WorldViews: Everything we know about Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old American imprisoned in North Korea

By Max Fisher, November 21, 2013

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old American who lives in California, has been detained in North Korea since Oct. 26, multiple news reports now confirm. Several hundred Americans are thought to visit North Korea every year as tourists, typically safely. Newman's arrest is highly unusual and remains shrouded in mystery. Here is the publicly available information on Newman so far, taken from accounts in, the San Jose Mercury News, New York Times and Associated Press.

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