Kim Jong Nam, right, is the exiled half brother of Kim Jong Un.
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Malaysian police Wednesday detained a woman holding Vietnam travel papers and said they were looking for a "few" other foreign suspects in connection with the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother.North Korean officials spent hours Wednesday trying to talk Malaysia out of conducting an autopsy on Kim Jong Nam, three Malaysian government sources familiar with the standoff said.South Korean intelligence believes Kim Jong Nam was poisoned, the lawmakers in South Korea's capital, Seoul, said.Kim Jong Nam had long suspected he could be the target of an assassination attempt; five years ago, he pleaded with his younger sibling to spare his life, according to two lawmakers in South Korea.Yoji Gomi, a Japanese journalist who wrote a 2012 book on Kim Jong Nam, said Kim's media appearances, which increased around the time South Korean intelligence said he was targeted for assassination, may have been an attempt to protect himself.Numerous North Korean officials have been purged or killed since Kim Jong Un took power following his father's death in 2011 . Those include his uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was considered the country's second-most powerful person and was believed to have been close to Kim Jong Nam.
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