Ivanka Trump to attend Olympic finale in S. Korea

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United States officials and South Korean authorities confirmed that Kim was placed on an global "blacklist" over his alleged crimes, but claim his "blacklist" status won't impact his visit to South Korea; adding the restrictions don't include a "travel ban".

Kim's visit, the latest in a series of diplomatic efforts to fix relations between Pyongyang and Seoul, was met by strong protests from opposition parties in South Korea.

Kim Yong Chol, the head of the North's delegation for the closing ceremony, is vice chairman of the ruling party's central committee.

Ivanka Trump, assistant to the president and advisor, will lead the delegation, it said.

He is believed to have once led the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau handling Pyongyang's spying operations, and to have ordered a deadly torpedo attack on the South's corvette Cheonan in 2010 that left 46 sailors dead.

The South Koreans were challenging for the lead with China when their skater crashed, taking down the nation's hopes with him and dulling the raucous atmosphere at Gangneung Ice Arena. A confidential report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Security Council, dated September 8, 2016, obtained by The Associated Press, is a stark list of the ways South Sudan's government has obstructed the U.N. peacekeeping mission in a country devastated by civil war.

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All appointments and non-emergency surgery scheduled for Thursday and Friday had been canceled as had most visitations. The suspect has always been known to local authorities, with a criminal record going back several years.

But a senior administration official ruled out any possible meeting between Ivanka and officials from North Korea.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended the Games opening ceremony and had been scheduled to meet Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, before the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said. She will have dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at his residence, the Blue House, on Friday.

There's another opportunity for an awkward encounter at the closing ceremony.

Japan suspects they were conducting ship-to-ship transfers banned by the US Security Council and has informed the Security Council and shared the information with other countries, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

The decision to stop using Kim Jong Un's name in the broadcasts was made by the South's military late a year ago out of concern "it could bring about negative sentiment among North Korean citizens", said an aide to Kim Hack-yong, the head of parliament's national defense committee.

The money was mostly spent on accommodation, transport and food for the four delegation officials and their 18 staff members, an official at South Korea's Ministry of Unification said on condition of anonymity.

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