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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.


Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government’s peace-making plans.


Review: A Jazzfest Marathon Where Voices Lead the Way to Resistance and Renewal

Vocalists delivered welcome surprises during the 100-plus-set NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon, from Claudia Acuña to Sara Serpa to Jazzmeia Horn.


Olympics: Norwegian biathlete Bjoerndalen misses out on Games selection

(Reuters) - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, will not take part in this year's Games in Pyeongchang after missing out on selection for the team, the Norwegian Biathlon Association said on Monday.


Canada set for multi-pronged assault in Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Canada's speed skating team for the Winter Olympics in South Korea is much stronger than four years ago and will offer medal threats in multiple distances, according to the country's Dutch coach Bart Schouten.


South Korea's speed skaters face tough competition on home ice

(Reuters) - Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea's speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts' national team.


North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs.


Tropical Singapore rugs up as temperatures drop

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A dip in temperature in Singapore has prompted an unusual parade of fur jackets, scarves and other winter items in the streets of the perennially balmy city-state, as more northern parts of the globe shivered under Arctic conditions.


North Korean orchestra could be music to the ears of Olympic organizers in South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is expecting a large North Korean delegation at next month's Winter Olympics, likely including the country's main symphony orchestra, the governor for the Games' host province said on Monday, as relations appear to start hitting the right note.


Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.


North Korea requests talks on Olympics with South on Jan. 17: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has requested working talks on sending its athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics be held on Jan. 17 at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South's unification ministry said in a mobile text message.


Olympic: Virtue and Moir lead strong Canada figure skating team

(Reuters) - A powerful and experienced figure skating team headlined by 2010 Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and 2014 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan will represent Canada at next month's Winter Olympics, Skate Canada said on Sunday.


'Ice master' aims to aid scorching times in Gangneung

(Reuters) - Conventional wisdom says the Gangneung Oval's lack of elevation will make it impossible for any speed skaters to break a world record at the Winter Olympics, but Canadian Mark Messer is hoping to turn that perception on its head.


Dutch keen to retain crown on Gangneung ice

(Reuters) - The Dutch contingent headed for the Winter Olympics aim to top the speed skating medal table once again, but expecting them to repeat their dominance from Sochi four years ago is unrealistic, according to technical director Arie Koops.


Figureskating: Searching for the next Asada, Japan rebuilds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese figure-skating fans head into next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an unusual position with no-one in their once powerhouse women's team assuming the mantle of the retired Mao Asada.


South Korea says North Korea suggested talks to send performance group to winter olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's unification ministry said on Saturday that North Korea has proposed working-level talks on the prospects of sending its performance 'art' group to the winter olympics held in the South.


Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter.


On Baseball: Winter Drags On, With Free Agents Still Waiting by the Phone

In an off-season of few signings, teams leery of overpaying seem content to wait for prices to drop in the spring.


Factbox: Mascots at Winter Olympics through the years

(Reuters) - A list of the mascots for the Winter Olympics from 1968-2018:

Abe, Shinzo

Japan Balks at Calls for New Apology to South Korea Over ‘Comfort Women’

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could miss the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as tensions with Seoul flare anew over World War II-era sex slaves.


South Korea proposes talks on North Korea's participation in winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has proposed holding working-level talks with North Korea on the latter's participation in the winter Olympics set for next month, the south's unification ministry said on Friday.


South Korea eyes combined women's ice hockey team with North for winter Olympics: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is seeking to form a united women's ice hockey team with North Korea to participate in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South, a senior Seoul official told Yonhap news agency on Friday.


China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.


Korea talks ease war fears in Washington, but for how long?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States - at least for now.


Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.


U.S. still eye ice hockey gold without NHLers

(Reuters) - The U.S. men's ice hockey team competing at next month's Winter Olympics will feature a new mix of players given the absence of NHL players but the group's expectations remain exactly the same.


NBC expects ad sales record with Super Bowl, Olympics

(Reuters) - U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Thursday it expected to hit ad sales records for the Super Bowl and Olympic Winter Games, both of which it will air next month, showing that advertisers are hungry for live events that draw viewers on a real-time basis.


NBC almost sold out on ads for Super Bowl

Jan 11 (Reuters) - U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Thursday it has sold out all but a handful of TV spots for the Super Bowl and expects ad sales revenue to exceed $900 million for this year's Olympic Winter Games, both of which take place next month.


Olympics: Canada sends out NHL castaways to chase gold hat-trick

(Reuters) - Canada unveiled a mostly unknown collection of National Hockey League castaways on Thursday as the men's national team that will try to bring home a third consecutive Olympic gold medal from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Snow and Snowstorms

N.Y.C. Nature: To the Vole Cave!

Winter is harsh for the littlest creatures, but it helps if there’s a nice snowbank to hide in.


BRIEF-Air Worldwide Estimates Insured Losses From Winter Storm Eleanor/Burglind Will Be Between EUR 1.1 Bln And EUR 1.6 Bln



U.S. weather forecaster sees La Niña chances at 85-95 percent

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that La Niña conditions are likely to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter.


Migrants risk death crossing Alps to reach France

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Reuters) - It took Abdullhai almost three years to get from his home in Guinea to a rocky, snow-covered Alpine mountain pass in the dead of winter, for what he hopes will be the final stage of his journey into France.


Olympics: United States embraces technology to bridge funding gap

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States may have claimed at least nine gold medals in each of the last four Winter Olympics, yet remarkably, all of this success has been achieved without government funding.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Weather Whiplash

Thursday: The city goes from frozen to balmy, modesty in fashion, and the Winter Jazzfest.


Possible joint Koreas parade at Pyeongchang under discussion: source

(Reuters) - North and South Korean athletes could parade together at the opening ceremony of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, under a proposal the International Olympic Committee will consider next week, a source said.


Last-minute North Korean visit sends Olympics planners scrambling

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's late announcement it will send a large delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea has eased concerns over any Pyongyang threat during the games, but it does create headaches for planners over accommodations and security.


The New Vanguard: Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision

One of Chicago’s most influential jazz musicians, Ms. Mitchell released two standout albums last year, and is the artist-in-residence at Winter Jazzfest.


Marino leads new wave of American snowboard hopes

LONDON(Reuters) - Julia Marino will head to next month's Winter Games as a major medal contender, yet the American snowboarder may not have been on the plane to Pyeongchang at all were it not for a twist of fate during her teenage years.


IOC to host talks on North Korean participation on January 20

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will host talks on Jan. 20 to discuss details about North Korea's participation at next month's Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea, such as flags and the number of athletes.


Vice President Pence to lead U.S. delegation to Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.


White confident of legacy regardless of Pyeongchang result

LONDON (Reuters) - There are very few winter Olympians who have transcended their sport quite like the pioneering American Shaun White, a two-time halfpipe gold medal winner widely regarded as the greatest competitive snowboarder in history.


Bad luck dogs Sochi slopestyle surprise Christensen

LONDON (Reuters) - If anybody can defy the odds to win gold in Pyeongchang it is American skier Joss Christensen, whose preparations for the 2018 Winter Games have been blighted by a serious knee injury, broken bones and a dog bite.


Injury robs Pyeongchang of teen slopestyle phenom Sildaru

LONDON (Reuters) - The devastating knee injury suffered by teenager Kelly Sildaru just five months before the 2018 Winter Games has not only dented Estonia's medal hopes for Pyeongchang but it has robbed the Olympics of a freestyle skiing superstar.


North Korean Olympics representative arrives at IOC headquarters

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee arrived at IOC headquarters on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang said it would send a large delegation to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Winter Olympics medal predictions

Look away now Russia.


Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter.


China says 28 northern cities met late 2017 anti-smog targets

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - All 28 Chinese cities in a demanding winter anti-smog campaign met their air quality targets from October to December, but weather conditions could pose challenges in early 2018, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

Asia and Australia Edition: Winter Olympics, Macron, H&M: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Forty-two Russians appeal against Olympic bans: CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.


Sport court says 42 Russians appeal IOC doping decisions

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes seeking to overturn International Olympic Committee (IOC) penalties against them linked to doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.


Britain sets Pyeongchang target of at least five medals

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has set its winter athletes a "best ever" target of at least five medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics after more than doubling funding since Sochi four years ago.


Unlikely rivalry in Aerials set to continue at Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Two countries, Belarus and China, have dominated the men's aerials at the last three Winter Olympics and look set to do the same this time around in Pyeongchang.


Wrong wax? Snow problem for Olympic athletes

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It is the one subject skiers and snowboarders cannot stop obsessing about at the Winter Olympics - how best to wax their equipment to ensure maximum speed and stability.


Swedes inspired by injured Holmlund's recovery

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Having once hoped to travel alongside ski cross racer Anna Holmlund to Pyeongchang for the Winter Games, her Swedish team mates have instead found inspiration in her remarkable recovery from life-threatening injuries sustained in a training crash.


North Korea to send team to Winter Games, South to consider easing bans after talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it will send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month and Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily to facilitate the visit if needed.


South Korea says will consider temporary lifting of sanctions against North Korea to facilitate Winter Olympics participation

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday it will consider a temporary lifting of sanctions against North Korea if it is necessary to facilitate the visit of North Koreans to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.

North Korea to send athletes to Winter Olympics

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, the first notable breakthrough to come out of a face-to-face meeting Tuesday between North and South Korean officials.

Olympic Games

Look Who’s Coming to the Olympics

North Korea has agreed to send athletes to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, but the Olympics have long been a window into geopolitics between the two sides.


North Korea to send athletes, cheer squad to Winter Olympics: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials, athletes and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, according to a senior South Korean official.


North, South Korea begin talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years on Tuesday, brought together by sport to discuss how the North's athletes can attend next month's Winter Olympics in the South despite simmering fears of conflict.


North, South Korea to hold talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold their first formal talks for more than two years on Tuesday, brought together by sport to discuss how the North's athletes can attend next month's Winter Olympics in the South despite simmering fears of conflict.


North, South Korea to hold talks as Winter Olympics helps break ice

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold their first formal talks for more than two years on Tuesday, brought together by sport to discuss how the North's athletes can attend next month's Winter Olympics in the South despite simmering fears of conflict.

Winter (Book)

Books of The Times: Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’

In the second novel of Smith’s projected quartet, four characters in a big rambling house in England have at each other.


Olympics: IOC extends North Korea deadline for Pyeongchang Games

BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has extended the deadline for registration of North Korean athletes for the Pyeongchang winter Olympics and is planning more talks with all sides, it said on Monday

Icy weather continues to grip US

Icy temperatures continue to grip the US with around a quarter of Americans under winter weather advisories Monday.


Olympics: Figure skating-Chen, Rippon and Zhou make U.S. team

(Reuters) - Twice national champion Nathan Chen will lead America's men's figure skating team at next month's Winter Olympics, U.S. Figure Skating announced on Sunday.

Golden Globes (Awards)

Golden Globes Red Carpet Arrivals: See All the Action

Damon Winter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, is capturing the realities of the red carpet — not just pretty dresses and smiling actresses, but the moments and gestures that unite them.


When the Ice Breaks: Frozen Pond Rescues

Heavy snowfall. Face-freezing temperatures. Around the globe, another winter phenomenon was in full force: rescuing people and animals from icy waters.


Flooding at JFK airport adds to misery after flight delays

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flooding due to a water main break forced the suspension of international flight arrivals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days.


Figure skating: Chen, Rippon and Zhou make U.S. team

(Reuters) - Twice national champion Nathan Chen will lead America's men's figure skating team at next month's Winter Olympics, U.S. Figure Skating announced on Sunday.

Ice storm on the way for parts of US

More than 20 million Midwesterners are under a winter weather advisory through Monday morning, while parts of wildfire-ravaged California will see the mixed blessing of heavy rain this week.


Biathlon aiming to woo more fans in Pyeongchang Olympics

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With a record number of viewers having watched some thrilling action the 2017 World Championships, the sport of biathlon is in rude health and aiming to win even more fans during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


China fruit, vegetable prices surge as blizzards cut off roads, damage crops

BEIJING (Reuters) - Fruit and vegetable prices in major cities in central and northern China have surged after severe winter weather cut off highways and damaged crops, the government said late on Saturday.


China bans speedskater for positive drug test

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned speedskater Xiaoxuan Shi from the national team for two years after failing a drug test, removing her from their squad for next month's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the China Skating Association said in a statement.

Heroic tales of bravery from the winter storm

Ryan Saba and Ray Armstead went out into the winter storm to grab a bite to eat.


Figure skating: Tennell, Nagasu and Chen make U.S. team

(Reuters) - U.S. champion Bradie Tennell will headline the United States' women's figure skating team to next month's Winter Olympics, U.S. Figure Skating announced on Saturday.


Thousands of Belgians brave cold to take dip in wintery North Sea

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Thousands of people braved the biting cold of a Belgian winter on Saturday to take a dip in the North Sea in Ostend's traditional New Year's plunge.

Airlines and Airplanes

J.F.K. Airport Plagued by Delays After Winter Storm

A backlog of flights has resulted in multiple delays, and frustrated passengers are taking to social media to complain.


Lillehammer legacy looms large in Norwegian winter sports

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A golden generation of Norwegian athletes born in the wake of the hugely successful Lillehammer Games in 1994 head to Pyeongchang hoping to maintain their position as the most successful nation in Winter Olympic history.


Olympics: Japan seek to recreate Sapporo ski jump joy

TOKYO (Reuters) - With a total of 11 medals, including three golds, ski jumping has provided rich pickings at the Winter Olympics for Japan, and the Games in Pyeongchang will provide another chance for them to excel in front of a prime-time Asian audience.


North Korea official says likely to participate in Winter Olympics: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's representative at the International Olympic Committee said the country expects to send a figure skating pair to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month, Japan's Kyodo News reported on Saturday.


Figure skating: Tennell wins at U.S. titles as Nagasu find redemption

(Reuters) - Bradie Tennell almost certainly qualified for next month's Winter Olympics when she won the U.S. figure skating championships title on Friday as Mirai Nagasu achieved redemption four years after her Olympic dream was shattered.

Hall Moran, Alicia

‘Breaking Ice’ Makes Music From a Classic Skating Rivalry

Alicia Hall Moran’s new music-theater work is inspired by the face-off between Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


Freestyle Skiing: Williams hoping for last chance at Olympics, yet heart remains in backcountry

LONDON (Reuters) - While many athletes dream of competing at successive Winter Olympics, American freestyle skier McRae Williams knows that at the age of 27, next month's Games in Pyeongchang could be his first and last shot at Olympic glory.


Syrian govt. presses Idlib offensive as people flee homes in the cold

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels' largest remaining stronghold, Idlib province, have brought it closer to a key insurgent-held military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weather.

Is Trump's North Korea strategy working?

Kim Jong Un, to general surprise, announced in his New Year's Day speech that he was prepared to "melt the frozen north-south relations," to allow contacts with South Koreans and to discuss North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics to be held in February in South Korea.


Dangerous Cold Is Next Threat for Storm-Battered East Coast

The winter storm that barreled from Florida to Maine and cloaked the East Coast in snow has moved on, but frigid air — and plenty of icy, then slushy, messes — will linger for days.


Frigid weather sends heating prices soaring as energy usage spikes

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - A severe winter storm in the U.S. Northeast brought plunging temperatures on Friday, driving regional natural gas prices to all-time highs, disrupting refinery operations and causing electrical outages.


Baseball: LA Angels star Ohtani trains in Japan

KAMAGAYA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese fans braved the winter cold on Friday to catch a glimpse of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in training for the upcoming American baseball season.

Winter (Season)

How to Win at Winter When You Hate Winter

If you loathe winter, you’re not alone. But there are ways to get through.


China warns of second wave of snow after blizzard alert lifted

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned of a second wave of snow and sleet hitting northern, central and eastern parts on Friday after record snowfall paralyzed parts of the country in the most severe weather this winter.


Cold comfort: China's Wuhan eases gas rationing as snow hits

BEIJING (Reuters) - The industrial city of Wuhan eased restrictions on gas use on Friday for residents facing freezing temperatures and heavy snow falls, as increased supplies offered some respite to China's winter gas shortage.

Frigid Baltimore schools: The racism we haven't confronted

Earlier this week, amid freezing temperatures, students across Baltimore City returned from winter break to face unheated classrooms. About 60 schools -- nearly one-third of the entire system -- reported issues, leading to the closure of four schools on Wednesday and early dismissal in two others. The teacher's union condemned the conditions as "unfair and inhumane." And teachers quickly took to social media to post images of shivering students and thermostats registering harsh temperatures.

Airlines and Airplanes

Winter ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Snarls Air Traffic Up and Down East Coast

Passengers voiced frustration with airlines as more than 4,000 flights were canceled. Some waited in airports, others on the beach.


UPDATE 4-'Bomb cyclone' hits U.S. East Coast energy, power supply

NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A severe winter storm froze pipes and disrupted services at refineries on the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday, sending fuel prices higher as heavy snowfall and high winds caused electricity outages for almost 80,000 homes and businesses.


UPDATE 3-'Bomb cyclone' hits U.S. East Coast energy, power supply

NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A severe winter storm froze pipes and disrupted services at refineries on the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday, sending fuel prices higher as heavy snowfall and high winds caused electricity outages for almost 80,000 homes and businesses.


American Airlines says storm prompts 1,300 flight cancellations

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc said Thursday it and its regional partners have canceled more than 1,300 U.S. flights due to a massive winter storm.


UPDATE 2-'Bomb cyclone' hits U.S. East Coast energy, power supply

NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A severe winter storm froze pipes and disrupted services at refineries on the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday, sending fuel prices higher as heavy snowfall and high winds caused electricity outages for almost 80,000 homes and businesses.

Is it colder in parts of the US than on Mars? Yes, but ...

Most of the Eastern United States is trying to keep warm after a winter storm dumped snow across parts of the Southeast before heading north to wallop New England.