Bernie Sanders endorsed his former campaign rival Joe Biden to become president last night

Bernie Sanders endorsed his former campaign rival Joe Biden to become president last night, urging all Americans to unite behind his campaign to defeat Donald Trump in November.

Mr Sanders, the standard-bearer of the American left, announced the end of his campaign to be the Democratic Party’s nominee last week, clearing the way for Mr Biden to secure the nomination at the party’s national convention in Wisconsin in August.

So-called ‘crown fires’ – when flames spread at great speed from treetop to treetop – are advancing through the uninhabited ‘dead zone’ around the plant, it is believed.

The Ukrainian government is playing down concerns of a radiation release, but witnesses have voiced fears of disaster if the flames are not extinguished.

The International Monetary Fund has slashed its forecasts for global growth in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and warned of a slump in output this year unparalleled since the Great Depression of the 30s, writes Larry Elliott, the Guardian’s economics editor.

In its half-yearly forecasts, the IMF said the “Great Lockdown” would cause a dramatic drop in activity that would be far more painful than the recession that followed the banking meltdown of the late 00s.

You will not be surprised to hear that the former first lady does not agree with Trump (on this or much else) and has come out to back the nonpartisan When We All Vote initiative, her latest return to the public eye in the wake of Bernie Sanders effectively conceding the Democratic 2020 race to Joe Biden.

We can expect to see much more of the Obamas in the coming months as they take the fight to Trump on their former veep’s behalf (albeit largely via webcam from their living room at this point).

“So, she let us speak with him, and I asked was he scared? He said ‘Yeah.’ Everybody that know my husband know he’s not afraid of anything, but he was very, very scared.”

Just seven days after arriving at the hospital, Rayshone died from Covid-19.