macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 21 Dec

By Rafiq Raji, PhD
Twitter: @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica

Global Markets
· Stocks, sterling unsettled as new virus strain shuts UK
· Congress reaches deal on covid-19 aid package
· European neighbours shut doors to UK amid alarm over new coronavirus strain
· Oil prices fall amid worries over new coronavirus strain
· Brent down 1.9% at $51.29, WTI down 1.7% at $48.27 (0103GMT)
· Gold gains as US stimulus deal inches closer
· Spot gold up 0.4% at $1,888.76/oz., futures up 0.2% at $1,892.80 (0048GMT)
Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handles @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica]
· International migrants day
· Kenya doctors join medics & nurses labour action, start strike
· Nigeria senate passes 2021 budget
· South Africa public protector releases investigation reports
· Covid-19 updates by authorities across the continent
Key African events or data releases over the weekend & early a.m today
Reuters
· CAR opposition calls for election delay due to violence
· Three killed when abandoned bomb explodes in Ethiopia capital – state news agency
· CAR says former president plotting a coup
· ‘You will die in the forest’ – Nigeria schoolboys describe kidnap ordeal
· Thosands protest in Sudan in call for faster reform
· Africa crosses 2.5 mln covid-19 cases – Reuters daily
· Algerians impatient for change with president still out sick
· Ethiopia offers reward for word on fugitive Tigray leaders
· Analysis – Spillover from Tigray conflict adds to pressure on Sudan
· Chaos and jubilation as freed Nigeria schoolboys reunite with family
· South Africa identifies new coronavirus strain causing surge in cases
· Send covid-19 wave hits West & Central Africa as weather cools
· Mauritius shipping disaster caused by lack of attention to safety – owner
Bloomberg
· Police say 84 hostages rescued from gunmen in northern Nigeria
· Zimbabwe power utility approves payment of bills in US dollars
· US forces to begin withdrawing from Somalia on Trump’s orders
· Germany mulls ban on flights from UK, South Africa, Bild says
· More students abducted in Nigeria but are quickly rescued
· South Africa’s Eskom bailout emerging as equity swap by biggest bondholder
· Cargo ship hijacked en route from Ghana to Cameroon: Maersk
· South Africa’s Mediclinic sees capacity strain with 2nd wave
· Xenophobia surges as covid-19 slams South Africa economy
· OPEC+ plans to take a more hands-on approach with the oil market
· EU pledges an extra $29 mln to help war-torn Ethiopia region
· Somalia accuses Kenya of arming local militia as tensions rise
· Sudan protesters mark anniversary of anti-Bashir uprising
· Republic of Congo cancels iron-ore project with Australia miner
· Suicide bomber kills 14 in attack aimed at Somalia prime minister
· South Africa cheetahs find new home in Zambia wetlands reserve
· Pierre Buyoya, Burundi leader who led two coups, dies at 71
· MTN to aid Nigeria effort to link phones to national IDs
· Ghana’s central bank shuts door on lending govt more money
· South Africa opposition files complaint over missed covax payment
· Ghana’s hung parlimanet sets president up for tough 2nd term
N.B. Full stories of above headlines are available on Reuters & Bloomberg

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