By James Pearson, Alina Selyukh and Matt Spetalnick SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. One of them said his health was failing and another described his situation as "urgent." The men said they were being treated humanely but asked the U.S. Responding to the interviews, the U.S.
Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the fortnight-long political crisis that has gripped the nuclear-armed nation. Defence minister Khawaja Asif told AFP a cross-party negotiation team was set to approach opposition groups, in a bid to end a standoff that has seen three killed and hundreds injured in clashes between police and anti-government protesters. Transmissions of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel were cut after protesters armed with clubs stormed the building in Islamabad's high-security "red zone".