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Top Asian News 4:51 a.m. GMT

Top Asian News 4:51 a.m. GMTKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A North Korean chemist deported from Malaysia accused police of threatening to kill his family unless he confessed to the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader, calling it a plot to tarnish his country's honor. Ri Jong Chol spoke to reporters in Beijing early Saturday while on his way to Pyongyang. Malaysian authorities have said there's insufficient evidence to charge Ri over Kim Jong Nam's killing at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13. Ri was detained four days after the attack but police never said what they believed his role was. Two women — one Indonesian, one Vietnamese — have been charged with murder after police said they smeared Kim's face with VX, a banned nerve agent considered a weapon of mass destruction.



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Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT

Highlights: The Trump presidency on Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. EST/17:35 GMT(Reuters) – Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday: MILITARY BUILDUP Trump says he will make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. REGULATION Trump signs an executive order aimed at repealing or simplifying federal regulations. TRUMP AND FBI Trump criticizes the FBI for failing to stop leaks of national security information to the media and directs the agency to find those who pass on classified information.



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Top Asian News 4:18 a.m. GMT

Top Asian News 4:18 a.m. GMTKUALA 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 using CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where Kim Jong Nam suddenly fell ill Monday morning before he died on the way to the hospital. The woman arrested Thursday was holding an Indonesian passport that identified her as 25-year-old Siti Aishah, a Malaysian police statement said.



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