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At reception, a hopeful dessert and a hasty exit

At reception, a hopeful dessert and a hasty exit

At an Olympic dinner reception designed to break the ice between two nations still technically at war, the dessert said it all.

Awkward diplomacy on show as ‘Peace Olympics’ flagged off

Awkward diplomacy on show as ‘Peace Olympics’ flagged off

The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea yesterday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.

Prayer for protest victims

Prayer for protest victims

Portraits of citizens killed in recent protests are seen during a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Congo in Kinshasa, yesterday.

Ramaphosa targets ‘pressing matters’ in push for Zuma exit

Ramaphosa targets ‘pressing matters’ in push for Zuma exit

African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events to focus on “pressing matters” yesterday, fuelling speculation that Ramaphosa was making a final push to force Jacob Zuma to step down as South Africa’s head of state.

Zimbabwe opposition quarrel as leader lies in hospital

Zimbabwe opposition quarrel as leader lies in hospital

Zimbabwe's main opposition was embroiled in a power struggle on Friday over who is in charge of the party months before key elections, as leader Morgan Tsvangirai receives cancer treatment in hospital.

Rescue dog hailed a hero after finding Taiwan quake survivors

Rescue dog hailed a hero after finding Taiwan quake survivors

Agencies reported that the dog discovered one survivor who had been trapped in the rubble for 15 hours, and another person who subsequently died.

'Trump' and 'Un' thrown out of Olympic Games ceremony

'Trump' and 'Un' thrown out of Olympic Games ceremony

The ceremony was marked by a show of unity between North and South Korea.

Eurostar to start London to Amsterdam train service

Eurostar to start London to Amsterdam train service

London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.

North Korean martial arts display met with silence

North Korean martial arts display met with silence

A martial arts display by North Korean athletes at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games was met with silence at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, with the only supportive noises coming from North Korean cheerleaders high in the stands.

Fireworks as opening ceremony starts for Pyeongchang olympics

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.

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea for historic visit

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea for historic visit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister joined athletes and officials from around the world at the South's Winter Olympics Friday, the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in its rival since the Korean War.

Bangladesh opposition names Zia's son acting head

Bangladesh opposition names Zia's son acting head

Bangladesh's main opposition party named the exiled eldest son of Khaleda Zia as its acting head on Friday, a day after a court jailed its leader for corruption.

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