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Kim Jong Nam Had Something Precious in His Backpack

$100K now held in police safe

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam's accused killers were apparently unaware that the half brother of North Korea’s leader was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack when he was fatally attacked at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Feb. 13, per Reuters . But Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi... More »

Kim's Body Released to North Korea

As 9 Malaysians depart Pyongyang

(Newser) - A diplomatic dispute between Malaysia and North Korea appears to have come to an end with the release of Kim Jong Nam's body. The body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un— officially identified earlier this month—left Malaysia on a plane bound for Pyongyang via... More »

Kim Jong Nam's Son Reportedly Found—on YouTube

Group says Kim's family has been relocated to safety

(Newser) - Considering North Korea's alleged involvement in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, North Korea's rightful leader in the eyes of some, his son would have good reason to go into hiding. That's precisely what he's done, according to Cheollima Civil Defense . In a statement Wednesday, the... More »

How North Korea Claims Kim Died

Envoy says it was probably a heart attack

(Newser) - A North Korean envoy says Kim Jong Nam likely died of a heart attack, not in an assassination that used the nerve agent VX. Ri Tong Il, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN, says Kim was taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, reports... More »

2 Women to Be Charged in Kim Killing

They'll face the death penalty if convicted

(Newser) - Two women accused of wiping chemicals on the face of Kim Jong Nam in what they say they thought was a prank will be charged with murder, Malaysian officials announced Tuesday. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam will face a mandatory death sentence if convicted, reports... More »

Suspect in NK Assassination: I Got Paid $90 for 'Prank'

Siti Aisyah says she was told it was baby oil on her hands

(Newser) - One of the women arrested in the airport slaying of the North Korean leader's half-brother says she thought she was smearing baby oil on her victim's face as part of a reality-show stunt. Siti Aisyah, who is being held in Malaysia, met with officials from her home country... More »

'Weapon of Mass Destruction' Killed Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police say tests found VX nerve agent on his face

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam's assassins killed him with a banned chemical weapon, Malaysian police revealed Friday. The country's police chief said toxicology reports on swabs from the face and eyes of the exiled North Korean found VX nerve agent, which the BBC notes is classed as a weapon of... More »

Someone Really Wants to Get to Kim Jong Nam's Body: Cops

Malaysian police say there was break-in attempt at hospital morgue

(Newser) - As Malaysian cops seek out a North Korean diplomat for questioning in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un's half brother, the morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being held is having its own issues. Khalid Abu Bakar, head of the country's police force, told the... More »

S. Korea: N. Korea Killed Kim's Brother

1 more arrested in Kim Jong Nam's death as 4 more North Koreans are sought

(Newser) - Malaysian police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother have arrested a North Korean man, reports the Wall Street Journal , and they're looking for four more North Koreans believed to have left the country the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed. Ri Jong Chol, 46,... More »

South Korea Has Simple Plan to Tell North of Assassination

Fire up the loudspeakers

(Newser) - If North Koreans living along the country's demilitarization zone with South Korea don't yet know that their leader's half-brother was assassinated this week, they probably will soon. South Korea announced plans Thursday to broadcast news of Kim Jong Nam's death on loudspeakers aimed across its border... More »

Assassination of Kim's Half-Brother Took 10 Seconds

2nd woman has been arrested

(Newser) - Investigators trying to piece together the stunning assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother believe the murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday took just 10 seconds. Kim Jong Nam was preparing to return to his home in Macau from a week in Malaysia when he encountered two attractive... More »

Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Reportedly Assassinated

South Korean officials say Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in Malaysia

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's half-brother has died in Malaysia in what South Korean government officials claim was an assassination. Police official Fadzil Ahmat tells Reuters that Kim Jong Nam—the son of Kim Jong Il and actress Song Hye Rim—became dizzy and "felt like someone grabbed or held... More »

Kim Jong Un Just a 'Symbol': Dear Brother

Pyongyang elite will rule North Korea: Kim Jong Nam

(Newser) - One person who doesn't support the rule of Kim Jong Un: his brother, Kim Jong Nam. "I expect the existing ruling elite to follow in the footsteps of my father while keeping the young successor as a symbolic figure," he reportedly said in an email to a... More »

Kim's Older Brother Placed 'Under Chinese Protection'

...as Kim Jong Un is elevated to head of the ruling party

(Newser) - North Korea today awarded Kim Jong Un yet another title—he's now the head of the ruling Workers’ Party. But for his brother, no such accolades. South Korea's Yonhap news agency today reported on the whereabouts of Kim Jong Il's oldest son, Kim Jong Nam: He apparently... More »

North Commands South: Show Respect to Kim Jong Il

North Korea warns neighbor: Allow citizens to attend funeral

(Newser) - Kim Jong Il’s death is leading to more tension between the Koreas: North Korea warned its neighbor today that it must “show proper respect” over Kim’s death by allowing citizens to attend his funeral. The statement accused South Korea of “insult and mockery” because it expressed... More »

Kim Jong Il's Other Son Down on Succession

But will support his brother from afar

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam, the wayward eldest son of Kim Jong Il, isn't keen on half-brother Kim Jong Un becoming North Korea’s next ruler. But not because of why you'd think: “Personally, I am opposed to the hereditary transfer to a third generation of the family,” the elder... More »

Kim Jong Il's 3 Sons: Are Any Fit for Power?

Experts question grit of trio, fans of Van Damme and Eric Clapton

(Newser) - Kim Jong Il has presided over North Korea’s closed, crooked government with an iron fist for decades. But as the Dear Leader’s health fades, anxious observers are analyzing his three heirs apparent—none of whom seem fit for the job, Evan Thomas and Suzanne Smalley write in Newsweek.... More »

Son Appears to Fetch Brain Doc for Kim

North Korean leader's eldest son seen soliciting surgeon in Paris

(Newser) - Adding to the evidence that Kim Jong-Il is in grave health, the North Korean leader’s eldest son was filmed while apparently securing the services of a brain surgeon in Paris, the Times of London reports today. Fuji TV also showed clips of an unnamed surgeon being driven in a... More »

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