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Donald Trump congratulates Ted Cruz on campaign

Donald Trump is now the 'presumptive' Republican White House nominee. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump described Ted Cruz as "one hell of a competitor" after the latter pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump hailed his own "tremendous" victory in Indiana, which prompted Cruz to suspend his campaign.

Speaking in New York, Mr Trump said: "Ted Cruz, I don't know if he likes me or if he doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor.

"He is a tough, smart guy. He has got an amazing future. I want to congratulate Ted."

The Republican party chief said Trump was now the "presumptive" White House nominee.

Ted Cruz suspends campaign for Republican nomination

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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