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The Week in Pictures: Feb. 8 – 15

North Korean cheerleaders chant during the women’s ice hockey preliminary game between Korea and Japan at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 14 in Gangneung, South Korea. The cheerleaders have been a fixture at games played by the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team, which featured several players from the North, but this was the first time they have attended an Olympic event not featuring a North Korean athlete. Dubbed in South Korea as the “army of beauties,” the cheerleaders were attending the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between…

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Winter Olympics 2018: day six from Pyeongchang – live!

More on that… Oh. Other Shaun White stuff. ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) NBC’s botched attempt to ignore the sexual harassment allegations against Shaun White https://t.co/9UuwWTNWb3 pic.twitter.com/3B5Rhsfg9q February 15, 2018 In the men’s ice hockey, Sweden have beaten Norway 4-0. Earlier today and also in that group, Germany beat Finald 5-2. Fancy something to read? I interviewed Zoe Gillings-Brier, GB’s top snowboard crosser, who is terrifyingly impervious to fear. In the third period of that men’s ice hockey, which has been confiscated from our tv screens in favour of an ice skating rerun,…

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Winter Olympics 2018: Did you notice THIS happen in Korea ice hockey match? What a shocker

American-born Randi Heesoo Griffin scored the unified Korean women’s team’s first and only Olympic goal in a 4-1 loss to Japan in Pyeongchang on Wednesday. But it came after a real shocker from the Japan netminder Akane Konishi. Konishi seemingly had all things under control as the puck dribbled towards her. Then disaster struck. The Japanese netminder got her pads in a twist and she somehow managed to deflect the ball into her own net. It prompted dramatic scenes as South Koreans inside the Kwandong Hockey Centre and North Korea’s…

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America’s Olympic team: faster, higher, stronger for longer – with kids

There’s something new under the sun in Pyeongchang: the first two American women to become five-time Winter Olympians. Snowboarder Kelly Clark and cross-country skier Kikkan Randall both began their Olympic careers on home turf in Salt Lake City, and have not only reached the top of their sport but also brought along a new generation of world-class competitors. They are among a growing number of competitors coming back for successive Olympic Games in record numbers: this year there are 12 four-time Olympians on Team USA – triple the number there…

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Kim Jong-un keeps tight reins on Winter Olympics orchestra as he welcomes them back home

The despot set up a carefully managed photoshoot with the 140-member group and congratulated them on their success. He praised their “high artistic ability” according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a bid to show who was in control. And, in a show of solidarity with the neighbour that he has been at war with for decades, Kim said that he was pleased that “the fellow countrymen in the South, including President Moon Jae-in and his wife expressed satisfaction over the performances”. The two Koreas agreed for the…

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North Korea news: K-Pop star sings unification songs at Olympics as minders watch athletes

The 26-year-old Girl’s Generation sensation joined the North Korean classical music ensemble during a performance at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul.  She appeared on stage to sing “Let’s Meet Again” and “Our Wish” two songs that represent a desire for the unification of the two Korean countries. The singers were given a standing ovation from the audience and Seohyun was seen embracing the North Korean singers and musicians at the end of the performance which came after a last-minute request from the Seoul’s presidential Blue House on the…

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North Korea Winter Olympics cheerleaders spark UPROAR in Seoul with ‘propaganda’ routine

The 200 cheerleaders, clad in red and dubbed the “army of beauties”, have caused massive interest at the Pyeongchang Games. But a routine they performed during the united Korean ice hockey team’s 8-0 defeat against Switzerland has provoked fierce criticism. Conservative groups in South Korea have said identical masks the women wore during a singing performance resembled Kim il-sung. local media reported the North Korea women were cheering for their former leader, sparking claims the hermit state was using the tournament for propaganda. Officials have tried to quell the controversy…

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Kim Jong Un Is Reportedly Impressed at the Welcome the North Korean Delegation Got at the Olympics

(SEOUL) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday it is important to continue a reconciliatory mood between the Koreas and expressed satisfaction with the North Korean delegation’s visit to the South, in his first remarks since the high-level guests led by his sister returned to the North. The North’s state-owned Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim was impressed with Seoul’s welcome and treatment of the high-level delegation. He expressed gratitude to the South for “making their possible and sincere efforts” for their guests from the North. Kim…

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North Korea’s ‘ARMY OF BEAUTIES’ in pictures

The synchronised cheerleaders made their debut at the first games of the joint-Korean women’s ice hockey team.   North Korea selects members for its cheerleading squad from among university students studying in Pyongyang.    They are screened for their family backgrounds, beauty, and loyalty to the ruling Workers’ Party.   Several women from the various cheerleading squads have risen to stardom for their looks. Among them is Ri Sol Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-un.   North Korea has not sent a cheerleading squad to the South since the…

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WATCH: North Korea’s ‘army of beauties’ cheer on Kim Jong-un’s Winter Olympics team

North Korea‘s synchronised cheerleaders, all decked out in matching red tracksuits and woolly hats, made their first appearance at the first game of the joint-Korean women’s ice hockey team. The ‘army of beauties’, which is believed to have been handpicked by despot leader Kim Jong-un, was part of one of the largest peacetime crossings of the inter-Korean border. Bizarre video footage of the ‘army of beauties’ was circulated after they were spotted cheering on the Korean team at one of PyeongChang’s Winter Olympic 2018 videos. The amusing video shows the…

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