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Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force

COTONOU, Benin - Benin's president says the country will contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

   August 02, 2015 - 14:33 GMT
Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

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.

   August 02, 2015 - 11:27 GMT
France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hailed Benin as a benchmark in democracy, as he kicked off a whistlestop African tour that will also take him to Angola and Cameroon.

   July 02, 2015 - 17:36 GMT
French president starts 2-day visit to Africa

French president starts 2-day visit to Africa

COTONOU, Benin - French President Francois Hollande has begun a two-day visit to Africa where he will hold talks with the leaders of Benin, Angola and Cameroon.

   July 02, 2015 - 13:37 GMT
Benin's new French-born premier sets the record straight

Benin's new French-born premier sets the record straight

Lionel Zinsou left his lucrative job as head of European investment firm PAI Partners to become Benin's prime minister less than a year before general elections.

   June 23, 2015 - 18:43 GMT
Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

Admiring paintings or photographs by Africa's greatest contemporary artists is a luxury in Benin, where museums are scarce and most people lack money to travel farther afield.

   June 22, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Benin appoints French-born financier as prime minister

Benin appoints French-born 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.

   June 19, 2015 - 10:06 GMT
Benin presidential opponent elected head of parliament

Benin presidential opponent elected head of parliament

Opposition leader Adrien Houngbedji was on Wednesday elected head of Benin's national assembly, possibly threatening the president's hopes of pushing through a controversial amendment to the constitution.

   May 20, 2015 - 11:41 GMT
Benin minister quits over Dutch water aid fraud claims

Benin minister quits over Dutch water aid fraud claims

Benin's minister for energy and water has resigned following allegations from the Netherlands of massive fraud in drinking water projects, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

   May 13, 2015 - 17:25 GMT
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