• Tanzanian president John Magufuli bans miniskirts, arguing that they encourage the spread of HIV/Aids.
• Gabon recalls its ambassador to Paris after France’s prime minister questioned the legitimacy of Ali Bongo’s election in 2009.
• Members of Libya’s proposed national unity government are named under a UN-brokered deal to unite warring factions.
• The Democratic Republic of Congo fails to free warlord Germain Katanga at the end of his ICC-imposed jail term as it is investigating him for other offences.
• Amnesty says Apple, Samsung and Sony failed to ensure minerals used in gadgets are not mined by children in the DRC.
• Venezuela imposes a 60-day economic emergency, which includes tax increases and emergency measures to pay for welfare services and food imports.
• Britain’s parliament holds a debate over a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country.
• North Korea drops about 1m propaganda leaflets attached to helium balloons over South Korea.
• A university in southern India is closed temporarily following protests over the death of a Dalit student.
• China’s economy grew by 6,9% in 2015 (7,3% in 2014), its slowest in 25 years.
• The Philippines will install a flight-tracker in the South China Sea after China landed aircraft on one of its man-made islands.
• The UK is to send 3,500 first aid kits to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.