An emboldened Donald Trump bragged about the “great American comeback” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night

An emboldened Donald Trump bragged about the “great American comeback” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, in a speech resembling an 81-minute re-election rally that prompted the most powerful woman in Congress to rip up her copy of the speech on national television.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said she tore up the address, which he delivered on the eve of the verdict in his impeachment trial, because she couldn’t find “one page with truth on it”.

In the UK, The Independent can exclusively reveal that NHS hospitals have been ordered to create secure coronavirus testing areas to keep pressure off A&E departments.

About 4,000 medical staff did not show up for work in Hong Kong on Wednesday as part of strike action designed to push the government into fully blocking the border with China.

The suspect was found seriously injured after the crime, with cuts to his neck and wrists, in the family home in Várzea Paulista, a municipality in the State of São Paulo.

Police said he had apparently tried to take his own life.

Unveiling the partial results last night Troy Price, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, could not say when the remainder would be published. “We want Iowans to be confident in the result and process, and we are going to take the time that we need to do that,” he said. “The bottom line is we hit a stumbling block . . . but we know this data is accurate.”

Regardless of recriminations about Iowa’s role in the process and how its party officials supervised it, Mr Buttigieg will be delighted with a strong showing. Even second place would represent an extraordinary result for someone with almost no national profile a year ago.

Among those confirmed dead were military police officers, government-paid village guards, firefighters and local residents who volunteered to help.

Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said earlier as the death toll rose: ‘Eight of our friends from the gendarmerie, three of the security guards, three of our firefighters and nine of our volunteer rescuers died.’