Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, once again ruled out putting himself forward as a candidate for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.Some Republicans had hoped he might ride to the rescue at the convention in Cleveland, saving them from either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.That now looks unlikely.
Peace talks between some of Syria's warring parties restarted in Geneva.But with a new ground offensive, supported by Russian air strikes, poised to start against rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the partial ceasefire struck in February risks falling apart.Meanwhile Bashar al-Assad's government organised elections in its remaining territory, which Western countries denounced as a sham.
Drought forced Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika, to declare a national emergency.Some 3m people in his country already require food aid.
American air strikes in Somalia killed 12 members of the Shabab, a jihadist outfit.A Pentagon spokesman said they posed an imminent threat to American soldiers assisting the Somali government.
Egypt's president, Abdel-Fatahal-Sisi, caused uproar on social media by announcing that two uninhabited islands that Egypt has been looking after since the 1950s will be handed back to Saudi Arabia.He angrily refused to answer questions about the agreement.
Mobile-internet services were suspended in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, to slow the spread of protests against the security forces' killing of four civilians at two separate demonstrations.
The ruling party in South Korea lost its long-held parliamentary majority, worsening a long-standing legislative gridlock that hampers President Park Geun-hye's plans.Her Saenuri party had hoped to increase its share of the 300- seat National Assembly to three-fifths (the fraction required to bring bills to a vote).
Inky, a common octopus, made a bold contortionist's escape from New Zealand national aquarium.Slipping through a gap at the top of his tank, he scurried across the floor and made his way down a 50-metre drainpipe into Hawke's Bay, North Island.