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North Korea said Saturday it has deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October for what Pyongyang described as "hostile acts" against the communist country. Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, was deported "from a humanitarian viewpoint", the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing his "sincere repentance" as well as his age and health condition. Newman, who has a heart condition, was plucked off a plane last month as he was leaving Pyongyang following a tourist visit. The United States welcomed Newman's release, and urged Pyongyang to repeat the move with another US detainee.