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Malaysian authorities seeking four further suspects

Noor Rashid Ibrahim speaks during a press conference. Credit: AP

Malaysian authorities have said that they are looking for a further four North Korean suspects who left the country on the same day that Kim Jong-nam died after being attacked.

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed in an apparent assassination at Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday.

Malaysia's deputy national police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim named the four new suspects at a news conference on Sunday, and also identified a fifth person of interest.

He also showed press photos of a further two North Koreans who were not named, but are also wanted by the government in connection with the apparent assassination.

Four people have been arrested so far, including two women, the boyfriend of one of them, and a North Korean man.

Iraq: Western Mosul offensive launched against IS

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an offensive on the western side of Mosul against the so-called Islamic State.

Earlier, Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on western Mosul warning residents that the offensive was imminent. The ongoing conflict in Mosul has forced 178.000 civilians to flee to refugee camps.

Iraqi forces retook control of east Mosul from IS in January. The defeat of the group in Mosul would effectively end the Iraqi half of the "caliphate".

Haider al-Abadi said: "We announce the start of a new chapter of Mosul operations to liberate the right side of Nineveh (Mosul) as we did with the other parts."

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