Veteran U.S. soldier Merrill Newman, who was detained for over a month in North Korea, arrives at Beijing airport, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2013. The 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the ... more 
Veteran U.S. soldier Merrill Newman, who was detained for over a month in North Korea, arrives at Beijing airport, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2013. The 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War detained for more than a month in North Korea left Beijing on Saturday on a flight to San Francisco, hours after being deported from the secretive state, sources at the airport said. North Korea, which had detained him over his role in special forces operations in the war six decades ago, said he had been released on humanitarian grounds and because he had admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT PROFILE) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. YES less 
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