Kim Jong Un displayed the headless body of his executed uncle to senior North Korean officials, according to the US President Donald Trump.
Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leader’s uncle and a hugely powerful figure within the regime, was killed in 2013 for committing ‘treason’ and corruption in 2013.
“Kim tells me everything. Told me everything,” Trump told the Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, according to his forthcoming book “Rage”.
“He killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to a building used by senior officials.
“And the head was cut, sitting on the chest,” he added in excerpts from the book seen by AFP.
Trump’s account of Jang’s death shows the close nature of his relationship with the North Korean dictator, even though the hermit nation has never admitted how he was killed.
Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year when Trump and Kim failed to reach an agreement .
Pyongyang officials said they had offered to “dismantle all the nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon area”, but according to the book Trump demanded five sites be given up.
“Listen, one doesn’t help and two doesn’t help and three doesn’t help and four doesn’t help. Five does help,” Trump reportedly told Kim according to the book.
Yongbyon was the North’s biggest site, Kim countered “It’s also your oldest,” Trump retorted.
Kim, though, would not offer further concessions, and Trump told him: “You’re not ready to make a deal.”
“I’ve got to leave,” he added, to Kim’s shock. ‘I am really, very offended’
Girl dies after her teacher flogged her for getting two math questions wrong
A schoolgirl has died after allegedly being beaten by her teacher for failing to answer two maths questions correctly.
The 10-year-old girl, identified by her surname Zhang, was a student at a primary school in the city of Guangyuan, central China.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the teacher, identified by the surname Wang, beat the girl on September 10.
Zhang was beaten on her palms four times and ordered to kneel for four minutes, state-owned newspaper China Daily reports.
Feeling dizzy, she was sent to hospital by her grandmother and the teacher and was pronounced dead later that day at 3.30pm.
She also had her ears pulled and her head beaten, according to the Oriental Daily.
Medical experts found no wounds and an investigation into her death is under way.
The Cangxi county government has set up a task force and the teacher has been suspended from work, along with the school’s principal.
The victim’s grandmother told local media that she had a twin sister who was in the same class. She said Zhang looked close to fainting during the beating.
The grandmother also mentioned that Zhang was scared of her maths teacher, who she claimed often gave corporal punishment to students.
US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dies aged 87 after year long battle with cancer
US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the firebrand court justice who was known for her legal, cultural and feminist actions while serving in the highest court of the land, died Friday September 18, aged 87 after battling cancer, the Supreme Court has announced.
Justice Ginsburg, nominated into the supreme court by former president Bill Clinton, died from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme court said in a statement.
She died at her home in Washington surrounded by family.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement.
“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Known for her legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg served 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. Her death will set in motion a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, as the presidential election nears.
Ginsburg’s death gives Republicans the chance to tighten their grip on the court with another Trump appointment that would give conservatives a 6-to-3 majority meaning that even a defection on the right would leave conservatives with enough votes to prevail in the Obamacare case, Dreamers and many other cases that will be brought to the supreme court this period.
Man charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend in Kentucky
A Kentucky man has been charged in connection with the gruesome murder of his girlfriend who was dismembered before her body parts were hauled in suitcases all the way to south suburban Markham.
Police said Melvin Martin Jr., 30, who was initially charged as a fugitive took his girlfriend’s remains on a Greyhound bus to visit family in Markham, traveling more than five hours with the body parts to the Chicago Greyhound station at 630 W. Harrison St.
Markham spokesman, Michael Taylor said in a statement that Martin was arrested on Monday at the Markham Public Library after curious family members made the discovery.
The spokesman said some parts of the woman’s body were found in Illinois, while the other half was found in Kentucky.
‘A severed head and other body parts were found in the bags, while police in Kentucky found the woman’s torso,’ he said.
‘Martin had been staying with family for about a week, and family members became curious after he asked them on at least two occasions to purchase clothing for him despite arriving on a Greyhound bus in Chicago toting the bags’.
‘Martin eventually moved the two bags to the home’s garage, and the family made the discovery after Martin had left for the library,’ Taylor added.
Detectives believe the girlfriend was killed at least 30 days ago with Markham Police Chief Terry White saying the woman’s death could be the result of a domestic dispute that occurred about a month ago.
When asked by police why he brought his girlfriend’s remains to Illinois, Martin Jr. delivered a shocking reply.
“He indicated that, as grotesque as it might sound, that he still wanted to be with at least part of her,” said Markham police Chief.