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The Story You've Heard About Otto Warmbier May Be Wrong

Doug Bock Clark writes that his timeline suggests there was no torture

(Newser) - Doug Bock Clark begins a lengthy piece for GQ on the fate of Otto Warmbier with a bold assertion: That what happened to the 21-year-old American college student "is even more shocking than anyone knew" and that he had the "untold story." So does he? The piece,... More »

In North Korea's Capital, a Hotel With a 'Missing' Floor

Calvin Sun recounts his 2011 trip to Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel

(Newser) - That Otto Warmbier's trouble began with an incident at the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang is well known, the details of it, less so. In front of North Korean reporters, the American confessed to "committ[ing] the crime of taking down a political slogan"— said to be a propaganda... More »

Trump: Credit for Kim Meeting Goes to One Person

'Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened'

(Newser) - Before the event took place, President Trump said his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed Otto Warmbier "has not died in vain." He upped that rhetoric Tuesday. "Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened," Trump said, per Time . "It... More »

Trump: 'I Don't Think I Have to Prepare Much' for Kim Summit

And more big lines from president's appearance with Japan PM Shinzo Abe

(Newser) - Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump said Thursday that "attitude" is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the AP reports. Preparing to depart Washington for the next week's... More »

Otto Warmbier's Parents Sue North Korea Over His Death

Wrongful death lawsuit may prove largely symbolic

(Newser) - The parents of US college student Otto Warmbier filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea on Thursday, saying its government "brutally tortured and murdered" their son, the Washington Post and the AP report. Fred and Cindy Warmbier filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington, DC,... More »

Trump to Declare North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism

White House cites killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother as one example

(Newser) - President Trump said Monday that he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror. Trump called the move a long overdue step and part of the US "maximum pressure campaign" against Pyongyang, per the AP . North Korea was last on the US list of state sponsors of... More »

Coroner: We May Never Know What Happened to Otto Warmbier

She says cause of brain damage can't be determined

(Newser) - The death of Otto Warmbier is a mystery and it will probably stay that way unless somebody from North Korea comes forward with information, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says. At a press conference in Cincinnati Wednesday, the coroner said the American student's death was caused by complications from... More »

Coroner's Report Deepens Otto Warmbier Mystery

Body did not show signs of extensive torture

(Newser) - Something terrible clearly happened to Otto Warmbier while the American student was in North Korean custody—but an Ohio coroner found nothing to back up accounts that he was severely tortured. In a coroner's report seen by the Cincinnati Enquirer , Hamilton County medical officials say the 22-year-old's teeth... More »

Otto Warmbier Made 'Inhuman Sounds' While in Coma

'North Korea is not a victim,' says dad Fred Warmbier

(Newser) - If anyone is feeling sympathetic toward North Korea as its war of words with the US ramps up, Otto Warmbier's family has a message: "North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists." In their first lengthy comments since Warmbier's death days after the 22-year-old University... More »

It Will Soon Be Illegal to Use US Passports to Enter One Country

New rule regarding North Korea expected to be unveiled soon

(Newser) - The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier , reports the AP . Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to impose a "geographic travel restriction" for North Korea, which would make it illegal to use US passports to... More »

School Dumps Professor Over Otto Warmbier Rant

Kathy Dettwyler will not be rehired at University of Delaware

(Newser) - A University of Delaware professor is out of a job after claiming Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved." Adjunct anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler, 62, who recently finished up a spring contract at the school, "will not be rehired to teach at the university in the future,... More »

Trump White House Tried to Free US Hostage in Syria

CIA chief had secret talks for journalist Austin Tice, but to no avail

(Newser) - The Trump administration has been trying to get another US hostage home: Austin Tice . The New York Times reports that clandestine talks between CIA director Mike Pompeo and Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamlouk began in February to initiate the release of the American journalist and former Marine, who went missing... More »

Professor Goes on Warmbier Rant: 'Got What He Deserved'

The internet is not happy with a University of Delaware professor's comments

(Newser) - A University of Delaware professor is causing a riot online after posting to her personal Facebook page that student Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved" following his death Monday upon returning from North Korea. According to USA Today , adjunct anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler went off on students like... 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 »

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