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(From left) Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, Ivanka Trump; and South Korean President Moon Jae-in acknowledge the crowd during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
(From left) Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, Ivanka Trump; and South Korean President Moon Jae-in acknowledge the crowd during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Russia hacked Olympics computers, turned blame on North Korea: Report

Russian military spies hacked hundreds of computers used by Winter Olympics organisers and tried to make it look like the work of North Korea, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, quoting US intelligence sources.

South Korea had previously announced that it was investigating the failure of several Olympic-linked Internet sites and broadcast systems just as the opening ceremonies were taking place on Feb 9.

The Post reported that Russia's GRU military intelligence agency managed to take control in early February of 300 computers linked to the Olympic organisation.

As a result, many attendees were unable to print their tickets for the ceremony, leaving empty seats. It said the Russians had hacked South Korean computer routers and inserted a form of "malware" that allowed them to gather data and paralyse the network.

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Icy blast from Siberia sweeps across Europe

A wintry blast of freezing temperatures swept across Europe on Sunday, with a biting wind from Siberia claiming four lives and endangering the continent's homeless - with the worst yet to come.

The "Beast from the East", as the phenomenon has been dubbed by the British media, is expected to bring chilling winds from Russia over the next week that will make it feel even colder than thermometers indicate.

The cold snap has already been linked to several deaths, as well as postponing an Italian football match and causing traffic chaos.

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Four people taken to hospital as blast destroys shop and home

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British police declared a major incident on Sunday after an explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester.

Ambulance officials said they had taken four people to hospital.

Pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed flames leaping into the sky from the site which was reduced to rubble.

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Michelle Obama's memoir to arrive in November

Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, will hit bookstores on Nov 13.

It will be published by Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint, which acquired world publication rights of it along with a book by former President Barack Obama in February.

Crown wrote in a statement that the book will touch on Michelle Obama's time in the White House, motherhood and her public health campaign and more.

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Man City hammer Arsenal to win first trophy of Guardiola era

Manchester City rolled back the years on Sunday to win the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era with three of their veteran players scoring in an emphatic 3-0 League Cup win against Arsenal at Wembley.

Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all on the scoresheet as City lifted the trophy for the fifth time – only Liverpool have won it more.

It was an stirring response from the Premier League leaders after their bid for a historic quadruple came to an end with a shock FA Cup defeat to League One Wigan on Monday.

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