North Korea Detains American College Student, Zika Virus Outbreak in Brazil


North Korea Arrests US Student for “hostile act”-BBC News

University of Virginia undergraduate student Otto Frederick Warmbier has been arrested in North Korea. He was arrested due to his “intention to destroy the country’s unity” the North Korean state news agency KCNA released in a statement. Warmbier was detained while on tour of Pyongyang with the China-based tourist agency Young Pioneer Tours. Warmbier is the third Westerner to be imprisoned in North Korea. “We are in contact with the Swedish Embassy… who are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address the case. We are also assisting the US Department of State closely with regards to the situation,” Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement.

Massive Blizzard Could Be One For The Record Books-CBS News

A snowstorm headed toward the East Coast this weekend could drop one to three inches of snow for up to 24 hours or more in a few cities. There could be up to 8 inches or a foot of snow in New York and Philadelphia. The large amount of snowfall could cause up to $ 1 million in damages and slow down the entire east coast weather service director Louis Uccellini said. “It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect more than 50 million people,” Uccellini said.

Zika Virus May Be Linked to Surge in Rare Syndrome in Brazil-NY Times

The Zika virus spread by mosquitos has affected babies causing them to be born with abnormally small heads. There have been 4,000 registered cases of this strange symptom of the Zika virus in Brazil. As a result of these cases, American officials have warned pregnant women from traveling to nearly 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere including Puerto Rico and Mexico.  Disease specialists in Brazil have also found that this virus may cause the often life-threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome, which makes the immune system attack part of a person’s nervous system leading to paralysis. “I became motionless and thought I would die. All of this happened just a few days after I had zika, “ Geraldo Da Silva, a construction worker from northeast Brazil said.