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From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Sara Williams reporting.

After months of campaigning in the U.S. presidential race, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic leader Hillary Clinton are close to squaring off against each other in the November national election after a string of convincing wins Tuesday in party nominating contests.

Of the two, Trump's nomination by the Republican Party is the less certain, but the billionaire real estate mogul said he considers himself the "presumptive nominee."

But this one’s a diverse victory, I mean you go Rhode Island, then you go Maryland, and you go Connecticut, and you go Pennsylvania, and, you go…you know the whole thing…Delaware. And every one of them was conclusive.

Trump now needs to win just half of the remaining available delegates to July's Republican national nominating convention in the last 10 state contests in order to claim the nomination on the first ballot.

Meanwhile Clinton, a former U.S. Secretary of State, captured victories in four states:

“With your help we’re going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, with the most votes and the most pledged delegates.”

The next key nominating contest for Trump and his remaining challengers, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, is May 3 in Indiana.

Nearly six months after the Paris attacks, top surviving suspect Salah Abdeslam appeared at a courthouse in the French capital, just hours after his extradition from Belgium.

A 26-year-old Frenchman who lived Brussels, Abdeslam had been on the run since the November 13 bombings and shootings around Paris.

This is VOA News.


Words in This Story

front-runner –n. the leader in a race or competition

squaring off –v. to compete with in a sport or campaign

string –n. a list of

mogul –n. a powerful and important person

presumptive –adj. assumed to be when further information is lacking

diverse –adj. different from others

conclusive –adj. showing that something is clear

pledge –v. to promise

challenger –n. someone competing to win a contest

extradition –n. the process of being sent from one country to another for trial