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Naira boom: Nigeria’s naira could extend gains that have already made it the best-performing currency in the world this month, said a Goldman Sachs economist — provided policymakers stay on track. https://bloom.bg/3VQymsV

Failed promise: A $475 million light-rail system serving Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa shows how some China-funded infrastructure investments across the continent are now suffering from neglect. https://bloom.bg/3TUzj0O

Zuma candidacy: South Africa’s electoral commission asked the Constitutional Court to provide clarity on a ruling this week that allows former President Jacob Zuma to run for parliament in upcoming elections. https://bloom.bg/3WewpXB

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Iran has launched armed drones and missiles against Israel, marking a new and more dangerous phase of the Middle East conflict.

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LATEST: US President Joe Biden condemns Iran’s attacks in the “strongest possible terms,” according to a statement from the White House following his call with Netanyahu. He says G7 leaders will convene for a united diplomatic response.

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🚨 Here's what we know so far:

- Iran attacked Israel in retaliation for strike on embassy compound, after days of threatening action
- Israel says Iran launched over 300 drones and missiles
- US and UK helped intercept drones targeting Israel
- Iran’s mission to the UN said the matter “can be deemed concluded”
- Biden condemns attacks; to convene G7 leaders for diplomatic response

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Global leaders try to lower tensions after Iran’s direct strike on Israel.

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🚨 Here's what we know so far:

- Iran attacked Israel in retaliation for strike on embassy compound
- Israel says Iran launched over 300 drones and missiles, most of which were downed
- US and UK helped intercept drones targeting Israel
- G-7 leaders condemn strike, urge restraint

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will step down on May 15 after two decades, handing the reins to his deputy Lawrence Wong. More here: https://bloom.bg/4aAYr3y

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Inflation record: Nigerian inflation accelerated more than anticipated to a 28-year high, as a surge in the nation’s currency has yet to reflect on the cost of imported goods. https://bloom.bg/3UiwlEA

Forgotten crisis:
One year on, Sudan’s civil war has destroyed its social fabric, sparked the world’s biggest displacement disaster and threatens the largest hunger emergency. https://bloom.bg/4aBHPZC

Brazilian corn:
Zimbabwe is considering importing corn from Brazil for the first time since 2014 as the El Niño weather pattern withers crops in the region. https://bloom.bg/3TV8Ccl

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BREAKING: China’s economic growth beats expectations in the first quarter, rising 5.3% from a year earlier. Follow along for analysis. https://bloom.bg/49FqmOK
The resurgent dollar cut a swath through global currencies, weakening many in Asia through closely watched levels that forced some officials to step in to stem the losses.

A key intervention from China only served to ramp up the pressure with the Indonesian rupiah, India’s rupee and the South Korean won being particularly hit. Read more here: https://bloom.bg/49xPjLW

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John the Second's plan: Zimbabwe’s new central bank governor vows to restore confidence in the institution that’s repeatedly failed to stabilize prices and the nation’s currency. https://bloom.bg/49CCJeu

No free beach:
Nigeria’s commercial capital boasts miles of white sand along the Atlantic Ocean that once teemed with locals looking to beat the heat. So what happened? https://bloom.bg/3U1Zwu7

Gold miners tussle:
Endeavour Mining has been accused by Lilium Mining of misrepresentation over the sale of two African gold mines, as the fallout from the tenure of ousted CEO Sebastien de Montessus continues. https://bloom.bg/3xHefU8

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Africa's capital flight: The number of millionaires living in Africa dropped by nearly 20,000 in the past decade as they either moved away or saw currency depreciations chip away at their wealth. https://bloom.bg/49EpXMr

Inflation drop:
South Africa’s inflation rate dipped to a two-month low in March, but that is unlikely to persuade policymakers to cut borrowing costs. https://bloom.bg/4cU9TZX

ZiG reserves:
Zimbabwe won’t print additional ZiG notes unless it has the reserves to back the new currency, the central bank governor says. https://bloom.bg/3xFuS2k

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Google has fired 28 employees after they were involved in protests against Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion joint contract with Amazon to provide the Israeli government with AI and cloud services. More here: https://bloom.bg/4aTKIW1

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The race for the “world’s best airport” crown has been a two-horse affair in recent years, with Doha’s Hamad International and Singapore Changi leading the pack.

This year the title has switched, with 12-time winner Singapore being edged out of the top spot by its Middle Eastern rival in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2024. See the full list of the world's best airports here: https://bloom.bg/49Gl7OE

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Succession problem: The impulsive behavior of Equatorial Guinea's vice president threatens the long-term stability of the Central African state that has been ruled by his father for the past 45 years. https://bloom.bg/3vOf6ll

ZiG gains:
Zimbabwe, whose currency declined 80% before being abandoned, is now worried about its new unit appreciating too fast. https://bloom.bg/4d59ovW

Coffee trade:
Ethiopia has revised rules to allow foreign companies to buy coffee directly from farmers and processors, the latest in reforms to liberalize Africa’s biggest producer of the commodity. https://bloom.bg/4cYFF7T

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🚨 LIVE: India begins voting in the world's biggest election, with Prime Minister Modi aiming for a historic third term.

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DEVELOPING: An explosion was heard early Friday in Iran’s central city of Isfahan, a news agency reported, citing local sources https://bloom.bg/3JsA8Jn
Israel launched a retaliatory strike on Iran less than a week after Tehran’s rocket and drone barrage, according to two US officials, raising fears of a widening conflict across the Middle East.

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South Africa coalitions: Polls show that the country — which votes on May 29 — could enter uncharted political terrain. https://bloom.bg/3UoAcjy

Rwandan meddling: Conflict in eastern Congo has reached a peak not seen in at least a decade, spurred allegedly by Rwandan support for a brutal rebel group. https://bloom.bg/3UowUwG

Cholera vaccine:
An oral vaccine for cholera that is more simple to make than existing versions has been approved by the World Health Organization. https://bloom.bg/3Q8lISv

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