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No news a week after Australian disappears in North Korea

July 2, 2019

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says he has no news on the fate of an Australian citizen since he vanished in North Korea a week ago.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended church on Tuesday and said he had prayed for 29-year-old student Alek Sigley who has not contacted his family and friends by social media since last Tuesday.

Morrison was attending a service at St. Christopher’s Catholic Cathedral in Canberra ahead of the first sitting of Parliament since the May election.

Australia has diplomatic ties with North Korea but does not have an embassy there. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang offers limited consular help to Australians.

Some media reports said the Pyongyang university student and tour guide had been detained. Official media in North Korea haven’t mentioned an arrest.

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