North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at 69

Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2009 file image made from AP Video, former Vice President Al Gore , center, watches as journalists Laura Ling, left and Euna Lee speak after arriving at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. North Korea sentenced the American journalists to 12 years of hard labor for allegedly sneaking across the border from China. They later were pardoned on humanitarian grounds and released to ex-President Bill Clinton, who met with then-leader Kim Jong Il. Americans detained in North Korea, including the three currently there, are major complications for Washington, which must decide between letting a U.S. citizen languish and providing Pyongyang with a huge propaganda victory by sending a senior U.S. envoy to negotiate a release.  (AP Photo/AP Video, File)

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Kim's death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

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