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Latest Weapon of mass destruction Stories

2006-03-30 17:59:24

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - Jurors in the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui asked for a definition of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday as they wound up their first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the only U.S. case related to the deadly September 11 hijackings. In her answer to the jurors, who were due to resume deliberations on Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said planes, used as missiles, could be...

2006-03-28 12:16:32

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western powers on the Security Council were optimistic on Tuesday that an agreement could be reached on Iran's nuclear ambitions before their foreign ministers discuss the issue this week. But a deal has not been struck yet between Russia, China and the United States, Britain and France, the five permanent council members on Iran's nuclear research program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purpose but the West believes is a cover for...

2006-03-28 05:23:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the...

2006-03-28 00:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Four years after the September 11 attacks, investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the report on its...

2006-03-20 20:57:05

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the period before the Iraq war, Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Naji Sabri, was a secret paid source of the CIA, "NBC Nightly News" reported on Monday. Citing unnamed current and former U.S. intelligence officials, NBC said Sabri provided details of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be more accurate than CIA estimates. Intelligence sources said Sabri was paid more than $100,000 through an intermediary in a September 2002 deal brokered...

2006-03-16 20:23:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Security screeners at 21 U.S. airports failed to find bomb-making materials during recent government tests, NBC Nightly News reported on Thursday. Federal agents carrying materials that could be used to make bombs escaped detection in airport screening during tests conducted between October and January, NBC said, citing government sources. "In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through....

2006-03-16 18:39:15

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush clung to his doctrine of using preemptive force against threats of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday despite his experience in Iraq, and said Iran may be America's biggest security challenge. A new White House national security strategy document said it was the strong U.S. preference to use international diplomacy to address weapons proliferation concerns. "If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of...

2006-02-21 17:14:23

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - India's ambassador to Washington on Tuesday dismissed fears that a controversial civilian nuclear energy deal with the United States would help New Delhi expand its atomic weapons production. Speaking ahead of President George W. Bush's first visit to India, Ronen Sen said debate over the troubled accord had been "hijacked" by non-proliferation "theologians" in the United States and advocates of Indian self-reliance in...

2006-02-16 15:10:55

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. negotiator on a troubled nuclear deal with India would hold new talks in New Delhi next week only if there is a chance the visit could resolve differences clouding President George W. Bush's planned South Asia trip, U.S. officials said on Thursday, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who was in India last month, has been mulling a return trip for at least a week and two U.S. officials told Reuters the...

2006-02-07 03:35:00

CANBERRA -- The threat that militants could develop and use weapons of mass destruction was exaggerated, international experts said on Tuesday as Australia and the United States warned the risk was real and disturbing. Lawrence Freedman, professor of war studies at London's Kings College, and the Australian National University's (ANU) Robert Ayson, both played down the likelihood that militants could use weapons of mass destruction in an attack. Speaking in Canberra at a one-day conference on...