Half-brother of North Korean dictator assassinated
The portly and gregarious Mr Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was assaulted on Monday morning in the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport and died on the way to hospital, Malaysian police said.
"Please withdraw the order to punish me and my family", Jong Nam wrote in a letter to the North Korean dictator.
South Korea's foreign ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country's intelligence agency could not be reached for comment by Reuters.
"Kim Jong-nam told KLIA staff that his face was feeling extremely painful [sic] because of an unidentified liquid sprayed at him".
The astonishing killing, which reportedly came at the hands of two female assassins, set off waves of speculation over whether North Korea had dispatched a hit squad to kill a man known for his drinking, gambling and complicated family life.
The 46-year-old was targeted on Monday in a shopping concourse at the airport.
Kim Jong Nam, 46, the estranged half-brother, was targeted on Monday at a low-priced carrier terminal at the airport, a senior Malaysian government official said.
Interestingly, it was not the first time Mr Kim had travelled under an assumed identity: he was caught trying to enter Japan using a false passport in 2001.
Kim Jong-un had issued a "standing order" for his half-brother's assassination.
North Korea remains largely cut off from the world, with information tightly controlled by the government. "And while the two women are suspected to be members of (the North's) reconnaissance bureau, it is highly possible that more than ten people belonged to other bureaus that may be involved in this case", said Ahn Chan-il.
Twitter was also abuzz over a tweet by ABC News' Seoul bureau chief Joohee Cho claiming that Malaysian police had found the bodies of two women believed to be the operatives.
"We are very interested in the progress of the case", the spokesman said, while adding that he can not confirm whether Kim's family resides in Macau, a special administrative region of China. Two senior officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun in August a year ago on Kim's orders, South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, citing people it did not identify. The woman was reportedly earlier seen with Kim Jong Nam.
It is believed he then went into hiding for fear of his younger brother, Jong-Un, seeing him as a political threat after rising to the leadership of North Korea.
North Korea also has a history of dispatching spies to kill high-level defectors critical of its system.
The company reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.02. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited's quarterly revenue was up 33.0% compared to the same quarter previous year .
The BAFTAs will air on Sunday, February 12 on the BBC One channel starting at 9pm (local London time ), with a 2-hour tape delay. Dan Lemmon won a Bafta along with his visual effects team for their work on the Jungle Book .
The resolution, which was unanimously adopted in December 2015, aims to establish governance and come up with a new constitution. However, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed that the rebels should take part in UN-led peace talks opening in Geneva on February 20.
In some cases, prices are increasing as much as 25%, and when we're talking about the high-end, that kind of jump can hurt. Its CONNECT: AMP and BOOST products will increase by a sizable 25% to £499 and £99, respectively.
But Cole Black, who is 45 and from Fuquay-Varina, spoke in favor of the services provided by Planned Parenthood. Reporter Ashley Collins reported live from the scene of a protest against Planned Parenthood in Naples.
The majority of those arrested last week had criminal records but some were for misdemeanour crimes, such as traffic violations. He said the focus of the recent raids was on risky criminals, but said it also included anyone who had broken immigration laws.
The plane, which was headed to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in MS , began leaking fuel shortly after taking to the air. American Airlines says all 44 passengers were evacuated from the plane and taken by bus back to the terminal.
Ask me 'Elimination Chamber show? Then entered Dean Ambrose who was followed by Baron Corbin, The Miz and finally it was Wyatt. One of the key storylines on this season of Total Divas on E! was Brie Bella's retirement match at WrestleMania a year ago .
Eventually, it was an error from Lewandowski in an unfamiliar position on the pitch that gave the Gunners a vital away goal . Neuer saved Sanchez's penalty, but the Chile global drilled home the rebound from a tight angle at the second attempt.
The average gas price in Rockford is now 18.9 cents lower than a month ago, but 65.7 cents higher than this same time past year . The U.S. average dropped 7.1 cents during the past month but moved up 57.9 cents during the past 12 months.
Watch a Live Feed of California's Failing Oroville Dam
Brown's plan calls for the high-speed rain to run from the Los Angeles area in the south to San Francisco Bay area in the north. As of noon Tuesday, the lake had dropped 15 feet to 887.94 feet elevation since it peaked Sunday above capacity at 902.1 feet.
MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages Steps Down Amid Scandal
Three football players were suspended from team activities last week after a sexual assault complaint was filed against them. Kathie Klages reportedly resigned one day after being suspended during the program's sexual assault scandal.
County reports third flu death
Additionally, if you feel any flu symptoms, it is smart to go to the doctor and get tested for influenza as soon as possible. Only hospitalized cases of flu, pediatric flu death or Novel Influenza A cases are reportable to the local health department.
Verizon pulled back into unlimited-data game
Sprint charges for HD video under its premium unlimited plan, which at $70 monthly for one line is cheaper than Verizon's plan. But Sprint and T-Mobile recognized in unlimited data an opportunity to snare customers from heavyweights Verizon and AT&T.
Braves close to acquiring All-Star Brandon Phillips
He posted a.291/.320/.416 slash line in 2016, although Buchanan reported he was dealing with a hairline fracture in his left hand. Phillips' departure also means Jose Peraza will be the starter while second baseman prospect Dilson Herrera gets more experience.
Pepper gas causes chaos in Hamburg Airport, Germany
Firefighters were examining them to find out whether they had to be taken to the hospital, the German news agency dpa reported. According to live flight tracking website flightradar24.com some flights were diverted to other airports after the incident.
Jordan Spieth sounds off on adult autograph-seeking 'scums'
Australian Day had to contend with driving wind and rain over his last four holes before organisers halted play at 1:34 p.m. Elsewhere in golf, Tiger Woods has announced he will not compete in his next two scheduled tournaments due to back spasms.
7 magnitude quake rocks Surigao City
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Damage has been also found on the runway of the Surigao City Domestic Airport, forcing the cancellation of all flights.
China January exports rise 7.9 percent, beating forecasts
The country's trade surplus widened last month to 354.53 billion yuan ($51.62 billion) from 275.42 billion yuan in December. Exports had been forecast to grow 3.1% according to a median estimate of 11 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.