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Fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are parked outside a residential house in Amesbury, southern England.
Fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are parked outside a residential house in Amesbury, southern England.PHOTO: AFP

British police officer tested for possible Novichok nerve agent exposure: Hospital

A police officer is being tested for possible exposure to the nerve agent Novichok in connection with the poisoning of a couple in southwest England last weekend, the hospital said on Saturday.

A statement from Salisbury District Hospital said the officer had on Saturday evening sought "medical advice in connection with the ongoing incident in Amesbury", the town where the couple fell ill.

"The individual is now being taken to Salisbury District Hospital which has the ability to carry out the appropriate specialist tests," it said.

The statement stressed that the risk to the wider public was low, while the local Wiltshire Police force said its officer had sought medical advice as "a precautionary measure".


US warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

Two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday on a voyage that will likely be viewed in the self-ruled island as a sign of support by President Donald Trump amid heightened tension with China.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the destroyers Mustin and Benfold carried out the passage.

Washington has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help it defend itself and is the island’s main source of arms. China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States.


Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland

Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands.

The World Wife-Carrying Championship, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to the town of 4,200 and has gained followers across the world.

On Saturday, 53 couples from 13 countries joined the competition


England defeat Sweden 2-0 to reach first semi-final since 1990

Once again, England found an opening through a set piece scored by Harry. But, on a day Kane could not, it was Maguire who led the way by heading in Ashley Young's 30th-minute corner past Robin Olsen.

Another headed goal from Dele Alli in the 59th minute sealed a 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden at the Cosmos Arena on Saturday as The Three Lions continued their improbable march towards World Cup glory.

This is only the third time England have qualified for the semi-finals after losing to Germany on penalties in 1990 and 1966, when they won their only World Cup.


Tennis: Top seed Simona Halep stunned by Hsieh Su-wei in Wimbledon third round

Women’s top seed Simona Halep suffered a tortuous third round exit to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei as a wildly unpredictable Wimbledon continued producing huge shocks on Saturday.

The Romanian world number one never got to grips with the 32-year-old Hsieh on a baking Court One and lost the last four games as her opponent battled back from 3-5 in the decider.

Defeat for the French Open champion means only one of the top 10 seeds in the women’s singles have reached the last-16 – Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova.