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‘It was like war’: North Korea v South Korea ends in goalless draw – video report

It was the first time that the teams had met in North Korea for 30 years, although the game was played out with no fans, no media and sadly no goals. The game in Pyongyang ended in a 0-0 draw. Speaking after returning to South Korea, captain and Totten…

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North Korea played like it was ‘waging war’ in Pyongyang match, says South

South considering complaint over match, played in empty stadium amid media blackoutNorth Korea’s football team played like it was “waging a war” during a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang against South Korea, the South’s manager has said.The two nationa…

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When the North and South Korean hockey teams met for the first time

In an extract from his book on Korea’s first unified Olympic ice hockey team, Seth Berkman recalls when the players from the North and the South met for the first timeOn January 25, a bus carrying the North Korean hockey players crossed into South Kore…

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No fans, no media and no goals as Koreas play out World Cup qualifier in empty stadium

North meets South in Pyongyang amid blackoutBoth national anthems played and flags displayedLong-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were allowed in t…

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South Korea make historic North Korea visit but without their fans

World Cup qualifier is teams’ first competitive men’s game in the country and pits Tottenham’s Son against ‘North’s Ronaldo’The two Koreas meet on Tuesday in Pyongyang, where officials will hope that this World Cup qualifier ends in a better fashion th…

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North and South Korea to launch joint bid to host 2032 summer Olympics

Seoul’s mayor calls Games a chance ‘to change the fate of the Korean peninsula’Seoul is hoping to “change the fate of the Korean peninsula” with the launch of a bid to jointly host the 2032 Olympic Games with North Korea.Representatives from both Korea…

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North Korea: US blocks sanctions exemption for sports equipment

IOC had asked for exemption to help Olympic athletes prepareUS raises objection on security council committeeThe United States has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to transfer sports equipment to North Korea so its athlete…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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North Korea could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South, official says

Offer comes amid rapid easing of tensions that has accompanied Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of PyeongchangWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableA top North Korean sports official said his country could co-host the Asian Winter …

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‘Kim Jong-un is hitting on us!’: my night out with Dear Leader (sort of)

Bar-hopping with North Korea’s teetotal supreme leader, albeit an Australian impersonator called Howard, is full of surprisesWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableIt is a rare night when you find yourself on a chilly street corner waiting …

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Korea’s united Olympic squad: symbol of hope or mere political stunt?

As the much-heralded debut of a joint women’s team brings an 8-0 defeat, spectators in a local bar divide over the One Korea ideaOne minute Lee Yun-hwa was full of excitement, shouting her order in a tiny Gangneung pub for a plate of grilled intestines…

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Winter Olympics begin with powerful message of peace

Opening ceremony full of symbolism brings strong emotions in PyeongchangTowards the end of an opening ceremony that flitted between vibrancy and schmaltz, an image of two doves appeared on the floor of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and the opening ba…

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Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?

North and South Korea will play as a united team for the first time at the Winter OlympicsFor decades, the Olympics have shunned politics, hoping to keep the Games focused on sport rather than world affairs.But while this year’s women’s ice hockey team…

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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have officially opened in South Korea, with a spectacular opening ceremony taking place in sub-zero temperatures Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have officially opened in South Korea, with a spectacular opening ceremony taking place in sub-zero temperatures Continue reading…

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Kim Jong-un’s sister to attend Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Kim Yo-jong, younger sister of North Korean leader, to join official party in South KoreaKim Jong-un’s sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the unification mini…

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Unified Korean women’s ice hockey team play debut match

North and South Korea players lose to Sweden in run-up to Winter Olympics in PyeongchangWearing a blue logo of a map symbolising peace between North and South Korea, the most talked-about team at the Winter Olympics was in action on Sunday in a friendl…

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Mike Pence to stop North Korea ‘hijacking’ Winter Olympics, aide says

Vice-president believes Pyongyang’s presence ‘a charade’The Observer view: the Winter Olympics and North KoreaVice-president Mike Pence will stop North Korea “hijacking” the Winter Olympics, an aide said on Sunday, by using his own presence at the Game…