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Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, could have been killed apparently by the discovery of his Facebook page, according to reports.

The 28-year-old suspect was carrying papers identifying her as a Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong.

"This is all being done to divert attention from the impeachment of the South Korean president and to discredit North Korea", he said.

The assassination, if confirmed, could have been ordered over reports stating that Kim Jong-nam was readying to defect, analysts have said. He also advocated Chinese-style economic reforms in North Korea.

I tried to track some of Kim Jong-nam's old haunts in Kuala Lumpur, which led me to a Korean restaurant in the centre of town.

OPPORTUNISTIC sickos are cashing in on the killing of Kim Jong-un's playboy brother by flogging the LOL top worn by his suspected female assassin.

"The North Korean regime has never balked at eliminating dissent and making sure that alternate power centers do not form at home", Christopher Green, a North Korea watcher and a PhD candidate at Leiden University in The Netherlands, told The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. A senior government source told Channel NewsAsia the North Korean embassy approached Malaysian authorities on Monday, asking for the body, and indicating they wanted it cremated immediately without a postmortem.

The account contains around a dozen pictures of the self-exiled eldest son of Kim Jong Il, which were publicly accessible to the public. The counterfeit $100 bills reportedly were made in North Korea. Kim Jong-un is the third son.

The disclosure of this news may have spurred Kim Jong-un to act. Poe reportedly said that North Korea's involvement in the murder would be another terrorist act by the country. She died in Paris in 2004. He is believed to be the boyfriend of the second suspect, a woman who was arrested earlier in the day.

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The other brother, Kim Jong Chol, was once viewed by some outsiders as a potential candidate for leader. The former leader died in 2011.

The brothers also had at least two known sisters.

Kim is now a Christian minister in South Korea. An effigy of his heir, Kim Jong-il, stands next to the statue.

Although Kim Jong Nam had been originally tipped by some outsiders as a possible successor to his late dictator father, Kim Jong Il, others thought that was unlikely because he lived outside the country, including recently in Macau.

The most notable of these was the 2013 execution for treason of the young leader's influential uncle, Jang Song-Thaek.

But Jong Nam gradually lost favor with his father.

"I think it was simply not in his character", one friend told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, noting that Kim would stay in Macau and overseas without bodyguards.

Siti Aisyah left Batam in Indonesia to Johor in Malaysia on February 2 and there is no record of her returning to Indonesia since then, said Indonesian Immigration spokesman Agung Sampurno.

The first-born had at one time been set to assume the leadership of his isolated country, but fell out of favour after an embarrassing attempt to get into Japan on a fake passport in 2001.


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