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Tax Disputes Flare as Africa Fights ‘Secret’ Oil Deals

wsj.com — Sitting before a parliamentary oversight committee last month, two top executives from Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp. declined to reveal details of billions of dollars in gas contracts that the state company had signed with foreign investors. Parliamentarians had a sharp riposte: They called the police.

Fall in Oil Prices Threatens Africa’s Economic Growth

South Africa Keeps Rates On Hold

online.wsj.com — The South African central bank held interest rates at 5.75% Thursday when its new governor Lesetja Kganyago chaired his inaugural Monetary Policy Committee meeting. The move was in line with analyst expectations, as inflation was steady in October at 5.9% just below the 6% ceiling that the South African Reserve Bank has set.

Refugees Cross a Narrow Sea Passage With Europe on Horizon

Safaricom Reaps Record Revenues as Data and Banking Use Grow

blogs.wsj.com — Data usage and mobile banking led Safaricom, East Africa's biggest mobile telecom company, to record revenues of 79.3 billion Kenyan shillings (about $885 million) in the six months to the end of September-a 14.6% jump compared to the same period in 2013, the company said on Tuesday.

State Prosecutors Appeal Pistorius Verdict

online.wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-State prosecutors appealed the verdict and sentence in the case of star athlete Oscar Pistorius Tuesday, who on Valentine's Day last year shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, piling fresh drama on a court case that has gripped South Africa and the sporting world for the last 18 months.

IMF Admits Mistakes on Greece Bailout

online.wsj.com — BRUSSELS-The International Monetary Fund has admitted to major missteps over the past three years in its handling of the bailout of Greece, the first spark in a debt crisis that spread across Europe.

AngloGold Ashanti Swings to Profit

online.wsj.com — AngloGold Ashanti swung to a narrow profit in the third quarter of 2014, as it continued to advance on an 18-month plan to shut mines and become a smaller, more streamlined company. The world's third-biggest gold miner recorded a net profit of $41 million, after a loss of $80 million in the second quarter, it said Monday in its earnings...

Jack Lew: Oil Slump Won’t Hurt the U.S.

blogs.wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-Persistently low oil prices won't impact U.S. economic policy in any significant way, but they might force oil-reliant nations to become more cooperative, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday. "For the producing countries there will be stress on budgets that have been exclusively dependent on oil revenues for their budgets," Mr. Lew said, adding that "there are some countries where because of geopolitical risks...

South African Prosecutors to Appeal Pistorius Verdict and Sentence

online.wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-South African prosecutors will appeal the verdict and the sentence in the case of athlete Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013, according to the official Twitter account of the spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority. "Oscar Pistorius judgment, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," Nathi Mncube tweeted Monday.
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