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Chemical Weapons Watchdog

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agreed Wednesday to ban the nerve agent Novichok, which was used in the attempted assassination last year of a former Russian double agent.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Updating the Chemical Weapons Convention for the first time, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agreed Wednesday to ban the nerve agent Novichok, which was used in the attempted assassination last year of a former Russian double agent.

Other banned substances include sarin, ricin and sulfur mustard. The convention came into force in 1997.

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