White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.
Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday, as they began a sweep of the airport for any traces of the deadly toxin.
Banned chemical weapon VX is potent killer that lingers
The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing a feeling of drowning before death.
Iraqi forces enter western Mosul, take airport from IS
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces pushed into the first neighborhood in western Mosul on Friday and took full control of the international airport on the city's southwestern edge from the Islamic State group, according to Iraqi officials.
Car bomb near Syria town captured from IS kills 35 people
BEIRUT (AP) — A car bombing north of a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 35 people on Friday, mostly civilians who had gathered trying to go back home, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.