Sadio Mane sent Senegal into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, where it will meet a Benin team that dumped out Morocco to start the knockout stages with a major upset on...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States,...
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — The West African nation of Benin has inaugurated its new parliament following elections in which opposition parties were banned from taking part.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron greeted three ex-hostages as they arrived on French soil Saturday, one day after a pre-dawn military operation freed them in Burkina Faso but cost the...
PARIS (AP) — Two French special forces officers were killed Friday in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the United States, France and...
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Two French tourists are feared kidnapped in the West African nation of Benin after they failed to return from a game drive in a wildlife reserve and their guide was later...
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — It was about 4 a.m. when his phone buzzed with a message from far away. He read it once, twice, three times before he woke his sleeping wife to tell her the news.
8 Burkina Faso security force members killed by land mine
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso army official says eight security force members were killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device while driving in the country's east toward the Benin border.
2 UN peacekeepers freed in Congo’s southeast
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An official in Congo says two United Nations peacekeepers have been released after being held by rebels in the country's southeast.
Tanganyika province vice-governor Ali Omar Simukinje told The Associated Press Thursday that the peacekeepers from Benin had been held by the Mai Mai militia and were freed Wednesday.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A United Nations official says two peacekeepers from Benin have gone missing in Tanganyika province in Congo's southeast.
U.N. Congo mission spokeswoman Florence Marchal says the two went missing Friday in Nyunzu territory after 13 peacekeepers went on a mission from Kongolo town to Kalemie town. She says the U.N. is searching for the two peacekeepers.
I was a very lucky girl. I grew up in Benin, West Africa, in the middle of a big family, filled with love.
We were 10 children: seven boys and three girls. Even though we were not rich — my dad worked at the post office — our life was full of joy.
Gulf Coast wreck ruled out as last slave ship
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Investigators have determined that an old wooden wreck found on the Alabama Gulf Coast isn't the last slave ship to land in the United States, the Alabama Historical Commission said Monday.
A statement released by the state agency said the ship remains found north of Mobile are too large and new to be those of the Clotilda, which was burned nearly 160 years ago after delivering captives from what's now the west African nation of Benin to Mobile in 1860.
Experts assessing remains of possible slave vessel
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Experts are on the Alabama coast assessing what could be remains of the last ship to bring slaves to the United States.
Officials held a news conference Friday in Mobile to discuss efforts to determine whether pieces of a wooden ship found in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta are those of the Clotilda.
The ship was burned nearly 160 years ago after delivering captives from what is now the west African nation of Benin to Mobile in 1860.
Nigeria reports record high Lassa fever cases with 317
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Health authorities say a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has reached a record high and there are suspected cases in neighboring Benin as well.
Nigeria has reported 317 confirmed cases in two months, more than the total for all of last year. The World Health Organization says there are 20 suspected cases across the border in Benin.
Oil tanker with 22 Indian crew missing off Benin’s coast
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has sought the help of the Nigerian and Benin navies to find an oil tanker that has gone missing with 22 Indian crew members off Benin's coast.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed late Sunday that the tanker, Marine Express, went missing in the Gulf of Guinea.
It's not known whether the ship was hijacked for ransom or to steal the nearly 13,500 tonnes (15,120 tons) of gasoline on board.
BENIN CITY, Nigeria — Sandra knew there was always a chance that her clients would kill her.
For three years, she was forced to work as a prostitute on the streets of Moscow, repaying a $45,000 debt to the trafficker who brought her from Nigeria.
“There were five of them,” she recalls of one occasion. “They were brutal, they beat me up, they brought out a knife and tried to stab me.”
Instead, they pushed her out of the two-story window for not submitting.
A borderless Africa? Some countries open doors, raise hopes
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — For years African leaders have toyed with the idea of free movement by citizens across the continent, even raising the possibility of a single African passport.
Now some African countries are taking bold steps to encourage borderless travel that could spur trade and economic growth on a continent in desperate need of both.
Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others
MILAN (AP) — An Italian priest kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria was released after five days and was in good condition, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.
The Rev. Maurizio Pallu, 63, was released late Tuesday, five days after being kidnapped in Benin City. Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told Italian Radio Capital that the priest was returning to the Nigerian capital of Abuja, where he has been working for the last three years.
Les Amazones d'Afrique, "Republique Amazone" (Real World Records)
Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia, from Amadou & Mariam, are part of a supergroup of West African women whose CD "Republique Amazone" is a mesmerizing blend of female advocacy and dance rhythms.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A once-powerful politician who led impeachment proceedings against former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years and four months in prison for a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.
‘Our mosques are not big enough:’ Benin’s Muslims squeezed
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Tensions have mounted in Benin after authorities cleared illegal structures from sidewalks including temporary awnings beside mosques where large numbers of worshippers gather for Friday prayers.
Muslims, who account for nearly one-fourth of this West African nation's more than 10 million people, say new mosques must be built and until then worshippers will crowd the streets for the weekly prayers.
Pirates seize Russian captain, 2 crew in waters off Nigeria
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Nigeria says pirates have kidnapped the Russian captain and two crewmen off a ship in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea.
Spokesman Artyom Romanov says the pirates hijacked the Greek-flagged Saronic Breeze off the coast of Benin on Tuesday and sailed the vessel to Nigeria before abandoning it in waters near Nigeria's southeastern oil capital of Port Harcourt.
Brazil impeachment leader arrested in corruption probe
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The powerful former speaker of Brazil's lower house who spearheaded the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff was arrested Wednesday as part of a sprawling graft probe involving state oil giant Petrobras.
ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — A few years ago, most of them had never heard of baseball. Now, a dozen boys from Africa are in the Twin Cities getting ready to play in their first tournament.
"They're pioneers," Wally Langfellow, one of the organizers of the boys' trip, told KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/2b5wEeA ). "They are baseball pioneers."
The boys from the West African nation of Benin are play in a wood bat tournament that began...