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N. Korea leader's half-brother assassinated

N. Korea leader's half-brother assassinated The oldest half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was murdered in Malaysia on Monday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified government source.

Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport after being attacked by two women with "poisoned needles," according to local TV reports.

The two women, believed to be North Korean agents, escaped in a taxi, TV Chosun reported.

Malaysian police told Reuters an unidentified North Korean man died en route to hospital from a Kuala Lumpur airport.

Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of former leader Kim Jong Il. He had lived outside the country for years.

Kim Jong-nam fell out of favor with his father after he was caught trying to enter Japan using a fake Dominican Republic passport in 2001, according to Japanese reporter Yoji Gomi, who wrote a book about him in 2012. Kim Jong-nam had been critical of Kim Jong Un, reportedly saying in 2012 that he “won’t last long” because of his youth and inexperience.

Kim went into hiding in Malaysia after the execution in December 2013 of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle of the current leader.
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