The Brief

American student Otto Warmbier speaks after being presented to reporters in Pyongyang on Feb. 29, 2016.
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The U.S. Student in Kim's Hands

There was a time when American captives were seen by North Korea as bargaining chips, useful for extracting concessions from Washington. But an increasingly erratic Kim Jong Un appears in no mood for talks. That puts 22-year-old Otto Warmbier in a very dangerous position indeed

President Trump Signs Aluminum Imports Memorandum At The White House

The Art of the Show

With his legislative agenda facing headwinds and his poll numbers well below 50 percent, President Trump, a former reality television star, is going back to what he knows best. When deals become elusive, he practices the Art of the Show


Pope Francis Makes Historic Egypt Trip After Church Attacks

Pope Francis landed in Egypt's capital for a historic two-day visit aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name. His visit comes three weeks after deadly twin Palm Sunday church attacks

House Votes On Trump's American Health Care Act

House Leaders Push Back Health Care Bill Vote

The House will not vote on a new health care bill in time to mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days, party leaders said Thursday. The decision comes after Republicans fall short of votes and face pressure to avoid a government shutdown


British Police Shoot Woman in Anti-Terror Operation

British police shot a woman in her 20's and arrested four other people in anti-terrorism operations in London and the southeast England county of Kent. The raids were not connected to an earlier suspected terrorist attack foiled near Parliament


Trump Appoints Charmaine Yoest to Senior HHS Post

Yoest was formerly the president of Americans United for Life, which campaigned at the federal and state level for tough restrictions on abortion. She will take a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services

Kenneth Williams

Arkansas Executes Final Inmate Kenneth Williams

Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams, its fourth inmate in eight days, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left him lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. William was pronounced dead 13 minutes after the execution began

This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters.

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Back in Contact With Earth

The Cassini spacecraft, which recently made the first journey through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings, is back in contact with Earth. But the trip was dangerous: During its ring-plane crossing, the spaceship had to use its large antenna as a shield