*South Sudan among world's toughest business environments. JUBA/ NAIROBI, Dec 5- Kenya Commercial Bank started small in Africa's newest nation, South Sudan- very small. That was in 2005. KCB now has 21 branches in South Sudan generating 9 percent of the group's 15.2 billion Kenyan shillings in pretax profit for the first nine months of 2013..
*Disputes with Khartoum have prevented oil exports. GENEVA/ JUBA, Nov 12- South Sudan, which has just devalued its currency by 34 percent, can use some of its almost $1 billion in foreign exchange reserves to defend the new rate, Finance Minister Aggrey Sabuni Tisa told Reuters.
JUBA, Nov 12- South Sudan has devalued its pound currency against the dollar by 34 percent to bring it onto a par with the black market rate, a move that risks fanning inflation. South Sudan has had a currency problem ever since it gained independence from Sudan in July 2011.
JUBA, Oct 10- South Sudan has made more than $1.3 billion in oil sales since the country restarted production in April this year, the Ministry of Petroleum said on Thursday. The country has paid more than $300 million to Khartoum to export the crude through Sudan's pipelines and to ship the crude from Port Sudan.
KHARTOUM, Oct 8- With its scrubland, unpaved roads and mud brick huts, the Jebel Amer area in Darfur, western Sudan, can look like a poor and desolate place. In the past year or so the precious metal has begun to alter the nature of the decade-old conflict in Darfur, transforming it from an ethnic and political fight to one that, at least in part, is over precious metal.
KHARTOUM, Sept 29- About 1,000 Sudanese staged another protest in Khartoum on Sunday to demand President Omar Hassan al-Bashir resign, a witness said, as the government moved to raise salaries to soften the impact of unpopular austerity measures. Last week, the government cut back fuel subsidies, which touched off the worst unrest in central Sudan in years.
*Nigeria has unmet demand for 16 million homes. *Huge population, growing middle-class driving boom. ABUJA, Sept 15- On one of the most exclusive streets in Nigeria's capital sits a crumbling mansion with an unwelcoming message painted at its entrance: "BEWARE!
JUBA, Sept 9- China will help South Sudan develop a mining sector and is in talks to lend it between $1 and 2 billion for road, power and agriculture projects, oil and mining minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said on Monday.
ELDORET, Kenya, Sept 8- The approaching trials of Kenya's president and his deputy in The Hague are worrying the upland communities that were rent apart by a post-election bloodbath more than five years ago, violence the two men are accused of orchestrating.
NEW YORK, Sept 4- Brent crude oil weakened on Wednesday as it appeared that a military strike against Syria would remain limited, quelling fears of supply disruptions in the Middle East.
*Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key Congress members. LONDON, Sept 4- Brent crude fell below $115 a barrel on Wednesday as the prospect of an immediate U.S. military strike on Syria faded and Russia said U.S. lawmakers had no right to approve such action.
*Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key Congress members. LONDON, Sept 4- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Wednesday as U.S. lawmakers' support for military action against Syria revived concerns that Middle East oil supplies might be disrupted if the conflict widens.
SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Wednesday, close to its highest in almost a week, as U.S. lawmakers' support for military action against Syria rekindled worries over the possible impact on oil supply from the Middle East.
*Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key Congress members. SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Wednesday, near a week's high, as U.S. lawmakers voiced support for military action on Syria, renewing jitters over potential supply disruption in the Middle East.
SINGAPORE, Sept 4- U.S. crude held above $108 a barrel as U.S. lawmakers voiced support for military action against Syria, stoking concerns of oil supply disruptions in the broader Middle East.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- Brent crude oil futures rose more than $1 per barrel on Tuesday and settled 1.2 percent higher, fuelled by tighter global supplies and as U.S. lawmakers voiced support for military action against Syria, upholding fears of oil supply disruptions in the broader Middle East.
Sept 3- Following is a list of global oil supply outages according to estimates from analysts at Deutsche Bank and other shipping and industry sources. Outages amount to 3.15 millions of barrels per day, about 3.5 percent of daily world oil demand of 90 million bpd.
*Obama, aides confront sceptical Congress on Syria strike. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Sept 2- Benchmark Brent crude oil prices eked out a small gain on Monday, reversing a deep early slide amid upbeat economic data, North Sea output woes and a new French report on Syria's use of chemical weapons.
*Obama, aides confront sceptical Congress on Syria strike. LONDON, Sept 2- Brent crude oil steadied around $114 on Monday, consolidating after a week of gains, as a military strike against Syria looked less imminent and worries over possible Middle East supply disruptions receded.
*Obama, aides confront sceptical Congress on Syria strike. SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Brent futures fell more than a dollar to a one-week low below $113 on Monday, with supply disruption worries receding as a military strike against Syria looked less imminent.