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U.S. veteran, 85, detained in N. Korea

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BEIJING — An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto, Calif., was buckled in his seat last month on a plane preparing to depart Pyongyang, North Korea, when a flight attendant pointed him out to two men in uniform. They promptly escorted him off the plane.

The man, Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, has not been heard from since.

Newman was seized Oct. 26 at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport, but the case was initially kept secret at…

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