Mild chemical agents are used for cases similar to the Tottenham riots

Government 'may sanction chemical incapacitant use on rioters', scientists fear

Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of chemical incapacitants for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons.

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Inspectors uncover Gaddafi's secret stash of chemical weapons

Discovery raises questions over former Libyan leader's 'deal in desert' with Tony Blair

Japan’s emergency services treat commuters after the gas attack which saw the army decontaminate Tokyo’s subway cars

Fugitive surrenders 17 years after Tokyo gas attack

Member of doomsday cult behind Japan's subway atrocity turns himself in at police station

BBC man dies years after inhaling mustard gas during Iran-Iraq war

A BBC sound recordist has died from inhaling mustard gas in the 1980s while investigating the use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war.

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Ali Ahmad survived the 1988 chemical attack but always thought his mother hadn't

Court refuses poison gas payout

A Tokyo court rejected compensation claims yesterday by a group of Chinese plaintiffs who suffered a death and ill health when construction workers broke open several barrels of poison gas abandoned by Japanese troops in the Second World War.

Neo-Nazi given 10 years for making chemical weapons

A white supremacist who became the first person to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon was jailed for 10 years yesterday. Ian Davison, 41, made enough ricin to kill nine people and kept it in a jar in his kitchen for two years.

White supremacist jailed over chemical weapon

A white supremacist who became the first person to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon was jailed for 10 years today.

MoD asked Red Cross to look into Iraq birth defects

Letter reveals Government wanted charity to investigate claims following Fallujah attacks

Teenage racist convicted of terror charges

A teenage white supremacist was convicted today of three counts of possessing terror documents.

'White supremacist plotted terror acts'

A teenage white supremacist was behind a neo-Nazi group that wanted to overthrow the Government, a court heard today.

Obama poised to soften US nuclear strike policy

The Obama administration is poised to adopt a new policy potentially restricting the nation's use of nuclear arms, US officials said, and hopes to persuade Russia to agree to mutual cuts in nuclear arsenals that go beyond the arms treaty both sides will sign this week.

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Pretty much everything is astonishing about ants. Though they prefer a bit of heat, they are also found in Finland and the Alps. They are more of them than any other animal.

Blair: Iraq war was right even without WMD

Tony Blair said he believes it still would have been right to have invaded Iraq even if it was known then that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

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