North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

A bus carrying a North Korean delegation crosses the Unification Bridge as a South Korean policeman stands guard in Paju, South Korea, on Sunday. (AP)
Updated 21 January 2018
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North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

SEOUL: North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancelation briefly cast doubts on the North’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics.
South Korean broadcaster YTN reported the delegation had arrived in Seoul early Sunday under a heavy police presence, then boarded a train to Pyeongchang, where the Olympics will be held from February 9-25.
The seven-member North Korean delegation had originally been scheduled to visit on Saturday to check venues for performances by an art troupe during the Olympics, but canceled just before the visit with no explanation.
Officials from both Korea’s used a cross-border hotline to reschedule the visit.
The preparations are part of the North’s participation in the games, an apparent diplomatic breakthrough after months of high tension over the North’s nuclear and missile program.
North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighboring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday.


Multiple victims after shots fired at Chicago hospital: Police

“one possible offender” had been shot. (AP)
Updated 24 min 57 sec ago
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Multiple victims after shots fired at Chicago hospital: Police

CHICAGO: A gunman opened fire Monday at a hospital in the US city of Chicago, police said, adding that there were reports of “multiple victims” including a wounded officer in “critical condition.”
“Reports of shots fired in the vicinity of 26th and Michigan near Mercy Hospital. Avoid area. Heavy police response incoming,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
At least “one possible offender” had been shot and there were “multiple” other victims, he added.
“A #ChicagoPolice officer has been shot in the active shooter incident at Mercy Hospital. He is in critical condition but receiving excellent care. Please send your prayers,” Guglielmi later added.
TV footage showed people filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air.
“We were going about our business and waiting for our results and then I heard shots fired,” an unnamed witness told the local CBS affiliate.
“I turned around to my right and I see a man shooting someone on the ground, shot him multiple times.
“And then almost immediately an officer was already coming in an SUV and he exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again and then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired.”
The shooting came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students.
That rampage followed the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on October 27.
The incidents have added to the growing outcry over gun safety in the United States, where there have been more than 300 mass shootings this year.
A hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors.
“I don’t know what happened,” the unnamed employee told the Tribune.
“They told us to run, so we did.”