January 21st, 2014
11:51 AM ET

'New Day' Exclusive: Kenneth Bae's Sister Pleads for Mercy

American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months– his sister, Terri Chung– says that he's now the longest American detained there in recent history. She says her family is very scared about what's going to happen next after her brother's video-taped statement, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

The American missionary, who has been held in North Korea for more than a year, read a statement before cameras in a Pyongyang hospital.

In the video he says "I would like to plea with the U.S. government, press and my family to stop worsening my situation by making vile rumors against North Korea and releasing materials related to me, which are not based on the facts." (translated)

Bae goes on to say that he committed a “serious crime” against North Korea’s government and that he did not experience any human rights abuse.

Experts say these new images of Bae could be a positive sign, given that North Korea’s history of coercing confessions before releasing their captives.

"The fact that they've paraded him out and gone through this farce suggests that they have some kind of demand in mind," says  Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Director of East Asia Non-Proliferation Program and an East Asia Scholar at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Kenneth Bae's sister asks that President Obama and Secretary Kerry take immediate action to bring her brother home. Experts say Bae's confession follows North Korea's pattern of exacting false "confessions." Most recently– 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a Korean War veteran, was freed from the country after he says he was forced to give a false confession.

For background and updates as the story develops, go here.

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January 21st, 2014
11:31 AM ET

Police Warn Sochi Hotels of Terror Suspect as Olympics Near

This morning on 'New Day' - With the Sochi Olympics just 16 days away, security is a growing, global concern.

Russian authorities are searching for more so-called "back widow" terrorists who they fear could target the winter games.

Join us from 6-9am ET where CNN's Phil Black will update on the lastest, live from Volgograd, Russia.


For background on this ongoing story, please read our report from yesterday (Tuesday, 1/21):

New details fueled debate Monday over security at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi: Wanted posters of a terrorism suspect on the loose, warships at the ready and a video threat from beyond the grave.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that his country has stepped up security and is prepared to handle any threats.

But some U.S. lawmakers - and at least one Olympic athlete - have said they're worried about the situation.

Hotels warned about terror suspect

Police in Sochi have handed out fliers at area hotels warning of a woman they believe could be a terrorist and who may currently be in the city.

One flier, obtained by CNN, asks workers to be on the lookout for Ruzanna "Salima" Ibragimova, described as the widow of a member of a militant group from the Caucasus region.

The woman, according to the flier, may be involved in organizing "a terrorist act within the 2014 Olympic region."


January 21st, 2014
11:13 AM ET

Viral Dashcam Video Shows Game of Catch

Rosenberg, Texas Sergeant Ariel Soltura was on patrol over the weekend when he spotted a young man up who had nobody to play catch with.

So the officer decided to play with him and it was all caught on the officer's dashcam. The police department says it's just an example of their new community policing initiative. But to Sergeant Soltura, it's a lot simpler than that.

It is also important to add that the 10-year-old in the video now says he wants to grow up to become a professional football player, or policeman.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know! Leave a comment, post on Facebook,  or tweet to @ChrisCuomo & @NewDay using #NewDay and submit your story on iReport.

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Conclusion: Kate Bolduan Instagram Challenge 2013
January 21st, 2014
07:30 AM ET

Conclusion: Kate Bolduan Instagram Challenge 2013

Hi everyone-

2013 was an amazing year for “New Day” both on-air and online. Part what made the year so special was our Instagram Challenge.  With your help, we hosted 9 challenges and received thousands of submissions from around the world.  I’m so proud of our winners and also so thankful for all of you who joined in the fun. It has been an honor to get a glimpse into your lives through the Instagram lens.  Thank you!

We have a lot of plans coming up for 2014 so please stick with us. In the meantime, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and (of course) Instagram.



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