North Korea's Kim paves way for family succession

A rare meeting of North Korea's ruling party has opened the way for Kim Jong-il to hand power to his youngest son.

The Workers' Party, which had not met for 30 years, convened hours after Kim Jong-un was appointed general - even though he has no military experience.

His father, who is thought to be in poor health, was re-elected as leader, state media reported.

North Korea's succession is being closely watched because of its nuclear programme and hostility with the South....

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