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Barring unforeseen circumstances, it looks as if Hillary Clinton will square off against Donald Trump in the race to become America’s president.

As of Tuesday night, Mrs. Clinton had won a majority of pledged delegates, a majority of the states that have held primaries, and the popular vote, according to the New York Times.

The former Secretary of State’s decisive victory secures her claim on the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for president later this year, after a 14-month race, and as the first female candidate of a major political party.

“Thanks to you we’ve reached a milestone: the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” Clinton told her supporters.

Clinton’s contender, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, may campaign through next week’s final Democratic caucus in Washington DC, but has pledged to work with Clinton to beat Trump.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Donald Trump won all five of the remaining Republican primaries in New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, and California.

Here’s CNN with more:


Sports: A moving memorial service was held for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died last week at the age of 74.

The three-time heavyweight champion was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona due to a “respiratory problem” on Thursday.

Ali has been fighting Parkinson’s disease since 1984.  His condition deteriorated earlier this month.

Born on 17 January 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali began boxing training at 12.  He won Olympic light-heavyweight gold at the Rome Olympics in 1964.

The champion later converted to Islam and adopted the name of Muhammad Ali.

In his 21 years of boxing, Ali won 56 fights and lost five.  The fights with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman in the early 1970s were among his best remembered.

Ali retired from the sport after his final fight against Trevor Berbick in 1981.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years later.

In 1996, he appeared publicly in Atlanta to light the Olympic cauldron.

Among the thousands in attendance at the Louisville, Kentucky, memorial service, included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the BBC.

The New York Times streamed the event in its entirety:


Paris: Floodwaters besieged Paris last week, following deadly rainfalls across northern Europe.

At one point, the River Seine has risen to 6 meters above its normal level.

Roads and cobbled walkways were submerged by the overflow of the river.  Part of Paris’s metro service running below ground along the Seine was shut.

About 250,000 valuable art masterpieces were moved from the basement of the Louvre museum for safe custody elsewhere and the museum was closed to the public.

An important collection of impressionist masterpieces were also evacuated from the Musée d’Orsay, which also had to be closed, as it is near the Seine.

If you’re wondering what’s in the Louvre — other than the Mona Lisa — here’s an informative documentary:


Germany: The German Parliament’s declaration last Thursday, that the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 was a genocide, has infuriated its Turkish neighbors.

During the First World War, between 800,000 and 1.5 million Armenians in present-day Turkey were systematically killed by the Ottoman government, according to various sources.

Germany has long acknowledged indirect involvement in the mass killings as the country was allied with the Ottomans at that time.

But the carnage remains a delicate topic for Turkey, and the Turkish government has long rejected the term “genocide.”

Angered by the German parliament’s resolution, the Turkish government denounced the vote as “null and void.”

“The way to close the dark pages of your own history is not by defaming the histories of other countries with irresponsible and baseless decisions,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

For those who have a little time on their hands, here’s a hour-plus video about the Ottoman Empire:


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Lead-In Image: Muhammad Ali with Joe DiMaggio, Ellis Island, NY, 1986; Courtesy of Joseph Sohm /