North Korea-Malaysia deal ends diplomatic spat

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The body of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korea's leader, has been released to the communist country, ending a drawn-out diplomatic drama over his murder with VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement on Thursday the coroner approved the move "following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea".

Najib also said nine Malaysians barred from leaving North Korea because of the row had been allowed to board a plane to leave Pyongyang, adding on Twitter it was expected to reach Kuala Lumpur at 5am Malaysian time (2100 GMT).

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