1. Hermit Kingdom

    North Korea Arrests American

    A television screen shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near portraits of his late grandfather Kim Il Sung,  left,  and his father Kim Jong Il at a video screening room of a bookstore in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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    A Korean-American tourist has been detained by police in North Korea and charged with crimes against the state, North Korean officials said on Friday. Kenneth Bae traveled to visit North Korea last month. KCNA, the state news agency said, “In the process of investigation, evidence proving that he committed a crime against the DPRK was revealed. He admitted his crime.” KCNA did not explain Bae’s crime, but a South Korean newspaper owner said that Bae had been arrested for carrying a computer hard disk that contained footage of North Korea executing defectors and dissidents. The punishment for crimes against the state is five to 10 years of hard labor.

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