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Barbara Walters Joins Current & Former 'View' Co-Hosts at Celebration of Her Career

Barbara Walters is regal in red on the carpet at the Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception held at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Wednesday evening (May 14) in New York City.

The event was held two days prior to her final episode on The View, which will air tomorrow morning at 11:00am EST on ABC.

Barbara was joined at the event by her current co-hosts Jenny McCarthy (with fiance Donnie Wahlberg), Sherri Shepherd, and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as former co-hosts Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, and Debbie Matenopoulos.

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Laura Ling, Euna Lee Return Home To U.S.

American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling arrive back to their families after being released by North Korean authorities yesterday.

“Thirty hours ago,” Laura said at a California airplane hangar. “Euna Lee and I were prisoners in North Korea. We feared that at any moment we would end up in a hard-labor camp. Then we were told that we were going to a meeting. We were taken to a location, and when we walked thought the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton. We were shocked, but we knew that the nightmare of our lives would soon be over.”

Laura and Euna, of San Francisco based Current TV, were both arrested by North Korea in March for illegally entering the country on the Chinese border and in June, were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Yesterday, they were pardoned by President Kim Jong-Il after a meeting with former President Bill Clinton.

Pictured below: Laura (sister of Lisa Ling, former co-host of The View) with husband Iain Clayton and Euna with her husband Michael Soldate and their daughter Hannah, 4.

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American Journalists Released from North Korea

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been pardoned from all charges by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Former president Bill Clinton returned to high-profile diplomacy and made a special trip to North Korea on Tuesday (August 4) in hopes of having Laura and Euna released.

Clinton offered “words of sincere apology” to Kim Jong Il, who issued a special pardon under North Korea’s “humanitarian and peace-loving policy.”

In June, Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years in labor prison by North Korea’s Central Court for “committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry.”

Laura (pictured right inset) is the sister of Lisa Ling, former co-host of The View. Thanks, Bill!!!

Laura Ling Sentenced To 12 Years In Labor Prison

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been sentenced to 12 years in labor prison by North Korea’s Central Court.

The Korean Central News Agency said on Monday the pair, who were working for former Vice President Al Gore‘s California-based Current TV, were convicted for the “grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing. [The court] sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labor.”

Laura (pictured right) is the sister of Lisa Ling (pictured left), former co-host of The View.

Lisa made public pleas for their release on Wednesday on Anderson Cooper 360: “When the girls left the United States, they never intended to cross into North Korean soil. And if they did at any point, we apologize. And we know that they are very, very sorry. And we ask that you show mercy today.”

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