Five foreigners held ransom by Nigerian militants

2016-02-04 17:45

Niger Delta militants are holding five foreigners ransom after hijacking a chemical tanker off the coast of Nigeria.

Benin prison conditions dire

2016-01-18 22:28

UN experts have voiced alarm at disturbing and cramped conditions in Benin detention facilities, including poor access to water and food, and urged the west African country to immediately reduce overcrowding.

Benin tackles climate change with sunshine and coconuts

2015-11-17 09:22

For the last 3 years, an environmental organisation has been trying to turn Beninese away from their reliance on charcoal or wood, which is used in four out of five households for cooking.

Senegal, Benin presidents to mediate in Burkina Faso after coup

2015-09-18 07:41

Senegal President Macky Sall, the current chairperson of Ecowas, and Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi are set to travel to Burkina Faso to mediate the wake of a military coup, an official says.

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

2015-07-02 22:12

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

Benin's president names new PM

2015-06-19 10:44

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has named Franco-Beninois economist and former investment banker Lionel Zinsou as prime minister of a new government announced in a bid to boost the West African nation's economic prospects.

Dutch suspend development aid to Benin

2015-05-06 19:37

The Dutch government has suspended all development aid to Benin after alleging some $4.5m earmarked for water projects disappeared from the west African country’s coffers.

Benin votes in key test for President Boni Yayi

2015-04-26 13:17

Benin head to the polls in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, who wants to extend his rule.

School scheme gives Benin students second chance

2015-02-19 12:09

A new school scheme in Benin is giving 18 students the chance to finish their education in an accelerated learning programme aimed at children outside the education system.

Benin passes new media regulation law

2015-01-23 12:49

Lawmakers in Benin have approved a new law for the media in a first for the tiny west African nation after recent concern about freedom of expression.


Nine people suspected dead of Lassa fever in Benin

2016-02-03 05:12

As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead.

Benin politicians criticise PM's bid for presidency

2016-01-06 16:58

A group of politicians and union leaders in Benin say they are opposed to Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou standing for the presidency.

Benin leader says will step aside in 2016 to 'respect the constitution'

2015-11-11 13:50

Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi will step down after two terms, out of “respect” for the constitution which bars him from seeking re-election in 2016, he has said.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-08-02 08:14

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants.

West African leaders urge power liberalisation

2015-07-01 21:05

Five West African leaders have urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities.

African leaders plan joint piracy response

2015-06-03 17:14

African leaders will meet in Togo to discuss drawing up a continental charter against maritime piracy.

Benin leader's party leads, partial vote results show

2015-05-02 13:08

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

Benin demands answers after embassy gets torched in Gabon

2015-04-14 14:01

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

AU may mandate regional force against Boko Haram

2015-01-28 08:32

The AU might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a diplomat says.

Lassa fever kills 9 in Benin, no Ebola found

2014-11-26 13:16

The health ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.

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