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Guinea’s sports ministry reversed its decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics Thursday and will send a delegation after all, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The reversal comes just a day after the country announced it had canceled its participation in this year’s Games as a precaution to the recent surge of COVID-19 variants.

Driving the news: Guinea was the second country, after North Korea, to pull out of the Tokyo Games because of pandemic-related concerns. The decision would have kept five athletes from competing.

  • Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced the withdrawal Wednesday in a letter addressed to the Guinean Olympic Committee, per AP. Guinea has competed in the Games 11 times but has yet to win a medal.

The big picture: The Tokyo Olympics had already been delayed by a year because of the emergence of the coronavirus.

What they're saying: “The Minister of State, Minister of Sports has the true pleasure of informing the people of Guinea and the whole sports family, that the government, after obtaining guarantees from the health authorities, agrees to the participation of our athletes in the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo,” Sow said in a statement, per AP.

Go deeper: North Korea pulls out of Olympics over COVID concerns

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout to reflect Guinea reversed it's decision to withdraw on Thursday.

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Oct 24, 2021 - World

U.S. calls on North Korea to stop missile tests, return to talks

U.S. special representative for North Korea Sung Kim (right), attends a press conference with Noh Kyu-duk, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs. Photo: Ahn Young-Joon - Pool/Getty Images

Senior U.S. diplomat Sung Kim called on North Korea to stop missile tests and resume nuclear negotiations Sunday, AP reports.

Driving the news: Kim's remarks come on the heels of the country's submarine-fired missile launch last week, which violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Fed: Rate hikes "will soon be appropriate"

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Federal Reserve officials expect "it will soon be appropriate" to raise the central bank's main target interest rate, setting the stage for a rate hike at its next meeting in mid-March.

Driving the news: In a statement following a two-day meeting published Wednesday afternoon, however, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee teed up its next move without taking new action.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.