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Bloomberg bash at debate may give Democratic rivals new life

By James Oliphant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most of the fire at the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada on Wednesday was aimed at the newcomer on the stage, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When it was over, his uninspiring performance may have given a lifeline to some of his rivals for the nomination to face President Donald Trump in November.

Here’s a look at how the candidates fared:

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

Top 25 roundup: Unranked NC State steamrolls No. 6 Duke

Markell Johnson racked up 28 points and Devon Daniels scored 25 as NC State ripped through No. 6 Duke in an 88-66 upset Wednesday night at Raleigh, N.C.

The Wolfpack (17-9, 8-7 ACC) withstood a second-half threat from Duke and then pulled away, picking up a much-needed quality victory to enhance their NCAA Tournament aspirations.

DJ Funderburk tacked on 21 points and nine rebounds for NC State.

Trump to name U.S. envoy to Germany acting director of national intelligence: sources

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to name U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Grenell, a strong supporter of Trump’s policies, would replace Joseph Maguire, who has been acting director of national intelligence since August.

Australians arrive home for quarantine after weeks on coronavirus cruise ship

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally disembarking a cruise ship docked in Japan where more than 600 people have contracted the newly identified coronavirus.

The Diamond Princess, owned by Carnival Corp, has been quarantined at Yokohama near Tokyo since Feb. 3, initially with 3,700 people aboard – including 220 Australian holidaymakers.

Beilein officially resigns as Cavs coach, will stay in organization

John Beilein formally resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after multiple days of speculation that he wouldn’t be leading the team when play after the All-Star break commenced.

The Cavaliers said Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization.

Cleveland is just 14-40, the second-worst record in the NBA. The Cavaliers reportedly reached a financial settlement with Beilein, who was in the first season of a five-year deal that was worth approximately $4 million per season.

Iraqi PM-designate says he has picked cabinet, seeks vote of confidence

By Ahmed Aboulenein

(Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi said on Wednesday he has put together a cabinet of political independents and called on parliament to hold an extraordinary session next week to grant it a vote of confidence.

Iraq is facing an extraordinary domestic crisis as nearly 500 people have been killed since Oct. 1 as protesters demand the ouster of what they see as a corrupt ruling elite and an end to foreign interference mainly by Iran and the United States.

Iraqi PM-designate says he has picked cabinet, seeks vote of confidence

By Ahmed Aboulenein

(Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi said on Wednesday he has put together a cabinet of political independents and called on parliament to hold an extraordinary session next week to grant it a vote of confidence.

Iraq is facing an extraordinary domestic crisis as nearly 500 people have been killed since Oct. 1 as protesters demand the ouster of what they see as a corrupt ruling elite and an end to foreign interference mainly by Iran and the United States.

No place to go: Syrian families fleeing Idlib stranded on the roads

By Khalil Ashawi

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Abu Abdallah has been on the road for days. After his family fled the air strikes pounding Idlib, they moved from one village to another in northwest Syria but have yet to find refuge.

I don’t know where to take them,” the 49-year-old farmer said from his tractor on the side of a road in Azaz town, where he is stranded with his wife, four children and 20 other relatives. “This is the first time I flee my hometown. God knows where we will go.”

What, us worry? 80-year-old U.S. couple smiles through virus quarantine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Two elderly American passengers, quarantined in Japan with the new coronavirus, learned on Wednesday they were still carrying the virus even after their expected quarantine period had ended.

Their reaction: a shrug and grin.

Clyde and Renee Smith, both 80, were separated from their grandsons and taken off the Diamond Princess in the port of Yokohama and hospitalised after testing positive for the virus on Feb. 3.

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