Two Koreas Hold Winter Olympics Talks
Delegations from the two Koreas met Monday to hammer out details about the North sending a troupe of artistic performers to next month's Winter Olympics in the South.
The meeting in the border village of Panmunjom was expected to have focused on a schedule for the North's famed all-female Moranbong music band, whose members are reported to have been handpicked by the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.
The North has said its delegation to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang would include artists, officials, journalists and others, as well as athletes.
South Korea's Unification Ministry said the size of North Korea's delegation will be finalized when North Korea meets with the International Olympic Committee on January 20.
North Korea's recent conciliatory moves in connection with the Olympics are widely viewed as an attempt to ease tensions after last year's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Americans Celebrate Slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Americans on Monday celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring a man who embodied the U.S. civil rights movement and who understood that the success of the movement depended on its nonviolent principles.
Every year on the third Monday in January, Americans honor the slain civil rights leader who in the 1950s and 1960s organized nonviolent protests against Southern segregation, the struggle for black equality and voting rights.
Many around the country spend the holiday commemorating King's tireless work to end racism by participating in community service projects. The U.S. Congress honored that community spirit in 1994 by designating the King holiday as a national day of service.
President Donald Trump paid tribute to King during a ceremony in Washington Friday, praising his “peaceful crusade for justice and equality.”