The Winter Olympics flame began its journey from Athens, arriving in Beijing in a red lantern signifying the likeness of a Han Dynasty tomb artefact at a closely-guarded welcome ceremony.
A group of human rights activists told a media conference that continued alleged human rights violations by China meant they had no option but to seek a full boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian and one of two women in the cabinet, will head the Tokyo 2020 organising committee after the last chief had to step down over an uproar on his claims that women “talk too much”.
A barrage of North Korean missiles fired from both the ground and fighter jets splashed down on the waters off the country’s east coast, a show of force on the eve of a key state anniversary in the north and elections in the rival south.
The Winter Paralympians of North and South Korea have appeared separately under their own countries' flags after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.
It's the first time South Korean officials have met with the young North Korean leader in person since he took power after his father's death in late 2011.
Both Seoul and Washington have expressed willingness to talk, but the US President Donald Trump demands the North "denuke" first.
Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says doping ban for Russian Olympic athletes has been lifted and the athletes' rights have been "fully restored."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the United States and North Korea should both make concessions so they can sit down to talks.
The colourful closing ceremony in Pyeongchang drew international focus as visiting high-level North Korean delegation showed openness to talks with the US. Daughter of the US President, Ivanka Trump also attended the event.
Announcing the decision, president of the International Olympic Committee cited two Russian athletes testing positive for doping in Pyeongchang which he said was "hugely disappointing".
Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva has tested positive for a banned substance at the Winter Olympics.
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