SEOUL, South Korea

American veteran and tourist deported, North Korea says

North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said it made the decision because 85-year-old Merrill Newman had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and on a recent trip to the country and because of his age and medical condition.

A former group of South Korean guerrillas say Newman advised them as they fought behind enemy lines during the war. Some members have expressed surprise that Newman would take the risk of visiting North Korea given his role with their group, which is still loathed and remembered.


Death toll rises in storm that ripped across Europe

The death toll in a powerful storm that ripped across parts of Europe rose on Friday, with Poland taking some of the brunt of the gale force winds, while other regions cleared up.

Three people were killed in Poland and one in Austria. Police tallied three deaths in Scotland, England and Denmark respectively. Two seamen swept overboard from a ship off the coast of Sweden are presumed dead.

– From news service reports

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