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Benin tech innovation hub sees bright future

Cotonou - With crimson walls and violet, yellow and red awnings, it's a building that few people in Cotonou, the tranquil economic capital of Benin, are likely to miss.And that's the point.

Benin crackdown on online media fuels press fears

Cotonou - Online media in Benin are facing a complete wipeout after the authorities ordered them to shut down, in a move critics say is aimed at stifling journalists ahead of elections next year.

Benin calls national 'dialogue' over political crisis

Cotonou - Benin's President Patrice Talon on Thursday announced a national "dialogue" with opposition parties to calm a political standoff sparked by their exclusion from elections in April.

Benin court bans presidential rival from elections

Cotonou - A court in Benin on Friday handed a top opposition politician a suspended six-month jail term over campaign breaches and banned him from standing for elections for five years, in the latest case targeting rivals of President Patrice Talon.

Benin court bans presidential rival from elections: judiciary

Cotonou - A court in Benin on Friday handed a top opposition politician a suspended six-month jail term over campaign breaches and banned him from standing for elections for five years, judicial sources said.

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France

Abomey-calavi - The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness.

Benin's former president Boni Yayi leaves amid political crisis: party

Cotonou - Former Benin president Thomas Boni Yayi left the country on Saturday for health reasons, a spokesman for his party said, after two months of political crisis following controversial elections in April.

Benin mourns slain tour guide, 'one of the best'

Natitingou - At Natitingou in northern Benin, visitors mingled with locals to pay their condolences to the family of Fiacre Gbedji, a tour guide murdered by jihadists when they kidnapped two French tourists in the Pendjari National Park.

Benin divided after troops crush post-poll protests

Cotonou - Troops in Benin maintained a tight clamp on protests Friday after two days of deadly violence sparked by elections in which not a single opposition candidate took part.

New look, old ways? Benin's leader and the authoritarian past

Cotonou - President Patrice Talon of Benin, a multi-millionaire businessman who dresses in sunglasses and sharp suits, presents himself as part of a new generation of modern, finance-focused and ambitious African leaders.

Calm returns to Benin after post-election violence

Cotonou - Calm appeared to return to Benin late Thursday following two days of angry post-election violence in which at least two people died, as the definitive results of the parliamentary polls were published."Turnout... was 27.

Benin told not to impose sentence on 'chicken king'

Cotonou - The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has asked Benin not to impose a controversial 20-year jail sentence on opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon for a drugs conviction, his lawyer told AFP on Saturday.

'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

- Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas -- and cash. "Our trash has become gold. We no longer throw it into the bush.

Pendjari park hopes to be new elephant sanctuary in West Africa

Natitingou - Matthieu Yoa smiles at a job well done. The ranger and his colleagues have just put a satellite tracking collar on an elephant in the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin.

Benin's Pendjari National Park comes back to life

Natitingou - Jean-Marc Froment leant against a railing at the lodge in Pendjari National Park in Benin's far north, and spotted about 40 elephants drinking at a large water hole.

Benin's 'chicken king' in fraud probe

Cotonou - Wealthy Benin businessman and failed presidential candidate Sebastien Ajavon is under investigation over an allegedly fraudulent export deal, a judicial source said on Monday.

Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes

Cotonou - Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots.

Benin eyes return of colonial treasures from France

Cotonou - Benin is asking for the return of treasures that were taken during French colonial rule from the end of the 19th century, re-opening a thorny diplomatic issue that resonates across Africa.

Benin's anti-piracy fight gives maritime nation 'life insurance'

Cotonou - The naval patrol boat Alibori braves high seas and rough weather to help prevent a repeat of that disastrous year 2011, when pirates carried out 21 attacks on shipping in Benin's waters.

Benin's Afro-Brazilian heritage risks crumbling away

- With a fine ceramic minaret, multicoloured walls and a great, carved wooden door, the Grand Mosque in Benin's capital is a marvel of Afro-Brazilian architecture, yet like much in Porto-Novo it faces collapse.
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