JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gold Fields said most miners returned to work at its strike-hit South African operations on Thursday but a new walkout at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine dampened hopes of an end to the worst labour unrest since apartheid.
STONE TOWN, Zanzibar (Reuters) - Supporters of a separatist Islamist group in Zanzibar looted shops and fought with police on Thursday after their leader disappeared, witnesses said, the third outbreak of violence this year on the Indian Ocean archipelago.
PARIS (Reuters) - Demonising ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists is a mistake that will only lead to them eventually winning power, said the leader of Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi.
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan lawmaker and prominent Muslim preacher appeared in court on Thursday accused of inciting violence, days after he said he would be willing to fund a group campaigning for independence for the country's coastal region.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court pleaded for stronger support from the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to ensure states cooperate with its war crimes inquiries, complaining it had faced problems in cases on Darfur and Libya.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rwanda appears likely to win one of five U.N. Security Council seats up for election on Thursday, despite accusations by a U.N. expert panel that the country's defense minister is commanding a rebellion in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market
moves and political events may affect African markets on Thursday.
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ZAMBIA - The central bank auctions Treasury bills
of various maturities at its weekly auction.
KENYA - The central bank sells 91-day Treasury
Asian shares struck a seven-month high on Thursday
as a slew of Chinese data pointed to stabilisation
in the world's second largest economy, an
(Reuters) - More investment is needed to increase food production in Africa and Asia as rising demand and scarce resources leave millions of people vulnerable to hunger, a corporate-backed report said on Wednesday.
KIWANJA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Four years after dozens of his neighbours in the remote eastern Congolese village of Kiwanja were butchered by rebels, Olivier has a sense of a recurring nightmare.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - One international peacekeeper was killed and three wounded in an ambush in Sudan's western Darfur region on Wednesday, the international force UNAMID said, two weeks after four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed,
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hit rival Mitt Romney hard on women's issues as he headed back on the campaign trail on Wednesday after a spirited debate performance that re-energized his bid for a second term.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and dozens wounded as Libyan militias operating alongside the defence ministry shelled the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid and faced counter-attacks, a resident and medical source said on Wednesday.
PHOKENG, South Africa (Reuters) - While South African mining companies try to halt the spread of deadly labour strife, a kingdom that partly governs a small stretch of the country's platinum belt has managed to transform mineral wealth into social stability.
LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A former colleague of Kweku
Adoboli denied on Wednesday that he knew the UBS
"rogue trader" had been booking fictitious trades at the Swiss
bank months before losses of $2.3 billion came to light.
LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Nigerian crude oil differentials
were expected to come under further pressure on Wednesday as
unsold November cargoes continued to depress values.
Up to 14 cargoes of Nigerian crude oil remained for
November, days ahead of the release of the December loading
programme, including four or five cargoes of Bonny Light crude.
The December loading schedule for Angolan crude emerged on
Tuesday, scheduling an increase in shipments. Spot trading has
yet to kick off as
Tunis (Reuters) - Tunisian journalists went on strike on Wednesday, piling pressure on the Islamist government they accuse of restricting freedom of speech after a revolt toppled the country's autocratic leader last year.
CAIRO (Reuters) - A business association founded by a financier for Egypt's new Islamist rulers says it can democratise an economy long dominated by associates of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, but sceptics fear the emergence of just another clique.