Rodman back in NKorea for leaders birthday

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman speaks to journalists upon arrival at the capital airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Rodman left North Korea on Monday, but didn't answer questions from the media on whether he had met with leader Kim Jong Un on his latest visit. The two struck up a friendship when Rodman first traveled to the secretive state earlier this year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned from North Korea on Monday, saying he did not meet "awesome" Kim Jong-Un on his third visit to the reclusive state but was unfazed by the lack of contact.

The heavily tattooed Rodman has developed an unlikely relationship with Kim since making his first trip in March, when he declared the leader a "friend for life", and is organising an exhibition basketball game on January 8 to mark his birthday. (AFP)

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