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RT ‘to air interview with Novichok suspects’

Two Russians accused of attempting to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter with a military grade nerve agent in England have reportedly given an interview to Russian state television, its editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said on Twitter.

Their interview will air on Thursday, according to the RIA news agency, citing the head of

The state-funded RT channel.

British authorities last week identified Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as suspects in the Novichok poisoning case involving former military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Their given names are thought to be aliases.

Update: Petrov and Boshirov have spoken to Russia Today and this is what they had to say.

Catholic Church accepts 'depressing and shameful' abuse legacy

Germany’s Catholic Church acknowledged a “depressing and shameful” legacy of sexual abuse on Wednesday after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over a 70-year period.

A document leaked to Der Spiegel news magazine revealed that 1,670 clerics and priests had sexually abused 3,677 minors, mostly males, in the country between 1946 and 2014.

The paper was commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference and compiled by three German universities.

Bishop of Trier Stephan Ackermann said the Church was aware of the extent of abuse reported by the study.

Hungary 'considering legal challenge' after Article 7 vote

• Hungary are reportedly considering their legal options after the European Parliament voted Wednesday to trigger sanctions procedures against them over their human rights record.

• The motion to trigger Article 7 passed in the Strasbourg plenary session with 448 votes in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions.

• Article 7, often dubbed the "nuclear option", is the EU’s punishment clause, allowing it to discipline member states when there is a “clear risk of a serious breach” of the bloc’s core principles.

Philippe Dam, from Human Rights Watch has more:

May to hold ‘no-deal’ cabinet meeting

British Prime Minister Theresa May is holding a ‘no-deal’ cabinet meeting this morning as the government is due to publish the second tranche of a series of 84 documents setting out contingency plans in the event Britain leaves the EU without an agreement.

It comes as reports mounted this week that about 50 members of her own party had been plotting to oust her over her Chequers Brexit plan after the Conservatives party conference at the end of September.

Many tory members are still unhappy with her Brexit strategy despite EU negotiator Michel Barnier’s optimism that a Brexit deal by November was a “realistic” possibility.

No end in sight for 'Scallop war'

The so-called Scallop War between Britain and France is in danger of being re-ignited after France's Agriculture Ministry reported Wednesday that talks to resolve the dispute had broken down.

French fisherman want their British counterparts to, like them, refrain from fishing for scallops on waters between France and the UK until October 1, even though the Brits are entitled to fish all year-round.

The dispute led to a clash of boats last month, when 35 French vessels swarmed 5 British craft in the Baie de Seine, 22km off the Normandy coast.

As it happened on Thursday, September 13

This is how we covered key developments this morning: