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12 Jun 2016 description

COTONOU, June 11 (Reuters) - Benin stepped up security patrols and roadblocks and increased border security on Saturday in the face of a threat from Islamist militants, the army chief of staff and a senior security official said.

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18 Dec 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:59 PM
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West African states in the Niger River Basin are seeking to tackle climate risks and reduce poverty by constructing three hydropower dams in the next five years.

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10 Apr 2012 description

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof said on Tuesday.

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25 Sep 2011 description

24 Sep 2011 10:07 Source: Reuters // Reuters

Men work in a mill producing maize in Adjame, Abidjan July 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 will back the creation of an emergency food reserve in West Africa to avert the risk of future shortages in the world's poorest region, French Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt said on Friday.

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 16:28:32 GMT

Source: Reuters

COTONOU, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Weeks of flooding in the West African state of Benin have killed around 60 people and forced 120,000 to flee their homes, authorities said on Tuesday.

Food production was also badly hit by the floods, they said.

"With the most recent cases inland and with the cases of cholera, we have already reached around 60," Interior Ministry spokesman Franck Kinninvo said of the rainy season flooding of Benin's main rivers that started last month.

Seven people have died out of a total 800 cases of …

01 Dec 2009 description

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes.

As World Aids Day is marked on Tuesday, globally some 33.4 million people were living with HIV.

13 Aug 2009 description

FREETOWN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 15 injured when homes collapsed in a landslide in heavy rain in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Thursday, police said.

Rescue teams were searching for bodies beneath mud, stones and rubble from three hillside houses that collapsed, police official Ibrahima Samura told Reuters.

"The victims were asleep when they were trapped by the landslide," he said.

Flooding has left at least 300 people homeless, police said.

Since the start of the rainy season in June, floods and landslides have killed dozens …

07 Jul 2009 description

COTONOU, July 7 (Reuters) - Benin has declared a state of emergency and called for international humanitarian aid after floods hit the south of the West African country.

The government estimates that some 2,000 families have already been displaced by flooding caused by heavy rains and it appealed late on Monday for immediate help to prevent the imminent spread of epidemics.

The West African region has experienced heavy seasonal flooding in the past few years and about 200,000 people were displaced when their houses were destroyed by similar floods in Benin last year.

"There …

15 Nov 2005 description

GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Some 65,000 Togo refugees will run out of food by the end of the year unless the international community quickly comes up with $1 million in aid, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

17 Aug 2005 description

By Mathieu Bonkoungou

OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe on Wednesday urged thousands of refugees displaced by violence triggered by his disputed election to return home, saying they had nothing to fear in their homeland.

Some 40,000 Togolese have fled into neighbouring Benin and Ghana since the unrest after the April polls, with many still fearing for their safety if they return, according to the U.N refugee agency UNHCR.

"All those that were arrested after the election have been released and we have asked all refugees to come back so that …

27 Apr 2005 description

COTONOU, April 27 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have fled from southern Togo into neighbouring Benin after youths and security forces clashed in the town of Aneho, Togolese residents and a police official in Benin said on Wednesday.

The violence came after the son of Togo's former authoritarian ruler was declared the winner of a weekend presidential election -- triggering riots in the capital Lome in which at least 10 people have already been killed.

The police official in Benin, who did not want to be named, said around 600 people had already crossed the border.

The United …