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American jailed in North Korea hospitalized, sister says

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, Washington (Reuters) - An American Christian missionary imprisoned in North Korea is in deteriorating health and has been moved from a prison work camp to a hospital within the past two weeks, his sister said at a vigil for her brother on Saturday. Kenneth Bae was sentenced in May to 15 years of hard labor after North Korea's Supreme Court convicted him of state subversion. The court said Bae, 45, had used his tourism business to form groups to overthrow the government.

N. Korea won't invite US figure over jailed American

North Korea said Sunday it would not invite any leading US figure to seek the release of a jailed American and he would not become a "bargaining chip" in any political negotiations. "Some media of the U.S. said that the DPRK (North Korea) tried to use Pae's case as a political bargaining chip. This is a ridiculous and wrong guess," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. "The DPRK has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards Pae's issue."

N. Korea won't invite US figure over jailed American

North Korea said Sunday it would not invite any leading US figure to seek the release of a jailed American and he would not become a "bargaining chip" in any political negotiations. "Some media of the U.S. said that the DPRK (North Korea) tried to use Pae's case as a political bargaining chip. This is a ridiculous and wrong guess," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. "The DPRK has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards Pae's issue."

US citizen to face trial in N. Korea

A US citizen will go on trial at North Korea's Supreme Court on charges including trying to overthrow the communist regime, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Saturday. It said Pae Jun-Ho had admitted to the charges and would face the court "at an early date". Pae was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason, which lies inside a special economic zone near North Korea's border with Russia and China.

Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the cable channel founded by Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt in 2005, for undisclosed terms. Current, which has battled low viewership, is now distributed in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.
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