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Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team
(South Korea Unification Ministry via AP)
By HYUNG-JIN KIM
From Associated Press
January 17, 2018 6:12 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad as part of its delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as South Korea's president announced his support of a proposal for the rivals' first unified Olympic team.

BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure has been released from prison as part of the government's recent pledge to release detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all."

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city.

PARIS (AP) — The travelling fashion press bid "ciao" to Milan and said "bonjour" to Paris on Wednesday — kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and the last leg of the menswear mania, which will sweep the French capital for five days.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Latin America (all times local): 11:00 a.m. Pope Francis is urging the indigenous Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause.

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month.

TEMUCO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to the heart of Chile's centuries-old conflict with indigenous peoples on Wednesday, celebrating Mass on contested land that was also used as a detention and torture facility during the country's bloody military dictatorship.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from "complete collapse."

PARIS (AP) — Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State's retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters should be handled.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Moshe Holtzberg, a boy whose parents were killed at a Jewish center in Mumbai during a 2008 terror attack, returned to India for the first time Tuesday to visit the site of the attack.

MOSCOW (AP) — Masked attackers on Wednesday torched the office of the prominent Russian rights group Memorial in the region of Ingushetia, the latest escalation of tensions between the activists and officials in the North Caucasus.

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday maintained the offer for Britain to remain in the EU even after both sides have entered the second phase of Brexit negotiations.

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese-American journalist who extensively interviewed an exiled businessman says his wife has been kidnapped and held for months by Chinese security forces, adding a subplot to the high-stakes drama that has transfixed followers of Chinese politics.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash.

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in prison Wednesday for contempt, his second prison term stemming from his role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has flown over the massive Andes cordillera, visited the poor in several slums and rubbed shoulders with presidents in six visits to Latin America.

MIAMI (AP) — The 29-year-old Mexican farmworker was stressed and afraid. Her husband had just been detained by immigration authorities as he left a South Florida construction site and was about to be deported.

TARUKA, Nepal (AP) — The bulls have easy lives for most of the year. They don't pull plows or wagons. They are fed eggs, rice, corn and buttermilk.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group, Nigerian army officials said Tuesday.

BANGKOK (AP) — Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy.

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran added its voice to criticism of a U.S. plan to form a new border security force in Syria, saying Tuesday that it will cause more instability and "add flames" to the war-torn country.

LONDON (AP) — The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time.