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Apr 11, 2017, 01:00 PM

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North Korea says that it is now “watching every move” made by its enemies with its focus on the United States, Reuters reported. In a statement in the Communist Party's official newspaper, the government said, "Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland.” South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn has instructed the country’s military to “intensify” its monitoring of the north. "It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People's Assembly," said Hwang.

This morning, President Trump said that China will receive an improved trade deal offer if it solves the “North Korean problem," according to Bloomberg. On Twitter, Trump went on to say that “North Korea is looking for trouble ... If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!” Last week, President Trump met with the Chinese President for a two-day summit at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. The two were thought to have focused on trade and imports.

Apple is reportedly working on developing a chip that would improve the iPhone's battery life, Business Insider reports. It is doing so in-house with approximately 80 engineers. The new power management integrated circuit (PMIC) could be seen in the iPhone as soon as 2019, according to anonymous sources. At the moment, Apple works with Dialog Semiconductor, which produces power chips for features, such as extended battery life. "The company notes the level of visibility into the design cycle of its leading customers remains unchanged and the business relationships are in line with the normal course of business," Dialog said in a statement.

The Group of Seven (G7) did not vote to enhance sanctions on Syria and Russia when they met in Italy, according to Reuters. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had proposed more sanctions on Syria following last week’s toxic gas attack. However, the G7 members could not agree on a deal. "There is no consensus at this time for new sanctions as an efficient method to reach our goal," said Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano. "There are obviously different opinions, and I am referring to my colleague Boris Johnson, who raised the issue. The position of the G7 is very clear. We support the sanctions that have already been introduced."

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was criticized on Monday for his response to the viral video of a passenger being forcibly removed from a plane, Reuters reported. The video shows a man being physically dragged off of a plane. "When we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions,” Munoz said in a statement. One of the security officers involved in the dragging of the man has been placed on leave as authorities look further into the incident, according to a report in REUTERS

NASA is asking people to virtually “adopt” parts of the planet in honor of Earth Day, according to SCIWORLD. A total of 64,000 individual pieces of the planet are up for adoption on NASA’s “Adopt the Planet” page, and each piece is 55 miles wide. Once the 64,000 portions are adopted, NASA will restart the total so that everyone has an opportunity to participate. Upon “adopting” a part of the planet, participants get to see an interactive map of their section. “NASA's view of Earth from space gives a perspective that can't be gained from the ground,” the agency said in a statement. –

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is “coming to an end," the New York Times reported. He made the comments ahead of traveling to Russia, where he will meet with diplomats later this w...