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  • Prominent Angolan journalist released Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— A prominent Angolan journalist, jailed for his criticism of the government, has been released, a human rights group said on Thursday. The criminal case against Rafael Marques de Morais has been stopped, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group said. "This is an absolutely stunning turnaround," said Jeffrey Smith, Africa director of the Robert F. Kennedy...

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 21- South Africa's biggest private hospital group Mediclinic International reported a sharp slowdown in earnings growth on Thursday as regulations squeezed the profit margin of its Swiss unit. Mediclinic said its Hirslanden unit, the largest private hospital network in Switzerland, was hit by an adjustment of the national outpatient...

  • DUBAI, May 20- An $85 million loan taken out by a Ugandan bank this year points to an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia. Stanbic Bank Uganda originally intended to raise $75 million through the 18- month deal in January, but expanded that because of strong interest from banks wanting...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to June 1 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    ANKARA- Central bank of Turkey to hold monthly monetary policy committee meeting. PRAGUE- International Monetary Fund holds a press conference at the end of its annual mission to the Czech Republic- 1315 GMT. BRASILIA- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde visits Brazil to participate in a central bank seminar about inflation targeting.

  • ABUJA, May 19- Nigeria's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate at 13 percent on Tuesday, stressing the need to preserve foreign exchange reserves that have been depleted in recent months to support a weaker naira. At the bank's first policy meeting since the shock election victory of Muhammadu Buhari, who takes office as president on May 29, Governor...

  • *Brait's second major deal in a month. The deal, announced on Friday, puts Brait, whose top shareholder is South African retail mogul Christo Wiese, in the middle of the crowded British high street, where New Look vies with Primark, part of AB Foods, Next and H&M. It is the second big deal in a month for Brait, one of Africa's largest investment houses which is also buying...

  • *Brait's second major deal in a month. The deal puts Brait, whose top shareholder is South African retail mogul Christo Wiese, in the middle of the crowded British high street, where New Look vies with Primark, part of AB Foods, Next and H&M. It is the second big deal in a month for Brait, one of Africa's largest investment houses which is also buying fitness chain Virgin...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 28 Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas, Economy Minister George Stathakis, Chief Executive of the European Financial Stability Facility and Deputy Director at the European Department at International Monetary Fund Pul Thomsen are among keynote speakers. PRAGUE- The "History of...

  • Chinese airlines look inland for outbound opportunities Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:19 PM ET

    By Fang Yan and Matthew Miller BEIJING, May 14- Chinese airlines are banking on the newly rich in China's inland provinces to drive the next phase of their global expansion, offering flights to destinations like San Jose and Nairobi from cities hundreds of miles from aviation hubs on the Chinese coast. Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 26 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 25 Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 11- Botswana grocer Choppies plans to raise $48 million in a secondary listing on the Johannesburg bourse, it said on Monday, seeking to boost its profile among investors in Africa's largest and most liquid stock market. Under the offering to selected institutional investors in South Africa and Botswana, Choppies will sell 117.4 million new...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 21 Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    BUCHAREST- Romania central bank Governor Mugur Isarescu presents the quarterly inflation report. LUSAKA- Bank of Zambia announces interest rate decision. ACCRA- Central bank of Ghana holds monetary policy meeting.

  • By Silvia Antonioli and Morag MacKinnon. LONDON/ PERTH, May 6- BHP shareholders overwhelmingly approved the spin-off of new mining and metals group South32, clearing the way for a listing this month that will test investor sentiment towards the battered mining sector. More than 98 percent of votes cast at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday were in favour...

  • UPDATE 1-BHP spin-off South32 sees M&A opportunities Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    BHP shareholders in Australia and Britain voting by proxy overwhelmingly approved the spin-off, which includes some of the global miner's smaller assets, at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday, paving the way for a listing on May 18. Named after the 32nd parallel south line of latitude that links its business centres in Perth and Johannesburg, South32...

  • BHP spin-off South32 sees M&A opportunities Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    BHP shareholders are expected to approve the spin-off, which includes some of the global miner's smaller assets, at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday, paving the way toward a listing on May 18. Named after the 32nd parallel south line of latitude that links its business centres in Perth and Johannesburg, South32 will produce alumina, aluminium, coal,...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central bank of Hungary publishes April policy meeting- 1200 GMT.

  • Reflecting this uncertainty, analyst valuations vary widely, with Morgan Stanley predicting it may start with a market worth of A $8.5 billion and Investec around $12 billion. But if commodity prices are weak, it's going to be a bit more problematic, "said Paul Xiradis, chief executive of Ausbil Investment Management, a BHP Billiton Ltd shareholder.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The Toronto Stock Exchange- based index groups together the world's top gold producers, including No.1 Barrick Gold Corp, which is up 20.5 percent this year in U.S. dollar terms, and No.2 Newmont Mining Corp, which has gained 40 percent. The No.3 producer, Johannesburg- listed AngloGold Ashanti, is up 32 percent since the start of...

  • But Reuters polls of more than 250 economists across Europe and North America show only modest upgrades to growth forecasts and a reluctance to relinquish a depressed inflation view, despite the rush of rate cuts and central bank cash that most respondents believe is far from over. Germany's DAX index has rallied more than 20 percent since the start of the year...