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Daily News Briefing: America’s ‘Super Tuesday’ – Gov holds emergency Cobra meeting over COVID-19 & Dozens detained at Kazakhstan protests 

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In today’s briefing update, The headlines are – Everything you need to know about America’s ‘Super Tuesday’, a step closer to knowing who will face President Trump in the November elections. 

Dozens have been detained at Kazakhstan protests over the death of an activist. The death triggered calls for anti-government rallies. 

Coronavirus, the global death toll from the COVID-19 virus now surpasses 3,000. On Monday, China reported 42 more deaths. In the UK, the government will hold an emergency Cobra meeting as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped to 36. 

Entertainment,  a comedian has legally changed his name to Hugo Boss amid a trademark row which has seen the luxury brand target small businesses and charities that use the name “boss.” 

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What you need to know about America’s ‘Super Tuesday’

Arab News says Americans eager to know which Democrat will face President Trump in November’s election will have a clearer view after “Super Tuesday” – a defining moment in the race. 

Four out of the 50 states have already voted but March 3 is the biggest day of the entire presidential primary process, with tens of millions of Americans eligible to cast ballots. 

It could be a turning point when frontrunner Bernie Sanders secures an insurmountable lead – or former vice president Joe Biden secures a comeback. 

Read the full story on Arab News

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Dozens detained at Kazakhstan protests over activists death

Aljazeera says dozens of people have been arrested in Kazakstan after the death of an activist in jail triggered diplomatic condemnation and calls for anti-government rallies.

In the capital Almaty, policemen cordoned off the city’s main square and about 40 people were detained. 

Elsewhere in the city, 26 members of Oyan Qazaqstan, one of the groups that called for a rally, were detained on Sunday before they had a chance to reach the protest site.

“According to our information, they have not been released yet,” Dimash Alzhanova, one of the groups founding members, told AFP news agency by telephone.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 3,000

France24 says the number of coronavirus deaths passed 3,000 on Monday, as China reported 42 more deaths.

The deaths were all in the virus epicentre Hubei province, the National Health Commission said, bringing the overall toll in mainland China to 2,912. 

Health officials also reported the lowest daily tally of fresh infections since late January with 202 new cases. 

In China, the number of reported new cases has gradually been declining, and there were only six confirmed new infections outside Hubei.

Read the full story on France24

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Emergency meeting as UK Coronavirus cases reach 36

BBC News says Boris Johnson is to chair an emergency Cobra committee later after the number of UK coronavirus cases jumped to 36. 

Senior ministers and health adviser will be told that the virus will present a “significant challenge”. 

But the prime minister will say the government and NHS are well-prepared and will “stop at nothing” to fight it. 

The official government plan on how to tackle the spread of the virus will be finalised and signed off at the talks. 

More UK cases are expected to be announced – 13 new patients were diagnosed on Sunday.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Comedian changes his name to Hugo Boss amid trademark row

Sky News says comedian Joe Lycett has legally changed his name to Hugo Boss in defiance of the luxury designer targeting small businesses and charities who use the name “boss.”

He posted a letter on Twitter with the UK Deed Poll Offices’s letterhead, which commits him to “absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish and abandon the use of my said former name.” 

The 31-year-old said he will be launching a “brand new product as Hugo Boss,” with all details to be revealed on a new series of his consumer show Got Your Back on Channel 4.

Read the full story on Sky News

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