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Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month’s time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status.

South, North Korea hesitate to unified football team at Asian Games

South Korea appears to be reluctant to form a unified football team with North Korea at the upcoming Asian Games, a report by the country’s new agency indicates.

South Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

North Korea delegates arrive in South for Olympics closing ceremony

A delegation of high-ranking North Korean officials has entered South Korea on Sunday to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Russia’s Nadezhda Sergeyeva kicked out of Olympics for doping

The court said that she tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine and admitted the offense, the fourth doping case to hit the Pyeongchang Olympics and second from Russia.

Alina Zagitova wins ice princess duel for Russia’s first gold

Teenage figure skater Alina Zagitova prevailed in her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday.

South Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

No medals but plenty of cheers for North Korean athletes

North Korea will not be the only nation leaving the Pyeongchang Olympics without a medal, but they are one of the few minnows of winter sports to have earned rousing cheers wherever they go.

Russian Olympic chiefs confirm curler tested positive for meldonium

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) confirmed Tuesday.

Meldonium, drug at centre of Maria Sharapova, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky controversies

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been accused of doping at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. A source says the case involves meldonium.

Fourcade makes French Olympic history in mad dash to the line

Frenchman Martin Fourcade wrote himself into the history books with a second biathlon gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday, snatching victory by a whisker in a dramatic photo finish.

Winter Olympics: Last place feels like gold medal – Ghanaian athlete

Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong finished last in his Olympic debut but was a smash-hit nonetheless with his plucky efforts in the crackpot sliding sport of skeleton on Friday.

Japanese speed skater in first Olympics doping case

Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito has tested positive for a banned drug at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the first doping case of the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

Officials: Pyeongchang Olympics hit by cyberattack

Olympic officials on Sunday said a cyberattack was responsible for an internet and wifi shutdown during the Pyeongchang Winter Games opening ceremony, but refused to say who was responsible.

Sweden picks 2018 Winter Olympics first gold medal

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden has won the first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Fireworks as opening ceremony starts for Pyeongchang Olympics

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony got under way in freezing temperatures and a spirit of rapprochement on Friday after the arrival of the highest level North Korean delegation ever seen in the South.

No prayer rooms at Olympics after anti-Muslim threats

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has cancelled plans for a mobile prayer room in Gangneung for the 2018 Winter Olympics after strong opposition by anti-Muslim campaigners, the city's tourism department's chief told Al Jazeera.

Mike Pence announces toughest US sanctions on North Korea

US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday Washington would soon unveil its “toughest sanctions ever” on North Korea, adding that the regime in Pyongyang would not be allowed to “hijack” the upcoming Olympics.

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