OPEC and its allies unlikely to agree official output increase but will feel the pressure to avoid a spike in crude oil prices ahead of US sanctions on Iran taking effect. The organisation's members will meet this weekend in Algeria.
According to senior rebel officials, Turkey has stepped up its arms supply to Syrian rebels in the last rebel-held province of Idlib. This has been done in order to help them fight the Syrian Army and its allies in the upcoming offensive.
Talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran have focused on Idlib, as Syrian President Assad warns the northwestern province is next target. Turkey is working to clear Idlib from al-Qaeda and IS-affiliated groups in order to prevent the Syrian Government from attacking the city.
Victory for veteran nationalist Moqtada al-Sadr's Marching Towards Reform alliance in the Iraqi election would be a clear rejection of Iraqi elite that has run the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Astana Process: First time Iran, Russia, Turkey gather for negotiations on the Syrian peace process in Astana, Kazakhstan since cross-border military strikes between Iran, Israel. The meeting between the countries will last two days.
Iraq is currently counting the votes to determine the makeup of 329-seat parliament but abstentions highlight frustration with establishment. The voter turn-out has hit an all-time low with only 44% participation rate since the first election in 2005.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.