Koreans go ga-ga for American snowboarder Kim at Olympics

At just 17, American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim looks set to become the face of the Pyeongchang Games — no pressure then! In the absence of a truly transcendent athlete such as figure skater Kim Yuna, South Koreans are looking to claim Kim as one of their own.

North Korean Defectors Are Social Media Stars (HBO)

There’s a new kind of social media star in South Korea: North Korean defectors, whose videos get tens of millions of views.

The South Korean capital city of Seoul lies only 30 miles from the North Korean border, but South Koreans, like everyone else, don’t know much about their neighbors to the north. Now, some defectors are becoming internet famous by shedding light on the most mysterious country in the world.

There is no internet in North Korea, but many young defectors learn to use social media within a few months.

Read: “North Korean defector predicts that the elite will turn against leader Kim Jon Un” – http://bit.ly/2kcbSB6

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‘No THAAD!’ S. Koreans shave heads in protest over US missile system placement

About 900 South Koreans shaved their heads in protest against the decision to place a US THAAD missile defense system on their land with the purpose of countering threats from North Korea. This is the latest in a series of rallies against the missiles. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7mq8

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VICE News Daily: Al Qaeda Occupies Major Yemeni Port City

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Al Qaeda enters a major port in Yemen, South Koreans hope for improved relations with the North, Germany’s right wing causes trouble for migrants, and Brazil’s newest tower monitors the Amazon rainforest.

YEMEN
Al Qaeda Seizes Southern Port City
Militants bombed the main intelligence building in Aden’s western district.

SOUTH KOREA
Residents Hopeful Talks Will Ease Tensions
Two soldiers were wounded by North Korean landmines worsening relations.

GERMANY
Right Wing Protesters Clash Over Migrants
More than 30 police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 demonstrators.

BRAZIL
Amazon Tower to Monitor Climate Change
The 1,000-foot-tall structure allows scientists to observe the Amazon jungle’s ecosystem.

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VICE News Capsule: South Korea Braces for MERS Outbreak

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: South Koreans are avoiding public gatherings due to fears of a MERS outbreak, a UN report slammed Eritrea’s human rights record, Beirut’s last public beach space is being threatened by a new resort development, and Myanmar returned 150 Bangladeshi migrants intercepted at sea last month.

SOUTH KOREA
Sixth Death Reported in MERS Outbreak
A sixth patient has died and 80 confirmed cases make South Korea’s MERS outbreak the largest outside the Middle East.

ERITREA
UN Report Slams Human Rights Record
A new UN report says Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity and calls out its mandatory conscription service.

LEBANON
New Resort Threatens Livelihoods and Beach Access
A new resort development is threatening access to the last bit of public beach in Beirut.

MYANMAR
Bangladeshi Migrants Repatriated After Boat Rescue
Myanmar returned 150 migrants back to Bangladesh who were intercepted in a boat on their way to Malaysia last month.

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