Feb 22, 2018

North Korean general suspected of plotting deadly attacks to attend Olympics

General Kim Yong-chol. Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea will send its head of national intelligence, General Kim Yong-chol, to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, reports BBC News. Kim is the former head of North Korea's spy agency, which was accused of carrying out attacks that killed scores of South Koreans under his leadership.

Why it matters: There has been a remarkable thawing of relations between the two countries on display at the Olympics, but the U.S. has been wary of engaging in such diplomacy without signals Pyongyang will roll back its nuclear and missile programs. Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. delegation, but officials say there is no formal meeting planned between her and the North Korean party.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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