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Benin: Country in West Africa
Benin, officially the Republic of Benin and formerly known as Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, and Niger to the north-east. The majority of its population lives on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres (44,310 sq mi) and its population in 2018 was estimated to be approximately 11.49 million. Benin is a tropical nation, highly dependent on agriculture, and is a large exporter of cotton and palm oil. Substantial employment and income arise from subsistence farming.


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Prince Edun Akenzua urges Bristol Museum to consider returning one of the stolen Benin Bronzes.
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A company in Benin harvests water hyacinths which can be used to soak up oil.
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Benin Museum Celebrates Return of Precious Artifacts from France

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West African nations rename common currency, sever its links to France

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Pressure grows on UK to return looted colonial artefacts as France prepares to give back artworks

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France promises to return seized artworks to Benin by 2021

France will return artworks taken from Benin during the colonial conquest of the region by 2021, Culture Minister Franck Riester said Monday on a visit to the west African country.
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Fashion influencer and Instagram star: The story of Steves Hounkponou

The digital revolution and explosion of social media have given rise to an entirely new job in fashion: the influencer. Courted by brands, influencers are closer to "consultants" than journalists...
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Cambridge college to return looted Benin cockerel statue to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City in Nigeria, more than 120 years after the work was looted by British colonial forces.
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Nigeria to form border force with neighbors Benin and Niger to fight smuggling

Nigeria and neighboring countries Benin and Niger have agreed to set up a joint border patrol force to tackle smuggling between the West African countries, they said in a communique on Thursday.
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Pirates kidnap four crew from Greek boat off Togo: Togo navy

Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo in the early hours of Monday and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nation's navy said, two days after a similar..
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Benin authorities open investigation after nine people abducted by pirates

Benin authorities have opened an investigation after pirates abducted nine people from a Norwegian-flagged boat off the coast of the West African nation, the port of Cotonou said.
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Pirates kidnap nine from Norwegian ship off Benin

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Nine crew members abducted from Norwegian-flagged ship off Benin

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Norway's Ugland says nine crew abducted by pirates from vessel off Benin

A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were kidnapped, the company said on Sunday.
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President Kovind awarded Guinea's highest award, returns home after week-long West African visit

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India offers $100 million line of credit to Benin during President Kovind's visit

India offered a $100 million line of credit to Benin for its development projects on Monday as President Ram Nath Kovind held wide-ranging discussions with his Beninese counterpart Patrice Talon on..
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President Kovind on Sunday arrived in Benin on the first leg of his three nations' tour to the West African region, the first visit by an Indian head of state to the country. Apart from Benin and The..
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Benin stun favorites Morocco to enter AFCON quarters

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CAIRO, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Benin roared into the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in their history on Friday, stunning favorites Morocco 4-1 on...
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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.
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