North Korea, Malaysia to play Asian Cup ties in Thailand

Kim Jong Nam trial: CCTV footage of four male suspects shown in court

Kim Jong Nam trial: CCTV footage of four male suspects shown in court

Relations between the two historic allies are strained after the recent weapons tests by the North Korean regime, including its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 7 and launch of two intercontinental missiles, which have led to new, stronger sanctions by the UNs, with China's support.

The two Southeast Asian women have pleaded not guilty to murder, saying they were tricked into attacking Kim by being made to think that they were playing a prank for a reality TV show.

The prosecution's case would not be weakened by the absence of the four men from the trial, the prosecutor argued.

The site visit covered various locations in the terminal shown in the videos, such as a restaurant where Siti Aisyah was seen meeting an unidentified man, the toilets where police witnesses said both women had gone to after the attack on Kim Jong Nam, the clinic where the victim sought medical aid and the taxi stands where both suspects were seen after the attack.

Prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad told reporters that he would show security video of the other two men on Thursday. According to police, the men had applied liquid on the women's hands, and were among four suspects-at-large charged together with the women for the murder.

Wednesday's session was cut short because a defense lawyer was not feeling well.

The friendly gesture by the North Korean leader, who seldom issues personal messages, comes as China is being urged by the worldwide community to do more to rein in the North's missile and nuclear tests that have raised tensions globally, Reuters reported.

In a statement on Tuesday, AFC announced that the postponed first round Group B between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Thailand on Nov 10.

Hanamori was seen arriving at the restaurant with a fourth man, who Wan Azirul said was "suspected to be James". James recorded the encounters on his phone and paid Aisyah between $100 and $200 for each prank. On the day of Kim's death, Chang had pointed Kim out to Aisyah as the next target and put the substance in her hand, the lawyer has said. An Interpol alert has been issued for these four men, but it was unclear if they are the same four mentioned by the prosecutors.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping for his re-election as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the state-media said on Thursday.

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