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Since ancient times, poisoning has been a favored method of bumping off political adversaries, with historians still debating if Cleopatra, Napoleon and Alexander the Great were assassinated this way.The list of people who have fallen victim to a toxin could now have grown with the hospitalization in Britain of a former Russian double agent after suspected exposure to "an unknown substance". The methods, toxin of choice and final result vary widely but here are five high-profile poisonings or attempted poisonings:Three days later, Markov was dead, killed by what many believe to have been a poisoned dart, filled with ricin and fired from the brolly.Kim Jong-Nam was attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by two women, who were captured on CCTV shoving something into his face.Tiny amounts of the poison are enough to kill an adult, whether it is inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
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