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    Olympics Open Amid Extreme Cold, Virus and Sanctions

    And they’re just getting started. As the Olympics get underway today, Pyeongchang faces numerous vexing issues, including the weather: It may be the Winter Games, but tonight’s opening ceremonies were among the coldest in 24 years. Then there’s the 130 norovirus cases that left 1,200 guards quarantined. And if it wasn’t dramatic enough that North Korea’s attending, potentially making contact with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, another international pariah’s grabbing headlines: Iran complained that its athletes were excluded from a smartphone giveaway over sanctions, prompting a quick diplomatic reversal.

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