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    North Korea Releases American Student

    He’s finally free. After more than 17 months in a North Korean prison, American college student Otto Warmbier headed home on Tuesday after being released by the regime, although he is believed to be in a coma. Following his January 2016 arrest, Pyongyang slapped Warmbier — a University of Virginia student on a tour of the Hermit Kingdom at the time — with a 15-year sentence for allegedly stealing a political banner. Warmbier’s release curiously coincided with a visit to North Korea by former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who claimed he’s planning to “open a door” between the two countries but denied his trip was connected to Warmbier’s release.

     

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