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North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

World
Officials from North Korea accepted South Korea's offer and will send athletes to next month's Winter Olympics as the two sides began long-anticipated talks on Tuesday. North Korea agreed to send athletes, officials and reporters to the games, as well as its cheerleading group and taekwondo demonstration athletes. South Korea proposed the two countries march together in the Opening Ceremonies, a point which will be further debated Tuesday afternoon. In their opening statement, South Korea mentioned further denuclearization talks between the two countries, but the point was not acknowledged by North Korean officials in early discussions. "In addition, we proposed resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and holding inter-Korean Red Cross talks to discuss this," Chun Hae-s...
Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water

Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water

Science
The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study.Discovered on 19 October, the object's speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated beyond our Solar System.The body showed no signs of "outgassing" as it approached the Sun, strengthening the idea that it held little if any water-ice.But the latest findings suggest water might be trapped under a thick, carbon-rich coating on its surface.The results come as a project to search for life in the cosmos has been using a radio telescope to check for radio signals coming from the strange, elongated object, named 'Oumuamua.Astronomers from the Breakthrough Listen initiative have been looking across four different radio frequency bands for anything that might resemble a sign...
Nick Foles throws four touchdowns as Philadelphia Eagles hold off New York Giants

Nick Foles throws four touchdowns as Philadelphia Eagles hold off New York Giants

Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quarterback Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes as the Philadelphia Eagles held off the New York Giants 34-29 at MetLife Stadium. Foles, who was 24 of 38 for 237, took over as the Eagles starting quarterback after they lost Carson Wentz last week to a season-ending knee injury. Foles helped his team clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished 35 of 54 for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The Giants, who haven't scored more than 20 points in a game since Nov. 12 against the San Francisco 49ers when they recorded 21 points, scored touchdowns on their first three drives of the game. Those included a 1-yard run by Orleans Darkwa, a 13-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Tavarres King and a 67-...
Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Science
More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date.The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.The seeds will be used for food security research at a seed bank in Lebanon, which is recreating collections destroyed in Syria.The Millennium Seed Bank at Kew is the world's largest wild plant seed bank.Seeds from the resilient, wild cousins of modern food crops are being collected and stored in an international effort.The aim is to breed new crop varieties capable of withstanding threats such as climate change, drought, pests and diseases.''The real importance of these crop wild relatives is that in order to survive in the world the...
Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Science
President Donald Trump has suspended the import of elephant hunting trophies, only a day after a ban was relaxed by his administration.Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban.But late on Friday, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could "review all conservation facts".The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists."Your shameful actions confirm the rumours that you are unfit for office," said French actress and animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot in a letter to President Trump.Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrumpPut big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secret...