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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 »

Disney Pulls Film in Malaysia After 'Gay Moment' Is Cut

Censors said scene 'inappropriate because many children will be watching'

(Newser) - First, Russia barred kids from seeing Disney's new movie Beauty and the Beast. Now, all of Malaysia may miss out, too. Disney has shelved the release of the movie in the mainly Muslim country, even though film censors approved it with a minor cut involving a "gay moment,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Rapist Who Attacked Up to 1K Women Being Sent Home

Selva Kumar Subbiah 'is a total, classic psychopath'

(Newser) - An unrepentant serial rapist believed to have attacked up to 1,000 women has finished a 24-year prison sentence in Canada, but he won't be enjoying a minute of freedom there. Instead, guards will accompany Selva Kumar Subbiah on a plane back to his native Malaysia and hand police... More »

Hiker Sets Out to Find Himself, Ends Up Lost, Gets Maggots

Andrew Gaskell learned the hard way to heed trail signs

(Newser) - Andrew Gaskell set out to find himself and, well, got lost. The Australian was rescued from the Malaysian jungle on Tuesday after spending two weeks alone in a remote section of Borneo's Mulu National Park. Gaskell had been touring Asia while trying to "come to some sort of... More »

Why Food Vendors in Malaysia Have to Rename Hot Dogs

Government tells Auntie Anne's that 'dog' can't be in product name if it wants halal certification

(Newser) - What's in a name? In Malaysia, a heck of a lot when it comes to hot dogs. Per the BBC , the country's Islamic Development Department has told food vendors in the mostly Muslim nation that if they want a halal designation (meaning food items have been given the... More »

Aussies' Racy Stunt at F1 Race Ends Badly

Government adviser among those arrested in Malaysia

(Newser) - Nine Australians, including a government adviser, have been arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes after Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, officials tell the AP . Government officials say Jack Walker, adviser to Defense Industry Minister Chris Pyne,... More »

Feds: Laundered Cash Financed Wolf of Wall Street

DOJ accuses Malaysian officials of stealing $3.5B

(Newser) - The financing of The Wolf of Wall Street was "a case of life imitating art," prosecutors say—with shady Malaysian officials standing in for Leonardo DiCaprio's stock-swindling character. On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused Malaysian officials of plundering more than $3.5 billion from the country's... More »

Unborn Twin Surgically Removed From 15-Year-Old

It had hair, legs, and more

(Newser) - Doctors in Malaysia recently identified the source of a teen’s longstanding stomach pain: his unborn twin. The fetus, which reportedly had developed to the point of having hair, legs, hands, and genitals, was surgically removed from the 15-year-old boy, according to Fox News , which quotes a report by Central... More »

Probe: Nothing Shady About PM's Mystery $681M Gift

All aboveboard, according to Malaysia's attorney general

(Newser) - Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that $681 million channeled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's private accounts was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia's royal family and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing, the AP reports. The announcement capped months of uncertainty for Najib, who has come under... More »

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