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Seoul Creates 'Decapitation Unit' to Scare Pyongyang

Elite unit will target Kim, other leaders

(Newser) - South Korea has taken the unusual step of publicly speaking about plans to assassinate Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders in the event of conflict. After North Korea's latest nuclear test , South Korean Defense Minister Song Young Moo told lawmakers that he was speeding up the creation... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

CIA Files on JFK Assassination Call Out Mexican Woman

Politico takes a look at what's been newly released so far

(Newser) - Late last month, the National Archives began to release thousands of documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination that had been kept secret for decades. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 mandated the files be released 25 years later (though there's one loophole ), and as... More »

FBI Agents Imply Cover-Up in Death of Ex-Putin Aide in DC

Authorities say Mikhail Lesin died after falling while drunk

(Newser) - "There isn’t a single person inside the bureau who believes this guy got drunk, fell down, and died," an anonymous FBI agent tells BuzzFeed . Mikhail Lesin, the founder of Russian state-run media RT and a former senior adviser to Vladimir Putin, was found dead in 2015 in... More »

North Korea Threatens to Kill South Korea's Ex-President

After report that Park Geun-hye ordered Kim Jong Un's assassination

(Newser) - Park Geun-hye is currently serving time for corruption after being ousted as South Korea's president. Now things have gotten even worse: North Korea on Wednesday warned it would kill her, reports South Korea's Yonhap News Agency . "We declare at home and abroad that we will impose the... More »

Johnny Depp Jokes About Killing Trump

'When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?'

(Newser) - Johnny Depp is in England, but the Secret Service might want to chat with him when he returns to the US: The actor joked about assassinating President Trump to a crowd at the Glastonbury festival Thursday night, the Guardian reports. Depp starting discussing the president while taking questions from the... More »

Spies Suspect Russian Assassins. Cops Say 'Nothing to See Here'

Inside the 'ring of death on British soil'

(Newser) - BuzzFeed calls it "one of the most disturbing geopolitical trends of our time": Russian security services or mafia groups assassinating the country's enemies in the UK and British police refusing to do anything about it. According to a two-year investigation by the news site, US intelligence has... 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 »

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 »

Woman Fired, Investigated for Trump Assassination Tweet

Burlesque group cuts its ties with Ky. woman

(Newser) - Advocating the assassination of President Trump appears to have seriously derailed a Kentucky woman's life. "If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate," Heather Lowrey tweeted between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Trump's... More »

'I Composed Myself Enough to Shoot Pictures'

AP photographer recounts assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey

(Newser) - "I composed myself enough to shoot pictures." So recounts AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici, who was covering a seemingly routine opening of a photo exhibit in Ankara, Turkey, Monday when a man pulled a gun. Ozbilici initially thought it a "theatrical flourish." Quite the contrary: Ozbilici counts... More »

Tech CEO in Hot Water for Threatening Trump

'Bring it secret service' has indeed brought Secret Service to PacketSled's Matt Harrigan

(Newser) - Passions ran high on election night, but perhaps too much so for the CEO of a San Diego cybersecurity startup. Per the Los Angeles Times , Matt Harrigan of PacketSled put up a now-deleted series of heated comments on Facebook (still visible in apparent screen captures on Reddit ) as the... More »

Trump Son: David Duke 'Deserves a Bullet'

'These are horrible people,' Eric Trump says

(Newser) - There was no hesitation or ambiguity from Eric Trump Thursday when 630 KHOW Denver host Ross Kaminsky asked him about Senate candidate and former Klansman David Duke: Trump's second son said the "disgusting" Duke "deserves a bullet." Trump agreed when Kaminsky suggested the Louisiana candidate "... More »

S. Korea: We're Willing to Kill Kim Jong Un

Defense minister delivers blunt comments in parliament

(Newser) - This should calm tensions on the Korean peninsula. Asked in parliament on Wednesday whether South Korea had a plan in place to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should the need arise, the country's defense minister didn't beat around the bush. "Yes, we do have... More »

Trump Under Fire for '2nd Amendment' Remark

'Give me a break,' he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign is once again on damage control, this time over remarks that critics say hinted at Hillary Clinton's assassination . His comment that "Second Amendment people" could "maybe" do something about Clinton picking Supreme Court justices if she wins was widely condemned Tuesday, though he... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

New Faces Revealed in Lincoln Death Painting

One-of-a-kind work by Carl Bersch is being restored

(Newser) - The sole "eyewitness painting" of Abraham Lincoln's murder is finally being restored—a process that's revealing haunted faces and the figure of a dying president, the Smithsonian reports. Painted by German immigrant Carl Bersch, who happened to be sketching a Union victory parade that night, "Lincoln... More »

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