Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's Comedy Turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarkozy's Populist Pivot, Bahamas Leaks, Syria Truce, Rome Olympic Bid (Part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US Police Shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (Part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Breaking the wall between technology and people

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

Read more

ENCORE!

Xavier Dolan: Wunderkind of Québecquois cinema

Read more

FOCUS

The battle for UK Labour’s leadership

Read more

Americas

'White powder' letters sent to foreign missions in New York

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-10

New York police say they are investigating the nature of white powder found in letters sent to the foreign missions of France, Austria and Uzbekistan in the city. About 40 people have been decontaminated as a precaution.

AFP - Three foreign missions in New York have received letters with white powder, prompting the decontamination of employees as authorities investigated the nature of the substance, police said Tuesday.
  
The letters were received by the missions of Uzbekistan, Austria and France Monday between 4:01 and 6:31 pm, said Detective John Sweeney.
  
"Three letters were sent with white powder but they don't know what the powder is yet," Sweeney told AFP.
  
Authorities were testing the white powder to determine what it was, and at least one test came back negative, he said.
  
But in the meantime about 40 people at all three missions were decontaminated as a precaution, including 33 from the French mission, he said.
  
In 2001 letters containing anthrax killed five people in the United States and spread panic.
  
Since then, police and fire officers have been called out on thousands of occasions to investigate suspicious mailings -- most of them harmless.
 

Date created : 2009-11-10

COMMENT(S)