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Great Line On Kim Jong-il

From Reuters:

Kim appears to have recovered although his trademark paunch presses less clearly on his mud-grey jumpsuits, the bouffant hair has thinned and he appears to have given up wearing platform shoes -- with speculation in the South that, post-stroke, these are harder for him to balance in.

-- Grant Podelco

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