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Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign for the White House, all but confirming Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and almost certainly setting up a general election that will see the New York tycoon face off against Hillary Clinton. Mr Cruz made the announcement shortly after a resounding defeat at the hands of Mr Trump in the Indiana primary.

“For the first time in modern history, one of the two parties will nominate a person explicitly opposed to globalisation and free trade. Rarely in democratic history has a deeply established party, indeed the ‘Grand Old Party’, so totally inverted its worldview — let alone with such alacrity,” writes the FT’s Edward Luce.

Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of the Democratic primary. “While Mr Sanders has virtually no chance of taking the nomination from Mrs Clinton, his ability to keep winning states demonstrates that a large swath of Democratic voters distrust the former New York senator,” writes Demetri Sevastopulo. “Mr Trump has already signalled that he intends to exploit this weakness by repeatedly referring to her as ‘Crooked Hillary’.” (FT, NYT)

In the news

Vale and BHP in $44bn Brazil lawsuit Prosecutors are demanding R$155bn ($44bn) in damages for the deadly dam collapse that unleashed a tsunami of waste-filled mud across two states. Federal prosecutors in Minas Gerais, where the companies’ joint mining venture Samarco is based, and neighbouring Espírito Santo state, said the damages claim was based on the clean-up costs of the comparable BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (FT)

UN seeks Aleppo truce Renewed fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups killed more than a dozen people in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to try to renew the ceasefire there. After meeting in Moscow with Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria, Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said an agreement on a truce in Aleppo province could come soon, “maybe even within hours”. (WSJ)

Lula faces corruption charges Brazil’s chief prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to authorise a corruption investigation into former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is a close ally of his embattled successor, Dilma Rousseff. (Bloomberg)

Chanel goes to Cuba French fashion house Chanel has staged its show in the Cuban capital Havana — the first international fashion show since the 1959 communist revolution. World celebrities gathered at a leafy promenade turned into a catwalk for the firm’s Cruise collection, even though Chanel goods are not sold in Cuba. (BBC)

Thousands flee Canada wildfire The Canadian province of Alberta raced to evacuate the entire population of Fort McMurray, where an uncontrolled wildfire was taking hold in the heart of the country’s oil sands region, with dry winds forecast that could fuel the blaze. Alberta appealed for military help to battle the fire and airlift people from the smoke-filled city. (Reuters)

China: always look on the bright side Beijing is training its sights on economists, analysts and business reporters with negative views of the economy, warning them to get back in step with the government's more upbeat assessment. (WSJ)

Millennials could help restore Marcos dynasty The “People Power” movement in the Philippines chased out dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 but, 30 years later, a new generation of Filipinos may be about to place his son a heartbeat away from the presidency. (NAR)

It's a big day for

Tesla Motors, which reports first-quarter results. The electric carmaker is expected to widen its quarterly loss but sales are predicted to climb by nearly 50 per cent year-on-year. (MarketWatch)

Bangladesh which has seen growing intolerance towards atheists and religious minorities, resulting in six deadly attacks by machete-wielding militants. Intellectuals and civil society actors have come together to urge the government to take action and condemn the killings. (catchnews)

Number of the day

12.5m The number of Indians — 1 per cent of the population — who paid tax on their earnings in fiscal 2013, according to new data. (Quartz)

Food for thought

Sovereignty is not the same as power Martin Wolf on the dangers of Brexit, and how the very fact that the UK is holding a referendum on its EU membership proves that it is sovereign . (FT)

Trump and the Lord’s work To get the nation’s politics unstuck, the intransigent version of the GOP had to be destroyed, writes Thomas Friedman (NYT)

Return of the repair culture The idea of mending things, as opposed to replacing them, is one that is gaining traction in the US. Pop-up repair events are proving popular and larger companies are getting in on the trend. Outdoor clothing store Patagonia will soon kick off the “Worn Wear” tour, where clothing repair experts will tour cities from San Francisco to Boston, fixing Patagonia’s coats and outdoor clothing. (BBC)

Star rising for Brazil’s ex-central banker Henrique Meirelles, who headed the central bank during one of Brazil’s most prosperous periods, is expected to become the now crisis-plagued country’s finance minister next week. (WSJ)

The likelihood of human extinction Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. The struggle is real: across the span of their lives, the average US citizen is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash, according to a new study on “global catastrophic risk”. (The Atlantic)

Video of the day

Long road to a driverless future As motor and tech groups invest heavily in driverless cars, a debate is under way over the social and ethical questions such a robotic advance presents. Tim Bradshaw discovers what the future of the car might look like, and the barriers they face. (FT)

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