The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets - - - - - EVENTS: *KENYA - Opposition National Super Alliance of Kenya (Nasa) to announce its presidential flagbearer to stand in August 8 elections. *Kenya's central bank to auction 91-day and 364-day Treasury bills worth a total 20 billion shillings. GLOBAL MARKETS Asian shares eased from a near two-year high on Thursday as a long-awaited U.S. tax cut plan failed to inspire investors, though sentiment remained supported by global growth prospects and receding worries about political risks in Europe. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices dipped on Thursday, weighed down by a general sentiment of globally bloated markets, though traders said that prices seemed to have found support around current levels. EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest news on African stocks, click on SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand fell from a 3-week high against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as the greenback rose and traders closed positions ahead of a national holiday. NIGERIA MARKETS The value of Nigeria's latest naira exchange rate, set specifically for portfolio investors, eased for a second straight day on Wednesday even as the central bank stepped up dollar sales on the spot and forward markets. NIGERIA DEBT Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking parliament's approval for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernise its rail network and another $1.075 billion from the World Bank to help rebuild the insurgency-torn northeast. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling was stable against the dollar on Wednesday, helped by foreign exchange inflows from remittances and flat end-month dollar demand from oil importers, traders said. GHANA ECONOMY Ghana's gross domestic product growth in 2016 GDP stood at a provisional figure of 3.5 percent year-on-year, down from 3.9 percent in 2015, acting government statistician Baah Wadieh told a news conference on Wednesday. GUINEA MINING Guinea will not accept any major changes to the terms of the Simandou iron ore project that Chinalco bought from Rio Tinto, including building a 650-km railway rather than taking a shorter route via its neighbours, the mines minister said on Wednesday. SOUTH SUDAN UNREST East African states and South Africa believe that allowing South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the war-torn country would not "necessarily be positive at this stage," said United Nations envoy David Shearer on Wednesday. SOUTH SUDAN ECONOMY Banks in war-ravaged South Sudan have run out of cash and the crunch is exacerbating hunger and widespread famine, the deputy finance minister said on Wednesday. BOTSWANA ELECTRICITY Botswana's government on Wednesday granted First Quantum Minerals Ltd FM.TO and African Energy a tax holiday to build the 450 megawatt (MW) Sese coal power plant in a bid to encourage private sector investment in the sector.