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February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
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February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
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May 2, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The United States urged North Korea on Thursday to grant amnesty and free an American citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for alleged hostile acts against North Korea. Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesman for the State Department, told reporters that the U.S. wanted the immediate release of Kenneth Bae, a tour operator first detained in November. The U.S. is still seeking more information about the case, Ventrell said. North Korean state media announced Thursday that Bae had been sentenced , but did not provide any details about his alleged crime.
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January 13, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman said Monday that he was sorry he could do nothing for American prisoner Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea last week. “I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport Monday after his weeklong trip. “It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do.” The flamboyant basketball Hall of Famer was making his fourth visit to North Korea in the last year. This time he brought along a group of retired NBA players for an exhibition game with the North Korean team on the birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman considers a good friend.
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September 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A week after saying he could become "the most powerful guy in the world" by negotiating the release of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, former NBA star Dennis Rodman seems to have lowered the expectations for his latest trip to North Korea considerably. Before catching a flight to Pyongyang to start a five-day visit Tuesday, Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview from Beijing: "I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae. I've come out here to see my friend -- and I want to talk about basketball.
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September 9, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman is ready to take basketball diplomacy to the next level. Fresh off his second controversial trip to North Korea, the flamboyant former NBA star announced plans to stage a pair of exhibition games there in January, featuring a team of fellow ex-basketball players. He even threw out a couple of names on his wish list: Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone. But there's no word on whether his fellow Hall of Famers will be joining Rodman on his next trip to the repressive state that considers the U.S. a sworn enemy and has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor for alleged hostile acts against North Korea.
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December 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old war veteran from Palo Alto who was arrested in October on suspicion of committing hostile acts against North Korea, was released from Pyongyang and on his way home Saturday. Newman, a retired tech executive, had been pulled off an airplane about to leave the capital on Oct. 26 at the end of a 10-day tour, after speaking to his North Korean guides about his service in a clandestine anti-communist army unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. "I'm very glad to be on my way home," Newman was quoted by Japanese media as saying at the Beijing airport.
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September 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to visit communist leader Kim Jong Un, spurring hopes that a jailed American tour operator might be freed as a gesture of friendship between the two eccentrics. Rodman, on his second visit to the Hermit Kingdom this year, appealed to Kim after his first visit in February to "do me a solid" and release Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old Korean American evangelist who was arrested in November. Bae was convicted of committing "hostile acts against the state" and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
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January 9, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for an outburst on CNN during which he launched into an expletive-laden rant against a TV anchor and implied that an American being held by North Korea was at fault for his captivity. Rodman brought six fellow retired NBA players to the country for an exhibition basketball game Wednesday with North Koreans at which he sang “Happy Birthday” to leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 31. The trip has drawn criticism from human rights advocates and some members of Congress.
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September 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was a dinner guest of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, the reclusive nation's state-run news agency reported. But there was no immediate indication whether the flamboyant sportsman had made a plea for Pyongyang to free a jailed Korean American missionary. Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tour guide and evangelist, was arrested upon entering the North Korean city of Rason in November. He was summarily tried for "hostile acts against the state" and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
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January 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
It's difficult to imagine a more ludicrous attempt at diplomacy than former basketball star Dennis Rodman's current sojourn to North Korea. On his past trips (this is his fourth in less than a year) Rodman has referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as his “friend for life” and spent time with Kim's family, calling him a “good dad” - as if the young dictator were just another misunderstood world leader and not the tyrannical ruler of an impoverished country who is capable of ordering his uncle's execution.
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January 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)
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January 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, better known now for bizarre behavior than anything he ever did on the court, launched into an unintelligible rant against a CNN anchor on Tuesday during an interview from North Korea, where he is on his fourth visit in less than a year. Rodman, 52, brought six fellow retired professional basketball players to the rogue country for a game against the North Korean national team Wednesday, the 31st birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un. The trip has drawn reproving statements from the National Basketball Assn.
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December 19, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to help train the country's national basketball team and prepare an exhibition game celebrating leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. Rodman's trip, his third this year to the reclusive nation, comes just a week after North Korea announced the execution of Kim's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Taek. The dramatic purge of a man believed to have been a mentor to the young Kim and his second-in-command raised questions about the stability of the North Korean regime.
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December 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old war veteran from Palo Alto who was arrested in October on suspicion of committing hostile acts against North Korea, was released from Pyongyang and on his way home Saturday. Newman, a retired tech executive, had been pulled off an airplane about to leave the capital on Oct. 26 at the end of a 10-day tour, after speaking to his North Korean guides about his service in a clandestine anti-communist army unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. "I'm very glad to be on my way home," Newman was quoted by Japanese media as saying at the Beijing airport.
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November 29, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea said Saturday the 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto it detained last month was held because of “hostile acts” against the Communist regime during the war and during his 10-day trip as a tourist. Pyongyang's official news agency also published what it said was a letter of apology from the retiree, Merrill Newman, and added that the North Koreans had accepted his apology -- implying that he might soon be released. The statements said Newman had directed anti-Communist guerrillas during the 1950-53 war and had asked his North Korean guides during his October trip for help getting in touch with any survivors or their families still living in North Korea.
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April 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea said Saturday that a U.S. citizen held since November will be tried on charges of trying to overthrow the government, an offense that could carry the death penalty. The man is 44-year-old Kenneth Bae, also known by his Korean name, Pae Jun Ho, of Lynnwood, Wash. Described as a tour operator, he was arrested in the special economic zones in Rason, in the northeast of the country. "In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the DPRK [North Korea]
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January 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, better known now for bizarre behavior than anything he ever did on the court, launched into an unintelligible rant against a CNN anchor on Tuesday during an interview from North Korea, where he is on his fourth visit in less than a year. Rodman, 52, brought six fellow retired professional basketball players to the rogue country for a game against the North Korean national team Wednesday, the 31st birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un. The trip has drawn reproving statements from the National Basketball Assn.
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November 21, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto has been detained in North Korea, prompting the U.S. State Department to issue an advisory against travel to the country. Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, was escorted off an airplane on Oct. 26 at Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport as he was preparing to depart North Korea, a family friend said. Newman hasn't been heard from since. The family initially kept the case secret, but word began to leak out late Tuesday when the  State Department  issued a cryptically worded advisory against travel to North Korea.
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