Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Judge Rejects Polygamy Law Challenge in Canada

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Judge Rejects Polygamy Law Challenge in Canada

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Troops inundate town where spy was poisoned

Dozens of khaki-clad troops trained in chemical warfare were deployed on the streets of the usually sleepy English city of Salisbury on Friday as part of the investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench near the River Avon in the city on Sunday. They remained in critical condition on Friday, poisoned with what authorities say is a rare nerve agent. A police officer who helped investigate was in serious condition.

Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence officer, was convicted in 2006 of spying for Britain and released by Moscow in 2010 in a spy swap.

Polygamists lose court challenge in Canada * A judge has rejected a challenge of Canada's polygamy laws that was launched after two men were found guilty in British Columbia.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler were found guilty in British Columbia Supreme Court in July of having multiple wives, but a lawyer for Blackmore said the law infringes on the right to freedom of religion.

Justice Sheri Ann Donegan dismissed all arguments Friday that the charges should be dropped.

Both men live in Bountiful, British Columbia, and are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which condones plural marriage. Blackmore, 62, was found guilty of marrying two dozen women, while Oler, 53, was found to have five wives. They face up to five years in prison.

Trump Organization plans lawsuit after ouster from hotel * Operators of the former Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City announced Friday that they had changed the property's name to "Bahia Grand Panama."

The operators said in a statement that the hotel would be run "with the approval of Ithaca Capital Investments and Orestes Fintiklis," the investor who owns a majority of the hotel units.

Lawyers for the Trump Organization in Panama say they will take legal action to restore the Trump name to the luxury hotel.

Earlier this week, executives of President Donald Trump's family business were ousted from their offices under orders from Panamanian officials. …

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