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African Bobsled Team Makes History in 2 Ways

They'll be Nigeria's first Winter Olympics entrants

(Newser) - An amazing achievement by the Nigerian women's bobsled team had more than one person speculating about Cool Runnings 2 this week. The team—driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga—qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics after completing their final qualifying races in Calgary, ESPN reports.... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

With a Wink and Bow, Sochi Shuts Off Lights

Remember that whole failed ring? Russia spoofs it

(Newser) - With a sweep of the men's bobsled for the home team and Sochi's final gold medal given out , Russia gave a wink at the little Olympic ring that couldn't in the opening ceremony and closed out its uber-expensive Olympiad today. Kicking off at 20:14 local time,... More »

Why North Korea Attacked the South

Many believe it is an attempt to force negotiations

(Newser) - Following North Korea's artillery attack on South Korea, the Los Angeles Times , reporting from Seoul, and Reuters gather early theories for what is behind the attack:
  • Forcing negotiations: A former negotiator and South Korean lawmaker calls it a "berserk" and "last-ditch" attempt "to engage Washington and Seoul"
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North Korea Fires on South

Koreas exchange artillery fire; dozens of houses aflame, 2 killed

(Newser) - South Korea has returned fire after North Korea blasted scores of artillery rounds at a South Korean island, setting houses on fire and forcing evacuations, according to South Korean officials. Some 70 houses were ablaze on the island of Yeonpyeong, close to the two nations' disputed maritime border, witnesses told... More »

Sochi Wins 2014 Games

Putin speech helps Black Sea resort win Winter Oympics

(Newser) - The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi — thanks in part to personal intervention by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports Reuters. Putin addressed a session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City in English, French and Spanish, helping Sochi win a 51-47... More »

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