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How the USA secured Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea

Warmbier, who is 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, having been evacuated through an American military base in Sapporo, Japan. "But we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", he said. He was charged with "hostile acts against the state", and after an hour-long trial in March, 2016, sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor . Read More »

Duterte in good health, says Abella

Duterte had no scheduled public events on Tuesday, just as his schedule was cleared on Monday to give him time to rest. "The President is actually in excellent health, except for the fact that his schedule had been brutal". So far, members of media covering the Palace beat have not been informed of any presidential activities or events for the following days. Abella said, however, that Duterte has some "long-term appointments" to keep. Read More »

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood In A Flawed Election

Instead, they pay local taxes and for social security while having a non-voting representative in the US Congress . The result places Puerto Rico in conflict with the Congress, which has the power to grant them their wish but until now has refuse to do so. Read More »

White House stonewalls on Comey 'tapes'


Senator Jack Reed said "there's a real question of the propriety" of Mr Sessions's involvement in Mr Comey's dismissal, because Mr Sessions had stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Read More »

American student Otto Warmbier released by North Korea

Sandy Hausman reports on what's known about Otto Warmbier and on reaction from the University of Virginia , where he would have graduated this year. That means Rodman is Trump and Kim's only mutual acquaintance. North Korea still has at least three Americans in illegal custody, no doubt enduring horrific conditions in violation of all norms of human decency. Read More »

May under pressure to strike deal and soften Brexit stance

Brexit Minister David Davis said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned but they would still begin next week. The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday which signaled she would be more open to consultation, particularly with business leaders demanding answers about the details on Britain's departure from the European Union. Read More »

England 'weren't good enough' in defeat to 10-man France - Kane

France went on to win Tuesday's match 3-2. "Hugo will be captain". The "keeper mishit a clearance straight into Toivonen's path and he made no mistake from distance". Burnley captain Tom Heaton was making his first global start for England and had to be alert when Thomas Lemar's mishit cross nearly caught him out at the near post in the second minute. Read More »

May tough on terror in France visit

A British citizen, Nick Alexander, was killed in the Bataclan atrocity. The UK and France have just announced a joint campaign to tackle online radicalization and this could end up with them going after some of the world's largest tech companies. Read More »

British Election Ends With A Hung Parliament

Although winning the most seats, her centre-right party lost its majority in parliament, meaning it will now rely on support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP ). But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory". Read More »

Trump speaks to press in wake of James Comey's senate testimony

And Comey said he's all for the president releasing any tapes - if they exist. "No collusion, no obstruction", Trump told a White House press conference in reference to the twin controversies dogging his administration - accusations his aides colluded with the Russian effort to tilt the vote, and that he sought to block a probe related to the matter. Read More »

Afghanistan To Host International Peace Conference

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday called for the dismissal of heads of the security institutions, following a wave of violence in Kabul . The president made a strong plea for peace at an global conference on Afghanistan attended by about two dozen countries, which was held under tight security as armored vehicles patrolled the streets and fighter jets roared over the capital. Read More »

European Union hopes Brexit talks can stick to timeline

Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, urged the United Kingdom not to "waste" any more time and open talks on leaving the bloc. Within the two years of talks, Britain wants to not only agree on the terms of its exit but also negotiate a new relationship on things like trade and security. Read More »

UVA issues statement student held by NKorea

The state U.S. Department of State said on Tuesday that "at the direction of the president" the department "secured the release of Warmbier". The State Department denied any connection between Warmbier's release and Rodman's visit, which the Trump administration said it did not authorise. Read More »

Jeff Sessions: I Did Not Recuse Myself From Defending My Honor


I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice , and basically backed him up in his concerns". "He said it was problematic, and I asked you what was problematic about it!" He also alleged to have never conversed with Comey about his job performance prior to his firing. Read More »

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly: Putin Brushes Off Election Interference Accusations

It was always doubtful Putin, a former KGB agent and spin master, would do anything but rebuke accusations of Russian involvement. A preview of NBC's interview with Mr Putin was released to the media on Sunday. He accused the U.S. media of sensationalizing information and using it as a "weapon of war" against Trump. The Russian President then also denied having a personal relationship with his USA counterpart, saying: "We didn't have any relationship at all". Read More »

'Anxiety and fear' over Tory-DUP deal: Sinn Fein

Mr Davis added: "In the first round we are going to have pretty long meetings at roughly one week a month - which is much, much faster than any previous trade deal they have done". Pressed on the reports, Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny it. William Hague, a former leader of the Conservative Party, called for business groups and lawmakers from all parties to be brought in to agree a national position on Brexit. Read More »

North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier returns to the USA


Yun and two doctors visit Warmbier that morning marking the first time the USA is able to confirm his status since he was sentenced in March 2016 . He told reporters in Beijing that it is "not my objective right now". At that time, North Korea agreed that Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang, who handle USA affairs there, would be allowed for the first time to visit four Americans imprisoned by the North, including Warmbier. Read More »

North Korea releases jailed US student, Tillerson says


His parents say he has been in a coma and was medically evacuated. In this February 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials - America's diplomatic intermediaries in that country - visit or contact Otto for more than a year. Read More »

Pentagon to get authority for Afghanistan troop levels


Mattis, meanwhile, agreed with McCain on Tuesday that the United States is "not winning". The defence chief, who was a Marine combat commander in Afghanistan at the start of the war, stressed America must not walk away from the country and suggested a long-term residual U.S. Read More »

AG Sessions: "This is a Secret Innuendo Being Leaked Out There"

The committee can also work with the Trump administration to come up with a solution. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate committee Tuesday he had no contact with Russian officials related to last year's USA presidential campaign and was not aware of anyone else in President Trump's campaign who did so. Read More »

Twins take Royce Lewis with #1 pick

According to MLB .com, his fastball has been clocked at 102 miles per hour, a record for an amateur pitcher. "That's not my job". Baumann, the third round pick, is interesting before even getting into his qualities as a baseball player. UCLA commit also attended MLB Youth Academy in California. If you're disturbed about passing on Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay , well, I don't know what to tell you. Read More »

US college student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio

In a statement, the State Department said Warmbier was "en route to the US where he will be reunited with his family", adding it would have no further comment on his case, citing privacy concerns. Yun and two doctors visited Warmbier that morning, marking the first time the U.S. was able to confirm his status since he was sentenced in March 2016. Read More »

Talks to prop up May's government continue with DUP

Mrs May met lawmakers from her Conservative Party yesterday to convince them that she should remain as leader after some had called for her to quit, following her lacklustre campaign and decision to call the election in the first place. Mr Corbyn is expected to reshuffle his shadow cabinet in the coming days with several senior figures who called for him to step down past year after the European Union referendum hinting they are open to a return. Read More »

UK can't expect Britons to replace EU workers after Brexit - CBI

May's failure to get a majority has undercut her tough Brexit strategy, which had raised fears that Britain was heading for a so-called " hard Brexit ", which could potentially see tariffs slapped on British exports to the bloc. May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics. Gove, who was dismissed when May became prime minister a year ago, will now serve as environment secretary. Read More »