Obama looks to sweep Maryland, Virginia, Washington primaries
Democrat Barack Obama hoped to extend his winning streak as voting began on Tuesday in three presidential primary battles, while rival Hillary Rodham Clinton focused on future spoils amid expectations that the day's races were already lost.
Obama seemed to be coasting into Tuesday's so-called Potomac primary contests in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, after he overwhelmingly won five weekend contests. He was expected to be supported by black Democrats, a bloc that has aided his wins in earlier matchups against Clinton.
On the Republican side, John McCain hoped to rebound with three wins on the way to his likely nomination after embarrassing losses to Mike Huckabee in weekend contests showed he still had much to do to convince the party's core conservative blocs that he is one of them.
The Arizona senator lost in Kansas and Louisiana during the weekend, but managed a narrow win in Washington state caucuses that Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, is now challenging.
In the Potomac primaries, 168 delegates are up for grabs in the Democratic race and Republicans are competing for 116.
Polls showed Obama with double-digit leads in both Maryland and Virginia, where Gov Tim Kaine campaigned at his side. The Illinois senator was counting on big wins to erase Clinton's slim delegate lead for an edge in a contest that could stretch to the Democrats' national convention in August.
He brushed aside questions today about future votes to which Clinton is turning her attention.
"It's very early," Obama said when asked about his prospects in the March 4 Texas primary. "We haven't even gotten through this yet.
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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.
The Taliban marked a year in power on Monday with small-scale celebrations by the group's fighters as Afghanistan struggles with rising poverty, drought, malnutrition and fading hope among women that they will have a decisive role in the country's future. "This day is the day of the victory of truth over falsehood and the day of salvation and freedom of the Afghan nation," said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.