Political assassinations - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Political assassinations The Latest: UN suspects cruel treatment in Syrian prisons BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The United Nations says the Syrian government has "systematically rejected" repeated requests to visit prisons and detention centers where thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture. U.N. spoke... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:50:00Z North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday. Han Song Ryol, the vice foreign minister, called a meeting of foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to outline the N... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:58:00Z North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism TOKYO (AP) — After arresting two American university instructors and laying out what it says was an elaborate, CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea is claiming to be the victim of state-sponsored terrorism — from the White House. The assertion comes as the U.S. is considering putting the North back on its list of terror sponsors. But th... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:29:00Z North Korea has a long history of odd accusations SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A turncoat assassin sent to North Korea armed with "nano poison" to kill leader Kim Jong Un? It's only the latest in a string of odd, as-yet-unproven accusations over the years that a proud, highly sensitive North Korea has leveled at its U.S and South Korean rivals. From alleged South Korean plots to kidnap No... Sat, 06 May 2017 03:40:00 GMT 2017-05-06T03:40:00Z North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday accused the U.S. and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving biochemical weapons. In a statement carried on state media, North Korea's Ministry of State Security said it will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the "terrorists" in the CIA and South Korean intelligence ... Fri, 05 May 2017 18:05:00 GMT 2017-05-05T18:05:00Z Malaysians return, Kim Jong Nam's body handed to North Korea KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nine Malaysians held in North Korea returned to Malaysia's capital early Friday after the government released the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, to the North. The exchange ended a bitter diplomatic battle between the two countries more than a month after Kim's murder at Kuala Lumpur's airport. ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-03-31T03:54:00Z Marco Rubio criticizes Snoop Dogg over Trump video WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Snoop Dogg shouldn't have shot a toy gun at a clown dressed as President Donald Trump in a music video released over the weekend. The video shows Snoop shooting at the Trump character with a gun that releases a flag with the word, "bang." Rubio tells TMZ that "Snoop shouldn't have done tha... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:48:00 GMT 2017-03-14T12:48:00Z Malaysia: N. Korean's family may be scared to come forward KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. A man claiming to be the victim's son, meanwhile, appeared in an online video saying he and his family were safe in a location he did not reveal. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:51:00 GMT 2017-03-08T14:51:00Z Other mysterious deaths of North Korea's perceived enemies SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An outcast from North Korea's ruling family was killed with a weapon believed to belong to North Korea's chemical arsenal and several North Koreans are wanted for questioning. But with Malaysia deporting the only North Korean it detained in the airport assassination of Kim Jong Nam, many in South Korea see the secretive, dictatorial regime in Pyongy... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 05:58:00 GMT 2017-03-04T05:58:00Z The Latest: Malaysia to deport NKorean after questioning KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, in Malaysia (all times local): 11 a.m. A North Korean man, who had been held for questioning in the murder of exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader, has been released from police custody and handed over to the immigra... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:03:00 GMT 2017-03-03T04:03:00Z NKorea official in Beijing after China's ban on coal imports BEIJING (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks following China's ban on coal imports from its neighbor and the killing of the exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song will hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on "issues of common concern," Chinese foreign m... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:20:00Z Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader's half brother SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Was it a poorly executed assassination or did North Korea want to showcase its stockpile of banned chemical weapons? The use of the highly toxic VX warfare agent to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader has raised questions about Pyongyang's real motives in one of the strangest killings the world has seen. ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:08:00 GMT 2017-02-26T06:08:00Z AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war. Malaysian police said Friday that a chemical weapon — the toxic VX nerve agent — was used to kill the estranged half brother of Pyongyang's absolute leader... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:27:00 GMT 2017-02-25T04:27:00Z North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions." The North's response came a day after Malaysian police said they were seeking two more North Koreans, ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:29:00 GMT 2017-02-23T03:29:00Z The Latest: NKorea critical of Malaysia death investigation KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): 8 a.m. North Korea says Malaysia's investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:09:00 GMT 2017-02-23T02:09:00Z Finding poison in N. Korea attack may be hardest part KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Except some — or possibly even all — of this tale could be true in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half br... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:29:00 GMT 2017-02-19T04:29:00Z Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prison Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and spiritual guide to a generation of Islamic militants, has died in a federal prison. He was 78. Abdel-Rahman, who had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-02-19T02:03:00Z Autopsy on N. Korean inconclusive as 4th person arrested KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia performed a second autopsy on the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader because the first procedure was inconclusive, piling on the intrigue surrounding what appeared to be a well-executed assassination at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, an official said Saturday. Police arrested a fourth suspect, identified as a North Korean man. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:53:00 GMT 2017-02-18T04:53:00Z The Latest: Malaysia arrests 4th suspect in N. Korean death KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the suspected assassination of the half brother of the North Korean leader in Malaysia (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Malaysian police have announced the arrest of a fourth suspect, a North Korean, in the death of the half brother of the North Korean leader. A police statemen... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-02-18T04:23:00Z 3 arrested in NKorean's death in Malaysia; autopsy completed KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood. Investigators were still piecing tog... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-02-16T20:30:00Z The Latest: Vietnam talking to Malaysia over slay suspect KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Vietnamese authorities are in touch with Malaysia over a woman who was arrested as a suspect in the death of the half brother of the North Korean leader. ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:35:00 GMT 2017-02-16T09:35:00Z Malaysia arrests 2nd suspect in North Korean's death KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have arrested two women in the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korea's leader who was reportedly poisoned this week by a pair of female assassins as he waited for a flight in Malaysia, police said Thursday. The women were picked up separately Wednesday and early Thursday and were identified u... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:31:00 GMT 2017-02-16T04:31:00Z Did a South Korean news report doom Kim Jong Un's brother? SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intelligence officials believe North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother, but if the whodunit seems settled, a very big question still looms: Why now? Kim Jong Nam, reportedly killed by two female agents in a cloak-and-dagger operation in a Malaysian airport, had long been an embarrassment to North... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-02-15T15:16:00Z More questions than answers in assassination of North Korean SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It looks like a perfectly staged assassination, straight out of the pages of a spy novel: Kim Jong Nam, the estranged, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, falls ill at a Malaysian airport, complains of being sprayed with some sort of chemical, and drops dead. But, as with many things about the motives of clois... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:58:00 GMT 2017-02-15T10:58:00Z Clues scarce after half-brother of NKorea leader killed KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The astonishing assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother rippled across Asia on Wednesday as Malaysian investigators scoured airport surveillance video for clues about the two female assailants and rival South Korea offered up a single, shaky motive: paranoia. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was targeted Monday in a s... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:34:00 GMT 2017-02-15T04:34:00Z Myanmar ruling party mourns assassination of Suu Kyi adviser YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Thousands of Myanmar politicians, activists and others shocked by the assassination of a longtime adviser to leader Aung San Suu Kyi gathered Monday at a cemetery for an emotional funeral ceremony, while police investigated the motive for the killing. Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, was shot in the... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-01-30T15:29:00Z Burundi presidential aide wounded in assassination bid BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A presidential adviser in Burundi was wounded in an assassination attempt late Monday, officials said, in the latest attack targeting allies of the country's embattled president. Willy Nyamitwe, a presidential adviser in charge of communications, was at his home northwest of the capital, Bujumbura, when armed men attacked him, Bo... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:25:00 GMT 2016-11-29T12:25:00Z