Senator Bernie Sanders has cemented his status as the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination with a resounding victory in the Nevada caucuses. It's the third win in as many states for the left-wing senator. Bernie Sanders had already left Nevada. for campaign events in Texas when he claimed victory. His triumph cements his status as the Democrat’s national front runner, but it will deepen concern among moderates in the party who feel the self-described Democratic socialist is too liberal to defeat Donald Trump. The former Vice President Joe Biden claimed what his team described as a strong second place as he tries to trigger a comeback after a rough start to this primary season. The focus of the fight for the Democratic nomination will now move to super Tuesday, when more than 14 states will vote in what is viewed as a national primary in nine days’ time.
Italy has adopted what it’s describing as urgent and extraordinary measures to tackle what is now the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Two people have died and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 79. Italy has now introduced some of the most stringent restrictions on movement seen in Europe in recent times. 50,000 people in the Veneto and Lombardy regions will be prevented from leaving a restricted zone surrounding a dozen towns and villages at the center of the outbreak. No one will be allowed in. The Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the rules would be enforced by the police, and if necessary, the army. Even outside the restricted zone, Italians are now starting to feel the impact of the virus. Three top flight football matches in Série A have been postponed, including one involving third placed Inter Milan.
The latest figures from the health authorities in China continue to show a daily increase in both the number of confirmed cases and deaths. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China has now reached almost 77000, more than 2400 have died. The coronavirus has now spread to 28 countries outside China. In South Korea the number of new cases is still rising fast, with the government reporting that more than 100 people have tested positive in the last 24 hours. The country now has the largest number of infections outside China and Japan, where the vast majority of passengers have now disembarked a cruise ship, after more than two weeks in quarantine. It's emerged that a Japanese woman who was allowed to leave the Diamond Princess has now tested positive for the virus. Health officials say the woman who's in her sixties traveled home with her husband on public transport.
A Buddhist monk known as one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents has died aged 93. Thich Quang Do was a high priest of the Unified Buddhist Church, which isn’t recognized by Vietnamese communist government.
A public state memorial has been taking place in the Australian city of Sydney to recognize the lives lost and sacrifices made in the recent bush fires, as well as showing support for affected families. The ceremony at the Olympic Park has been addressed by the prime minister Scott Morrison, who praised those who fought the fires.
Security officials in the Brazilian state of Ceara say 88 murders have been committed in the three days from Wednesday to Friday. That is nearly five times the daily average of six murders in the northeastern state. Military police went on strike on Tuesday over a pay dispute.
One of the most highly-anticipated boxing matches in recent years is due to start in Las Vegas around now, when the American Deontay Wilder defends his world heavyweight title in a rematch with the British boxer Tyson Fury. Their fight 15 months ago ended in a controversial draw. It is such a big fight because these are undefeated fighters. Remember they are widely considered to be the two best heavyweights in the world right now. And if it's anything like as good about as 15 months ago in Los Angeles, when it was a draw and Fury outboxed his American opponent for a large part of that fight, miraculously memorably climbing off the canvas in the final round and was unlucky not to get the win. And we're in for another epic classic. But of course, if Wilder come as one of the most feared punchers in the history of the sport, then that will reinforce his status as the dominant force in boxing.
A US TV star and amateur rocket builder has been killed during an attempt to launch a homemade steam-powered rocket. Mike Hughes died inside the device he’d made when it plunged into the ground shortly after takeoff. The 64-year-old known as Mad Mike had been taking part in a TV series in which rival teams were competing to launch a rocket on a tight budget.