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Tongan Flag-Bearer Is Worried Sick At Winter Olympics

Tongan Flag-Bearer Is Worried Sick At Winter OlympicsPita Taufatofua, the Tongan flag bearer known for his shirtless marches in this year’s Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony and in the 2016 Summer Games, is competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with much more on his mind than sport.



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What’s the Time Difference Between South Korea and the U.S.? Here's What to Know as You Watch the Olympics

What’s the Time Difference Between South Korea and the U.S.? Here's What to Know as You Watch the OlympicsFrom every time zone in the U.S.



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Ban The United States From The Olympics

Ban The United States From The OlympicsAt a press briefing last week with International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams, there was stern talk about a country of cheaters so shot through with a gold-at-all-costs mentality that they countenanced the systematic exploitation of Olympic athletes.



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U.S. Luger Emily Sweeney Wipes Out In Dramatic Olympics Crash

U.S. Luger Emily Sweeney Wipes Out In Dramatic Olympics CrashAmerican luger Emily Sweeney crashed during the women’s singles competition at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, and was reportedly taken to a hospital for evaluation.



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Kim Jong-un praises South Korea's warm welcome for Winter Olympics after sister's visit

Kim Jong-un praises South Korea's warm welcome for Winter Olympics after sister's visitNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised the welcome the South gave his sister and said it was important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula. Kim's younger sister Kim Yo Jong – one of his closest confidantes – was part of the nuclear-armed North's diplomatic delegation to the Games that made worldwide headlines. She delivered his invitation for the South's President Moon Jae-in to come to a summit in Pyongyang – which he did not immediately accept, saying the "right conditions" were needed. The North is subject to multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and conducted dozens of weapons tests last year. But the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have triggered extraordinary scenes, with Moon and Kim cheering a unified Korean women's ice hockey team together – along with the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam – and attending a concert by Pyongyang's artistes. Even so analysts warn that the positive mood could evaporate quickly after the Games, when the US and South are due to hold major joint military exercises that always infuriate the North. Kim Jong-un met the delegation on Monday after it returned to Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported. It indirectly cited Kim as saying it was important to enhance "the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" created by the Winter Olympics – which for months the North refused to say whether it would attend. He gave instructions for "practical measures" to do so, it added, without giving details. The South's appreciation of the North's presence and the welcome it gave its representatives were "impressive", he said, thanking Seoul for its "sincere efforts". Close scrutiny  The KCNA report is the first official reaction from Kim - the third generation of the dynasty to rule the isolated and impoverished North – since his sister's charm offensive in the South. Kim Yo-jong's visit made her the first member of the family to set foot in the country since the end of the Korean War. Every detail of her trip was scrutinised, from the clothes she wore and her facial expressions to the bag she was carrying and even her handwriting. But it left South Koreans divided, with some hoping it might usher in a real opportunity for reconciliation while others angrily burned the North Korean flag and criticised Moon for being too soft on Pyongyang. How deep the rapprochement runs, how far it will go and how long it will last once the Games are over remain very open to question, analysts say. Pyongyang's Olympic diplomacy has also highlighted differences between Seoul and its key protector the United States over how to handle the reclusive regime and its nuclear weapons programme. Washington insists that Pyongyang must take concrete steps towards denuclearisation before any talks can begin, while Moon – whose parents escaped from the North in a US evacuation during the war – has long argued for closer involvement to bring it to the negotiating table.



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Father Of Otto Warmbier Says North Korea 'Not Really' Participating In Olympics

Father Of Otto Warmbier Says North Korea 'Not Really' Participating In OlympicsNorth Korean athletes “are not really participating in the Olympics,” said the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died last year after his release from imprisonment in North Korea.



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2 Koreas Make History Marching Under Unified Flag In Olympics Opener

2 Koreas Make History Marching Under Unified Flag In Olympics OpenerNorth Korean and South Korean athletes participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics marched as one during Friday’s opening ceremony, gleefully entering the ring as a unified team sharing a flag.



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Mike Pence Left Out In Cold At Winter Olympics VIP Reception

Mike Pence Left Out In Cold At Winter Olympics VIP ReceptionVice President Mike Pence didn’t get the VIP treatment at a VIP reception before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.



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Analysis: As Olympics begin, 2 Koreas navigate an odd moment

Analysis: As Olympics begin, 2 Koreas navigate an odd momentPYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — On Friday night, the world will witness a truly extraordinary moment: An Olympics convening in South Korea with the participation of its nuclear rival, North Korea.



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North Korea holds military parade ahead of Olympics Opening Ceremony

North Korea holds military parade ahead of Olympics Opening CeremonyKim Jong Un is utilizing a strategy of both diplomacy and force, as the annual military parade was moved up to coincide with the Olympics and his sister Kim Yo Jong is in PyeongChang for the games.



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