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Tillerson pledged to keep up the 'maximum pressure' campaign on North Korea — but offered them a way out

  • Rex Tillerson has signalled willingness to negotiate with Kim Jong Un's regime, but only if they go first.
  • The US has been "using large sticks" by way of sanctions to convince North Korea to negotiate, the Secretary of State told CBS News' "60 Minutes" program in an interview aired on Sunday night.
  • The US Treasury Department and UN Security Council have passed multiple rounds of sanctions on entities, individuals, and companies affiliated with the North Korean regime over the past year.
  • Tillerson's message echoes that of Vice President Mike Pence, who told The Washington Post last week that the US was pursuing a policy of "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time" with Pyongyang.
  • The US is reportedly considering a "bloody nose" strike on North Korea, in which it responds to the next North Korean missile or nuclear test with a limited military strike that would embarrass Kim Jong Un.

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Some people are exploiting the latest Apple bug to crash your iPhone via Twitter

  • Scott Applewhite BI.requireQueue.push({ requireFunc: function () { require( "src\/scripts\/utils\/contentProvider" )( {"providerName":"mi","providerUrl":"www.businessinsider.com\/ajax\/finanzenpost?isPost=true&symbols=AAPL,TWTR&author[]=Edoardo Maggio&vertical=sai&categories[]=apple&categories[]=twitter&categories[]=ios&categories[]=macos&categories[]=tech-uk&views=0","adEnabled":true,"wrapperClass":"markets-insider-post"}, window); }, priority : undefined }); There's an Apple software bug currently affecting iPhones, iPads, and Macs — and some pranksters are taking advantage of it.
  • The bug means a keyboard character from the Indian language Telugu can crash applications as soon as it shows up in a text field.
  • As Mashable first reported, a number of Twitter users are intentionally posting the Telugu character in hope that it will show up in some people's timelines, and crash their device whether they see it intentionally or by accident.
  • The bug is huge, not only because it concerns all of Apple's devices, but also because all versions of current operating systems are at risk.
  • The only safe version is iOS 11.3, which is currently in beta, and it's not clear when Apple plans to release it more broadly.

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There is a good reason why Kate Middleton didn't wear black to the Baftas

  • But while most guests adhered to the "unofficial black dress code" in support of the Time's Up campaign against sexual harassment — Kate Middleton was one of the few women who did not.
  • Instead, she opted for a dark green dress by Brit designer Jenny Packham with a black velvet ribbon, which some observers suggested was a subtle nod of support to the cause.
  • The royal family is meant to be studiously politically neutral, so by choosing not to observe the Time's Up dress code, she kept her views to herself.
  • Kate Middleton arrived with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge and president of Bafta — neither of whom wore the Time's Up lapel pin.
  • Some observers suggested the black velvet sash was a subtle nod of solidarity to the movement and its causes.

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Sir Philip Green could sell Topshop to the Chinese — but MPs are worried about a repeat of BHS

  • The Sunday Times reports that Green is in talks with Chinese textiles giant Shandong Ruyi about a possible sale.
  • Arcadia wrote off £100 million due to declining store values and falling sales in its latest set of accounts.
  • The Greens' net worth also fell by over £400 million over the last year due to the collapse of BHS, which they owned until 2015, and declining High Street sales.
  • Green has long been rumoured to want to sell Arcadia but has been distracted by the BHS scandal for much of the last two years.
  • BHS collapsed in 2016 and Labour MP Frank Field doggedly pursued Green over the large pension deficit left by the retailer.
  • Sir Philip eventually agreed to pay £363 million to rescue BHS' pension fund.
  • MPs have already voiced concern about the possibility of a sale of Arcadia, which also has a large pension deficit.

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The head of a Eurozone central bank has been detained in an anti-corruption raid

  • Ilmars Rimsevics, the governor of Latvijas Banka was detained on Sunday, and pictures on Latvian state television reportedly showed him arriving at the headquarters of the country's anti-corruption agency, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.
  • As a eurozone central bank governor, Rimsevics sits on the European Central Bank's Governing Council, alongside the likes of ECB President Mario Draghi, and German Bundesbank boss Jens Weidmann.
  • Latvia's Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis confirmed that Rimsevics had been detained on Sunday, but gave no more information about the reasons and added that it does not pose any threat to national stability.
  • Latvia's banking system has been under scrutiny in recent months, with several banks investigated, according to a BBC report.
  • Last summer, for instance, two lenders were fined by the authorities "for allowing their clients to circumvent international sanctions preventing payments to North Korea," according to the same BBC report.

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Suspected Russian spy pictured with his 'good friend' Boris Johnson

  • However, since the story broke, evidence of links between Russian agents and a very senior member of the current Conservative government have now emerged.
  • Over the weekend, bloggers dug up a now-deleted tweet sent by suspected Russian agent Sergey Nalobin, picturing him standing alongside what he described as his "good friend" the foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
  • Johnson's association with suspected Russian spies does not end there.
  • Last year a photo emerged of Johnson meeting with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic with alleged high-level links to the Putin regime.
  • Johnson initially denied meeting Mifsud, until photo evidence later emerged, after which his spokesperson said that he had never "knowingly" met him.
  • So what exactly are Johnson's connections to Russian agents and does his meeting with them throw his own judgement into question?

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The incredibly complex Italian election is just 2 weeks away — here’s a simplified version of what you need to know

  • Berlusconi's conviction means that he is no longer eligible to hold any legislative office in the next six years, creating a unique situation where he can remain the leader of his party, the right-wing Forza Italia party, but will not be able to hold any sort of office if the party gets into a government coalition.
  • Behind them is the combination of Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the Lega Nord, although with the support of minor parties on the right like Brothers of Italy and Us with Italy, there is a chance that a Berlusconi led alliance could hit 40%.
  • JPMorgan Asset Management's Karen Ward put the point concisely in January when she told Business Insider that Italy's current economic performance — which is stronger than it has been in many years — suggests that parties like Five Star and the Lega Nord are unlikely to cause as big an upset as some expect.

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US, India, Australia, and Japan reportedly want to create their own version of China's Belt and Road

  • Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, asked at a news conference about the report of four-way cooperation, said Japan, the United States, Australia, and India regularly exchanged views on issues of common interest.
  • Japan, meanwhile, plans to use its official development assistance (ODA) to promote a broader "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy" including "high-quality infrastructure", according to a summary draft of its 2017 white paper on ODA.
  • First mentioned during a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping's to university students in Kazakhstan in 2013, China's Belt and Road plan is a vehicle for the Asian country to take a greater role on the international stage by funding and building global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries.
  • The United States, Japan, India and Australia have recently revived four-way talks to deepen security cooperation and coordinate alternatives for regional infrastructure financing to that offered by China.

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German 2-man bobsleigh team crashes through finish line and into first place

  • With the bobsled competition split into two days worth of runs, the German team of Nico Walther and Christian Poser was looking to put down a solid run to put them in position to make the podium on Monday.
  • They succeeded in that mission, but took too sharp an angle while exiting the final turn of the track, tipped over, and crashed their way through the finish line.
  • The run earned Walther and Poser the top spot in the event, but the dramatic crash delayed the excitement of the moment a bit as the two athletes tucked into their sled for safety.
  • Thankfully, the team bounced righ back up once their sled came to a stop, and immediately began to celebrate once they realized they would have the top time heading into the final two runs of the competition.

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You can now track where Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster is in space

  • For about 12 hours the Roadster, helmed by a spacesuit-wearing dummy dubbed "Starman," broadcast live video footage as it soared through space.
  • But eventually the electric car's batteries ran out and so too did the footage.
  • But one website is allowing ordinary stargazers to track the car's progress compared to the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
  • Where Is Roadster was created by engineer Ben Pearson using data from NASA's JPL Horizons.
  • At around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, the site put Musk's car at 2.3 million miles from Earth, moving away at a speed of 6,747 miles/hour.
  • While astronomers have been able to spot the car in the night sky, Pearson has created an animation to show what Earth and the Moon would look like if the car's cameras were still broadcasting.

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