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Nielsen resignation adds to Cabinet vacancies

International | DHS secretary reportedly was blindsided by president’s threats to close the border
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/08/19, 12:25 pm

UNITED STATES: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned during a meeting with President Donald Trump Sunday—leaving top Cabinet positions covering national security vacant. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in December and the post remains unfilled, while the Department of Interior also is without a secretary.

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Kim Jong Nam murder suspect gets lighter sentence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/01/19, 10:56 am

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in 2017 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday. Doan Thi Huong initially faced the death penalty if convicted of murder in Kim Jong Nam’s death, but a judge sentenced her Monday to three years and four months for voluntarily causing injury with a dangerous weapon. Huong’s lawyer said officials likely will release her next month after a sentence reduction for good behavior.

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Woman accused of killing Kim Jong Nam released

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/11/19, 12:47 pm

In a surprising move, Malaysian authorities on Monday released one of the two women accused of assassinating Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in 2017. Authorities accused Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who have spent two years in prison, of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia on Feb. 13, 2017. Both women insisted they thought they were taking part in a prank for a television show.

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