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North Korea to send 22 athletes to Winter Olympics in South
A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will see 22 North Korean athletes cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony, the IOC announced Saturday.



Koreas to march under single flag at Winter Olympics
The two Koreas on Wednesday agreed to form a united women's hockey team and march together under a unified peninsula flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, after the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.



Hong Kong 'Umbrella Movement' activist Wong jailed
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was jailed for three months Wednesday for obstructing clearance of a major encampment during mass pro-democracy protests in 2014, the second time he has been imprisoned over the rallies.



North Korea offers talks on sending art troupe to Olympics
North Korea has proposed talks next week to discuss its plan to send a performing art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Saturday.



Video: Indigenous Filipinos risk their lives to defend their land
The Philippines was the world's deadliest country for land rights and environmental activists last year, according to a report released in December. Rights advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific recorded 61 deaths, many related to conflicts over mining and agribusiness. Those who resist big business often find themselves in the firing line of private security companies and state forces, this amid a growing climate of impunity under President Rodrigo Duterte. Our correspondent reports.



North, South Korea talks 'happened in spite of Trump, not because of him'
Earlier this week, negotiators from North and South Korea held rare talks, giving the rest of the world some hope of a possible easing of tensions. The dialogue was focused on North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, but it could be a welcome opening act in a broader de-escalation initiative. FRANCE 24's Douglas Herbert asks Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, whether we should all be breathing a sigh of relief.



Video: First all-female Afghan orchestra braves Taliban
A group of 30 young women in Afghanistan have chosen to start playing music – despite this decision putting their lives in danger. They are members of the all-female Zohra orchestra; they also go to high school. And because they’ve decided to do these things, they face a constant threat of violence from the Taliban. Our France 2 colleagues Nicolas Bertrand and Thomas Donzel report, with Emerald Maxwell.



S. Korea president says open to meeting with North's Kim Jong-Un
South Korea's president said Wednesday he's open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks and cooperation with the North to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.



Macron tells China to open markets or risk protectionist backlash
French President Emmanuel Macron focused on trade imbalances on the second day of his state visit to China, offering to open up France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to Chinese markets for French companies.



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