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News - December 6, 2013

North Korea acknowledges arresting Palo Alto man

Merrill Newman was adviser to South Korea guerrillas during Korean War

by Eric Van Susteren

North Korea said Saturday that it had arrested 85-year-old Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman for "hostile acts" against the country during the Korean War. It was the first time the country publicly acknowledged that Newman had been held since he was reportedly detained as he tried to leave the country on Oct. 26.

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