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Olympic Organizing Committee Claims End of Norovirus Outbreak

The Organizing Committee of the Winter Olympics in South Korea has managed to prevent the spread of the norovirus infection, which causes abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, the committee’s spokeswoman Nancy Park said.

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UK between a rock and a hard place in South China Sea

he British warship HMS Sutherland docked in Australia on the weekend. The Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine frigate will conduct exercises and patrol operations with the naval forces of allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. More important, it will sail into the South China Sea while returning home from Down Under next month.

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Britain to sail warship through disputed South China Sea

A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Seanext month to assert freedom of navigation rights, the UK’s defence secretary said on Tuesday in a move likely to irk Beijing.

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Pence raises prospect of U.S. talks with North Korea – Washington Post

The United States and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions, Vice President Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

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Winter Olympics: Russia denies launching cyber attacks

The Russian Foreign Ministry has denied launching cyber attacks against the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games slated to be held from Friday in South Korea.

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Two Koreas, Split by War, Use Olympics to Make Rare Shows of Unity

The first time South Korea hosted an Olympics — in 1988 in its capital, Seoul — the International Olympic Committee invited North Korea to talks in advance. The North Koreans showed up with a list of demands.

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High Hopes for Talks as North Korea Prepares to Send a Top Official to the Olympics

North Korea’s ceremonial head of state will lead a delegation to the South amid an easing of tensions that could pave the way for high-level talks on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

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South Korea says North stole cryptocurrency worth billions of won last year

South Korea said on Monday that North Korea last year stole cryptocurrency from the South worth billions of won and that it was still trying to hack into its exchanges.

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Vietnam lists U.S.-based Vietnamese group as ‘terrorist’ organisation

Vietnam listed a U.S.-based group still loyal to the now defunct state of South Vietnam as a terrorist organisation on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said.

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North Korea to parade dozens of long-range missiles before Winter Olympics

North Korea is planning to show off dozens of long-range missiles at a February 8 parade, the day before the Winter Olympics is set to begin in South Korea, two diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea’s intentions told CNN Wednesday.

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South Korea says still pushing forward on other projects with North Korea

South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday.

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‘Insulting’ media coverage prompts North Korea to cancel performance with South

“BIASED” and “insulting” media coverage has prompted North Korea to abruptly cancel a joint cultural performance with South Korea, South Korea‘s unification ministry said on Monday.x

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Last resident at Sydney’s Sirius given fond farewell

Myra Demetriou, the last resident in Sydney’s Sirius building, is preparing to leave the social housing complex, paving the way for its $100m sale by the New South Wales government to developers.

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Russia Talks S-400 Deliveries With Middle Eastern, South-East Asian Countries

Russia is engaged in the negotiations on the deliveries of S-400 air defense missile systems with a number of Middle Eastern and South-East Asian countries that are willing to purchase the complexes, following Turkey’s example, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

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Japan Reportedly Prepares Compatriots’ Evacuation Plan From Korean Peninsula

The Japanese government has started working out a plan of evacuation of compatriots, as well as of the US citizens from South Korea by sea in case of potential attack conducted by North Korea, local media reported Tuesday.

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Churches attacked, Chile reviews security ahead of Pope’s visit

A series of attacks on Catholic churches have prompted Chilean authorities to review security ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the South American country on Monday, officials said.

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