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Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee, left, and his son Jeffrey after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

US vet held in N. Korea says statement was coerced

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea says a videotaped confession he made while he was being held was delivered involuntarily and under duress. Merrill Newman said in […]

12/09/2013

Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee and his son Jeffrey, left, as they leave San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in San Francisco. Newman was detained in North Korea late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war. He was released from North Korea early Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

US vet Merrill Newman, 85, home from North Korea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Merrill Newman was tired and looking forward to reuniting with his family, but he was all smiles Saturday after arriving at the San Francisco airport after being detained for several weeks […]

12/07/2013

US vet detained in NKorea oversaw guerrilla group

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An 85-year-old U.S. veteran being held in North Korea spent his war years there in one of the Army’s first special forces units, helping a clandestine group of Korean partisans […]

12/04/2013

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Nov. 30, 2013 by the Korea News Service, U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, applies his thumb print to a document which North Korean authorities say was an apology which Newman wrote and read in North Korea. Newman, an avid traveler and retired finance executive, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

NKorea says American apologizes for ‘hostile acts’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for “hostile acts” […]

11/30/2013

This 2005 photo provided by the Palo Alto Weekly of Merrill Newman, a retired finance executive and Red Cross volunteer, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Palo Alto Weekly, Nicholas Wright)

Detained American’s wife asks for his return

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — North Korean authorities have confirmed they have detained an American citizen, the State Department said Friday, while the wife of the 85-year-old Korean War veteran being held there implored authorities […]

11/22/2013

In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, former basketball player Dennis Rodman waves during a news conference to promote a Japanese cable network’s coverage of the upcoming NBA season, in Tokyo The former Chicago Bulls player's Rodman-themed vodka, that was consumed with friend and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is set to debut Thursday, Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Rodman revels in relations with North Korea

Dennis Rodman wants to belly up to the bar with some friends and order a shot of peace talks. He believed his latest proposal is just the tonic needed to ease tension between the United […]

11/20/2013

North Korean naval vessel sank last month, reports say

  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A North Korean naval vessel sank last month, killing an unspecified number of officers and sailors, according to North and South Korean media. The North’s official Korean Central News […]

11/04/2013

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae talk each other during their meeting at a hospital in Pyongyang, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son)

Mom visits American detained in North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) — An ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months has had an emotional reunion with his mother for the first time since he was sentenced to 15 years […]

10/11/2013

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Rodman in North Korea to visit his ‘friend’ Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed Tuesday in North Korea and said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge […]

09/03/2013

Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

North Korea withdraws invite for US envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the State Department said Friday. Bob King, the U.S. […]

08/30/2013

In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, head of the North Korean working-level delegation Park Yong Il shakes hand his South Korean counterpart Lee Duk-haeng, right, as he crosses border line to hold their meeting at the Peace House of south side of the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/South Korea Unification Ministry)

Koreas agree to reunions for first time in 3 years

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory […]

08/23/2013

The North Korean Arirang smartphone.  (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

Skepticism as NKorea shows home-grown smartphone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s announcement that it is mass producing a home-grown smartphone has been met with skepticism in the tech industry in South Korea and abroad. The North’s state media last […]

08/16/2013

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