Top40 News for 07/26/2018

#13 Otto Warmbier’s brain damage was caused by a suicide attempt

Otto Warmbier may have attempted suicide while he was imprisoned in North Korea, according to a new report published on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Virginia University scholarship student was also never physically tortured by the North Korean authorities during his captivity in 2016 and 2017, the story claims.

Writing in GQ Magazine, author Doug Bock Clark accuses President Trump of promoting the torture theory to justify his tough stance against Kim Jong-un, before stopping mentioning it after relations warmed prior to the Singapore summit.

Otto Warmbier is pictured crying in a North Korean court after being sentenced to 15 months hard labor in March 2017; and right, on June 13, in a vegetative state while being carried off an airplane at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati

Warmbier was arrested during a budget tour of the hermit state in January 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15-years imprisonment.

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#14 Mike Pompeo: US will NEVER recognize Putin’s seizure of Crimea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea as he sought to fend off charges from lawmakers and others that President Donald Trump and his administration are being soft on Russia.

In a statement titled 'Crimea Declaration,' Pompeo said the U.S. will continue to insist that Ukraine's territorial integrity be restored. 

He said the U.S. would hold to its long-standing principle of refusing to recognize Kremlin claims of sovereignty over territory seized by force in violation of international law. 

And he called for Russia to respect principles it claims to respect and 'end its occupation of Crimea.'

'In concert with allies, partners, and the international community, the United States rejects Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine's territorial integrity is restored,' Pompeo said in the declaration, which was released by the State Department shortly before he was to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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