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Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced this morning that American student Otto Warmbier, who attended UVA, was released from North Korea, per the AP.

Think back: Warmbier was imprisoned by North Korea last March after stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel while in the country on vacation. He was sentenced to 15 years in a hard labor camp.

More news: The Washington Post reports that Warmbier is currently in a coma and being medically evacuated. North Korea claims that he contracted botulism shortly after his trial last year and never woke up after being given a sleeping pill.

Worth considering: Former NBA star and noted Kim Jong-Un pal Dennis Rodman headed to North Korea yesterday, but WaPo's Anna Fifield calls the timing a "bizarre coincidence" and "perhaps a deliberate attempt by North Korea to distract."

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  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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