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Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

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Media playback is not supported on this device Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi."This should draw a line under this damaging episode," the IOC said.The decision has been widely condemned in Russia, with some politicians urging a boycott of the Games, though other officials have welcomed the chance for 'clean' athletes to take part.IOC president Thomas Bach and his board - who made the announcement in Lausanne on Tuesday - ca...
Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

World
The International Olympic Committee has barred Russia from the Winter Olympics this February as punishment for its systematic doping but will allow some individual Russian athletes to take part under a neutral Olympic flag. The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will compete under the country's colors, came amid intense pressure to punish the country for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. The penalty is unprecedented in Olympic history. In a statement released after it met in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee said it acted on the recommendations of an IOC commission headed by fo...
Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

World
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to improve ties with the Kim Jong Un regime, according to North Koreastate media Thursday.The missive from Pyongyang comes at a time when China is also stepping up diplomacy with Russia -- a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed bilateral plans to build a "Silk Road on ice" in Beijing on Wednesday.Russia and China have been North Korea's closest economic partners, although Pyongyang is currently under heavy sanctions, and China may have begun suspending trade with the North.North Korea's KCNA stated the Chinese leader, who has never met with Kim, wanted to help boost "more wonderful happiness" in the two countries while "defending regional peace.""I wish that under the new situation the Chinese side would make efforts...
'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

Technology
A new strain of ransomware nicknamed "Bad Rabbit" has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere.The malware has affected systems at three Russian websites, an airport in Ukraine and an underground railway in the capital city, Kiev.The cyber-police chief in Ukraine confirmed to the Reuters news agency that Bad Rabbit was the ransomware in question.It bears similarities to the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks earlier this year.However, it is not yet known how far this new malware will be able to spread."In some of the companies, the work has been completely paralysed - servers and workstations are encrypted," head of Russian cyber-security firm Group-IB, Ilya Sachkov, told the TASS news agency.Two of the affected sites are Interfax and Fontanka.ru.Meanwhile, US officials said they ha...
British-built satellite launches from Russia

British-built satellite launches from Russia

Technology
A British-built pollution monitoring satellite was launched into orbit on Friday.It broke free of Earth's gravity well while riding a modified Russian rocket designed to deliver a nuclear payload from near Moscow to the US mainland during the Cold War.As part of the European Commission and European Space Agency's (ESA) Copernicus project, the Dutch-designed satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphere.Named Sentinel-5P, the spacecraft successfully launched at 10.27am UK time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome - a Russian spaceport 500 miles (800km) north of Moscow.It rapidly disappeared into the thick autumn clouds near the Arctic Circle.Image:The satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphereDescribed as a "precursor sa...