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Clinton wins Washington DC primary ahead of Sanders meeting

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WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton has won the Washington DC primary, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination last week, will meet in private later on Tuesday (local time) with rival Bernie Sanders as the sometimes bitter political combatants search for common ground in the race against Mr Trump.

Mr Sanders is under pressure to give up his campaign and help unite the party.

But the US senator from Vermont has vowed to push on to next month’s convention to gain more converts to his agenda of reducing income inequality, curbing big money in politics and reining in Wall Street.

“We’re going to take that fight into the convention in Philadelphia,” Mr Sanders said ahead of the vote in DC.

At a news conference in Washington, Mr Sanders said he would demand changes to make the Democratic nominating process more equitable, including replacing the Democratic National Committee leadership, letting independents take part in the voting and eliminating superdelegates, who are unelected and are free to support any candidate.

“The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party,” he said.

Mr Sanders had promised to stay in the Democratic race until the final vote was cast in the Washington, DC, primary, although he has stopped talking about capturing the party’s nomination and instead focused on ways he can push his agenda.

He scheduled a national video address to supporters on Thursday night.

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Mrs Clinton easily beat Mr Sanders in DC, winning 79 per cent to his 21 per cent with more than two thirds of the vote counted.

The DC primary closes a more than four-month, state-by-state battle for the Democratic nomination that began on February 1 in Iowa.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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