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North Korea says it is holding U.S. university student for 'hostile act'

North Korea says it is holding U.S. university student for 'hostile act'

North Korea on Friday announced the arrest of a university student from Ohio accused of posing as a tourist to commit a “hostile act” against the reclusive nation.

News of the University of Virginia student’s detention came at a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States, which has been working with allies in the region to increase international sanctions against the country over the government’s claims to have carried out its fourth nuclear test this month.

The official Korea Central News Agency identified the detainee as Otto Frederick Warmbier, who it claimed entered the country with the intention of “bringing down the...

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