Bernie Sanders ends his US presidential bid Apr 09, 2020 0 1563 12345 AFPWashingtonUS Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination and challenge incumbent Donald Trump in November.“I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” the leftist Sanders told supporters in a livestream announcing he is dropping out.“Vice president Biden will be the nominee,” the 78-year-old added.“I congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.” Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination in 2016, mounted a formidable challenge to Biden in the 2020 race, becoming the frontrunner early this year and earning the most votes in the first three state-wide contests.But he was soon eclipsed by a surging Biden, who won the vast majority of the remaining primaries and now holds a commanding lead in the all-important race for delegates who choose the nominee.Sanders ran an intense, issue-driven campaign, bringing his liberal ideological platform -- including a call for universal health care and a $15 hourly minimum wage -- into the mainstream.“Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice,” Sanders said.Several US lawmakers have come out in support of such prescriptions, and Biden himself has shifted leftward to incorporate some Sanders policies, although he has stressed he does not support Sanders’s Medicare for All plan.Biden tweeted his thanks to Sanders, hailing him as “a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country.” RELATED ARTICLES US tops 400,000 COVID-19 cases as Trump threatens to cut WHO fundings Apr 09, 2020 0 511 UK reports new daily record of 938 COVID-19 deaths; PM remains in ICU Apr 09, 2020 0 1145 Sweden rejects Trump claims over ‘too soft’ virus strategy Apr 09, 2020 0 158 Finland discovers masks bought from China not hospital-safe AFP HELSINKI TWO million protective masks purchased by Finland from China have turned out to be unsuitable for use in hospitals, the Finnish government admitted on Wednesday. On Tuesday Finland’s Health minister .. Poland confirms 5,000 cases of novel coronavirus WARSAW: The number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Poland reached the 5,000 mark, the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. As of Wednesday morning, the country had recorded exactly 5,000 .. US, Britain warn that hackers increasingly use coronavirus bait AFP WASHINGTON US and British cybersecurity agencies warned on Wednesday that foreign government-backed hacking groups are using coronavirus themes to ply their way into computers and networks. The groups are .. Italy’s daily death count falls under 600 as infections near 140,000 DPA ROME ITALY’S daily death toll from the novel coronavirus epidemic fell to 542 on Wednesday, while the total number of infections crept up to nearly 140,000. It was only the second time in nearly three weeks that the .. EU science chief resigns over coronavirus response BRUSSELS: The head of the European Research Council has resigned, the EU confirmed on Wednesday, reportedly in protest at the bloc’s handling of its coronavirus response. Mauro Ferrari, who only took over as president .. Spain plans gradual return to normal from end of April DPA MADRID SPAIN, which has been under a lockdown since March 15, could slowly see life return to normal by the end of the month, according to the government. Finance minister and government spokeswoman Maria Jesus .. UN chief calls for unity after Trump slams WHO NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said it was not the time to criticise the early response to the coronavirus pandemic, after US President Donald Trump attacked the World Health Organization. ..