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Laura Ling welcomes baby daughter

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Laura Ling being released from North Korea

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Laura Ling has reportedly given birth to a baby girl.

According to People, the journalist and her husband Iain Clayton welcomed daughter Li Jefferson Clayton in California yesterday. She weighed 8lbs 2oz.

The new arrival was reportedly named 'Li' in honour of Ling’s sister Lisa, while the middle name 'Jefferson' is in tribute to former president Bill Clinton.

The politician flew out to North Korea last year to meet Ling and her Current TV colleague Euna Lee after they were pardoned following the accusation that they illegally entered the country to engage in "hostile acts".

Ling told the magazine that Clinton had "checked in" on her "several times", adding: "[He] has been so concerned and caring. He's such a wonderful human being."

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