'Cessation of hostilities' in Syria agreed

  • The United States, Russia and other members of the International Syria Support Group have agreed a deal that will aim for a cessation of hostilities next week. 

  • Airstrikes on UN designated terror organisations, such as ISIS and Al Nusra, will continue under the agreement. 

  • The delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to besieged areas will begin immediately.


The New Hampshire Primaries: Resounding wins for Trump and Sanders

Outsiders deliver on poll numbers to stun party establishment 

 

How the candidates reacted

We are going to start winning again. And we’re going to win so much, you are going to be so happy. We are going to make America so great again. Maybe greater than ever before.
— Donald Trump
Tonight we serve notice to the political and economic establishment of this country that the American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy and we will not accept a rigged economy in which ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages while almost all new income and wealth goes to the top one percent.
— Bernie Sanders

Other headlines from New Hampshire

  • Carly Fiorina dropped out after finishing third last in New Hampshire with 4.1% (11,706 votes). Ms. Fiorina had 1.9% 
  • Governor Chris Christie also dropped out having finished 6th in New Hampshire with 7.4% (21,069 votes). 


Star Wars delivers for Disney but ESPN worries persist

  • The Walt Disney Company had a stellar quarter in the three months to January 2nd, posting record revenues of $15.2 billion (+14%) driven by what the company called the 'phenomenal success' of Star Wars. 
  • The Force Awakens helped boost studio earnings by 86% to $1.01 billion. 

  • The positive Star Wars news was overshadowed by a 6% decline in earnings at Disney's media networks, ABC and ESPN. 

  • Shareholders are concerned about the impact of 'cord cutting', where pay TV subscribers ditch their expensive monthly contracts in favour of less expensive streaming alternatives, on ESPN's profits. 


Primary day in New Hampshire

What is at stake? 

24 Democratic delegates

23 Republican delegates 

 

When do polls open and close?

Voting is underway in most districts now and will conclude in most areas by 7pm local (midnight GMT). 

 

The state of the race

 

Republicans: Donald Trump has been leading polls in New Hampshire for months and is widely expected to win the state. Doing so would be a boost to Mr. Trump after his disappointing second place showing in Iowa.

Election watchers will also have a close eye on Senator Marco Rubio's placing following his strong showing in Iowa and his lacklustre performance in Saturday's debate. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is in dire need of a solid result to breathe some life into his floundering campaign.

Dropped out after Iowa: Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul. 

 

Democrats: Bernie Sanders is the strong favourite according to opinion polls and the senator will be hoping to capitalise on the momentum he garnered from the virtual tie between himself and Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

Since Iowa, the vitriol between the two campaigns has intensified with Clinton and Sanders sparring over whom is the more progressive. In last week's debate, Mrs. Clinton accused Senator Sanders of engaging in a 'very artful smear' against her reputation. 

Dropped out after Iowa: Martin O'Malley. 

 

What comes next?

February 20th

Nevada Democratic caucus, South Carolina Republican primary. 

February 23rd

Nevada Republican caucus. 

February 27th

South Carolina Democratic primary.

March 1st - Super Tuesday


Detainee deaths: Assad regime accused of war crimes

The Government has committed the crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts. Based on the same conduct, war crimes have also been committed.
— Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Human Rights Council
  • A new UN report alleges that all sides in the Syrian conflict, including the government, armed opposition groups, ISIS and Al Nusra, have committed crimes against humanity through their treatment and killing of detainees.