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Entertainers perform during the Beijing segment of the ceremony. Beijing will host the next iteration of the winter games in 2022. Photo: Xin Li / Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic delegation, led by Ivanka Trump, is leaving the 2018 Winter Olympics in 4th place with 23 medals.

The final standings: Norway dominated the games, earning 39 medals, including 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. Germany took second place, and Canada third. The United States' 23 medals include 9 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze.

Highlights: Four American snowboarders won first place, the U.S. men's curling team brought home its first-ever gold medal, and the women's hockey team beat Canada for the gold after a 20-year drought.

In photos...

Ivanka Trump clapped for the North and South Korean athletes at the Closing Ceremony, unlike Vice President Pence at the Opening Ceremony. She stood with South Korea's President Moon and behind her stood North Korea's representative Kim Yong Chol. Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images
Beijing teased the next iteration of the Winter Olympics during the ceremony. China will host in 2022. Photo: Xin Li / Getty Images
Gold medalist in cross-country skiing Jessie Diggins was the flag bearer for Team USA. Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images
Fireworks over Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium mark the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo: David Ramos / Getty Images

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HRW: Over 100 former Afghan security members dead or missing under Taliban rule

Members of the Taliban movement patrol Kabul's airport in September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

The Taliban have "killed or forcibly disappeared" over 100 former members of Afghanistan's security forces since the group took power in August, a Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday found.

Why it matters: Former military members and officials from the ousted government, activists and other Taliban critics are facing peril amid executions driven by revenge — despite Taliban promises of an "amnesty" with no retributions, notes the New York Times, which first reported the news.

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Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.