Yup, Apple is going to crush every Android phone once again with the iPhone X Plus

  1. Yup, Apple is going to crush every Android phone once again with the iPhone X Plus  BGR
  2. Apple partner TSMC begins mass production of 7nm processors for next-generation iPhone  AppleInsider
  3. Next-gen Apple iPhone chips reportedly already in production  CNET
  4. Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production  Bloomberg
  5. iPhone X2: TSMC ‘starts production’ of 7nm A12 chips for next-gen iPhones  The INQUIRER
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Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxies

Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxiesMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, threatened Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history” and vowed to “crush” the regime’s proxies around the world. Mr Pompeo also called for a new nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal that Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this month. But the top US diplomat issued a list of  12 requirements for such a deal, many of which Iran would be unlikely to agree to. He said the US would apply “unprecedented financial pressure” on Iran and send teams of specialists to allies around the world to explain US policy. Mr Pompeo said if Iran makes “major changes” the US was willing to lift all sanctions. Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the agreement earlier this month.  He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West. Mr Pompeo accused the Iranian regime of “playing with house money that has become blood money”. And he told the regime: “Understand your current activities will be met with steely resolve”. He added: “The Obama administration made a bet.  That bet was a loser with massive repercussions. “The bet was a bad one for the US, for Europe, and for the world. Iran’s leaders saw it as a starting gun for the march across the Middle East.” He added: “We will track down Iranian operatives and their proxies around the world and we will crush them.” Mr Pompeo called for a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access . He said Iran must “stop enrichment” of uranium and never preprocess plutonium. Iran must also allow nuclear “unqualified access to all sites throughout the country.” Mr Pompeo says Iran must also release all US citizens, end support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria and stop threatening Israel. He urged other nations to join America in reimposing economic sanctions on the regime in a bid to bring it back to the negotiating table.  The speech comes with America at loggerheads with its closest allies after Donald Trump finally made good his threat to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.  The agreement, struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, agreed to waive economic sanctions in turn for Iran giving up much of its nuclear programme.  Other signatories of the deal – Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, China, Russia and Iran – have said they will try to keep the agreement alive.  However its future remains in the balance, with Iran saying it will only keep to the agreement if the economic benefits gained from the agreement remain in placed.  American allies have been clamouring for the Trump administration to explain its ‘Plan B’ approach to Iran after unilaterally quitting the deal.  Mr Trump, the US President, and his officials have called for a wider deal that addresses Iran’s ballistic missile programme and regional adventurism as well as its nuclear ambitions.  However it remains unclear how they hope to strike the new deal, given it would need Iran to come back to the negotiating table.  Speaking in Washington on Monday, Mr Pompeo is expected to repeat Mr Trump’s view that ramping up the economic pressure on the regime will convince it to enter new talks.  A senior State Department official outlined the message in a comment to the US political website Axios.  “We are welcoming ALL nations to join us in pushing back against Iran — our sanctions regime and our broader efforts welcome the participation of all countries,” the official was quoted as saying.  “Certainly includes our allies in the Arab world, our European and Asian allies. Iran’s threats extend globally, the response to their malign behavior should match that.” Another source with knowledge of the speech was quoted saying Mr Pompeo would warn Iran “advanced its march across the Middle East” with “wealth created by the West” thanks to the nuclear agreement.  Much of the effectiveness of the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions depends on European businesses cutting economic ties with Iran.  Firms in the EU have taken much more advantage of the 2015 waiving of sanctions to sign contracts increasing business in Iran than those in America.  The EU exported over €10.8 billion (£9.4 billion) worth of goods to Iran in 2017, half of which was made up by machinery and transport. That is up from €6.5 billion (£5.7 billion) in 2015.  Senior Trump administration officials have threatened to impose ‘secondary sanctions’ on European businesses if they refuse to cancel their contracts. In return the EU has moved to reimpose a “blocking statue” originally meant to circumvent a the US embargo against Cuba in the 1990s that would protect European businesses. 


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NBA playoffs: Pelicans crush Trail Blazers to take 3-0 series lead; Embiid has plenty to say after 76ers win

  1. NBA playoffs: Pelicans crush Trail Blazers to take 3-0 series lead; Embiid has plenty to say after 76ers win  Washington Post
  2. Joel Embiid is back, and the 76ers just got very, very scary  Yahoo Sports
  3. Frustration sets in for Hassan Whiteside as center is non-factor for Miami Heat again  NBA.com
  4. Simmons gets real fancy in the NBA Playoffs0:27  NEWS.com.au
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Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclavesBy Angus McDowall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war. The United States, Britain and France launched a volley of air strikes on Saturday against three Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons strike during the Ghouta assault.


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