What we learned from Super Tuesday

The "Super Tuesday" contests showed Clinton reclaiming her mojo against Bernie Sanders. It was a big night for Donald Trump, too, but what will the establishment do about it?Here are four lessons learned from the events of "Super Tuesday".Trump may be unstoppableThe billionaire businessman at the center of the Republican race cleaned up Tuesday night, winning at least seven of the 11 states at stake and perhaps eight, including the key swing state of Virginia."It's awfully close to inevitable" for Trump winning the nomination, said professor Dante Scala at the University of New Hampshire.About 30 per cent of the Republican delegates, the men and women who choose the nominee at the conventions, have been awarded so far through a proportional system, with Trump in the clear lead. Related readingAfter March 15,…
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Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton capture key wins

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton rolled up a series of wins on Tuesday, as the two presidential front-runners took a step toward capturing their parties' nominations on the 2016 campaign's biggest day of state-by-state primary contests.Trump and Clinton turned their sights on each other after their Super Tuesday wins, with Trump promising to "go after" Clinton and the former secretary of state decrying what she called Trump's divisive rhetoric.U.S. networks projected Trump and Clinton both won seven states on Super Tuesday, when 12 states were voting. Trump won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia, while Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.Trump's rival Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, won his home state and neighboring Oklahoma as well as Alaska, bolstering his argument he had the best chance to stop the controversial Trump.…
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UN warning over sedatives for older people

The United Nations has raised concerns about the overprescribing of insomnia and anxiety drugs, warning older patients who use them could have a 50 per cent higher chance of developing dementia.The International Narcotics Control Board's annual report, released on Wednesday night, says the unwarranted prescribing and overuse of benzodiazepines by older people could be dangerous, because older patients are often using more than one medication at a time.Patients over 65 using the drugs have been shown to have a 50 per cent higher chance of developing dementia within 15 years, compared with those who have never used them.Studies have also shown a risk of drug dependence as a result of unnecessary use of the drugs."Insomnia seems common among this category of patients, making them an attractive target group for manufacturers…
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Clinton, Trump move closer to showdown

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton took major steps towards claiming their parties' presidential nominations with sweeping wins on Super Tuesday, the biggest day in the primary campaign.Clinton and Trump each won seven states, as the front runners padded their leads in the all-important delegate counts that determine the parties' nominees.Though state primaries and caucuses will continue for months, rivals will be hard-pressed to catch up with the front runners.That increases the likelihood of a Trump-Clinton showdown in the November election, offering voters what would likely be the starkest contrast in presidential candidates they have seen in their lifetimes.It would pit Clinton, the politically cautious, detailed-oriented former secretary of state and senator, against Trump, the trash-talking political outsider who has generated outrage with his derogatory comments about Muslims, Mexicans…
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Woman says Allah told her to behead child

A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station says Allah had ordered her to commit the crime.Police on Monday wrestled to the ground Gulchekhra Bobokulova after she wandered around a Moscow street holding the child's severed head in the air and shouting Islamist slogans.The 38-year-old divorced mother of three is from the Muslim-majority ex-Soviet state of Uzbekistan.Eyewitnesses said at the time they believed she was carrying out a terrorist act, but since her detention, Russian investigators have raised the possibility she might be suffering from mental illness.Investigators said she had been working as a nanny for a Moscow family, and that she had murdered and beheaded one of the children in her care before setting fire to the…
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Abuse survivors group request meeting with Pope, not Pell

Watch the proceedings live by clicking here.A group of child sex abuse survivors say they've given up on Cardinal George Pell after hearing his evidence to a royal commission and have appealed directly to the Pope to ensure children are protected.The group, many of whom were abused as children by pedophile priests in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat in Victoria, has been in Rome to hear the cardinal give evidence to the child sex abuse royal commission.But on Wednesday they told journalists they had sent a letter seeking a meeting with Pope Francis and were no longer seeking a meeting with Cardinal Pell."I regret that I didn't do more at that stage."During a break in the hearing, in which the cardinal is giving evidence by videolink to the commission sitting in…
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Shorten picks Dodson to replace Bullock

Bill Shorten has picked prominent Indigenous leader Pat Dodson to replace retiring Labor senator Joe Bullock.Senator Bullock on Tuesday night announced he would leave parliament within weeks, citing his disagreement with Labor over a binding vote for MPs on same-sex marriage.Mr Dodson is expected to get the nod from senior ALP figures at a meeting convened by national secretary George Wright this week, before being formally endorsed by the West Australian parliament for the casual vacancy.The decision will head off a messy factional brawl in WA, but kill off former senator Louise Pratt's chance of returning to parliament any time soon."We should put aside the rough and tumble of the party system and give someone of Pat Dodson's remarkable qualities the opportunity to serve as a senator," Mr Shorten said.Mr…
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‘Allah ordered’ child beheading, nanny says in Moscow court

Suspect Gyulchekhra Bobokulova from Muslim-majority Uzbekistan was detained on Monday as she was waving the child's severed head outside a Moscow metro station. She was sent for psychiatric examinations."It was what Allah ordered," the 38-year-old told journalists as she was brought into the district court to have her arrest confirmed and extended.Speaking in broken Russian from the suspect's cage, Bobokulova said: "Allah is sending a second prophet to give news of peace" and also complained that she was "hungry", had not been fed and would "die in a week"."Hi to everyone," said the mother-of-three, waving at the crowd of journalists in the courtroom. Investigator Olga Lapteva, who was clearly emotional, told the court that Bobokulova was suspected of committing an "extremely serious crime" and that she should face "a mandatory prison sentence…
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Wildcats beat Breakers in GF opener

The Perth Wildcats are one win away from securing a record seventh NBL Championship after beating the NZ Breakers 82-76 in game one of the grand final series at Perth Arena on Wednesday night.The Wildcats led by 13 points early in the second quarter, but NZ launched a gutsy comeback to hit the front late in the third.The critical play of the match came with just 90 seconds remaining in the contest when Wildcats captain Damian Martin forced a time violation against NZ by pinning Cedric Jackson into his own defensive half.Martin unleashed a deft hook shot from the next play to extend the margin to a match-winning five points, with the Wildcats holding on for victory.The only concern to come out of the match for Perth was a late…
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Telcos face challenge of networked devices

The phone industry is preparing itself for a profound transformation of its market, with the world turning to voice and messaging apps like Skype and abandoning traditional phone calls and texts.There are only two alternatives: "Either you turn your business upside down, or you will be turned upside down," Ralph de la Vega, a top manager with US telecom giant AT&T, has warned.At the same time the sector is experiencing new opportunities. "All the networked devices must be connected together and - hey - that's exactly what we do," de la Vega said.He predicts that within a few years, thanks to the so-called Internet of Things, there'll be 10 times more networked machines in the world than people.For a century, the telecom industry worked to allow people to talk to…
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