Islamic-style banking is on the rise worldwide, showing especially strong growth in Africa recently, according to the rating agency Moody’s. This type of banking system doesn't charge or pay interest, uses physical assets to underpin transactions, and does not invest in so-called “sin” industries like alcohol, pork and gambling. In South Africa, the continent’s financial hub, Islamic banking is gaining popularity among the minority Muslim community. VOA’s Anita Powell reports in Johannesburg.
Farmers in the American mid-west are working the fields this fall amid a trade dispute between the United States and China, once one of the largest importers of U.S. corn and soybeans. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, uncertainty looms over how it will ultimately affect farm income this year, as growers have yet to feel the full impact, or benefits, of the escalating trade dispute.