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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

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Two women plead not guilty to killing North Korean leader’s half-brother

By: Madeleine Keck - Posted on: October 2, 2017 | Current Affairs

The trial of the murder of Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, began in Malaysia today

Doan Thi Huong (2-L), 28, of Vietnam, who was detained in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, is escorted by Malaysian police officers at the Shah Alam High Court, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 02 October 2017. Photo: EPA/Fazry Ismail

Two women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a banned chemical poison have pleaded not guilty in Malaysia’s High Court today, nearly eight months after the assassination took place.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, who arrived at the court wearing bulletproof vests, dwarfed by heavily armed police, are charged with killing Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport on 13 February by smearing his face with nerve agent VX, an act which killed him within 20 minutes.

The defendants, who face the death penalty if convicted, claim that they were unaware at the time that they were carrying out a deadly attack and believed that they were part of an elaborate reality TV show prank.

According to Aisyah’s lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, Aisyah had previously been paid up to $200 to rub oil and pepper sauce on strangers, as part of a series of pranks instigated by a North Korean man who went by the name of James.

In late January, Aisyah had flown to Cambodia, where James introduced her to a man called Chang, who said he was the producer of video prank shows for the Chinese market, according to Aisyah’s lawyer. On the day of the assassination, the lawyer added, Chang pointed Kim Jong-nam to Aisyah and then gave her the poison.

However, according to the prosecution’s Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad, that the pair had practiced the hit before carrying it out for real proved their “intention to kill”.

“The prank exercises… were a preparation by all of them to cause the death of the victim,” he told the court.

The women’s defence teams insist that the true masterminds of the assassination are four North Koreans who police have said fled Malaysia the day Kim Jong-nam was assassinated and that their clients were simply scapegoats.

The prosecution has said that the identities of the four will be revealed during the trial.

The run-up to the trial has been marked by questions surrounding Kim Jong-nam’s identity and relationship with half-brother Kim Jong Un.

Jong-nam, who was the eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since its founding, reportedly fell out of favour with the North Korean regime in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport.

At the time of his death, he was travelling on a North Korean diplomatic passport under the name Kim Chol.

While he was reportedly uninterested in politics, in the past, he had publicly spoken out against his family’s dynastic control of the reclusive, nuclear-armed nation, acts of betrayal that South Korea’s spy agency have said were reason enough for North Korea’s regime to order his assassination.

The North denies the allegation; instead suggesting Jong-nam died of a heart attack.