World Briefs: Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses

Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses

NEW YORK • Continuing a string of victories across the West, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Wyoming caucuses, a symbolic triumph if not a race-altering one in the last Democratic contest before the April 19 New York primary.

He beat Mrs Hillary Clinton statewide by about 11 percentage points on Saturday, although the end result was effectively a tie, as each candidate took seven of Wyoming's 14 pledged delegates, the fewest any state had to offer. Mrs Clinton's nationwide lead remained at 219.

But coming after Mr Sanders' recent big victories in Washington state, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Hawaii and Wisconsin, it was more evidence of Mrs Clinton's weaknesses among white and liberal voters as the race moves to major primaries in New York and elsewhere in the North-east.


Brazil bus robbery leaves 10 dead

RIO DE JANEIRO • A botched armed robbery on a packed bus left 10 people dead and 24 hurt in southern Brazil when the vehicle hurtled into a tree, the police and press reports said.

The bus, which was carrying 40 passengers, departed from the city of Presidente Prudente, in Sao Paulo state, bound for a town on the border with Paraguay where products are cheaper to buy.

Terrified passengers described how they were awakened at dawn on Saturday by gunfire, before the driver lost control of the vehicle and smashed it into a tree, the police and media said. The driver was among those killed.


Syrian ceasefire 'at risk of collapse'

BEIRUT • The Russian air force and Syrian military are preparing a joint operation to take Aleppo from rebels, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi was quoted as saying yesterday, and an opposition official said a ceasefire was on the verge of collapse.

With a United Nations envoy due in Damascus in a bid to advance diplomatic efforts, the "cessation of hostilities agreement" brokered by Russia and the United States came under new strain as government and rebel forces fought near Aleppo. The fighting south of Aleppo marks the most significant challenge yet to the deal. Diplomacy has made little progress with no compromise over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs: Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses'. Print Edition | Subscribe