• A new helium deposit is discovered in Tanzania’s Rift Valley which could put an end to the global shortage.
• Egypt says it has repaired the black box from EgyptAir flight 804, while France opens a manslaughter probe into the airliner’s crash.
• The corruption trial of Nigerian senate president Bukola Saraki begins with his denial that he falsified parliamentary rules to get elected.
• Kenya’s energy regulatory commission withdraws licences from 36 petrol stations for selling contaminated fuel.
• Zambia’s The Post newspaper is shut down, allegedly for failing to pay $5m in tax. It says it is being silenced ahead of elections.
• A colossal ship carrying 9,472 containers becomes the first vessel to pass through the newly expanded Panama canal.
• A Norwegian court dismisses a request for a guarantee to allow Edward Snowden to travel to Norway without fear of extradition.
• The mayor of a Chinese city calls for calm, after protests against a waste incineration project by people fearing it would damage the environment and residents’ health.
• German automaker Volkswagen reaches a $15bn settlement with US car owners after it admitted cheating in emission tests.
• An Indian smartphone that will sell for just $4 begins to ship its pre-orders, but the maker will make a loss on each handset.
• The US supreme court strikes down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities.