Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years until a deadly uprising, has died aged 91

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years until a deadly uprising, has died aged 91, just weeks after surgery.

Mubarak was ousted in 2011 following mass protests against his autocratic rule, and he was the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region.

During the interview Mr Sanders said he supported some of the socialist policies of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader. His insistence that it was unfair to dismiss everything about the Castro regime was judged by Democrats in Florida to have killed off his chances of winning in the joint third-largest state.

Mr Sanders faces a tough week of scrutiny amid fears among moderates that he will become unstoppable if he wins big on Super Tuesday next week, when 14 states hold their Democratic primaries. The results of these votes will deliver a third of the delegates to the party convention in July, when the nominee is decided. No clear opponent to Mr Sanders and his promise of a democratic socialist revolution has yet emerged from the splintered field of centrist candidates.

News that the infection had spread sparked panic-buying in the Palermo on Tuesday as shoppers stripped supermarket shelves bare and raided pharmacies for medical supplies. 

Two prosecutors also opened an investigation into price-gouging amid reports that face masks were selling online for 10 euros each, while bottles of hand sanitizer had rocketed overnight from 7 euros to 39 euros.

It was agreed last Friday while other “level playing field” provisions only received unanimous support on Monday from EU ambassadors. EU ministers will sign off on the 46-page negotiating mandate for Barnier on Tuesday before the start of talks next week.

Speaking metaphorically, Christian Lindmeier said measures taken in Italy were “pretty strong”. Many countries have “pandemic plans”, he added, and may activate them if necessary.