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Benin appoints French financier as prime minister

Benin appoints French financier as prime minister

Benin`s President Thomas Boni Yayi has appointed the head of one of Europe`s biggest capital investment funds as his new prime minister.

HQs of regional force against Boko Haram to cost $30million

The base of a multi-national military offensive against Boko Haram will cost some $30 million over the next year, the head of a regional security grouping said Wednesday in Nigeria, appealing for help.

Benin President`s party wins election but fails to get majority

The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi won Benin`s parliamentary elections with 33 seats out of 83, but failed to secure an absolute majority, the Constitutional Court said Sunday evening.

Benin president`s party leads after partial vote results

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 released Friday.

Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year.

Benin demands answers after embassy torched in Gabon

Benin demanded Monday an "official explanation" of the torching of its embassy in neighbouring Gabon during unrest that broke out after the announcement that a senior Gabonese opposition leader had died.

American teens' film on India trip leads to global clean-up project

"It's like the Sundance or Cannes of film festivals that are open to the public through a government website," joked President Barack Obama as he welcomed young filmmakers to the second annual White House Film Festival. Among the 15 official selections screened Friday at the premiere emceed by Indian-American actor Kal Penn and Terrence J was "Generation Change", a film made by two teenagers after two trips to India.

Niger, Chad launch offensive against Boko Haram: Niger government

The armies of Niger and Chad on Sunday launched a "ground and air" offensive against the Islamist Boko Haram group in northeastern Nigeria, a source from the Niger government said.

Gulf of Guinea: Africa`s new pirate paradise

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea -- the new epicentre of piracy in Africa -- are struggling to get their act together.

Pro-government, opposition marchers demonstrate in Benin

Several thousand people took to the streets of Benin`s commercial hub Cotonou on Thursday, in two separate marches prompted by a delay in holding local elections scheduled for last year.

Two dead from Ebola-like Lassa fever in Benin: Officials

Two people have died in Benin from the Ebola-like virus Lassa fever, the country`s government and a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday.

Benin`s President indicates funding crisis for elections

Benin`s President Thomas Boni Yayi has criticised the cost of staging elections and indicated a lack of funds for an upcoming poll, prompting fresh claims he is trying to cling on to power.

More Sessegnon goals as `Squirrels` triumph

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Stephane Sessegnon carried on where he left off in England by scoring twice for Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations victory this weekend.

Ghanaian president defies sanctions to host Ahmadinejad

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has defied international sanctions to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his three-nation West African tour that also took him to Benin and Niger.

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

Mali`s military and French forces have pushed toward Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation to retake land controlled by the rebels.

Benin prosecutor: 3 plotted to poison President

The Benin president`s doctor and his niece were a part of a failed plot to poison the leader by changing his medicine with something toxic.

Sessegnon signs extension at Sunderland

Beninese midfielder Stephane Sessegnon has signed for three more years with English side Sunderland, the club said.

American kidnapped in Benin: US embassy

Benin shares a border with the much-larger nation of Nigeria, which has been destabilised by the rise of Boko Haram.

Pope`s new document outlines church role in Africa

Catholics need to cultivate respect both for Islam and for traditional practices, the pope said in the document.

Do not deprive people: Pope to African leaders

Pope plans to unveil a pastoral guide for Africa which attempts to use church doctrine to address the continent`s woes.