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Date Set for Kim Jong Nam Murder Trial

Suspect's lawyer says 'there was no guilty intention'

(Newser) - A chemist's report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea's leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday, per the AP . High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin set... 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's Identity Confirmed With Child's DNA

As Malaysia, N. Korea begin formal talks

(Newser) - Malaysian police were able to confirm the identity of Kim Jong Nam, who was killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's airport, using a DNA sample from one of his children, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Wednesday, per the AP . Zahid also said negotiations began Monday to resolve... 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 »

Malaysia Responds to 'Abhorrent' N. Korea Move

Countries ban each other's citizens from leaving

(Newser) - North Korea said Tuesday it was banning Malaysians from leaving the country as its bitter diplomatic battle with Malaysia escalated dramatically over the poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam , the North Korean leader's estranged half brother. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the travel ban was tantamount to hostage-taking... More »

Malaysia Boots North Korean Ambassador in 'Clear Message'

'We are serious about solving this problem'

(Newser) - Malaysia says its expulsion of North Korea's ambassador was intended to warn Pyongyang that it cannot manipulate the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother, reports the AP . The government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he... 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 »

'LOL Assassin' Leaves Court in Bulletproof Vest

Doan Thi Huong charged in Kim Jong Nam's death Wednesday

(Newser) - Because of a grainy security camera photo that went viral online, she is now known to many as the LOL assassin . But as Doan Thi Huong left a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday after being formally charged with the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's... 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 »

'Enraged' Kim Orders Execution of 5 Top Officials: S. Korea

Says the latest purges arose over security officials making false reports

(Newser) - North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of... More »

Man Could Help Solve Kim's Murder, but There's a Catch

Malaysian police want to talk to Hyon Kwang Song, but he's a diplomat

(Newser) - Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality, and have a pretty good idea where he'... More »

Kim Jong Nam Suffered 'Very Painful Death'

Malaysian health minister says Kim Jong Un's half-brother died within 20 minutes

(Newser) - Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis," the AP reports. Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13... 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 »

4 More Assassinations, Attempts Using Chemicals

One involved a poisoned umbrella

(Newser) - In the wake the news that Kim Jong Nam was, according to Malaysian police, assassinated using the powerful toxin VX , the AP takes a look at four more notable assassinations or attempted assassinations involving poison or chemicals:
  1. Alexander Litvinenko : The former Russian intelligence agent was given tea laced with a
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How Did Kim's Killers Survive Nerve Agent Attack?

They shouldn't have been able to handle VX and live: experts

(Newser) - The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing... 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 »

N. Korea Points Fingers, Alleges Malaysia Conspiracy

Doesn't specifically name Kim Jong Nam, but pretty clear that's who's being discussed

(Newser) - After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions." The report from the official outlet KCNA didn't... 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 »

Cops: Kim Suspects Coated Their Hands in Poison

Investigators now seeking N. Korea diplomats

(Newser) - The women suspected of fatally poisoning Kim Jong Un's half brother were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar... More »

North Korea Enraged That It Can't Get Kim's Body

Malaysia has refused to hand it over

(Newser) - North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of ruler Kim Jong Un on Monday, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with... More »

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