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Woman accused in Kim Jong Nam killing played prank on Vietnamese official, lawyer says

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman accused of poisoning the North Korean leader’s half-brother played a prank on a Vietnamese government official in Hanoi less than two weeks before the sensational killing, her lawyer told a Malaysian court on Tuesday. Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong is charged, along with an Indonesian woman, Siti Aisyah, with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13, 2017. Defense lawyers say the women thought they were part of a prank reality show…

Kim Jong-Nam met American days before his death: witness

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met an unidentified American on a tourist island in Malaysia four days before he was assassinated in a Cold War-style hit, a court heard Monday. Kim Jong-Nam met the man at a hotel in Langkawi on February 9, a witness told the trial of two women accused of the killing that stunned the world. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong allegedly rubbed VX nerve agent on Kim's face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 as he…

China urges talks after US brands N.Korea a terror sponsor

BEIJING: China called on Tuesday for extra efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through talks after US President Donald Trump re-branded Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism. Beijing has repeatedly pushed for negotiations to end the standoff. Some analysts warned that the terror designation could further inflame tensions. "We still hope all relevant parties can contribute to easing tensions, that the relevant parties can resume talks and (adopt) the correct track to resolving the Korean peninsula…

Kim Jong-Nam’s body returned to North Korea: China

MALAYSIA: The body of Kim Jong-Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, has arrived in Pyongyang, Chinese officials confirmed on Friday. "The body of the DPRK citizen who died in Malaysia and relevant DPRK citizens have returned to the DPRK today via Beijing," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a regular press briefing. "According to international practices, and also out of humanitarianism, China offered necessary assistance to the transit of the body," he added. Kim Jong-Nam was killed with the…

Malaysia mistook slain Kim Jong Nam for South Korean

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities wrongly identified the slain half-brother of North Korea's leader as a South Korean national and first alerted Seoul's embassy in Kuala Lumpur soon after his death, sources familiar with the incident told Reuters. The police error did have a silver lining: It enabled Seoul to quickly inform Kuala Lumpur the dead man was probably Kim Jong Nam, half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim was murdered around mid-morning on Feb. 13, when Malaysian police say two women smeared…

The toxic mystery behind Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination

KUALA LUMPUR: More than a month after Kim Jong-Nam was murdered in Kuala Lumpur, experts are struggling to make sense of Malaysia's findings that the lethal nerve agent VX was used to kill him without apparent harm to anyone else. Malaysian police have released virtually no forensic evidence connected to the high-profile assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. Scientists are confounded by how VX -- a toxin so deadly it is classed as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN -- was…

Malaysia says DNA sample confirms murdered Kim Jong Nam’s identity

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has confirmed the identity of Kim Jong Nam's body based on a DNA sample taken from one of his children, the deputy prime minister said on Wednesday. Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on Feb. 13, when Malaysian police say two women smeared super toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. North Korea, which the United States and South Korea say orchestrated the murder, has denied the victim was Kim Jong Nam. He was…

Kim suffered painful death within 20 minutes of attack: minister

SEOUL: Kim Jong-Nam was dead within 20 minutes of being attacked and would have suffered a "very painful death" as his major organs shut down, Malaysia's health minister said Sunday.  The estranged half-brother of the North Korean leader was killed with lethal nerve agent VX, police have revealed, after he was ambushed at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13. Two women can be seen shoving something into Kim's face in leaked CCTV footage of the brazen assassination before he seeks help. "He died in the ambulance. He…

Malaysia requests Interpol alert on four North Koreans over airport murder

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has requested Interpol to put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday. Kim Jong Nam, who was killed in Kuala Lumpur's main airport on Feb. 13, had spoken out publicly in the past against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state. South Korean and U.S. officials say he was assassinated by North Korean agents. North Korea has not acknowledged…