NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. cocoa futures have
rallied more than 30 percent in 2018 so far, sharply
outperforming other core U.S. commodities on signs of improving
demand and forecasts for a smaller global surplus.
ACCRA, March 13 (Reuters) - Ghana's cocoa industry regulator
Cocobod is confident it will promptly repay its creditors,
including those subscribed to a $1.3 billion syndicated loan,
despite an expected drop in production, Chief Executive Joseph
Boahen Aidoo said on Tuesday.
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighbouring South Africa.
HARARE (Reuters) - Doctors at public hospitals across Zimbabwe have gone on strike and will not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions, a spokesman for a doctors' unions said on Tuesday.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - At least 40 people have been killed in the last 48 hours in ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo between Hema cattle herders and Lendu farmers, local civil society leader Jean Bosco Lalu told Reuters on Tuesday.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - More than 2,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow on Tuesday, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7 billion in renewable energy deals.
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Opposition supporters in Guinea protested and erected barricades in the mining towns of Boke and Kamsar on Tuesday, disrupting some shipments of the aluminium ore bauxite, industry officials said.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Treasury plans to speed up the transfer of ownership of homes worth 180 billion rand ($15 billion) to about one million poor people from April, granting them access to assets that could be sold or used as collateral, it said on Tuesday.
This Diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events
TUESDAY, MARCH 13
** HAVANA - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta will visit Cuba (to March 15).
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Nigeria will begin cutting the
sulphur levels allowed in imported fuels in July, a change long
sought by health and environmental campaigners, a year after an
initial deadline, an official at state oil company NNPC said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A supervolcano eruption about 74,000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed.
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.
NAIROBI, March 13 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic
indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on
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*RWANDA - The statistics office to release fourth quarter 2017 gross
domestic product data.
Asian stocks stalled on Tuesday as Wall Street shares lost steam,
while the dollar sagged on the back of declining U.S. yields.
Investors were focused on U.S. inflat