Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.» Read More
*Africa could earn more if it adds value to exports. KIRINYAGA, Kenya, Aug 29- Nancy Njeri lugs a sack of fresh coffee berries to a hilltop factory from her small farm, which produces one of Kenya's main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children.
Forecasts for 20 percent net annual returns from investing in shopping malls, office blocks or industrial complexes in countries from Zambia to Kenya is drawing in new investors, despite more immediate concerns in some countries about Ebola, terrorism or political stability.
NAIROBI, Aug 16- Kenya Airways will suspend flights to Liberia's capital Monrovia and Sierra Leone's capital Freetown due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the company said on Saturday. The suspension of the flights will start at midnight on Tuesday Aug. 19, Kenya Airways said in a statement.
Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak.
*Guinea declares health emergency over virus. CONAKRY, Aug 14- Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday.
*US orders embassy family members to leave Sierra Leone. An estimated 377 people have died in Guinea since the world's worst outbreak of Ebola began in March in remote parts of a border region near Sierra Leone and Liberia.
CONAKRY, Aug 14- Guinea has declared a public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health workers to all affected border points, a government official said.
WASHINGTON, Aug 7- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in Washington this week to court Western investors, has sought to downplay a spate of violent attacks tied to militants in neighboring Somalia and their impact on Kenya's economy.
*Mobile money faces obstacles to growth outside Kenya,. DAKAR, July 30- IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.
NAIROBI, July 3- African countries' rapid growth over the past decade may have been the envy of many developed economies, but their number crunchers have struggled to keep up.
NAIROBI, July 3- The United States warned its citizens in Uganda on Thursday about a "specific threat" of an attack on Entebbe International Airport, which is near the capital Kampala, according to a message on the U.S. Embassy website.
*$25.5 bln project to give S.Sudan, Ethiopia sea access. LAMU, Kenya, June 20- The latest in a string of militant attacks on Kenya's coast has dealt a fresh blow to the economy, but the threat this time goes beyond the tourist trade to an ambitious $25.5 billion port and transport scheme next to the historic town of Lamu.
Argentina’s debt default drama has failed to deter investors from emerging market bonds, as the hunt for returns continues.
*Kenya aims to raise $1.5- 2.0 billion in Eurobond. NAIROBI, June 12- Kenya expects its fiscal deficit to fall slightly to about 7.4 percent of gross domestic product for the 2014/ 15 financial year, figures from the finance minister's budget speech showed on Thursday.
NAIROBI, June 1- Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year's Westgate shopping mall attack.
*Ethiopia says private sector too weak for competition. ADDIS ABABA, May 28- Ethiopia may delay plans to join the World Trade Organisation in 2015 if the country is required to liberalise its tightly regulated telecoms and banking industries sooner than it would like, the trade minister said.
*Central Bank says ready to act to minimise volatility. NAIROBI, May 26- Kenya's central bank has signalled its intent to defend the ailing shilling by selling dollars and says it has deep enough foreign reserves to cushion the currency against shocks.
OSLO, May 20- More than a third of South Sudan's population, or 4 million people, will be on the brink of starvation by the end of 2014 as fighting rages in the world's newest country, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. Farmers should be planting their crops right now, " United Nations' aid chief Valerie Amos told a donors' conference in Oslo.
*Kenya hit by series of bomb, gun attacks. NAIROBI, May 16- Back-to-back explosions killed at least 10 people in a packed Nairobi market on Friday, extending a spate of attacks that have piled pressure on the government and spurred Britain and other Western nations to warn citizens about travelling to Kenya.
NAIROBI, May 16- At least four people were killed on Friday in two explosions in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the National Disaster Operations Centre said.