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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — He was with Nelson Mandela during all those years the anti-apartheid icon was imprisoned on Robben Island. And, like millions around the world, he has been hit hard by Mandela's death.
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. 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." The official Korean Central News Agency said earlier that Newman's age and health -- he has a heart condition -- were factors that led to his release. Newman was plucked off a plane in October as he was leaving Pyongyang following a tourist visit.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and created two goals as Paris Saint-Germain crushed hapless Sochaux 5-0 to go four points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday. The big Swede took his league goals tally to 13 thanks to an all-round masterclass which helped PSG quickly recover from their midweek loss to Evian in what was their first defeat of the season. That setback ended PSG's 36-match undefeated run and it was rock-bottom Sochaux who were cast in the role of fall guys on Saturday. Ibrahimovic scored twice in the last five minutes after Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani, with his 11th of the season, had also hit the target.