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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…

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Frosty reception for South Korea’s Winter Olympics detente with North

Young people and conservatives in South Korea accuse President Moon Jae-in of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediencySouth Korea is facing a public backlash over its sports rapprochement with North Korea, with critics accusing the governme…

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North and South Korea to field unified ice hockey team at Winter Olympics – video

The two Koreas will field a combined women’s ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, it was announced on Wednesday. North and South Korea have been in talks as the Games approach in an effort to build diplomacy between the two nations. I…

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South and North Korea discuss joint women’s ice hockey team for Olympics

The two countries have also talked about having their athletes march together at the Pyeongchang Games opening ceremonySouth Korea has proposed fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team with North Korea at next month’s Winter Olympics, days after Pyongy…

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North Korea agrees to send athletes to Winter Olympics after talks with South

Delegation including cheerleaders will travel to Games despite rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programmeNorth Korea will send athletes and cheerleaders to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, after the two countries held their …

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South Korea offers to hold talks with North after Olympics olive branch

Offer comes as Kim Jong-un says he is prepared to send delegation of athletes to Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSouth Korea has proposed holding high-level talks with North Korea next week, a day after the regime’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he was prepa…

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Dennis Rodman asks Trump for formal role as North Korea envoy

Ban on US passport holders travelling to Pyongyang stops former basketball star from making sixth trip Dennis Rodman, the American basketball star turned freelance diplomat , has urged Donald Trump to sign him up as a peace envoy to North Korea after h…

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White House says US ‘looks forward’ to participating in Winter Olympics

White House says United States will participate in Pyeongchang GamesNikki Haley had previously raised doubts over whether US would attendThe White House has moved to quell doubts over America’s participation in next year’s Winter Olympics in South Kore…