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Campaigner predicts North Korea ‘peace offensive’ in 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — One of the few outsiders to have met reclusive North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un believes there could soon be a diplomatic solution to the standoff between the U.S. and Pyongyang, despite fears the countries are edging closer to war. Kim Hong-gul, a politician and the son of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, had the rare chance to meet North Korea’s ruler in 2011 as part of a delegation at the funeral of Kim’s predecessor, Kim Jong-il. Kim, the politician, says Kim Jong Un is…

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Rex Tillerson Wants Talks With North Korea. The White House Isn't So Sure

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s surprising diplomatic offer of unconditional talks with North Korea hinges on two big X factors: Does the North even want talks, and is President Donald Trump fully behind his top diplomat? The early signs were not promising. The White House on Wednesday contradicted Tillerson’s overture. North Korea has yet to respond. The diplomatic initiative, made in remarks at a Washington think tank, came two weeks after North Korea tested a missile that could potentially carry a nuclear warhead to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard….

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Robert Kubica’s F1 riddle: Williams set on driver linked to Russian billionaires and Putin

GETTY Robert Kubica, Sergey Sirotkin and Vladimir Putin are all part of the Williams story Six years ago, he was left in intensive care wondering if he would ever walk again. Then he looked as though he might be back competing in the fastest sport in the world. But now the dream seems to be over as Williams reportedly prepare to hand the wheel of their second F1 car to Sergey Sirotkin for the 2018 season. The young Russian tested alongside Kubica in Abu Dhabi last month and is thought…

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Is it finally time for Tonya Harding’s public redemption?

Everyone knows this woman: Despite her impressive accomplishments, she was criticized for her wardrobe and her hair. She rejected certain “acceptable” brands of femininity — and it cost her. She inspired outsize, gleeful hatred, ginned up by a 24-hour news cycle — itself perhaps steered by men with insufficient respect for women. Without clear evidence of wrongdoing on her part, people said “I just don’t trust her,” and she was toppled from a would-be historic career pinnacle by a scheming meathead. Also, they called her “thunder thighs.” Obviously, I’m talking…

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South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone. Police and firemen were among around 420 personnel participating in the exercise, held in front of the Olympic Stadium at PyeongChang, just 50 miles from the heavily fortified border with North Korea. During the simulated drills, members of a SWAT team shot down a drone with a…

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‘Collaborators and traitors’: Russia goes to war with Winter Olympics ban

On sulphurous television chat shows this week, Russian athletes considering competing under a neutral flag at the upcoming Winter Olympics were compared to wartime collaborators and traitors. The second world war was evoked repeatedly. “Try telling them that the flag isn’t important,” wrote one Kremlin-friendly journalist on Twitter, alongside a photograph of Red Army soldiers lifting the Soviet flag above the Reichstag in 1945. The ban on the Russian flag and anthem from the Pyeongchang Games next year, combined with the slow‑drip withdrawal of medals from athletes guilty of doping…

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BREAKING: Team USA may not attend 2018 Winter Olympics over fears of war with North Korea

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has said that it remains an “open question” whether to send athletes to the event in South Korea which takes place between Feb 9 and 25. There are concerns that safety of US participants in the games could be at risk if they attend because of the threats of war from Kim Jong-un’s communist state. More to follow…

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Russia barred from 2018 Olympic Winter Games over doping

Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea as punishment for alleged state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday. The IOC will allow individual athletes from Russia to compete as neutrals “under strict conditions” at the PyeongChang Games, with uniforms bearing the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia.” “This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” IOC presdident Thomas Bach said in a statement. “The IOC [executive board] after following due process,…

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Nikki Haley: North Korea Missile Launch 'Brings Us Closer to War'

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. doesn’t seek. Haley, speaking at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said that if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like Tuesday’s launch, “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” “The dictator of North Korea made a decision yesterday that brings…

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North Korea Just Launched Its First Ballistic Missile in Months

(SEOUL, South Korea) — After 2 ½ months of relative peace, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early Wednesday, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could put Washington and the entire eastern U.S. seaboard within range. The North said in a special televised announcement hours after the launch that it had successfully fired what it called the Hwasong-15, a new nuclear-capable ICBM that’s “significantly more” powerful than the North’s previously tested long-range weapon. Outside governments and analysts backed up the North’s claim…

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