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'Compromise' May Return Chemical Weapons Facilities Back to Assad

July 9, 2014 Syria's regime may be able to retain parts of its shuttered chemical-arms factories under "compromise" terms devised by a global watchdog agency. The United States could endorse the concept in order to finalize a plan this week for dealing with the dozen contested sites, even though doing so would require...

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Will the U.S. Keep Buying Medicine for 'Black Swan' Attacks?

June 27, 2014 Congress will weigh this year whether to continue spending billions of dollars on antidotes for attacks seen as relatively unlikely, but potentially devastating. Lawmakers helped to establish Project Bioshield in 2004 to incentivize otherwise unprofitable work on treatments for exotic possible terrorism tools, such as anthrax and botulinum toxin. In...

Medical Schools Need More Terrorism Response Training

June 25, 2014 A team of professors near New York City wants to make terrorism a larger focus for medical-school students across the United States. A plan now taking shape would insert discussions of terror threats -- such as a biochemistry-course lecture on nerve agents -- throughout the four-year curriculum at Rutgers New...

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Terror May Become a Bigger Focus at Med School

June 24, 2014 A team of professors near New York City wants to make terrorism a larger focus for medical-school students across the United States. A plan now taking shape would insert discussions of terror threats -- such as a biochemistry-course lecture on nerve agents -- throughout the four-year curriculum at Rutgers New...

The Last of Assad's Known Chemical Weapons Are Now Out of Syria

June 23, 2014 A top investigator said Syria has surrendered the final chemical arms it admitted to holding, but any secret arsenal may allow gas attacks to continue. "The last of the remaining chemicals identified for removal from Syria were loaded this afternoon aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura," said Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general...

DHS Shifts Nuclear-Screening Focus to 'High-Risk' Cargo

June 5, 2014 Homeland Security officials said they are moving to tighten overseas checks of U.S.-bound cargo containers deemed likely to be hiding nuclear contraband. Federal authorities hope foreign seaports will eventually scan all cargo they consider at "high risk" of containing weapon-usable nuclear or radiological materials, according to Wednesday testimony by Kevin...

Iran Is Eliminating More Than Half of Its Weapons-Capable Uranium

May 26, 2014 Iran is moving to eliminate more of the uranium it could most easily refine into nuclear-bomb material, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday. Inspectors last week confirmed that Iran had fed nearly 670 pounds of its 20 percent-enriched uranium-hexafluoride gas into a system at its Isfahan facility for producing...

Accused Proliferator May Try to Build Ballistic-Missile Parts

May 20, 2014 An alleged kingpin proliferator may be moving to build his own components for guiding ballistic missiles to their targets, British-based experts say. Newly uncovered information suggests Chinese businessman Li Fangwei has obtained substantial stakes in graphite operations and other sensitive enterprises, possibly indicating an ambition to build fiber-optic gyroscopes, says...

Auditors Fault Pentagon Sorting of Biggest Bioweapon Threats

May 19, 2014 Auditors say the Defense Department is not following its own procedures for guarding against "potentially catastrophic" biological strikes. Pentagon rules require the agency each year to revisit its list of top biological-weapon threats, with an eye to possibly reshuffling the order of agents deemed most dangerous to its military personnel...

CDC Official Protests Federal Medical Response Cuts

April 29, 2014 A senior U.S. public-health official has taken a stand against his department's latest push to cut federal funds to an array of medical-readiness initiatives. More than half a decade of reductions to spending on state and local public-health agencies has already been "extremely damaging" to capabilities across the country for...

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