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    N. Korea Frees American Prisoner

    People watch a TV news program showing U.S. citizen Merrill Newman released by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec 7, 2013. North Korea on Saturday freed the 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of 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. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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    After being detained in North Korea for about six weeks, 85-year-old Palo Alto, California native Merrill Newman is being deported, according to North Korean state news agency KCNA. Newman, a Korean war veteran, was held on charges of "hostile acts" but deported on humanitarian grounds after issuing a filmed "apology" for killing soldiers and civilians during the war. "Taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him on the basis of his wrong understanding [and the] apology made by him for it, his sincere repentance of it and his advanced age and health condition, the above-said institution deported him from the country from a humanitarian viewpoint," the official North Korean report said.

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