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Meet the Winter Olympians making big strides for diversity

Simidele Adeagbo and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian are part of a wider movement at competition that has been predominantly white

Simidele Adeagbo spent a decade training in the hopes of heading to the Olympics for the triple jump, missing out on a coveted spot by just eight inches. Then she spent five months training for the Winter Games and made history.

Adeagbo is one of three women representing Nigeria in Pyeongchang, the country’s first ever team at the Winter Olympics, and part of a wider movement among black athletes seeking to increase diversity at a competition that has been predominantly white for much of its history.

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Offended by Koreans eating dog? I trust you’ve never had a bacon butty | Chas Newkey-Burden

Frightened animals being caged, killed and turned into food – we’d never dream of such evils in the west … would we?

Would you eat rabbit? Even those who regularly consume meat from chickens, sheep and pigs will often balk at the thought of eating a cuddly little bunny rabbit. But what’s the difference? Why do we see some animals as furry friends and others as fair game to chop up and eat? With the Winter Olympics turning attention towards South Korea, dog meat has been put on the media menu. The west has gone into shock mode. They eat dogs? They must be mad!

Dogs are smart and friendly – but so are pigs

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Has North Korea’s week at the Winter Olympics diminished the nuclear threat?

Kim Jong-un’s decision to send his sister Kim Yo-jong and a 200-strong cheerleading squad to the Winter Olympics has been seized upon by some as a sign of North Korea coming in from the cold to seek peace and even reunification. But are there really grounds for such optimism?

After so many years of brandishing its guns, North Korea sent roses to the Winter Olympics. A cheer squad of 230 beauties in the bloom of youth, and Kim Jong-un’s almost equally fresh-faced sister Kim Yo-jong, have mesmerised watchers in the host country South Korea and further afield. Their petite stature and beguiling smiles are in deliberate contrast to the North’s usual macho bluster and missile tests. The two Koreas even entered the opening ceremony together and fielded a unified women’s ice hockey team.

It is a charm offensive by a country better known for the latter than the former. North Korea is a small and impoverished nation distinguished by its isolation, rapidly advancing nuclear programme, threats and invective, appalling human rights abuses and, yes, its oddity. And yet, it seems, this modest diplomatic effort has paid off. US disapproval was swiftly overshadowed: “Kim Jong-un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics,” trilled CNN. “Olympics open door to reunification,” claimed another headline. “An Olympic miracle: is Korean reunification in the cards?” asked a third excitedly. A member of the IOC suggested that the joint women’s ice hockey team should be nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

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Why Pyeongchang winners are receiving plush toys on platters

Athletes are being gifted white tigers – a guardian animal in Korean mythology

With the first medals awarded at the Winter Olympics, the internet exploded with a question: why were athletes given teddy bears, with no sign of their hard-won gold, silver or bronze medallions?

If I were an Olympic athlete that just medaled, I would be lowkey mad that my podium picture was with a cheap teddy bear and not my medal‍♂️#OlympicGames2018

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Skiing robots hit the slopes in South Korea – video

Robots of all shapes and sizes took turns skiing, with varying degrees of success, down a course near Pyeongchang in what is believed to be the first robot skiing competition in the world. All entrants were required to measure more than 50cm in height, stand on ‘two legs’, have joints resembling elbow and knees, an independent power system and use ski plates and poles. The event was designed to capitalise on attention on Pyeongchang during the Winter Olympics

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Kim Jong-un praises 'sincere, impressive' South Korea

North Korean leader expresses ‘satisfaction’ over visit by his sister and other officials to the Winter Games amid warming of relations

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has praised the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue” after a delegation returned from their three-day visit to the South for the Winter Olympics.

Kim expressed “satisfaction” over their visit, according to state media, and gave his gratitude for “sincere” and “very impressive” efforts made by Seoul to receive them.

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Disconnect between US and South Korea grows amid rapprochement with North

A thawing of tensions between the two Koreas exposes cracks in the alliance between Seoul and Washington

South Korea has announced it will press ahead with improving ties with North Korea, arranging family reunions between those divided by the Korean war and seeking to cool military tensions – despite the US’s commitment to a policy of “maximum pressure” on Kim Jong-un.

The announcement from Seoul’s unification ministry comes a day after a high-level North Korean delegation – including Kim’s sister – concluded a visit to the South that culminated in an invitation from Kim Jong-un for his counterpart Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

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Winter Olympics was hit by cyber-attack, officials confirm

South Koreans refuse to comment on rumours Russia was behind the action as revenge for doping ban

Winter Olympics officials have confirmed the games were hit by a cyber-attack during the opening ceremony – but have refused to confirm rumours in Pyeongchang that Russia was responsible.

Shortly before the ceremony, the official Pyeongchang 2018 site stopped working, with users unable to access information or print tickets for events. The website was only normalised at 8am on Saturday, 12 hours later.

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Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president in Seoul as thaw continues

Sister of the North Korean leader holds historic meeting with Moon Jae-in – the highest level contact between the two sides in over a decade

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has met North Korean officials, including Kim Jong-un’s sister, over lunch at Seoul’s presidential palace, a historic event that is the highest level contact between the two nations in more than a decade.

Kim Yo-jong, the first member of Pyongyang’s ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, accompanied Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, to the meeting.

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Pence skips Olympics dinner in snub to North Korean officials

US vice-president was expected to share table with head of state before opening ceremony

The US vice-president, Mike Pence, has skipped a dinner before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, where he was expected to share a table with North Korea’s head of state, in a sign of Washington’s intention to snub Pyongyang’s officials at the Games.

Pence briefly exchanged greetings with people attending the dinner, including the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, but avoided Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, highest-level official ever to have gone to the South.

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