Mike Huckabee wins Kansas caucuses
Republican White House hopeful Mike Huckabee got a boost to his lagging campaign for the party's presidential nomination when he won the Kansas caucuses, US media said.
With 79 per cent of precincts reporting, the ordained Baptist preacher was winning with 62 per cent of the vote compared with 22 per cent for Republican front-runner John McCain, CNN and Fox television news channels said.
Huckabee, 52, has put up a David-and-Goliath fight against veteran politician McCain, with his populist message proving a winner in the country's many more rural, conservative states.
McCain, 71, is all but guaranteed the Republican nomination after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney pulled out of the race on Wednesday.
But he has yet to convince the party's core conservatives that he is the best candidate, after enraging them with his stands on illegal immigration and finance reforms.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to expand military cooperation with the country's allies, noting that Moscow is ready to offer them its most advanced weapons. Putin hailed the Russian military's action in Ukraine, which has triggered massive Western sanctions, and thanked Moscow's allies for their support. “We highly appreciate that we have many allies, partners and people who share our thinking on various continents,” he said.
The CEO is one of many people who have contracted Covid despite receiving full vaccination and boosting. The mutating coronavirus has continually found ways to at least partially evade immunity induced by shots and previous infections, although usually causing milder cases.
China has carried out fresh military drills near self-governed Taiwan in response to the ongoing visit of US lawmakers to the island as high tension, sparked earlier this month by the visit of US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to Taipei, continues in the Taiwan Strait. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and says official ties between the island and another country is a violation of the mainland's sovereignty.
Health authorities in the financial hub said that they imposed “temporary control measures” at the store, after they found out that a close contact of a 6-year-old boy with an asymptomatic Covid infection had been there. They didn’t say when the close contact was in the store.
Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison on Monday in a judgment that could further anger supporters of the 77-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate. It's the fourth round of criminal verdicts against Suu Kyi since the military seized power in a 2021 coup and brings her total jail term to 17 years, extinguishing any chance of her staging a political comeback while the junta remain in power.