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US war veteran freed by N.Korea arrives home

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An 85-year-old American war veteran freed by North Korea after more than a month in detention arrived home in the United States Saturday where he was reunited with his family. 

Korean War veteran Merrill Newman (L), accompanied by his wife Lee (R), speaks to the press after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on December 7, 2013 following his release from detention in North Korea.

A visibly relieved Merrill Newman made a brief statement after landing at San Francisco airport from Beijing, saying he was delighted to be back following his release on humanitarian grounds by the communist state, which said the American had cited his "sincere repentance."

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