Nearly 300 North Kore­ans sur­ren­der to author­i­ties

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Nearly 300 North Kore­ans liv­ing in Malaysia turned them­selves in to author­i­ties in the wake of a sweep­ing over­haul of visa rules be­tween the two coun­tries fol­low­ing the pub­lic as­sas­si­na­tion of North Korean de­fec­tor Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 in Fe­bru­ary. All 296 cit­i­zens of the pariah state sur­ren­dered to Malaysian author­i­ties af­ter the coun­try re­voked visa-free en­try. This fol­lowed a bit­ter fall­out be­tween the on­ce­friendly na­tions af­ter the death of dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at the hands of a lethal nerve agent. Kim Jong­nam’s body was re­turned to North Korea ear­lier in April in ex­change for nine Malaysian hostages who were be­ing held in Py­ongyang. The two women ac­cused of the mur­der claim to have been told they were star­ring in a re­al­ity TV prank.

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