Dragon and lion dancers perform at the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange to mark the first day of trading for the Lunar New Year. Financial markets in a number of Asian countries were closed to observe the occasion. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/JAY DIRECTO
Dragon and lion dancers perform at the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange to mark the first day of trading for the Lunar New Year. Financial markets in a number of Asian countries were closed to observe the occasion. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/JAY DIRECTO
LIVING WITH LOAD-SHEDDING: Nigerians participate in a protest against a 45% hike in electricity prices in Lagos. The new tariffs, which came into effect on February 1, are intended to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Nigeria's citizens rely on expensive back-up generators because power supply is more off than on. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
LIVING WITH LOAD-SHEDDING: Nigerians participate in a protest against a 45% hike in electricity prices in Lagos. The new tariffs, which came into effect on February 1, are intended to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Nigeria's citizens rely on expensive back-up generators because power supply is more off than on. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
A Hong Kong riot policewoman stands on a cordoned-off street following clashes between protesters and police. The violence erupted when officials attempted to relocate temporary but unlicensed food stalls. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/DALE DE LA REY
A Hong Kong riot policewoman stands on a cordoned-off street following clashes between protesters and police. The violence erupted when officials attempted to relocate temporary but unlicensed food stalls. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/DALE DE LA REY
Brazilian children from Imperatriz samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. Carnival festivities continued in spite of concerns about the threat presented by the Zika virus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/CHRISTOPHE SIMON
Brazilian children from Imperatriz samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. Carnival festivities continued in spite of concerns about the threat presented by the Zika virus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/CHRISTOPHE SIMON

AFRICA

• Tanzania starts to roll out free education, leading to an increase in school enrolment.

• Algeria’s parliament overwhelmingly votes for constitutional changes curbing the powers of the president.

• Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo accuses the country’s leaders of lying about the fate of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

• US president Barack Obama signs into law a measure to expand electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

• A general and critic of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is arrested and charged with engaging in partisan political activities.

• Four people are killed in grenade attacks in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura.

ABROAD

Google boss Sundar Pichai is awarded US$199m in shares, making him the highest paid CE in the US.

• India’s telecoms regulator blocks a Facebook Internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of Net neutrality.

• The French parliament votes in favour of controversial constitutional changes to declare a state of emergency.

• Britain’s foreign ministry summons North Korea’s ambassador to object to a satellite put into orbit with a rocket launch.

Fighting in Aleppo in Syria forces thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

• Haiti’s president steps down with no successor in place after run-off elections are delayed because of fears of violence.

• Police clash with protesters in Hong Kong during a drive to close illegal food stalls.

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