1. GREAT GOODBYE

    Two-Day Kim Funeral Begins

    In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans pay respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il in front of his portrait in Chagang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

    Korean Central News Agency / AP Photo

    The secrecy continues. North Korea will begin a two-day funeral on Wednesday for Kim Jong-il. Though few concrete details are known, many believe it will echo the services held for Kim’s father, Kim Il-sung in 1994. Hundreds of thousands are expected to line the streets of Pyongyang, as the military salutes and marches in remembrance. Kim’s son, Kim Jong-un, will reportedly be a pivotal player in the procession, further cementing his status as the nation’s “Supreme Commander.” On Thursday, the national memorial service will be held.

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