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Kim Jong Un's sister is rising up the ranks in North Korea

This week, North Korea's state news agency for the first time identified Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, as a deputy director of the country's ruling party during a joint visit to an animation studio, leading observers of the country to speculate that the supreme leader's sister has taken a more prominent role in the regime's governing apparatus.

Here's Bloomberg's Andrew Davis:

Believed to be about 27, about four years younger than her brother, she had been shown more frequently in his presence this year in the official media. When Kim was absent from the public eye in September and October, Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a group of defectors based in South Korea, wrote on its website that Kim Yo Jong was effectively in control. [Bloomberg]