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Kim Jong Un's half-brother killed by two women, South Korea says

Kim Jong Un's half-brother killed by two women, South Korea says

"They are under the protection by the Chinese authorities", he said, adding Jong-nam had entered Malaysia on February 6, a week before his death. The men deliberated on a response in a dining room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, in full view of other diners. Police said an autopsy was planned.

Malaysian police officers stand outside Putrajaya Hospital, outside Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Kim Jong Un's brother was initially brought.

The oldest of three brothers who were then in the running to take over secretive North Korea, Kim Jong-Nam was the closest thing the country had to a playboy. Perhaps needless to say, in North Korea, uttering either of those sentiments can be a capital offense.

A woman has been arrested over the assassination Kim-Jong-un's half-brother in an alleged poisoning at a busy airport.

So far there have been no signs of mourning since the murder of Kim in North Korea as they have continued on with the Paektusan Prize International Figure Skating Festival.

Multiple South Korean media reports, citing unidentified sources, said two women believed to be North Korean agents killed him with some kind of poison before fleeing in a taxi.

Malaysian police say they are searching for several other suspects. Maureen Jeyasooriar contributed reporting from Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Kim has always denied having any intentions of taking over the North Korean leadership.

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Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un have the same father, late dictator Kim Jong Il, but different mothers.

In Malaysia, the police chief in charge of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Assistant Commissioner Abdul Aziz Ali, told AFP a Korean in his forties was found sick at the airport on Monday. Kim was the half brother of Kim Jong Un, who was born in 1985. He is believed to have been born May 10, 1971.

Kim Jong Nam was the most public of all of Kim Jong Il's sons before Kim Jong Un took power, though most remember him for the scandalous headlines he made. Last year, Kuala Lumpur hosted secret talks between top North Korean officials and former U.S. diplomats, the only remaining communication channel between the two sides.

Agents on behalf of the North Korean government have targeted defectors with poisoned needles in the past, although the details of Kim's death remain unknown.

The first detained female suspect is a 28-year-old who holds a Vietnamese passport.

"A lot of media reports, especially in Japan and South Korea, are focusing on the relations between China and North Korea". The death is under the purview of the home affairs ministry, she said.

Jong-nam, believed to have ties with Beijing's elite, was a relatively outspoken figure, publicly criticising Pyongyang's political system. Neither of his sisters, who are thought to be part of the North Korean government, would stand much of a chance of rising to power in the highly patriarchal country.

Also on Monday, North Korea announced it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day.

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