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What’s Next? A Sports Car In Space? This Is World News In Focus

Sports: The 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang on Friday (Feb. 9), with North and South Korea athletes marching together during the opening ceremony.

Members of both delegations will compete side-by-side in a joint-Koreas Olympic team, in women’s ice hockey.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, greeted the combined team.

Still, with the international community watching, it was the Jamaican delegation which stole the show, capturing audiences’ hearts with their energetic and enthusiastic dancing.

In all, nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries will participate in the games, which last until Feb. 25.

For more we go to the official Olympic channel:

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Technology: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk sent one of his red sports cars into space.

The founder of the electric car, Tesla, and the private aerospace company SpaceX, launched the new car in the heavy-duty Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

Strapped inside the $100,000 Tesla Roadster is a mannequin clad in a SpaceX spacesuit.  A “Don’t panic!” message is stamped on the vehicle’s dashboard with David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” playing on the speakers.

A note — “Made on Earth by humans” — is imprinted in English on the car’s circuit board, and probably meant to be read by English-literate aliens when it is ever intercepted.

The red Tesla Roadster is projected to cross Mars before drifting through space, potentially for millions of years.

The launch made aeronautical history as the first time a Falcon rocket has been sent into space by a private company rather than a government space agency.

For more we go to Space & Universe:

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Finance: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,175 points last week (Feb. 5), the largest one-day point fall on record.

The market plunge erased all the gains made so far this year, and caused U.S. stocks to lose $1 trillion in value in the first five days of February.

But it was still considered moderate compared with the 508-point fall in the Dow Jones in October 1987, which knocked nearly 23 percent off the market.

It was believed that the mass sell-off reflected investors’ concerns that central banks will increase interest rates.

The financial markets saw another 1,000-plus point drop on Thursday.  The Dow Jones industrial average Dow is now down 10% from its peak on 26 January.

The fall in the US markets triggered panic across Asian markets on Friday (Feb. 9), with the Shanghai Composite index falling by 5.6 percent at one stage and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipping more than 4 percent.

For more we go to Business Insider:

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