Uncle of North Korean leader executed as ‘traitor’

Uncle of North Korean leader executed as ‘traitor’
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Michael Winter, USA TODAY 5:09 p.m. EST December 12, 2013

The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed as a “traitor for all ages,” the official news agency reported.

Jang Song Thaek faced a special military tribunal Thursday and was convicted of “anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts” in a bid to overthrow the the communist country’s leadership, KCNA reported Friday in Pyongyang. The state news agency did not say when or how Jang was killed.

North Korean media reported Monday that Jang had been purged for crimes that included faction-building, corruption, drug use and womanizing. He was considered the country’s most powerful figure after his nephew.

State TV aired humiliating photographs Monday that showed Jang considered the country’s second most powerful figure after Kim, being hauled away from a meeting by two uniformed guards

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Thursday, December 12, 2013    Last updated: Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:08 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-fatigued U.S. House moved Thursday evening toward passage of legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure’s defeat.

“I think they’re misleading their followers,” the Republican speaker said of the groups, whom he pointedly also blamed for last fall’s politically damaging partial government shutdown. “I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility” by opposing legislation before the details are known.”

He mentioned no organizations by name, although it appeared he was referring to Heritage Action and Club for Growth, both of which have sought to push the House further to the right than the Republican leadership has been willing to go.

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