Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strengthened their standings in the US presidential nomination races yesterday, winning most of the delegate votes on offer in five East Coast states.
The Republican frontrunner Donald Trump swept all five states in the primaries with almost 57 per cent of the total vote, putting him further ahead of his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Ms Clinton secured Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, while fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Rhode Island state. The Connecticut primary swayed towards Mr Sanders for a while, but Ms Clinton emerged triumphant, with 63 per cent of the votes cast. Sanders may have been defeated but he is still attracting substantial support, with 33 per cent of votes cast. Mr Cruz and Mr Kasich hovered ineffectually around the 20 per cent mark.
Ms Clinton needs only 286 more delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, while Mr Trump needs 310 to represent his party in the November general election.
Migrants clash with police in Greece
Migrants including refugees clashed with police at a detention centre on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit by the Greek migration minister and a Dutch minister. The detainees, who are demanding better living conditions and object to a European Union plan to return economic migrants to Turkey, were reportedly angered by an assault on a minor by a police patrol.
Attacks in Aleppo kill dozens
Thirty-five people were reported killed in conflict between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters in and around the city of Aleppo. The dead included children and civil defence workers. Five civil defence workers were killed in the rebel-held town of Atarib, on the outskirts of Aleppo. “The targeting was very precise,” Radi Saad, another civil defence worker, told Aljazeera news agency. “They were in the centre and ready to respond. When they heard warplanes in the area they did not think they would be the target.”
Chernobyl disaster remembered 30 years on
A memorial service in Ukraine has marked the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in the city of Chernobyl. President Petro Poroshenko, who attended the service, said “The issue of the consequences of the catastrophe is not resolved. They have been a heavy burden on the shoulders of the Ukrainian people and we are still a long way off from overcoming them.” The meltdown of the power plant emitting deadly atomic material into the atmosphere, poisoning the surrounding landscape and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Thousands of people have died of radiation-linked diseases and extensive areas remain uninhabitable. – Compiled from web sources by Ben Rochlin
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