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North Korea Is Hiding Kim's Ears

Experts pick up on regular photoshopping

(Newser) - Millions of Americans have something in common with Kim Jong Un: He, too, appears to be self-conscious about his body—specifically, his ears. North Korea has strangely taken to photoshopping its leader's ears, which a pair of non-proliferation experts picked up on, reports Motherboard . While North Korea's habit... More »

Dennis Rodman: North Koreans Are 'So Happy'

Claims he helped facilitate Otto Warmbier's return

(Newser) - Visiting North Korea is like visiting any other Asian country, says Dennis Rodman. You're "going to see some poverty," but the country is "civilized" and the people are "so happy" under the control of a dictator who, with Rodman at least, sings karaoke and rides... More »

A Defensive North Korea Issues Comment on Warmbier

As thousands gather for Ohio funeral service

(Newser) - North Korea—which handed back Otto Warmbier in a coma after imprisoning him for 17 months—is denying that it tortured the young American. In Pyongyang's first comment since Warmbier's death on Monday , North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that the 22-year-old was treated... More »

Doctor: Cause of Warmbier's Coma 'Almost a Moot Point'

Family has decided against an autopsy

(Newser) - Otto Warmbier's funeral is on Thursday and the 22-year-old's family has decided against having an autopsy first, the Hamilton County, Ohio coroner says. The coroner's office says, contrary to earlier reports , that the family has requested there be no autopsy, though an "external examination" was carried... More »

Blood Clot, Pneumonia May Have Killed Otto Warmbier

Autopsy results are expected Tuesday or Wednesday

(Newser) - When Otto Warmbier was returned from North Korea last week after being held for more than a year, he was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" but otherwise stable—until he died suddenly Monday. Now NBC News reports doctors are trying to figure out what happened. One expert says... More »

McCain: Kim Regime Murdered Otto Warmbier

US might ban travel to North Korea

(Newser) - Otto Warmbier is dead less than a week after returning to the US from North Korea, and lawmakers including Sen. John McCain say Pyongyang must be held accountable. The 22-year-old American, who spent 17 months in detention in North Korea, "was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime,"... More »

Otto Warmbier Is Dead, Family Says

Statement says he died Monday afternoon

(Newser) - Otto Warmbier, the US student detained in North Korea and recently freed after almost a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, his family says in a statement obtained by the Washington Post . Warmbier returned to the US in a coma and never awoke; in the statement, his family says... More »

North Korea Brutalized a Young American. Now What?

Op-ed: 'I can't stop thinking about Otto Warmbier'

(Newser) - As if the world needed more proof, the tragic case of Otto Warmbier surfaces to reinforce just how brutal the North Korean regime is, writes Fred Hiatt in the Washington Post . As UN human rights investigators have found, the nation runs a prison system that has echoes of the Soviet... More »

North Korea: Our Diplomats 'Mugged' by US Officials

Incident allegedly happened Friday at JFK airport

(Newser) - North Korea, the US, and a demand for an explanation. In this case, the issue at hand isn't Otto Warmbier but what North Korea is framing as a "mugging" of its diplomats by US officials in New York. Those diplomats were in the process of departing via JFK... More »

Doctors: Otto Warmbier in State of 'Unresponsive Wakefulness'

He hasn't spoken or shown signs of understanding language since his return

(Newser) - In a Thursday morning news conference, a rep for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center revealed little about its highest-profile patient, saying only that Otto Warmbier was stable and had experienced a "severe neurological injury." Some of the pieces got filled in this afternoon during a press conference... More »

NSA Pins Unprecedented Cyberattack on North Korea

Agency says WannaCry ransom scheme almost certainly came from Pyongyang

(Newser) - Remember the massive cyberattack last month in which victims were told to pay a ransom to have their data unlocked? The NSA thinks it was a scheme by North Korea to make money for its government coffers, reports the Washington Post . A report not yet made public suggests the perpetrators... More »

As North Korea Issues Single Comment, Otto's Dad Opens Up

In a Tucker Carlson interview, with a Thursday news conference to follow

(Newser) - North Korea has issued its first official comment since releasing Otto Warmbier, but it's not one that clears up the biggest questions. "Warmbier, who had been in hard labor, was sent back home on June 13, 2017, on humanitarian grounds according to the adjudication made on the same... More »

Rodman Gives Kim an Eclectic Bunch of Gifts

Including a mermaid puzzle and a Trump tome

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Trump to North Korea—sort of. On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country's sports minister a copy of Trump's book The Art of the Deal, a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It wasn't... More »

Doctor Disputes North Korea's Story About American's Coma

Otto Warmbier landed in US, was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center

(Newser) - Blue and white ribbons lined the street near Otto Warmbier's family home Tuesday night as the American student freed by North Korea arrived back in Cincinnati. The 22-year-old, who is believed to have been in a coma for more than a year, was rushed to the University of Cincinnati... More »

Student Freed by N. Korea Is Reportedly in a Coma

Otto Warmbier is on way back to US

(Newser) - North Korea on Tuesday freed a US college student it has held for more than a year, but the good news is tempered by a report that Otto Warmbier is in a coma. His parents spoke to the Washington Post about his medical condition, saying they were told by North... More »

North Korea Suspected of Spying on THAAD

Drone found with pictures of site in Seongju

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman has a new subject to broach with his "friend for life" : North Korea is suspected of spying on America's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system hosted by Pyongyang's neighbor to the south, reports Reuters . Not far from its border with North Korea on Friday, South Korea'... More »

Potcoin Sponsors Rodman's New Trip to North Korea

He says Trump will be happy with the visit

(Newser) - One of the world's weirdest bromances appears to be alive and well: Dennis Rodman has returned to Pyongyang for his first visit to North Korea since his former Celebrity Apprentice boss became president, the BBC reports. Rodman, who has described dictator Kim Jong Un as a "friend for... More »

North Korea Issues Defiant Boast About Missile

Says it can hit US, South Korean ships 'at will'

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday commented on its Thursday test-launch of a new type of cruise missile, saying the weapon is capable of striking US and South Korean warships "at will." The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a... More »

North Korea Fires Missiles, Slams Trump's 'Egotism'

Ground-to-ship missiles land near site of US drills

(Newser) - North Korea angered the US and its own neighbors Thursday morning with yet another missile launch, this time involving what South Korean officials believe were multiple anti-ship missiles from Wonsan on the country's east coast. Officials say the missiles traveled around 125 miles. Pyongyang is trying to develop missiles... More »

North Korea: We'll Have a Bigger 'Gift' for US Soon

Kim Jong Un promises more advanced weapons are on their way

(Newser) - North Korea's latest missile launch into Japanese-claimed waters was carried out under Kim Jong Un's watchful eye, per the country's state news agency, and the leader has promised an even larger "gift" for the US is forthcoming. In what Reuters refers to as an "unprecedented... More »

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