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Saturday, May 04, 2013

BBC News - US tightens student visa rules after Boston bombing

The US is tightening its screening of international students, its first security change in response to the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

The move comes after a student from Kazakhstan - who did not have a valid visa - was accused by police of hiding evidence for one of the bomb suspects.

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered border agents to automatically check the visa status of every student.

Azamat Tazhayakov had returned to the US despite being dismissed from school.

BBC News - US tightens student visa rules after Boston bombing

Thursday, May 02, 2013

North Korea Sentences American to 15 Years of Hard Labor - NYTimes.com

North Korea Sentences American to 15 Years of Hard Labor - NYTimes.com: "SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Thursday that its Supreme Court had sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor for committing hostile acts against its government. Enlarge This Image

Yonhap, via Reuters Kenneth Bae in an undated image taken from video.

Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The citizen, Kenneth Bae, 44, a Korean-American from Washington State who ran a tour business out of China, was arrested in the special economic zone of Rason in northeastern North Korea in November after leading a group of businessmen there from Yanji, China. On Saturday, the North said it was indicting him on charges that he tried to overthrow Pyongyang’s government.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

3 more taken into custody in connection with Boston Marathon bombing case: police - U.S. News

3 more taken into custody in connection with Boston Marathon bombing case: police - U.S. News: "Boston Police said Wednesday they have arrested three more people in the marathon bombing investigation, but gave no immediate details. Sources told NBC News the three are college students who are suspected of removing items from the dorm room of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is charged with placing a bomb at the finish line of the April 15 race. It was unclear if the persons in custody had any knowledge or involvement in the bombing or its aftermath. Authorities said Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan carried out the blasts that killed three and wounded more than 200."

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