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North Korea's Kim Jong-il dies

19 December 2011 Last updated at 04:07 GMT

North Korean television has announced the death of Kim Jong-il, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994.

He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.

His designated successor is believed to be his third son, Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be in his late 20s.

The BBC's James Robbins reports.