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North Korea is facing what could be its most serious defection in years after a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong Un fled the isolated country, South Korean media said on Friday. The aide has sought asylum in South Korea and is currently being protected by South Korean officials in a secret location in China, cable news network YTN said, citing a source familiar with the matter. YTN said the man managed funds for Jang Song Thaek, whose marriage to Kim's aunt and proximity to the young leader made him one of the most powerful men in North Korea.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Friday claimed an attack on a Yemeni defence complex that killed 52 people, in a statement published on the Internet by its media arm. The defence ministry complex was "stormed and attacked on Thursday... after the mujahedeen (holy fighters) proved that it accommodates drone control rooms and American experts," it said on Twitter. "Such security headquarters in partnership with the Americans in their war on these Muslim people are a justified target wherever they may be," warned AQAP, classified by the United States as Al-Qaeda's deadliest branch. Fifty-two people were killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the defence ministry complex in Sanaa and opened the way for an armed assault.