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Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ill, deposed or taking a break?
Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ill, deposed or taking a break?

If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't sick, he must be dead -- at least politically. That's the thinking behind a rash of rumors that the portly 31-year-old scion of the Hermit Kingdom's founding communists has been toppled from power. Kim hasn't been seen in public in more than a month, and his absence from the Sept. 25 gathering of the rubber-stamp parliament injected adrenaline into Korea watchers' speculation that he has been deposed by a palace coup. Then a high-level delegation of Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South Korean city of Incheon on Saturday, ostensibly to catch the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in which North Korean...

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