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Freed 85-Year-Old: I Was Bored in N. Korea

Merrill Newman says he was detained in hotel, not jail

(Newser) - Life as a captive of the Stalinist regime he fought 60 years ago was actually a pretty dull experience, Merrill Newman says. The 85-year-old veteran, back in the US after more than a month in North Korean custody, says he was comfortable but bored during his detention, reports the Santa ... More »

Freed US Vet Arrives Home From North Korea

Merrill Newman joins wife, son in San Francisco

(Newser) - A tired but smiling 85-year-old US veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home today to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home, and the warm embrace of his family. Merrill Newman arrived at the San Francisco airport after turning down a ride with... More »

North Korea Frees 85-Year-Old American

Merrill Newman deported, turns down ride with Joe Biden

(Newser) - North Korea today freed an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention , ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang. North Korea made... More »

American Held in N. Korea Oversaw Guerrillas

Kuwol fighters 'Pyongyang's most hated'

(Newser) - The detention of an 85-year-old American in North Korea appears to be revenge for his actions with a group of guerrilla fighters that did immense damage to the North during the Korean War, the AP finds in interviews with former members. Surviving fighters from the Kuwol partisan unit—glorified in... More »

US to North Korea: Let 85-Year-Old American Go

Merrill Newman has been held for more than a month

(Newser) - The US is urging North Korea to release an 85-year-old American who's been detained for more than a month. Retired finance executive Merrill Newman, who fought in the Korean War, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave after a 10-day visit.... More »

American Tourist Sorry for War Crimes: North Korea

Merrill Newman reads apology he supposedly wrote

(Newser) - The 85-year-old California tourist detained in North Korea last month is sorry for his crimes against the state, at least according to North Korea. Authorities released video of Merrill Newman reading an apology he allegedly wrote; the AP couldn't independently confirm its veracity or whether it was coerced. In... More »

Family of American Held in N. Korea Pleads for Release

85-year-old Merrill Newman has been held about a month

(Newser) - North Korea has confirmed it's holding another US citizen , and his family is pleading for his release. Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran and grandfather, was last seen on a plane to Beijing from Pyongyang on Oct. 26. His family in Palo Alto says North Korean officials pulled... More »

N. Korea Detains Another American—and He's 85

Palo Alto tourist Merrill Newman has been held for 3 weeks

(Newser) - Kenneth Bae may have some company: North Korea detained an 85-year-old American tourist from California three weeks ago, reports the Bay Area News Group . The report says Merrill Newman—who fought in the Korean War—got yanked off a tourist plane that was about to leave the country last... More »

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