Otto Warmbier, jailed US student, freed by North Korea

Otto Warmbier was carrying out a 15-year prison sentence "for alleged anti-state acts", the site reports.

The college student's arrest was announced by North Korea in late January 2016, after he reportedly tried to steal a propaganda banner as a souvenir for a friend who wanted to hang it in her church.

Tillerson said the State Department had secured Warmbier's release per a decision from President Trump, and that the student was on his way home via a USA military base in Sapporo, Japan, to be reunited with his family in Cincinnati.

Former Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday and hopes to meet leader Kim Jong Un, at a time when President Donald Trump is said to be trying to set up a secret channel to North Korea.

North Korea is believed to still hold at least two US citizens ― Tony Kim, who had been in the country teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and Kim Dong-chul, an American businessman imprisoned on charges of espionage.

Dennis Rodman has become an unlikely diplomat between the US and North Korea in recent years, thanks to his confusing bromance with supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is now in North Korea, returning to the isolated nation to try to "open a door" with leader Kim Jong Un, he told reporters before his flight departed from Beijing on Tuesday.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. State Department officials are accompanying Otto Warmbier from Sapporo to Cincinnati.

The U.S. government and other countries had been working for months to secure his release. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no formal statement had been released.

Previous detainees have been released after visits from high-profile Americans, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

North Korea allowed a American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a labor camp to be flown home on Tuesday as Washington stepped up efforts to halt Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Tillerson's statement failed to mention Rodman's visit, with the secretary of state saying no further comments would be made out of respect for Warmbier's privacy.

The president of the University of Virginia said the school is "deeply concerned and saddened" to learn that their student is in a coma.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea, and once again, no one really knows why.

Rodman's trip has sparked speculation that he may be traveling to free American citizens being held by North Korea, perhaps as a first and important step toward lessening tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Mr Rodman developed a "bad boy" reputation in the 1990s, regularly clashing with players and officials during games.

It said the department "continues to have discussions with [North Korea] regarding the three other American citizens who are detained".

After arriving in Beijing before heading to Pyongyang, Rodman took to Twitter and thanked PotCoin, a marijuana currency company, for apparently sponsoring his mission to East Asia. On the same trip, he suggested that an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized. Reportedly, Warmbier is now in a coma.

Americans have been sentenced to years in North Korean prisons for seemingly minor offenses and likely could not expect leniency if the country's drug laws were violated.

Recommended News

  • Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

    Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

    In Wednesday's attacks no member of the parliament was killed as the attackers were unable to reach the main building. Iran says it has killed the alleged mastermind of twin attacks last week claimed by the Islamic State group.

    How much time could Bill Cosby face?

    Cosby's spokesman, Wyatt, said Jackson's statement would "let the world know" that Constand had perjured herself. He also pointed out that Constand spoke by phone with Cosby numerous times after the alleged assault.

    Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

    Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week. Soon after Ruddy's remarks became public Monday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "Mr".
  • Durant powers Warriors over Cavaliers to claim title

    A win would allow the Warriors to celebrate on their home floor after clinching the 2015 title in Cleveland. Though the lead changed several times early in Game 5, it was all the Warriors in the back end of the game.

    Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

    Trump reportedly told top Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that pressure is now taken off after firing Comey. According to Justice Department rules, special counsel Robert Mueller can not be fired without good cause.

    Sloane Robinson LLP Lowers Position in Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)

    Lafemina now anticipates that the company will earn $1.15 per share for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.21. Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX ) (TSE:ABX) announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, April 25th, RTT News reports.
  • Newton doesn't throw at Panthers camp; Oher doesn't practice

    Newton doesn't throw at Panthers camp; Oher doesn't practice

    However, that does not mean the quarterback has had a setback in his rehab from surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff. The Carolina Panthers apparently will need to wait until training camp to see how Cam Newton looks throwing the football.

    The Best Hidden Features of iOS 11

    If you recently backed up your device and/or checked in with your IT department, you could be on your way in a matter of minutes. If Apple's gonna have an onscreen homebutton on the iPhone 8, it would make a lot of sense to spring-load it for drag & drop.

    UK's May vows to deliver Conservatives from 'mess' caused by election setback

    The Labour Party accepted a number of Liberal policies in exchange for support in motions of no confidence, with the deal lasting 18 months.
  • Bill Simmons' Game of Thrones Recap After the Thrones Moves to Twitter

    Bill Simmons' Game of Thrones Recap After the Thrones Moves to Twitter

    The duo, who share the Ringer podcast The Watch , previously hosted Thrones recap podcast Watch the Thrones for Grantland . The news comes after HBO canceled Simmons' weekly talk show Any Given Wednesday after just four months on the air.

    Trump partially denies Comey's testimony, mum on existence of recordings

    When applying for security clearance at the White House, Mr Kushner did not disclose this meeting as he was legally obliged to do. It is not clear how much of these contacts he disclosed during subsequent discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation .

    UK's Theresa May holds talks to seal government alliance

    She made a self-depreciating joke after John Bercow was re-elected as the Speaker, quipping: "At least someone got a landslide". DUP leader Arlene Foster has indicated a deal to support the Conservatives' minority government is close to being finalised.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.