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Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, North Korean Leader, Dead At 69

By Susan Duclos

Kim Jong-il, left, and son, Kim Jong-un, in 2010: Photo-Kyodo News, via Associated Press

North Korean state television announced that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il died at age 69.

Via AP:

In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.

Via New York Times:

The North had kept news of the death of its leader secret for roughly two days, perhaps a sign that the leadership was struggling to position itself for what many believe could be a particularly perilous transition.

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