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Laura Ling Names Baby After Clinton

Former prez 'has checked in on me several times,' she says

(Newser) - To honor Bill Clinton for getting her safely home from North Korea, journalist Laura Ling named her daughter, born yesterday, after him. But rather than a girl named Bubba, she's christened the tyke Li Jefferson Clayton. Namesake William Jefferson Clinton “has been so concerned and caring,” Ling tells... More »

US Journo Ling: Koreans 'Hit Me'

And Clinton freed them with pure charm

(Newser) - Laura Ling and Euna Lee didn't go quietly when the North Koreans arrested them. In an interview with Larry King on CNN , Ling reveals that the men who arrested them beat them into submission. Though she admits they had crossed, briefly, into North Korean territory, she says they were actually... More »

Decade's Happiest Endings

Capt. Sully, Elizabeth Smart, even the Red Sox make the cut

(Newser) - This decade has had its fair share of tragedy, but Newsweek collects some of its best happy endings:
  1. The Red Sox in 2004. Many New Englanders lived their entire lives without seeing a Sox championship, making it that much sweeter in '04.
  2. Sully and the Hudson: The calm-under-fire performance of
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Journos: Koreans Grabbed Us on Chinese Soil

Laura Ling and Euna Lee describe their capture ordeal

(Newser) - The two American journalists detained for months in North Korea were on Chinese soil when they were seized by border guards, they write in Current.com. Laura Ling and Euna Lee say they were reporting on the human trafficking of North Korean refugees in China when their guide briefly brought... More »

Kim Jong-Il Was 'Fully Engaged' During Clinton Visit

(Newser) - Longtime Bill Clinton aide John Podesta, who accompanied the former president on his recent rescue mission to North Korea, says leader Kim Jong-Il was "fully engaged" during the visit, Reuters reports. “I would basically say that the discussions were pretty straightforward and he was fully engaged,” Podesta... More »

Reporters to Supporters: You 'Gave Us Hope'

Ling, Lee thank supporters in online video

(Newser) - Laura Ling and Euna Lee use a new video on Current TV's website to thank Americans “from the bottom of our hearts” for support during their North Korean captivity. “We learned about this grassroots movement on Facebook, about people writing in to their congressmen, to the president,”... More »

Freed Journo Ling Shops Book With Sister

Book to explore issues of sisterhood, journalism

(Newser) - That was quick: One of the journalists imprisoned in North Korea and freed earlier this month is shopping a book proposal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Laura Ling’s book will be written in collaboration with her sister, Lisa, and proposes to deal not only with Laura's detention but... More »

Ling, Lee Did Cross Into N. Korea: Sister

(Newser) - Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling did in fact cross into North Korea while reporting from the border, Ling's sister tells CNN. "She did say that they touched North Korean territory very, very briefly," she says. "She said it was maybe 30 seconds. And then, you know,... More »

Time to Get Tough With N. Korea

(Newser) - Getting Laura Ling and Euna Lee out of North Korea was a cakewalk compared to the real diplomatic struggles between the Obama administration and the rogue nation, writes Nicolas Kristof. The New York Times columnist, who has visited North Korea five times, used to favor engagement with Kim Jong-Il's regime.... More »

Rescue Mission Puts Spotlight on Bill's Contacts

(Newser) - The same sprawling network of business and political contacts that caused trouble with Hillary Clinton's confirmation as secretary of state helped her husband secure the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, the Washington Post reports. Private donors paid for Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea, and the former president... More »

Bill and Al: Buddies Again?

(Newser) - Today's warm embrace between Bill Clinton and Al Gore was just like old times, writes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times. The two have largely been on the outs since 2000, but they shared a "long and emotional hug" after Clinton's North Korean trip. While they've had spotty... More »

Mogul Bing Foots Bill for Clinton Mission

Longtime pal donated use of jet, plus $200K for fuel, other costs

(Newser) - Wealthy Hollywood insider, Democratic donor, and Clinton family friend Steve Bing is footing the bill for the trip to North Korea that brought back two jailed American journalists, ABC News reports. Bill Clinton flew on Bing’s private jet, and the mogul will pony up about $200,000 for fuel,... More »

Freed Journalists Return to US

(Newser) - Laura Ling and Euna Lee are back on US soil, CNN reports. The freed journalists touched down with Bill Clinton this morning in Burbank, Calif., where they were met by their families before a swarm of journalists and dignitaries, including Al Gore. Lee embraced her 4-year-old daughter for the first... More »

Both Clintons, Gore Played Role in Release

(Newser) - The release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling has catapulted Bill Clinton back onto the world stage, but as the New York Times reports, the former president—and husband of the secretary of State—was only selected for the role a few days ago. Hillary Clinton proposed several envoys for... More »

Freed Journalists On Way Home From North Korea

(Newser) - The two US journalists pardoned today by North Korea are on their way back to the US with Bill Clinton, reports MSNBC. Euna Lee and Laura Ling are on Clinton's plane and heading to Los Angeles to be reunited with their families, a Clinton spokesman says. The two, due to... More »

Trip Draws Cheers, Jeers

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea is generating all kinds of debate. A sampling:
  • John Bolton on Fox: The hawkish former UN ambassador calls the trip a "classic case of rewarding bad behavior. ... Obviously, all of us want to get them out, but we want it done in a
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Kim Jong Il Pardons Journalists

Ling, Lee could be back in US tomorrow: official

(Newser) - Kim Jong Il has pardoned two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labor for entering North Korea illegally, and ordered their release during the visit of former President Bill Clinton, the AP reports. Clinton had an emotional meeting today with the two women, an official tells ABC News,... More »

Clinton Meets With Kim Jong Il

(Newser) - Bill Clinton has met with reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, official state media reports. The Korean news agency described Clinton as "courteously" conveying a message from President Obama, saying he and Kim shared a "wide-ranging exchange of views." But the White House denied that Clinton... More »

Clinton Visits N. Korea to Push for Journos' Release

(Newser) - Bill Clinton is in North Korea, where he will attempt to secure the freedom of two American journalists imprisoned since March, Reuters reports, citing South and North Korean news agencies. "As soon as he arrives, he will be entering negotiations," said a source. The White House and State... More »

US Shifts Strategy, Seeks Amnesty for Jailed Reporters

New tactic implies some offense committed against N. Korea

(Newser) - The US is switching its strategy to get two American journalists freed from North Korea, dropping its demand for release on humanitarian grounds in favor of appealing for forgiveness, CNN reports. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday asked for “amnesty” for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, saying “everyone... More »

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