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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Is Bringing Home a Dog From PyeongChang

25.02.2018 21:12

Kenworthy also brought stray dogs to the United States when he was in Sochi

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Russian hackers pose as North Koreans to launch cyberattack on Winter Olympics, claims US

25.02.2018 21:12

Russian hackers attacked South Korean government computers during the Winter Olympics, but made it look like the attack was carried out by the North, US intelligence agencies believe. As the Pyeongchang games came to a close on Sunday, watched by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and North Korea's blacklisted military general Kim Yong-chol, US newspapers reported that Russia had carried out the cyber attack in revenge for being excluded from competing following accusations of doping.  During the Opening Ceremony, Russian hackers operating from the GRU – the Russian military intelligence agency – allegedly masked their IP addresses to make it look like their hack had come from North Korea. Officials in Pyeongchang acknowledged that the games were hit by a cyber attack during the February 9 Opening Ceremonies, but had refused to confirm whether Russia was responsible. There were disruptions to the internet, broadcast systems and the Olympics website. Many attendees were unable to print their tickets for the ceremony, resulting in empty seats. On Sunday, as the games drew to a friendlier end, with a sentimental closing ceremony packed with K-pop and pyrotechnics, the North topped off its weeks-long charm offensive by apparently extending the olive branch to its sworn enemies in the US. After sending athletes, cheerleaders and Kim Jong-un's own sister to Pyeongchang in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw, North Korea's delegation to the South also expressed willingness to talk to Washington yesterday/SUNDAY. Not everyone was convinced by the North's overtures, however. The North Korean delegation led by Kim Yong-chol, head of the Workers’ Party United Front Department and the man accused by Seoul’s intelligence agency of masterminding a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship, was met by protesters, who attempted to block vehicles from reaching the ceremony as the convoy crossed the Demilitarised Zone. Ivanka Trump and bobsledder  Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh  Credit:  Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images Around 100 conservative politicians and activists staged a sit-in demonstration at the Tongil Bridge, according to local broadcaster YTN, with the South Korean authorities deploying more than 2,500 police officers to control the protests. To avoid a clash, the North Korean motorcade took an alternative route after crossing the DMZ. The South's opposition Korea Liberty Party accused the government of “abuse of power and an act of treason” for shielding the North Korean vehicles from the protest. On arrival at the ceremony, Ms Trump and Mr Kim did not speak. But South Korea issued a statement saying that South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with a delegation from the North shortly before the closing ceremony, and the North expressed willingness to engage in a dialogue with the US. The North has "ample intentions of holding talks with the United States," Moon's office said in a statement. The North's delegation also agreed that "South-North relations and US-North Korean relations should be improved together," the statement said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, South Korea's Constitutional Court President Lee Jin-sung and US Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and Kim Yong-chol of the North Korean delegation, attend the closing ceremony Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer The White House gave lukewarm support to the idea, saying that talks would only begin if it was clear they would lead to “the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who attended the games as a member of the US delegation, said "we will see". Ms Sanders said Mr Trump remained committed to achieving the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of the peninsula and that his "maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea must continue until it abandons its nuclear and missile programs. Winter Olympics 2018: Best pictures from South Korea's PyeongChang games Ms Sanders said the US, South Korea and the international community "broadly agree" that denuclearization must be the outcome of any dialogue with North Korea. She said North Korea has a bright path ahead if it chooses to comply. "We will see if Pyongyang's message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization," she said in a written statement. "In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are a dead end." Mr Trump once scolded Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who favors diplomacy with North Korea, for "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Mr Trump's derisive nickname for North Korea's leader. Last week it emerged that Mike Pence, the vice president, was on the verge of meeting representatives of North Korea on the sidelines of the games. Mr Pence’s office said later that a potential meeting between the two sides was scratched at the last minute by the North Koreans after Mr Pence condemned human rights violations, and new economic sanctions were announced.

New NAFTA talks aim to clear pathway to toughest issues

25.02.2018 21:07

Mexico and Canada aim to finish reworking less contentious chapters of the NAFTA trade deal with the United States in new talks that began on Sunday, hoping to clear the path for a breakthrough on the toughest issues before upcoming elections.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Latest NAFTA talks aim for breakthrough on toughest issues

25.02.2018 16:28

Mexico and Canada aim to finish reworking less contentious chapters of the NAFTA trade deal with the United States in new talks that began Sunday.

From: globalnews.ca

As Winter Games close, North Korea says it is willing to talk to the U.S., according to Seoul

25.02.2018 16:10

North Korea is "willing to have talks" with the United States, South Korea's presidential Blue House said Sunday, as the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed in a burst of fireworks and diplomacy.
President Moon Jae-in achieved his goal of using the Olympics as "peace games" to encourage both...

From: www.sun-sentinel.com

How United States stacked up in final medal count

25.02.2018 15:42

A look at the final medal count from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and which Americans took home gold.

From: rssfeeds.usatoday.com

K-pop, drones, pandas and other highlights from the 2018 Olympics closing ceremony

25.02.2018 14:41

The closing ceremonies for what South Korea dubbed the "Peace Games," was packed with Korean culture, and even hinted at the chance for diplomatic talks to be held between North Korea and the United States. 

From: globalnews.ca

How NAFTA helped stir Mexico health crisis

25.02.2018 14:10

While economists have praised economic growth brought about by the trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico, healthcare workers in Mexico say the pact has had disastrous consequences.

From: www.aljazeera.com

When nature takes over: Abandoned America overgrown

25.02.2018 13:50

Photographer Johnny Joo has travelled the United States photographing overgrown derelict sites from fairgrounds to shopping malls.

From: www.yahoo.com

White House: Talks with North Korea must lead to ending nuclear program

25.02.2018 13:31

The White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear program after senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the United States.

From: feeds.reuters.com

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