The Washington Post
More than 90 countries will send roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in the PyeongChang Olympics. There are 102 events - most in Olympic history - including four making their debuts: big air snowboarding, mass start speedskating, mixed doubles curling and a mixed team event in Alpine skiing. Two-hundred forty-three athletes will represent the United States. There are 135 men and 108 women, the closest the team has come to parity at the Winter Games.
Q: When do the Games begin? A: Competition gets underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 8, but the official start is Friday, with the opening ceremony. In the United States, the first event actually begins at 6:05 p.m. Central time Wednesday, Feb. 7. Q: Who participates? A: More than 90 countries will send roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in 15 disciplines. The program includes a record 102 events: 49 for men, 44 for women, seven mixed gender and two "open" (men and women compete against each other).
LONDON - Who looks at Islamist extremist content online? A new study released Tuesday by the Policy Exchange think tank based in London, whose reports often inform government policy in Britain, ranked the top consumers of propaganda produced by the Islamic State, by country of origin, as measured by clicks. The top consumers of Islamic State videos were from Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Britain, which registered the largest number of clicks in Europe.
NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces "great peril" from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies and "loser terrorists."
Twitter Inc., under pressure from governments around the world to combat online extremism, said that improving automation tools are helping block accounts that promote terrorism and violence. In the first half of the year, Twitter said it suspended nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism. Of those, roughly 95 percent were identified by the company's spam-fighting automation tools. Meanwhile, the social network said government data requests continued to increase, and that it provided authorities with data on roughly 3,900 accounts from January to June.
A new medical study has found that children who play football before age 12 suffer mood and behavior problems later in life at rates significantly higher than those who take up the sport later.
There had been no formal reports of missing people - not from family or friends or neighbors - during the weeks, or even months, that police believe Lee Anne Pirus was dead in her Wisconsin home. She had been shot and killed weeks ago, police said. But the 50-year-old's body was not discovered until Friday, , after the beige, two-story home she shared with her husband went up in flames following what the authorities called a "hellacious explosion." Investigators believe Steven Pirus blew up the home in Madison in an attempt to cover up his wife's death.
The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests.
The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors are looking at the stock sales by Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble; President of U.S. Information Solutions Joseph Loughran; and President of Workforce Solutions Rodolfo Ploder, said two people, who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential.
NEW YORK - President Trump called on the United Nations to enact reforms to the world body, pledging Monday, Sept. 18, in his debut here at the annual General Assembly meetings that he and his administration will be "partners in your work." Speaking at the General Assembly opening session, Trump said the organization founded in 1945 has "not reached its full potential" in recent years because of a bloated bureaucracy and "mismanagement."