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Russian Ex-Spy Case Needs ‘Cool Head,’ British Minister Says

CCTV footage believed to show Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, U.K.

CCTV footage believed to show Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, U.K.

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London (AP) -- A Russian ex-spy and his daughter fighting for their lives in an English hospital were attacked with a nerve agent in a targeted murder attempt, British police said Wednesday.

The case has further strained relations between Russia and Britain, which has said it will respond strongly if the Russian government is linked to the attack. It has overtones of a 2006 fatal attack on a former Russian spy that was blamed on the Kremlin.