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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.

Talon wins Benin presidential race as Zinsou concedes defeat

Cotonou - Businessman Patrice Talon won the second round of Benin's presidential election, his adversary and incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou told AFP before the release of official results.

Benin votes in second-round of presidential election

Cotonou - Benin began voting Sunday in the deciding second round of its presidential election, with Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou taking on businessman Patrice Talon for the tiny west African country's top job.Polls opened at 7:00am (0600 GMT), with 4.

Benin presidential election set for second round run-off

Cotonou - Benin's presidential election looks likely to be a second round run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, the country's electoral commission indicated on Tuesday.Zinsou won 28.

Benin votes for new president to succeed Boni Yayi

Cotonou - Polls closed and counting began in Benin on Sunday after voting to choose a new president from a record 33 candidates, with monitors reporting few problems despite concerns about election cards.

Benin votes for new president with 33 candidates in the fray

Cotonou - Benin went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president from a crowded field of 33 candidates, but with concerns lingering about the distribution of voters' cards that already forced a two-week delay.

Benin: Turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource

- A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see.

Record 48 candidates seek Benin presidency

Cotonou - A record 48 candidates have applied to contest next month's presidential election in the west African nation of Benin, the electoral agency said on Wednesday.

'Blood Diamond' star returns to Benin to film 'true' voodoo

- As the drumming rumbles on, Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou walks shirtless with a voodoo procession making its way through the dusty streets of Heve in his native Benin.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

Cotonou - Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari Saturday.

Benin president's party leads after partial vote results

Cotonou - The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi has won Benin's parliamentary elections with 32 seats out of 83 but failed to secure an absolute majority, according to the first partial results.

Benin votes in key test for President Boni Yayi

Cotonou - Benin headed to the polls Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution to extend his rule may be crushed if the opposition makes gains.About 4.

Op-Ed: France takes European lead in fight against Boko Haram

Paris - France’s current regional deployments and long history with West Africa makes it the European nation best enabled to help its African allies in their fight against Boko Haram.

Op-Ed: America should intervene to save Boko Haram's female bombers

African citizens face a new wave of terrorist bombings perpetrated by women. No simple solution will fix this problem but there is one alternative which not everyone will like.

African frog uses chemicals to hide from killer ants

The West African savanna frog avoids being eaten by African stink ants by exuding a chemical that conceals the frog from the maundering ants.

Pirates free French tanker seized off Ivory Coast

Abidjan - A French-owned tanker seized by pirates off the Ivorian coast earlier this week has been released and its crew is safe, the vessel’s owner said Wednesday.

French oil tanker reported hijacked off West African coast

A French oil tanker sailing off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire is suspected of having been hijacked by pirates. The tanker had a crew of 17 on board an there has been no contact with the ship since yesterday.

John McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Internet software entrepreneur John McAfee, appeared in public in Guatemala Tuesday for the first time since he went into hiding from the Belizean authorities, saying he is seeking asylum in Guatemala because of fears for his safety in Belize.

100s of graves raided for body parts for voodoo ritual fetishes

Tomb raiders have been busy digging up over 100 graves in the last week in the West African state of Benin - the world capital of voodoo - looking for body parts for voodoo rituals.

Pirates attack tanker off West Africa coast, 23 sailors kidnapped

Cotonou - Armed pirates raided an idling tanker on Wednesday as it was attempting to transfer its crude oil cargo, about 62 nautical miles from the Benin capital of Cotonou, and hijacked 23 sailors in waters seeing a marked increase in piracy.
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