Thursday, June 4, 2020
The World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic as U.S. stocks plunged into bear market territory and several American cities joined European counterparts in banning large gatherings.
Two men in gray jumpsuits brush glue onto rubber soles, while factory machines whir in the background. Elsewhere, women perched behind industrial sewing machines attach leather swatches to sturdy-looking men’s shoes.
South African drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd (APNJ.J) reported a small rise in earnings in the first half of the 2020 financial year on Thursday and said the coronavirus outbreak would impact its performance.
Artisanal miners torched a car belonging to miner Gemfields’ Mozambique operation on Saturday and attacked the occupants with pickaxes, injuring three employees and one security contractor, the company said.
The Kenyan central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to set lending rates on March 23, the bank said in a notice on its website.
Nigeria’s economic growth rose to an annual rate of 2.55% in the three months to the end of December, its highest quarterly growth since a 2016 recession, the statistics office said on Monday.
Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101.
Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China’s disease outbreak.
Zimbabwe has given holders of mining concessions up to the end of April to pay $11 million in outstanding annual fees or risk losing their licenses, the mines minister said on Tuesday.
The world’s largest oil traders are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects - including wind farms, cow manure plants and blue hydrogen - as they seek to match the profits they make from trading oil.

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