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Olympics' Korea moment: chance of detente or lost cause?

Seoul - Officials from North and South Korea meet with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne on Saturday to set the seal on Pyongyang's participation in its neighbour's Winter Games.

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Seoul - The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team at the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula.

Two Koreas in talks on Winter Olympics athletes

Seoul - Officials from North and South Korea met Wednesday to discuss how many of Pyongyang's athletes will take part in next month's Winter Olympics, the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.

Two Koreas in fresh talks on Winter Olympics

Seoul - North and South Korea began talks Monday on appearances by performers from Pyongyang's state-run artistic troupes at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, after the North agreed to attend the Games.

Warm smiles on cold frontier

Seoul - North and South Korean officials exchanged warm greetings amid light flakes of snow on the world's last Cold War frontier Tuesday, in contrast from previous frosty gatherings.

North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South

Seoul - North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear we...

Koreas set for first official talks in two years

Seoul - A high-level South Korean delegation left Tuesday for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul's chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

N. Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

Seoul - North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.

Seoul offers high-level delegation for N. Korea talks

Seoul - South Korea has proposed sending a five-member delegation led by a government minister to rare talks with North Korea next week, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Saturday.

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Sabillasville - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help deescalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear drive.

US, S. Korea agree to suspend military drills during Olympics

Seoul - The United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to delay their joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics next month, in an apparent move to de-escalate tensions with Pyongyang.

US, S. Korea agree to suspend military drills during Olympics

Seoul - The United States and South Korea have agreed to delay joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics next month, the government in Seoul announced Thursday, in an apparent move to de-escalate tensions with Pyongyang.

S. Korea well prepared if N. Korea attends Olympics: organisers

Seoul - Host South Korea is well prepared should North Korea decide to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with a cruise ship ready to transport and accommodate its athletes, organisers said Wednesday.

Kim's Olympic gambit pushes Trump's button

Washington - US President Donald Trump is not one to hold back when it comes to indulging in nuclear and diplomatic brinkmanship with North Korea's leader whom he calls "Little Rocket Man.

S. Korea seeks US military drill delay for Olympics

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-In has proposed delaying annual joint military exercises with the US in an effort to reduce tensions with the nuclear-armed North during next year's Winter Olympics.

Olympic ban opens chasm between Russia's athletes and leaders

Moscow - The International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games over state-orchestrated doping has created an unprecedented split between the country's athletes and politicians.

Russian sports fans 'sad' about Olympic ban

Moscow - Confused and dejected, Russian sports fans expressed their disappointment Tuesday over the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the country from the 2018 Winter Games.

Olympic ban sparks outrage in Russia

Moscow - The head of Russia's Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, told the IOC on Tuesday that punishing clean athletes was "unjust and immoral", with the move to ban Russia from the Winter Games sparking outrage in the country"Punishing the innocent is unjust...

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Toukyo - International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region.

McLaren says Russia risks worse doping sanctions

Eindhoven - Richard McLaren, who produced two reports on Russian sports doping, said on Tuesday that the country is risking heavier punishment with its continued denials of state involvement.

Relief for Tokyo as first new 2020 Olympic venue opens

Toukyo - Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics Saturday in a welcome public relations boost for the organisers after a series of setbacks.

Russia threatens to sue IOC over bobsleigh doping bans

Moscow - Russia's bobsleigh and skeleton federation responded to more Sochi doping bans on Friday by saying they were prepared to take legal action against the International Olympic Committee.

Calgary Winter Olympics bid needs more work: committee

Montr - Calgary's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games needs further evaluation by the local authority to the tune of CAN$2 million ($1.6 million), according to recommendations presented to the city council Monday.

World Cup, Olympics terror threats growing, says Interpol

Doha - Terror and cyber-security threats to major global sporting events, including football's World Cup and the Olympics, are growing, Interpol's secretary general warned on Wednesday.

Olympics: Nuzman freed on bail pending Rio Games vote-rig trial

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian judges on Thursday conditionally released from jail the former head of the country's Olympic committee who is charged with corruption in an alleged vote-buying scandal to secure the 2016 games.

Olympic stadium worker's suicide was 'death from overwork'

Toukyo - A 23-year-old construction worker on Tokyo's Olympic Stadium killed himself due to overwork, his family's lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked alarm in the workaholic nation.

Rio 2016 Olympic committee chief resigns after arrest

Rio De Janeiro - The chairman of Brazil's Olympic Committee, who helped organize the Rio 2016 Games, submitted his resignation Saturday, saying he wanted to concentrate on defending himself against corruption charges.

Brazil arrests Rio 2016 Olympic committee chairman on corruption charges

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted

Toukyo - Tokyo Olympic organisers said Wednesday that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to a venue intended for triathlon and marathon swimming at the 2020 Games.

S. Korea welcomes 'special' Olympic skaters from North

Seoul - South Korean organisers of next year's Winter Olympics welcomed Saturday the "special" qualifying of figure skaters from the North, as Seoul seeks to promote its isolated neighbour's participation as a key part of the "Peace Games".
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