28 Dec '11, 2am

Hundreds of thousands of N.Koreans expected to gather in Pyongyang to bid farewell to Kim Jong Il

Hundreds of thousands of N.Koreans expected to gather in Pyongyang to bid farewell to Kim Jong Il

In this Dec 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo on Dec 28, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans gather in front of a huge portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il to mourn his death in Pyongyang, North Korea. -- PHOTO: AP SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Wednesday ended a three-hour funeral for its late leader Kim Jong Il, state TV showed, as the cortege accompanying his coffin returned to the palace from where it had set out. 'The ceremony is over,' an unidentified official told tens of thousands of troops and civilians assembled in the snow-covered square outside Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace. Wailing North Koreans bade a final farewell to longtime leader Kim Jong Il as his young son and successor walked bareheaded beside his father's coffin through a snowbound Pyongyang. Tens of thousands of troops bowed their ...

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