1. TAKING IT BACK

    N. Korea Rescinds Bae Negotations

    Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo January 20, 2014. U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, imprisoned in reclusive North Korea for more than a year, said on Monday he wants to return to his family as soon as possible and hopes the United States will help, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.  Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN - RTX17MMB

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    North Korea has pulled back its invitation for a senior U.S. diplomat to come to Pyongyang to negotiate the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae. A State Department official expressed disappointment at the announcement Sunday, adding that North Korea said "in May 2013 it would not use the fate of Bae as a political bargaining chip." Rev. Jesse Jackson has also offered to go to North Korea to help negotiate the release of Bae, who has been in the Hermit Kingdom for more than a year and is serving a 15-year sentence on charges of trying to overthrow the state.

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