Kim Jong Il's grandson starts studies

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The Independent Online

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's grandson is starting classes at a private high school in Bosnia for international students.

Officials at the United World College's branch in Mostar said on Friday that Kim Han Sol, 16, came to Bosnia a month-and-a-half after classes started because he was refused a visa to Hong Kong, where he had planned to study at another branch. A school official confirmed his identity on condition of anonymity – she was not permitted to speak publicly.

He is the first North Korean student to attend any of the 13 schools of the United World College. Meri Musa, a spokeswoman, said the school selects students by their "sense of idealism, sense that they can really change the world".