The new version of iOS is the strongest sign yet that Apple finally believes the customer is always right (AAPL)

  1. The new version of iOS is the strongest sign yet that Apple finally believes the customer is always right (AAPL)  Yahoo Finance
  2. Apple Rolls Out iOS 12 Public Beta: What To Expect And How To Download  Tech Times
  3. The First Things You Should Try In Apple’s Public Beta For iOS 12  Lifehacker Australia
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US to impose 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

US to impose 'strongest sanctions in history' on IranUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Iran would be hit with the “strongest sanctions in history” and cautioned European firms against continuing to do business in Tehran, toughening up Washington’s policy line after its withdrawal from the nuclear pact. In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA, the longtime Iran hawk and ardent opponent of the 2015 nuclear pact outlined an aggressive series of moves designed to counter Tehran, which he called the world’s top sponsor of terror.


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U.S. threatens 'strongest' sanctions on Iran, seeks sweeping change

U.S. threatens 'strongest' sanctions on Iran, seeks sweeping changeBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if it did not accept a sweeping series of U.S. demands, including effectively giving up its nuclear ambitions, curtailing its ballistic missile program and ending its expansionist behavior. Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic, potentially setting Washington and Tehran on a deeper confrontation course. “The sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen for itself and the people of Iran,” Pompeo said in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming secretary of state.


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Pompeo Threatens 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran, Lays Out US Demands

  1. Pompeo Threatens ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’ on Iran, Lays Out US Demands  Bloomberg
  2. US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran  BBC News
  3. WATCH LIVE: US Sec. of State Pompeo on US-Iran policy  The Jerusalem Post
  4. Lifting Trump’s Playbook Is Risky for Europe  Wall Street Journal
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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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The 'Mountain' from 'Game of Thrones' finally wins world's strongest man title

  1. The ‘Mountain’ from ‘Game of Thrones’ finally wins world’s strongest man title  Washington Post
  2. Game of Thrones actor named World’s Strongest Man  EW.com
  3. ‘Game of Thrones’ actor who played The Mountain, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, named 2018 World’s Strongest Man  New York Daily News
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Hawaii is rocked by strongest earthquake in four decades after volcano erupts

  1. Hawaii is rocked by strongest earthquake in four decades after volcano erupts  Washington Post
  2. Overnight, earthquakes and lava become the new norm on Hawaii island  Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  3. Hawaii on high alert after day of earthquakes, more lava fissures  Reuters
  4. Sixth fissure reported in Leilani Estates as volcanic activity continues  KHON2
  5. Why Hawaii’s Newest Eruption Makes Volcanologists Nervous  The Atlantic
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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts as strongest quake in 40 years rocks Big Island

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts as strongest quake in 40 years rocks Big IslandA series of fresh earthquakes on Friday, including a powerful magnitude 6.9, hit Hawaii’s Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing fountains of lava into residential areas and forcing hundreds to evacuate. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the strongest tremor at 12.32 pm measured 6.9, the island’s largest earthquake in more than 40 years. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake, whose epicentre was on the south flank of the volcano, was not large enough to cause a tsunami although it generated sea level changes around the island of up 40 cm. It caused buildings to shake at the Community Centre in Pahoa town, one of two evacuation centres in the area hastily set up after lava started burbling up through fissures in the ground in neighbourhoods nearby. A new fissure opened up just before the latest tremor on Friday in one of those neighbourhoods, Leilani Estates, about a dozen miles from the volcano, the Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency said, making a total of four found so far. A fissure on Leilani and Kaupili Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision caused by an eruption of the Kilauea Volcano following a series of earthquakes, in Hawaii Credit: Reuters Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of five on the island, has been in constant eruption for 35 years. Lava flows from the volcano have covered 48 square miles, according to the US Geological Survey. Scientists say it is nearly impossible to predict how long an eruption will last. On Thursday, Kilauea began spewing lava into residential areas after a series of earthquakes over the past week, the USGS reported.  Starting around 11 am on Friday, the island experienced a flurry of earthquakes, culminating in the massive magnitude 6.9 tremor. Residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions, home to about 1,700 people, were ordered to evacuate in the early hours of Friday after officials reported steam and lava erupting from fissures in the road, the Civil Defence agency said. A fissure on Leilani and Kaupili Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision caused by an eruption of the Kilauea Volcano following a series of earthquakes, in Hawaii Credit: Reuters No injuries or deaths were reported, but Hawaii Governor David Ige activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide emergency help. Keone Kalawe, 58, a native Hawaiian who was volunteering at an evacuation centre in Pahoa, shrugged off the latest quake as “just part of life over here.” His family was forced out of the village of Kapoho, about 6 miles from Pahoa, after an eruption in 1960, and he’s witnessed other eruptions over the past three decades. So he has lived with lava, which is not dangerous, he says. “I tell people,’You just have to sidestep.'” A plume of ash rises from the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii’s Kilaueaa volcano  Credit: US Geolgogical Survey/AP A 492-foot-long fissure ripped open a road and spewed lava for about two hours in Leilani Estates at about 5.30 pm, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said. Dale Miller, 58, a resident of Leilani Estates, said police knocked on his door at 4 am and ordered an evacuation. “There are lava tubes on our property,” he said referring to the natural tunnels underground that drain lava during an eruption. “The whole thing is Swiss cheese.” Lava overflows from the crater rim Credit: USGS/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock  “It felt like there was something under the house -– like a big snake was moving under the house,” said Lee Begaye, 61, Miller’s partner and housemate. Lee added this was the first time in eight years of living by the volcano that they’d had to evacuate. One resident, Ikaika Marzo, told Hawaii News Now he saw “fountains” of lava as high as 125 feet. Lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), spread less than about 33 feet from the fissure, the observatory said. Aerial footage showed a “curtain of fire” snaking through a forest on the island, said resident Jeremiah Osuna. Drone video shows the lava burning through the trees in Leilani Estates. The lava is shooting up like a fountain through cracks in the road. Video : Jeremiah Osuna https://t.co/YRuq3aGYnhpic.twitter.com/k03UzhjiYX— Lynn Kawano (@LynnKawano) May 4, 2018 “You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff,” he told Honolulu television station KHON. Hawaii’s governor has declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard. Kilauea volcano – Hawaii – locator map The Kilauea volcano is one of five that make up Hawaii’s Big Island, with a lake of molten lava at its peak and an eastern rift erupting near-continuously since 1983. However explosions along its two active rifts are rare.  Asta Miklius, a geophysicist from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue. “One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet,” Mr Miklius said. “There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably… so we are watching that very, very closely.” Lava spews from new ground cracks The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse on Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers. The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) down the slope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island. The USGS had raised the volcano alert in the area from a watch to a warning, reporting that “new ground cracks” were discovered in the late afternoon. “White, hot vapor and blue fume emanated from an area of cracking in the eastern part of the subdivision,” the agency wrote. How volcanoes erupt It emphasised that the early stages of fissure eruptions are “dynamic,” and “additional vents and new lava outbreaks may occur.” “At this time it is not possible to say where new vents” could happen, it said. Eruptions can take place without notice The affected area is part of the Big Island’s East Rift Zone, in which the Hawaii Volcano Observatory had “identified magma movement” and warned residents that seismic activities and eruptions could take place without notice. “All areas bordering East Rift Zone at high risk for eruption,” Hawaii County’s mayor Harry Kim said on Twitter. The danger is of such magnitude that it warrants preemptive and protective action in order to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the residents of Leilani Estates and surrounding areas.#HIGov#HINews@Hawaii_EMA@CivilDefenseHI— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) May 4, 2018 US Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was mobilising resources, as well as monitoring for forest fires, power outages and water supply issues. Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is the largest of the eight main islands that comprise the Pacific US state, an archipelago that includes hundreds of smaller volcanic islands. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, releasing lava into residential neighborhood on the Big Island, prompting evacuation orders. https://t.co/8iUCQK0yCdpic.twitter.com/fce4E74wIV— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018 Wei, who moved to Hawaii from California – known for its high earthquake risk – said the eruption was almost a “relief”. “People live here – the Hawaiians and local people have lived here forever,” she said. “You know what’s going on; we have warning systems. Everybody should be prepared.” An ash plume rises above the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island  Credit: AFP History of Kilauea volcano eruptions Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but a 1924 eruption belched ash and 10-ton rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead. Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring more than 1,500 feet high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles (kilometers) of land and destroyed many homes. 


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Cubs star Anthony Rizzo issues strongest call yet for gun control: 'It's too easy to get a gun'

  1. Cubs star Anthony Rizzo issues strongest call yet for gun control: ‘It’s too easy to get a gun’  USA TODAY
  2. Anthony Rizzo urges stricter gun laws and defends ‘bullied’ Stoneman Douglas students  Chicago Tribune
  3. Watch Cubs Opening Day vs. Marlins online, live stream info, TV channel, odds, starting pitchers  CBSSports.com
  4. “Marlins Will Soar” Is The Only Anthem The Miami Marlins Will Ever Need, Or Deserve  Deadspin
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