Oil price alarm: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries president Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi that he expected a meeting of the oil cartel in March to address nosediving prices. Kachikw, Nigeria's oild minister, declined to name the countries which requested the emergency meeting. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI
Oil price alarm: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries president Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi that he expected a meeting of the oil cartel in March to address nosediving prices. Kachikw, Nigeria's oild minister, declined to name the countries which requested the emergency meeting. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI
Students attend a lecture at Garissa University in northeastern Kenya. it reopened with tight security nine months after a deadly siege by gunmen led to the death of 148 people, mostly students. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/TONY KARUMBA
Students attend a lecture at Garissa University in northeastern Kenya. it reopened with tight security nine months after a deadly siege by gunmen led to the death of 148 people, mostly students. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/TONY KARUMBA
Turkish police cordon off the Blue Mosque area after a blast in Istanbul's Sultanahmet leaves 10 dead. The area is home to Istanbul's biggest concentration of monuments and is visited by tens of thousands of tourists every day. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/OZAN KOSE
Turkish police cordon off the Blue Mosque area after a blast in Istanbul's Sultanahmet leaves 10 dead. The area is home to Istanbul's biggest concentration of monuments and is visited by tens of thousands of tourists every day. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/OZAN KOSE
Children in traditional Tibetan clothes watch a dance during the Gedong festival at a monastery in Shangri-La, China. Masked, costumed monks portrayed a host of ghosts and deities from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/JOHANNES EISELE
Children in traditional Tibetan clothes watch a dance during the Gedong festival at a monastery in Shangri-La, China. Masked, costumed monks portrayed a host of ghosts and deities from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/JOHANNES EISELE

AFRICA

Egypt’s parliament opens for the first time in three years, packed with supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

• Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto appears at the International Criminal Court to get the court to drop its case against him.

• A court denies bail to Hama Amadou, a contender in next month’s presidential election in Niger, who was jailed for his alleged role in a trafficking scandal.

• Twenty police officers are taken in for questioning in Zimbabwe after complaining over Whatsapp that they hadn’t been paid.

• The UN asks the Democratic Republic of Congo to repatriate its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic after they failed to meet UN standards.

ABROAD

• US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposes a 4% tax on those who earn more than US$5m/year.

• A Venezuelan court rules that actions of the opposition-held National Assembly are void until three banned members are removed from office.

• Footage of a North Korean ballistic missile test released by Pyongyang was faked, a US-based think tank says.

• Trucks carry food and medicine to Madaya, a besieged Syrian town near the Lebanese border.

• China charges seven human rights lawyers and associates with “subversion” after holding them for six months.

Elon Musk, owner of electric-car maker Tesla, says it is an “open secret” that Apple is building a rival vehicle.

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