North Korea 'deports' American captive

US citizen Merril Newman, detained by North Korea for more than a month on charges that he committed "hostile acts" as a soldier in the Korean war, was freed from captivity and is on his way home. USA Today: As he stopped briefly in Beijing, Newman told reporters that he was happy to be returning home to Palo Alto, Calif., after being pulled from a plane leaving Pyongyang on Oct. 26 by North Korean forces. "I'm very glad to be on my way home," Newman said. "I appreciate the tolerance the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) government has given to me to be on my way. I feel good. I feel good. I want to go home to see my wife." North Korean state media said officials decided to release Newman because he apologized for his alleged war crimes, and because of his age and medical condition. It is not clear if Newman's confession was coerced. A week ago, analysts told USA TODAY that they predicted Newman would soon be released, particularly after his confession. His...(Read Full Post)

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