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In pictures: The Olympics open with symbols of Korean unity

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off in Pyeongchang.
The 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off in Pyeongchang. Sean M. Haffey, AFP

From a handshake between the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South Korean president to the two Koreas marching together under the unification flag, relive the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

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South Korea’s flagship ski resort in Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics, 15 days of competition that opened with an impressive ceremony. Sean M. Haffey, AFP

But the symbolic rapprochement between the two Koreas has provoked some discontent, with protesters gathering outside the stadium. Ed Jones, AFP

As in 2000, 2004 and 2006, North and South Korea marched under a common banner, a powerful symbol for two countries that are still officially at war. Mark Ralston, AFP

The image of a handshake between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is sure to remain a highlight of the Olympics. Martin Bureau, AFP

During the parade of delegations, Russian athletes marched under the neutral Olympic banner after Russian athletes were banned due to doping. Franck Fife, AFP

Most of the 108 French athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics also took part in the opening ceremony, marching behind a tricolour banner carried by biathlete Martin Fourcade. Franck Fife, AFP

The opening ceremony ran for nearly two hours at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, a temporary enclosure that will be dismantled as soon as the Games are over. Mohd Rasfan, AFP

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presided over the official opening of the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in freezing winds. Patrick Semansky, AFP

South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna, the last Olympic torch relay runner, ignites the Pyeongchang stadium cauldron with the Olympic Flame. Franck Fife, AFP

Over the next two weeks, the Olympic Flame will illuminate the Pyeongchang sky as nearly 3,000 athletes compete for a medal. Franck Fife, AFP

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