Brekky Wrap: Man Murders Beauty Blogger, Claims She Mocked His Sexual Performance

All the news you need to know this Thursday morning.

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for killing Russian doctor and beauty blogger Ekaterina Semochkina, 24, in a brutal knife attack.

The killer told the Russian Investigative Committee the victim had “carried on making jokes" about not satisfying her in bed after they had sex.

“I grabbed a knife in the kitchen. She half turned and I struck her in the neck. She tried to escape to the bathroom and lock the door. I pulled her out of the bathroom," he said.

Ekaterina Semochkina. Image: Instagram/ katti_loves_life

The man also claimed he stabbed her twice in the neck after she'd fallen to the ground before placing her body in a suitcase.

He will serve nine years in prison for the murder.

Semochkina was a doctor and beauty blogger. Image: Instagram/ katti_loves_life

The victim's father Dr Semochkina posted a video of her daughter’s grave on social media.

“Here she is -- our girl. Beautiful and clever… Now just to hug and kiss her, we come to this grave.”

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has dropped out of the 2020 U.S. Democratic race after a disappointing result on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg, whose net worth is more than AUD$90.7 billion, had spent at least AUD$861 million on his campaign, according to CNN.

Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Image: Getty

Bloomberg endorsed Joe Biden for Democratic candidate and exited the campaign after winning only one U.S. territory -- American Samoa.

Bloomberg said he had ran in the race "to defeat Donald Trump" and was "leaving for the same reason."



Sanders Wins Again, Solidifying Status As Democratic Frontrunner In Big Nevada Victory

Bernie Sanders will win the Nevada caucuses, CBS News projects, a victory that adds to his momentum in the field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

"I've always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday's vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden," he wrote in a press release on Wednesday (local time).

Italy has ordered all schools and universities to shut down after some schools were shut for two weeks for quarantining due to rising cases of coronavirus.

The government said they were closing all schools nationwide until March 15 after 3,089 cases and 107 deaths to coronavirus.

Image: Getty

Education Minister Lucia Azzolina said on her Twitter the "prudent" decision was not an easy one to make and the government was waiting for expert advice.

The soccer-loving nation also ruled all sporting events would be behind closed doors fixtures for a month from April 3, The Guardian reports.

A man will face court on Thursday after allegedly breaking into a NSW home and sexually touching a woman who was sleeping inside.

A 33-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged four and five, were sleeping in their Goonellabah home, sharing the same bed on Wednesday.

Police said the woman was awoken at 4am by a man who was sitting on her bed and touching her in a sexual manner. After the woman screamed, police said the man fled on foot.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at a home in Simpson Place, Goonellabah later that day.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence.

Prince William has joked with emergency workers, asking them if they thought coronavirus was hyped up by the media during his first official visit to Ireland.

Chatting to them at a reception organised by the British ambassador at Dublin's Guinness brewery on Tuesday evening (local time), William also joked that he and his wife Kate were spreading coronavirus.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks at the New Zealand national commemoration in Flanders, Belgium. Image: Getty

"I bet everyone's like: 'I've got coronavirus, I'm dying', and you're like 'no, you've just got a cough,'" William said to the emergency workers.

"Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment? Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?"



Second Coronavirus Fatality Confirmed In Australia After Elderly Woman Dies

A 95-year-old woman has become the second Australian to die of coronavirus after an aged care worker was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Sydney's north.

The UK government issued an action plan on Tuesday which included a warning that more than a fifth of employees could be off work at the peak of the outbreak.

The Taliban has binned their peace deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, announcing they will continue offensive operations against Afghanistan. 

It comes one day after the U.S. conducted an air strike against Taliban fighters who were reportedly attacking an Afghan checkpoint.

Afghan national army officers search alleged Taliban fighters during a three-day ceasefire. Image: AAP

The Taliban fighters were "were actively attacking an (Afghan National Security Forces) checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack," Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Since signing the deal on Saturday, the Taliban have been publicly celebrating their victory over the U.S., according to AFP.



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The deal had ordered foreign forces to exit Afghanistan for 14 months under Taliban security guarantees, and included a pledge for the Taliban to hold talks with the Afghan government.

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee has rebuffed speculation the games might be cancelled due to deepening concern about the coronavirus outbreak.

"I am totally not considering this," Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday when asked about a possible cancellation.

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee's Yoshiro Mori during a news conference in Tokyo. Image: AAP

Asked when the organisers could decide on changes to the Olympics, he said: "I'm not God so I don't know."

Mori repeated several times that the only plan right now was to hold the Games as scheduled. But he also emphasised the organisers were listening to various opinions and would be flexible.

"The situation changes every day. It changes depending on the place. That's why we need to respond in a flexible manner," Mori said.

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