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Exchange Student Threatened in $80K 'Cyber Kidnapping'
Inside an $80K
'Cyber Kidnapping'

Inside an $80K 'Cyber Kidnapping'

Kai Zhuang, 17, isolated himself at the direction of bad actors, say police in Utah

(Newser) - A missing Chinese exchange student was found safe in a tent on a snowy mountainside in Utah on Sunday after what police say was an example of "cyber kidnapping." Kai Zhuang's family in China had reported the 17-year-old missing to police in Riverdale, where the student had...

Student Killed at Santa Fe High Returns to Pakistan in a Coffin

Sabika Sheikh was buried on Wednesday

(Newser) - "19 days until I'm back!" said the Snapchat message sent to her best friend last Friday morning. But Sabika Sheikh ended up returning home to Pakistan sooner than planned: Her body arrived in Karachi in a flag-draped coffin Wednesday. The 17-year-old was one of the victims of...

Americans' Pasta Gaffe Does Not Please Italy

American exchange students start fire by cooking it without water

(Newser) - A trio of American exchange students made the unlikely mistake of trying to cook a pot full of pasta without actually adding any water. In fact, the mistake was so bad that the resulting flames forced the three panicked 20-year-olds to call the fire department, reports UPI . The reason this...

Car With 2 Bodies Has Been Stuck in Calif. River for Weeks

Officials, families believe the bodies are of 2 Thai exchange students

(Newser) - For more than two weeks, a red car has been perched atop a rock in the rapids of California's Kings River, with law enforcement and rescue teams trying to figure out how to get it out—and Thai officials say the two bodies spotted inside the car are of...

Man Gets 70 Years for Killing Exchange Student

Cops alleged Markus Kaarma had laid trap, shot unarmed trespasser

(Newser) - Markus Kaarma, the Montana man police say laid a trap and killed a German exchange student trespassing in it, was sentenced today to 70 years in prison in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. Kaarma won't be eligible for parole for at least 20 years, reports the AP . The...

Man's Defense for Killing Teen: 'Castle Doctrine'

Markus Kaarma pleads not guilty to deliberate homicide

(Newser) - Markus Kaarma, the man accused of laying a trap and then shooting a teen in his garage last month, feels badly about killing German exchange student, Diren Dede, 17, his lawyer says—but that doesn't change the fact that it was justified. "It was so dark in there...

Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17

(Newser) - A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren...

2 Americans Held in Death of Irish Student in Tokyo

Nicola Furlong had apparently met duo at Nicki Minaj show earlier in evening

(Newser) - A pair of unnamed Americans have been arrested by Japanese officials after one of them was found in a Tokyo hotel room with a dying Irish exchange student, reports MSNBC . Nicola Furlong, 21, of County Wexford, died about an hour later in what officials are calling a suspicious death and...

Missing US Student Found in Madrid River

No early signs of foul play

(Newser) - The body of a California exchange student missing since last month in Spain has been found in the Madrid River, officials announced. An autopsy will be conducted, but there doesn't appear to be signs of foul play, according to authorities. San Diego State University student Austin Bice, 22, vanished after...

Spain Desperately Hunts Missing US Student

Austin Bice, 22, disappeared after a night on the town

(Newser) - Police, family, and friends are scouring the streets of Madrid for an American exchange student who disappeared while on his way home from a bar more than a week ago, reports the AP . Austin Bice, a 22-year-old exchange student from San Diego State University, wasn't feeling well early Feb. 26,...

British Exchange Student Vanishes in Virginia

Jonny Dorey vanishes while mountain biking

(Newser) - A British exchange student at a Virginia university has vanished after heading out to the woods for mountain biking. Jonny Dorey, 22, last used his cell phone that morning nearly two weeks ago. Two police searches have failed to turn up any trace of the geography student in the Richmond...

Knox Murder Trial Begins Tomorrow
Knox Murder Trial Begins Tomorrow

Knox Murder Trial Begins Tomorrow

Italian police still have little evidence in death of British roomie

(Newser) - The murder trial of 21-year-old American Amanda Knox begins in Italy tomorrow, though police have gathered little more than her roommate Meredith Kercher’s dead body as evidence since the 2007 murder, Der Spiegel reports. The sexual crime involving two promising college students and several shady Italian men has the...

Chernobyl Exchange Teen Demands to Stay in US

Furious Belarus officials call California host family 'kidnappers'

(Newser) - A Chernobyl exchange teen who doesn’t want to leave her host California family has infuriated Belarus officials, who are demanding her return. Tanya Kazyra, 16, has spent the last nine summers with a Petaluma family as part of a humanitarian exchange health program for children suffering the effects of...

Yank Changes Story in UK Roomie's Death

Suspect wasn't, was, wasn't home at time of assault, murder

(Newser) - The American flatmate of a murdered UK student has reversed her story a second time, telling Italian police that she wasn't home at the time of Meredith Kercher's death, the Guardian reports. Kercher's body, meanwhile, was flown home despite a move by lawyers for the suspects—Seattle native Amanda Knox,...

Rent-a-Yanks Push Goodwill Abroad
Rent-a-Yanks Push Goodwill Abroad

Rent-a-Yanks Push Goodwill Abroad

German schools book young US speakers to combat anti-Americanism

(Newser) - American exchange students in Germany are so bombarded with broadsides against the US government and lifestyle that one university has started a program called "Rent an American." Yanks visit German schools to answer questions about the Bush administration, climate change, and the death penalty, all in an effort...

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