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SLIPPERY SLOPE:  An oil worker in Nigeria. The country’s oil production has fallen to less than 1.7-million barrels a day. Picture: BLOOMBERG/GEORGE OSODI

State oil and gas pipelines sabotaged and blown up in Nigeria

Oil output in Nigeria has dropped to a 20-year low after repeated attacks by the NDA, a new group demanding more economic and political control of the Niger Delta

African Perspectives

African Development Bank says continent far from debt crisis

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Africa a long way from facing a debt crisis even as commercial lending to the continent soars, says Abebe Shimeles, a senior official at African Development Bank

African News

Congo in uproar over signs of election delay and Kabila staying

LET’S TALK: A soldier patrols under a billboard featuring President Joseph Kabila reading ‘Let’s talk for the good of the Congo’. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JUNIOR KANNAH

Tensions mount in Congo as police battle protests and opposition leaders call for countrywide resistance to election delay

African News

France sends underwater probes to EgyptAir search zone

Egyptians light candles during a candlelight vigil for the 66 victims of the EgyptAir MS804 flight that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, at the Cairo Opera House in the Egyptian capital on May 26, 2016.
Picture: AFP/KHALED DESOUKI

Search teams are working against the clock to recover the two black box recorders, as signals that help locate them in deep water cease transmitting after about 30 days

Opinion

Morning breaks out in country of skulls

Paul Kagame gestures during a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016. Bloomberg recently dubbed Rwanda the would-be Switzerland of Africa. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASON ALDEN

Rwanda has maximised on its peace dividend, and the country knows what it wants and how to get it

African Business

Kenyan Uber drivers get credit for good service

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Kenyan banks offer Uber drivers car loans based on how clients rate their service

African News

Zimbabwe to lobby for lifting of ban on ivory sales

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Government says the safeguarding of the country’s elephants it wholly dependent on establishing regular open-market ivory sales to fund management and enforcement action

African News

Nigerian schoolgirl’s return spotlights a town making its own comeback

A woman holds a sign during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday.   Picture: REUTERS

People and businesses fled Chibok after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 students in 2014, but a new sense of calm is emerging there

African News

Lesotho migrants illegally in SA offered amnesty

A general view of buildings is seen in Lesotho's capital Maseru. Picture: REUTERS

Radebe says that Basotho living, working or studying in SA using fraudulent documents can take advantage of an amnesty to regularise their stay

African Business

Mozambique admits MAM missed Russian repayment

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Debt default fears intensify after state asset manager fails to meet deadline despite government guarantee

A technician analyses blood samples. The clinic in Rio de Janeiro searches for dengue, Zika and chicungunya viruses in blood, a process that takes 30 minutes. Picture: AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Timeline of Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline charting origin and spread of Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago by scientists researching yellow fever in Zika Forest in Uganda

African News

Thousands take part in pro-Mugabe march

Youth Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe cheer during the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front One Million Youth March in Harare on Wednesday.  Picture: AFP/JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Youth league of governing Zanu (PF) stages march in Zimbabwean capital as President Robert Mugabe insists he will stay on as leader despite calls to step down

Asia-Pacific

Africans in India living ‘in fear’ after killing: envoys

Muslim men near a mosque in a largely Muslim neighbourhood of Yaloke town, in the west of the Central African Republic, last month. Life has returned to the town after two years of violence, but the impending withdrawal of French and United Nations forces has revived unease about the future. File picture: REUTERS

Three Indian men allegedly bludgeoned to death Democratic Republic of Congo teacher Masunda Kitada Oliver in an argument about an auto-rickshaw

African News

Kenya’s central bank expects GDP growth rise

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The central bank expects stronger growth after the African state’s agricultural sector improves and on better prospects for its neighbours

African News

AU forces Somali militants to give up most of the areas they control

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Al-Shabaab has been in retreat in Somalia since its fighters were forced to withdraw from Mogadishu in August 2011 after a series of military defeats

African News

Egypt forensics chief says too soon to say explosion downed plane

EgyptAir Airbus A320 Flight MS804 disappeared off radar some 10 miles (16km) after entering Egypt's airspace. The plane, said to be carrying 69 people on board, 59 passengers and 10 crew members, took off from France's Charles de Gaulle airport on 18 May night and was expected to land in Cairo on 19 May early morning. Picture: EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

The plane and its black box recorders have not been located

African News

New excise duty in Kenya will not cause spike in inflation, central bank says

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Kenya’s central bank governor, Patrick Njoroge, expects a decline in food prices to exert further downward pressure on inflation in coming months

African Business

Buhari’s Lagos no-show dismays Nigerian business

Muhammadu Buhari . Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

With Nigerian economy contracting, foreign exchange market frozen by red tape and oil output at low due to new Niger Delta insurgency, plight worsening by the day

African News

Pressure builds for Democratic Republic of Congo election

Joseph Kabila. Picture: REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI

The delay in elections has raised fears among the DRC’s international allies that it could be moving towards a violent collapse

Inga Dam.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Inga 3 funding prospects in disarray

Brittle relationship between the DRC government and World Bank on funding for the Inga 3 hydro-electric scheme seems to have snapped, writes Tom Nevin

African News

Sudan ups pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

Members of the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) exiting their vehicle at the Zamzam camp for internally displaced persons in Northern Darfur last month. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY

Khartoum believes unrest in Darfur has ended, and that a referendum in April showed that security has returned to the region

Columnists

Public-private sector mistrust undermining Africa’s progress

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At key institutions such as the African Union the state is treated as central with the private sector as an unreliable adjunct

African Business

Mozambique heads for default after missing loan repayment deadline

Mozambique purchase of patrol boats with a loan meant for a new fleet of tuna fishing boats and an attempt to restructure the loan has plunged the transaction into a multimillion-dollar international controversy. Picture: JEREMY GLYN

Source says Mozambique Asset Management was unable to make the $178m payment and the government was also unable to come up with the cash

African Business

Old Mutual and ETI strengthen partnership

Ralph Mupita. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

A new agreement with Ecobank Transnational Incorporated could help Omem hit its ambitious profit target for Africa by 2020

African News

Zimbabwe needs $2.8bn to double platinum output

Platinum. Picture: REUTERS

Zimbabwe has the second-largest known reserves of platinum after SA, but mines have struggled with low prices, a black empowerment law and power shortages

Middle East

Automatic radio messages alerted to smoke in EgyptAir 804

Relatives of the Christian victims of the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 react and cry during an absentee funeral mass at the main Cathedral in Cairo, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

Electronic signals suggest more questions than answers to what may have happened to aircraft

African News

Congo to arrest opposition leader Katumbi on charges of recruiting mercenaries

Moise Katumbi. Picture: REUTERS/KENNY KATOMBE

Moise Katumbi resigned from Congo’s ruling party in September and has become a critic of alleged efforts by President Joseph Kabila to delay November’s vote

African News

Mugabe to stay on as Zimbabwe’s president, he tells SA students

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, President Jacob Zuma and AU Commissioner Nkosazana Dlamanini Zuma on stage at the University of Fort Hare Centenary celebrations on on Friday. Picture: MARK ANDREWS/DAILY DISPATCH

He wants to hold onto his seat to prevent the regime change he accuses the US of promising to bring about in Zimbabwe

African Business

Doubling of Zimbabwe’s platinum production relies on new investment

Platinum. Picture: REUTERS

The Zimbabwe Platinum Producers Association says the industry needs new investment to lift yearly production by existing producers from current levels of 13 tonnes

African News

Terrorism most likely explanation for EgyptAir crash, say experts

EgyptAir Airbus A320 Flight MS804 disappeared off radar some 10 miles (16km) after entering Egypt's airspace. The plane, said to be carrying 69 people on board, 59 passengers and 10 crew members, took off from France's Charles de Gaulle airport on 18 May night and was expected to land in Cairo on 19 May early morning. Picture: EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Both France, where flight MS804 started, and Egypt, its destination, are top targets; and the A320 plane was relatively new and a model with an excellent safety record

African Business

Zimbabwe cement makers want tariffs on imports to stop collapse of industry

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Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, said in August last year he planned to open a $400m cement plant in Zimbabwe

African News

World bank approves $5bn loan to Tunisia

A bridge goes up in Tunis, Tunisia, on Monday. The World Bank has approved a five-year plan to lend Tunisia up to $5bn to support economic reforms. Picture:  REUTERS/ZOUBEIR SOUISSI

The North African country is struggling with lower tourism revenue after four major Islamist militant attacks, and downturn in agriculture and phosphate output

African News

Senegal targets bond market to lift growth

Macky Sall. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

Senegal is also set to start producing oil from 2021 or 2022 from a deep-water well that is being developed by Cairn Energy

African News

Oil-industry kit used to comb seabed for clues

DISTRAUGHT: Relatives and friends of the cabin crew and passengers who were on board the crashed EgyptAir plane attend a mourning ceremony at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo. Picture: AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Egyptian submarine joins the hunt for EgyptAir’s black box recorders

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