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Algeria’s Supreme Islamic Council said the National Bank of Algeria (BNA) had become the first state bank to obtain a sharia compliance certificate from the Sharia Board for issuing Fatwas for the Islamic Finance Industry.

Algeria allows first Islamic finance products by state banks

Algeria said on Sunday it had given the go-ahead to a plan aimed at offering Islamic finance services, as it seeks new funding sources to cope with financial problems caused by a fall in energy revenues.
A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample from a man, as South Africa starts to relax some aspects of a stringent nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Diepsloot near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

OECD: South Africa economy could contract 8.2% if second coronavirus wave hits

South Africa’s economy could contract 8.2% this year, and grow just 0.6% in 2021, if a second wave of COVID-19 cases hits the country and its main trading partners, the OECD said on Friday.
Andrew Mlangeni speaks about his close friend, former South African President Nelson Mandela, during an informal meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Andrew Mlangeni dies at 95

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Andrew Mlangeni, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela in 1964 after a treason trial, has died at the age of 95.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi speaks while meeting U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst-File Photo

Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi wins parliamentary approval for possible Libya intervention

Egypt’s parliament gave President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi the green light for possible military intervention in Libya by approving the deployment of armed forces abroad to fight “terrorist groups” and “militias”.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a picture during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020. Ludovic Marin -Pool via REUTERS-File Photo-File Photo

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS proposals on ending political crisis

An influential opposition group in Mali rejected a proposal by regional mediators on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis in which at least 11 people have been killed this month during protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Employees collect protective face masks from the production line at a factory as Morocco starts to increase their production following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Casablanca, Morocco April 10, 2020. REUTERS-Youssef Boudlal

Morocco’s economy to contract 13.8% in Q2, 4.6% in Q3 – agency

Morocco’s economy is expected to contract by 13.8% in the second quarter under the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, the state planning agency said on Sunday.
Moise Vaghemi, 33, (L) an Ebola survivor who works as a nurse cares for a patient who is suspected to be suffering from Ebola, inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the Ebola treatment centre in Katwa, near Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

Up to 17 infected, 11 dead in new Ebola outbreak in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded up to 17 Ebola cases in a new outbreak of the deadly virus in the western province of Equateur, and 11 of those infected have died, medical authorities said on Monday.
A view of processing facilities at Tenke Fungurume, a copper and cobalt mine 110 km (68 miles) northwest of Lubumbashi in Congo's copper-producing south, file. REUTERS-Jonny Hogg

Workers at Congo mine end one-day strike over coronavirus

Workers at China Molybdenum’s Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) mine in Democratic Republic of Congo ended a one-day strike on Sunday after agreeing a compromise with management over compensation for working in isolation for two months due to COVID-19.
A farmer opens a cocoa pod at a cocoa farm in Ivory Coast, December 6, 2019. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon-File Photo

US investigates child labour in Ivory Coast cocoa supply chains

U.S. customs authorities have asked cocoa traders to report where and when they encounter child labour in their supply chains in top grower Ivory Coast, three industry sources said, following calls from American lawmakers to ban some imports.
The governor of Haut-Katanga province, Jacques Kyabula, issued the lockdown order late on Sunday and said the boundaries of the southeastern province would also be closed.

Congo imposes 48-hour lockdown on mining province over coronavirus

Congo has imposed a two-day lockdown in one copper- and cobalt-producing province and shut down public markets in another after two people tested positive for the coronavirus on a flight to the capital of one of the provinces.

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA directs schools to re-open for graduating class students Tuesday

The Education Authority, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed all schools in Abuja to re-open academic activities for students in graduating classes on Tuesday.
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Kwara students to resume Wednesday

All Senior Secondary 3 students in Kwara would resume on Wednesday as the state government had distributed 65, 000 face masks to schools ahead of the resumption.
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NGF expresses solidarity with Borno governor over Boko Haram attack

The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.

Ondo guber: PDP may suffer defeat over choice of running mate – chieftain

A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

NSE resumes trading for August with 0.30 per cent growth

The nation’s bourse commenced trading for August after Sallah break with a growth of 0.30 per cent on renewed bargain hunting.