After more than a year of ideological clashes and policy debates, voters in the midwestern state of Iowa are set to have their say on which Democratic presidential candidate they believe is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November’s election. Hundreds of thousands of Iowans will gather in high school gymnasiums, local libraries and church basements on Monday night to participate in the Iowa caucuses, the first official nominating contest of the 2020 primary race.
At least 20 people, including five children, have been killed in a stampede during a church service at a stadium in Tanzania. Some 16 others were also injured in the crush as hundreds of worshippers rushed to walk on “blessed oil” at the prayer meeting in the northern town of Moshi, near the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The event had been organized by pastor Boniface Mwamposa.
Somalia has declared a national emergency as large swarms of locusts spread across east Africa. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture said the insects, which consume large amounts of vegetation, posed “a major threat to Somalia’s fragile food security situation”. There are fears that the situation may not be brought under control before the harvest begins in April.
Chinese stock and commodity markets fell heavily on Monday as the death toll from a coronavirus epidemic in China rose to 361 and investors retreated into safe-haven assets in the first trading session after an extended Lunar New Year break. The flu-like virus has been declared a global emergency, with the first death outside of China reported on Sunday, that of a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines after traveling from Wuhan.
Dozens of koalas have been found dead, starving and seriously injured at a tree-logging site in Australia. About 100 koalas are believed to have been killed by bulldozers, while others were injured or left to starve at the private site near Cape Bridgewater, according to animal protection group Animals Australia. The deaths come after tens of thousands of koalas were killed in bushfires across the country.