monday, landing ahead of his big meetings at the White House on Tuesday, including with Trump. While he's in D.C., he's expected to attend three dinners hosted by senior Trump administration officials -- Vice President Mike Pence, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a source close to the Saudis.

 He's also expected to meet with leaders in Congress and Cabinet officials like Defense Secretary James Mattis and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, as well as Mike Pompeo, CIA director and Trump's new pick to be secretary of state, and John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state who is in charge at the department now. Rex Tillerson, who is still currently secretary of state, will not meet MBS; he was not well-liked by the Saudis, who saw him as too favorable to rival Qatar.

After a week in Washington, MBS heads to Boston on Saturday, according to the Saudi Embassy, where he has events at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The weekend in Boston is followed by a week in New York City, starting next Monday. There, he will meet with top executives and Wall Street chiefs, including at a Saudi-U.S. CEO forum and a dinner hosted by philanthropist and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He will also visit the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

 From there, he flies to the West Coast on March 30, landing first in Seattle, where he'll meet Bezos and Gates. Cook of Apple and the top leaders at Google and Uber will host him in San Francisco, before Los Angeles' high-profile producers and executives receive him for meetings on entertainment in the kingdom -- after he recently ordered the reopening of movie theaters in socially conservative Saudi Arabia.

He finishes his trip at the end of the first week of April in Houston, where the Saudi state-run oil company Aramco and its affiliate Motiva have their U.S. headquarters.

Top issues for the Saudis

This visit is not really about Washington, but all those other cities afterward, one source close the Saudis told ABC News. He and his full delegation wanted to tour the country to introduce the crown prince to the U.S. and gin up American business interest in Saudi Arabia beyond oil -- the goal of MBS's "Saudi Vision 2030" campaign that is pushing to make the country's economy less dependent on oil. That's what brings him to the door of leaders like Cook, Bloomberg and Bezos.

But he will also be seeking support for his reform agenda at home, including not just new movie theaters, but also more rights for women and a purge of the ruling elites.

Since coming to power, the 32-year-old has pushed to grant more rights to women in the traditionally conservative kingdom, where they still need permission from a male "guardian" to get a passport and travel abroad, undergo some medical procedures, and other activities.

 "We are all human beings, and there is no difference," MBS told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday, saying "absolutely" men and women are equal. He's ordered that women be allowed to drive by this June, opened up many concerts and other public events to be co-ed, and stripped religious police who often harassed women for how they dressed in public of the power to arrest people.

The young crown prince also grabbed headlines for his rounding up more than 300 Saudi princes and elites in November, holding them under house arrest at the Ritz Carlton in the capital Riyadh. The detentions included some high-profile figures and former advisers, sending a message that no one was immune to this new campaign against corruption.

But there have been reports of beatings and even one death at the hands of state security forces. MBS defended the steps as "extremely necessary" and "in accordance with existing and published laws" to CBS.

Forcing those changes is not without controversy at home, but so far, there has been little to no public opposition, with no one willing to stand up to the young leader. Many, instead, see it as necessary change -- that only an autocrat could accomplish.

"The country needs a guy who intimidates people, who is bold and brazen. It needs a strongman to do what democracy cannot," said Ali Shihabi, author and founder of the Arabia Foundation, a Washington-based think tank with ties to Riyadh.

"He is the 'great white hope' for Saudi Arabia," he added, defending the harsh tactics as necessary to override any conservative backlash.

 The other critical issue for MBS is pushing back on Iranian influence in the region -- something the Trump administration is equally concerned about and interested in discussing. Saudi Arabia has been engaged in something of a cold war with its rival Iran, with both sides competing for influence in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.

Trump has sided with Saudi Arabia, putting Iran "on notice" for its "malign" activity and saying he will tear up nuclear deal with the country unless European partners reach a new side agreement with the U.S. that tackles the deal's "flaws." Saudi Arabia has long opposed the agreement, and MBS said recently his country will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran is able to build one -- raising fears of a nuclear arms race in the already unstable Middle East.

Trump will ask MBS to lay out his security concerns with the agreement, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the visit and who said Trump had not yet made a decision on the deal. The Saudis and other allies in the region did not have a "relevant" enough voice in the negotiations under the Obama administration, the Trump official added.

What the U.S. will also bring up

While they support his fight against Iran generally, the Trump administration will also seek to curtail some of MBS's aggressive foreign policy moves after a handful of mistakes in the region. In Lebanon, for example, MBS detained Prime Minister Saad Hariri and pressured him to stand up to Iranian-supported Hezbollah before the U.S. and France urged him to allow Hariri to return.

In particular, Trump is interested in ending the dispute between the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab allies against Qatar, the tiny gas-rich nation on the Gulf that is accused of financing terrorism and having closer ties to Iran, according to the senior administration official.

 Last May, the Saudi-led group began a blockade of Qatar meant to cripple it into meeting a list of demands. Nearly one year later, the country has withstood that pressure, but the ongoing dispute has hampered the U.S. military and its efforts against ISIS, according to U.S. officials. There is a major American base in Qatar, where over 10,000 troops are stationed.

While Trump wants to host a summit between the Gulf countries, it is increasingly unlikely to happen because there is "no appetite" among the Saudis or Emiratis, who believe Qatar will soon cave, a source told ABC News.

The other big issue will be Yemen, where MBS has led a military campaign since 2015 to crush the Houthi rebels who've been fighting a civil war against the local government. While the Saudis say the Houthis, armed by Iran, pose a threat to their security, their air campaign has also attracted allegations of indiscriminate targeting and their blockade has been derided as one of the causes of a devastating famine and cholera outbreak, with millions facing hunger and disease.

The Saudis have begun to reopen ports and allow for humanitarian aid to flow in by sea and land routes, but human rights groups continue to criticize their actions: "Crown princes should not escape accountability," Human Rights Watch's Kristine Beckerle said in a blog post Sunday.

 The war in Yemen has spurred plans for protests against MBS throughout his trip, including four days of protests in Washington by the anti-war group CODEPINK and a rally in Boston by student groups at Harvard and MIT.

It could also lead to censure by Congress while MBS is in Washington. The Senate may vote on a resolution introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to "direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities" in Yemen. The U.S. currently provides mid-air refueling and targeting assistance for Saudi and Emirati aircraft in Yemen, as well as some intelligence and reconnaissance.

It's unclear if congressional leadership will bring the resolution up for a vote. In recent weeks, the Trump administration has praised the Saudi government for opening up the port Hodeida and setting up four cranes to bring aid into the country.

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Subscribe To This Feed, England) -- Salisbury is a quiet, historic English provincial city. In fact, the Salisbury Cathedral is about 800 years old and boasts the tallest spire in England. Additionally, the wonderous prehistoric ring of massive stones at nearby Stonehenge make Salisbury a big tourist destination.

However, two weeks ago the ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in the center of town and now lie critically ill in the hospital. Now, Salisbury has become the focus of the world's attention.

"The world’s media descended on Salisbury and it took awhile to get used to that," local radio presenter Martin Starke told ABC News.

”People rely on us for trusted news," Martin, the host of a breakfast show on local radio station SpireFM, said. ”We report the things that the people of Salisbury need to know, we’ve not been sensationalist at all, our job is not to scare people.”

So are the people of Salisbury scared? Martin said that contrary to some national newspaper reports, Salisbury is not a city living in fear. People are being very British about things, he added and trying to carry on normally.

“Salisbury is very much open for business,” he said.

But there have been inconveniences, as the area around the city center is cordoned off and what was a 30-second walk in the area has now become a five-minute walk via numerous detours.

Businesses behind the cordons have suffered, too. Recently, it was Mother’s Day, a busy time for the card shop and flower sellers. Both businesses in the city center were on the wrong side of the cordon, according to Martin, and the card shop was forced to close with the flower seller forced to move his stall where no one could find him.

After the attack, groups of people in hazmat suits suddenly became a common sight in Salisbury, according to Martin. To which, Martin said, people’s reaction to this occurrence hasn’t been completely one of fear, but more one of curiosity. While the rest of the world sees people in hazmat suits, the locals recognize their friends and neighbours zipped into the protective shells.

Everything becomes very personal for the people of Salisbury, including Nick Bailey, a first responder policeman who's recovering in the hospital after coming into contact with the nerve agent.

Sooner or later Salisbury will return to being the “quintessentially English city” as Martin described it. He said he believes there will be no negative effect on the tourism which the city needs to survive. If anything, it will put Salisbury on the map a bit more he suggested before adding, once again the city will be “the best place to get a cream tea.”

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ABC News(LONDON) -- Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are arriving in the U.K. to assess samples of the nerve agent used in the attack against former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month.

The OPCW team will study the substance at the military research facility Porton Down, which is located just outside the city of Salisbury, where the attack took place.

The team will also meet with detectives leading the investigation into the poisoning attack.

The British government invited the delegation from the Hague, where the monitoring body is based, to carry out an independent study to identify the substance used in the attack.

U.K. officials believe the Skripals were exposed to a military-grade, Soviet-era nerve agent developed by the Russians.

On Sunday ABC News revealed that intelligence officials believe the substance is a “dusty” organophosphate akin to the Novichok chemicals, and may have been administered through the car’s ventilation system.

The intelligence officials told ABC News up to 38 individuals in Salisbury were affected by the nerve agent but the full impact is still being assessed and more victims sickened by the agent are expected to be identified.

It will be weeks before the OPCW announces the results of its tests.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has accused Russia of stockpiling the nerve agent over the last decade. Johnson also dismissed a suggestion from Russia's ambassador to the E.U. that the agent may have come from a U.K. laboratory in Porton Down.

The British government announced sanctions against Russia last week, expelling 23 diplomats they have identified as undercover spies, as well as announcing new measures to sanction individuals, bolster counterterrorism efforts and increase funding to Porton Down.

The Kremlin, which has condemned the British accusations as “nonsense,” retaliated by expelling the same number of British officials based in Russia.

E.U. foreign ministers in Brussels asserted their solidarity with the U.K. over the incident. A statement from the bloc called on Russia to "address urgently the questions raised by the UK and the international community and to provide immediate, full and complete disclosure of its Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons."

The statement did not explicitly accuse Russia of responsibility, dampening British hopes of a more muscular E.U. response to the crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who on Sunday was re-elected to another term, said "it's complete nonsense to imagine that anyone in Russia could resort to such tricks ahead of the presidential elections and World Cup."

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Google Maps(PHILADELPHIA) -- Bermuda police are searching for a 19-year-old American college student who went missing on a trip to the country over the weekend.

Mark Dombroski, who is a freshman student at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, was traveling to Bermuda as part of the college's rugby team.

According to police, he was last seen at The Dog House bar on Front Street in Hamilton on midnight Sunday, and was supposed to leave with the team that day.

Dombroski is a native of Delaware, according to Philadelphia ABC station WPVI.

He is described as 6 feet tall with short blonde hair, and was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, khaki pants and black shoes.

Dombroski was part of the St. Joe's rugby team competing in the Ariel Re Bermuda International 7’s Tournament the past week. U.S. colleges, including Notre Dame, Kutztown University, Ohio State and Ithaca College, took part in the tournament.

Bermuda Rugby is offering $1,000 for information on Dombroski's whereabouts, WPVI reported.

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Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Vladimir Putin was re-elected president of Russia on Sunday in a vote that was heavily managed and facing virtually no opposition.

Putin -- who won a fourth term, which will keep him in power until 2024 -- declared victory after Russia’s central election commission said he had won 75 percent with 50 percent of the vote counted.

His nearest opponent, the Communist party candidate Pavel Grudinin, had 12.7 percent. After declaring victory, Putin appeared at a rally held at Moscow’s Manezh square in front of the walls of the Kremlin.

“Thank you," he told the crowd. "That we have such a powerful, many-million strong team. It’s very important that you preserve this unity.”

Putin’s win had never been in doubt. After 18 years in power, he has near total dominance of Russia’s media and his grip over the country’s political scene is complete, with almost no substantial opponents permitted and approval ratings kept at over 80 percent.

Even Putin's seven opponents never suggested they could win. His most troublesome opponent, Alexey Navalny, was kept off the ballot by a fraud conviction he said is trumped up.

Instead, authorities had worried about turnout. They launched an unprecedented campaign to ensure a maximum display of support for Putin. Prior to the vote, the Kremlin had indicated it wanted a 70 percent turnout; it had told authorities to make the election like a “holiday.”

By all appearances, officials heeded that call. As in Soviet times, officials put on attractions around polling stations.

Outside polling station 1869 in Nagatinskii in Moscow’s southern suburbs, a woman led an aerobics class to energetic techno music. Some voters danced in a circle; at many others, stalls sold pies and tea.

“It reminds me a little of when I was young,” said Mikhail Goranin, an entrepreneur who had voted for Grudinin. “For people, it’s a holiday.”

Authorities had also turned to other methods to boost voter numbers; across the country, there were reports of ballot stuffing.

Russia has installed a video camera system covering polling stations, and Russia’s internet was full of clips showing fraud. In some, local election officials could be seen stuffing in wads of ballots; some tried to move balloons, put up to decorate polling stations and to block the cameras.

In one video, from Yakutia in Russia’s far east, a man was so busy stuffing ballots that a queue of voters formed behind him.

Navalny, the barred opposition leader, had called a boycott of the election. It was unclear late Sunday how effective that had been.

Navalny and other opposition leaders, though, mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers as election monitors. At his headquarters in Moscow, about 30 volunteers fielded calls in from monitors, while an election live-broadcast ran on Navalny’s popular YouTube channel.

Navalny’s staff said they had approximately 33,000 registered monitors spread across Russia.

Even before counting finished, it was clear that amid the voting push, Putin’s tally was the largest he has ever received. His highest previous victory was 71.31 percent, when he was re-elected in 2004.

The election was heavily crafted by the Kremlin, which allowed novel candidates to run. It moved Election Day to the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, an event that hugely boosted Putin’s popularity. With the outcome preordained and with so much orchestration, the election often felt less like a race than a giant show that was planned and executed by the Kremlin.

The overwhelming numbers were, therefore, accompanied by a certain perfunctoriness. At the victory rally in Moscow, there was no euphoria. Although the crowd was large, the atmosphere was somewhat limp.

Putin spoke for less than three minutes. While those at the front cheered, many in the middle of the crowd hardly looked up, talking amongst themselves.

At one point, Putin shouted, “We are destined for successes, right?” Those in the middle, half-amused, cheered, "Yes!”

Many people appeared to arrive in organized groups. At Putin’s last victory rally in 2012, large numbers of attendees were seen being corralled and some were paid.

Maria, an 18-year-old student, told ABC News that her college strongly urged her to come.

“They forced us to come,” said Maria, who declined to give her surname for fear of reprisals.

Perhaps the most dramatic contest of the day occurred on the sidelines of the vote, between two opposition figures.

Ksenia Sobchak, a millionaire celebrity journalist and former reality TV star, whose father was Putin’s political mentor, had run on a Western-orientated liberal platform.

She had been accused of coordinating her run with the Kremlin and was heavily criticized by Navalny as a “spoiler,” intended to split the opposition vote while lending legitimacy to the election.

As polls closed, Sobchak appeared on Navalny’s election live-stream show to ask him to unite with her newly founded party. Navalny refused, saying she had been used by Putin.

“I will judge you by your actions,” he told Sobchak on air. “And your actions are disgusting.”

“You are his instrument -- nothing more,” he said.

The short campaign, in some ways, has been a sideshow for Putin, who campaigned little, appearing before large election crowds only twice.

In any case, with state TV most days showing Putin solving problems in the country, Russia, in some ways, lives in permanent campaign mode.

With so much effort put into producing such a decisive win ahead of the election, some in Moscow have spoken of it as a declaration of Putin as president for life.

After his win, he was asked whether he would still be in power in 2030.

“Let’s count. It’s ridiculous. What, am I going to sit here until I’m 100? No,” Putin said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The Russian ex-spy who along with his daughter was poisoned by a nerve agent in the U.K. may have been exposed to the nerve agent through his car's ventilation system, sources told ABC News.

Former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped over, unconscious on a park bench earlier this month in the southern English town of Salisbury. The U.K. has accused Russia of bearing responsibility for the March 4 attack, which British officials say involved a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed secretly by Russia.

U.K. officials now have a clearer picture of just how the attack was conducted, sources said. They believe the toxin was used in a dust-like powdered form and that it circulated through the vents of Skripal's BMW.

Three intelligence officials told ABC News that the Russian military origin and the nature of the substance, a “dusty” organophosphate neurotoxin, are clear to them.

“It is a Cold War substance, something they claimed never to have,” one senior intelligence official said of Russia to ABC News.

The intelligence officials told ABC News up to 38 individuals in Salisbury have been identified as having been affected by the nerve agent but the full impact is still being assessed and more victims sickened by the agent are expected to be identified

U.S. government chemical warfare experts are also working closely with their British counterparts on what is a major investigation.

“It's seen here as an attempted murder and premeditated,” rather than an attempt just to sicken Skripal with a non-lethal toxin or scare other Russian ex-spies, an intelligence official told ABC News.

Among the more than three dozen sickened by exposure to the agent, most are believed to be suffering minimal symptoms in contrast to the hospitalized Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a responding police officer.

Another possible clue to the poisoning is that sources told ABC News Skripal was shouting and acting incoherently in a restaurant just before he and his daughter collapsed. Such incoherent behavior could be consistent with the early stages of exposure to a nerve agent.

Scotland Yard has released surveillance video of Skripal's car and is asking anyone who saw the vehicle that day to come forward. The police agency declined to comment on new details about the nerve agent attack until it releases information publicly.

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