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British couple’s suspected Novichok poisoning leaves more questions than answers

By Scott Taylor      

Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were reported to have been exposed to the same nerve agent as a Russian double agent and his daughter in March.

After two more people were hospitalized June 30 due to suspected poisoning through a Soviet-era nerve agent, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid demanded the ‘Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on.’ Photograph courtesy of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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OTTAWA—On June 30, in the sleepy little town of Amesbury, England, a middle-aged couple—Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45—were hospitalized while in medical distress. At first, British authorities believed their condition to be the result of potentially a contaminated batch of drugs. But days later it was announced that Sturgess and Rowley were in fact stricken by exposure to the nerve agent Novichok. This, of course, is the same poison that was allegedly used in the attempted

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