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December 19th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

North Korea's Kim Jong-il dies

Enigmatic North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died, state television reported Monday.  A North Korean TV broadcaster said the 69-year-old leader died Saturday due to "overwork" while "dedicating his life to the people."

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Kim suffered "great mental and physical strain" while on a train. Kim, who had been treated for "cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long period," suffered a heart attack on Saturday and couldn't be saved despite the use of "every possible first-aid measure," according to the agency.

Ali Velshi talks to Jim Walsh, International Security Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to discuss what's next for North Korea after Kim's death.

Filed under: North Korea
December 19th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Romney, Huntsman score major newspaper endorsements

With the Iowa Caucuses just around the corner, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman picked up some major newspaper endorsements.  The influential Iowa newspaper the Des Moines Register endorsed Romney, saying that he was a man of "sobriety, wisdom and judgment."

Jon Huntsman picked up endorsements from two New Hampshire newspapers, The Keene Sentinel and the New Hampshire Valley News.

Alina Cho talks with CNN contributor Dana Loesch and Republican analyst Lenny Mcallister about the role these endorsements might play in upcoming primaries.

Filed under: Politics
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