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Ted Cruz suspends campaign for Republican nomination

Ted Cruz announces the suspension of his campaign. Credit: RTV

Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after losing the Indiana primary.

He told a crowd in Indianapolis: "I said I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory.

"Tonight I'm sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.

"With a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."

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Syria hospital strikes prompt unprecedented UN resolution

The al-Dabit maternity clinic in Aleppo was damaged by rocket fire. Credit: Reuters

An unprecedented resolution demanded that hospitals and clinics be protected in war zones has been adopted by the UN Security Council.

There have been six strikes on medical facilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, including one that killed at least 30 people.

The council unanimously adopted the measure condemning the targeting of health facilities and said such attacks are war crimes.

The resolution is the first ever adopted by the council specifically on the need to protect medical facilities in war zones.

According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), there were 94 attacks in Syria against hospitals and clinics supported by that NGO and three MSF-linked health facilities in Yemen have been bombed over the past six months.

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Sats tests help 'identify children who need extra support' says schools minister

  • Report by ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner

Parents took their children out of school today in protest at tests that they say are overstretching schoolchildren.

Sats tests for six- and seven-year-olds aren't new, but many believe they have increased in difficulty over the years.

Supporters of the tests say this is the only way to ensure that pupils who are struggling can be identified and helped.

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