Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, has ended weeks of speculation by announcing he will not be making a run for presidency.
In a radio talk show interview, Mr Ryan played down rumours that he intends entering the race for nomination as a late contender.
“I made a really clear choice not to run for president. Therefore, I will not be nominated… it will not be me. I don’t know how I can be clearer than that,” he said.
His comments leave just three declared contenders within the Republican party, with Donald Trump maintaining a safe lead. Mr Ryan will attend the national convention in July that determines the party’s nominee for the presidency.
Anger over Indian army’s killing of young men
Riots have broken out in the Indian region of Kashmir over the military’s killing of two young men at a protest. The men, Nayeem Ahmad and Muhammad Iqbal, were protesting about the alleged sexual assault of a young woman by a soldier. Hundreds demanded that the soldier be handed to the people to face justice. A relative of one of the men killed said the army ordered the crowd to disperse, used teargas, then fired into the crowd.
Terrorist released from jail
A man convicted for his role in the Bali bombings, in which 88 Australians died, has been released from prison two years early for his “good behaviour”. Harry Kuncoro, an assistant to the radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir,was found guilty of renting out a property used by the Bali bombers before and after the attacks in 2002. Indonesian prison officials admit Mr Kuncoro remains a high risk to society.
Brussels charges two over bombings
Authorities in Brussels have charged two men in connection with the March bombings in Brussels and detained three more in connection with last year’s Paris attacks. The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said the men charged, identified as Smail F and Ibrahim F, had rented out an apartment used by the bombers as a hideout. “They are charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders, as a perpetrator, co-perpetrator or accomplice,” the prosecutor’s office said. – Compiled from web sources and agency reports by Ben Rochlin
Photo of House Speaker Paul Ryan from Gage Skidmore’s Flickr photostream.