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  • Niger's low security for uranium, radioactive materials under scrutiny

    09/21/2003 9:26:50 PM PDT · by piasa · 13 replies · 2,473+ views
    AP via The Canadian Press, ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003 | BRUCE STANLEY
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - Two or three times each week, a convoy of flatbed trucks loaded with drums of mined uranium heads south from the Sahara Desert in Niger on a 10-day journey to the port of Cotonou in neighbouring Benin. Two lightly armed Nigerien gendarmes accompany the tarp-covered trucks on their 1,995-kilometre trip. They have no satellite phones or other ways to communicate in case of trouble. On their prearranged stops for the night the drivers must notify the mining companies, but they take no special precautions to secure the drums against theft. This low-grade security for the powder...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • The African Union Readies an Army to Fight Boko Haram

    01/31/2015 1:08:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 30, 2015 | Peter Dorrie
    Boko Haram is officially an international problem. At least according to the African Union, which asked the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 29 to greenlight an intervention force to bring the Islamist group to its knees. The A.U. plans a 7,500-strong military force, named the Multinational Joint Task Force, and staffed by Nigerian, Cameroonian, Chadian and Beninese troops. If the coalition gets the go-ahead, the soldiers will base in their respective countries, but coordinate and assist each other.
  • Nigerian, suspected with Ebola infection, in Cotonou hospital (Benin Republic)

    08/07/2014 10:12:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    News Nigeria ^ | 8-7-2014 | NN
    Benin Republic, Nigeria’s neighbour, has reported its first case of Ebola. The suspected victim is however a Nigerian. He is now receiving treatment in a hospital in Cotonou, the seat of government. Health Minister Dorothée Gazard, an associate professor of parasitology and mycology, said on state television on Thursday, that a sample of of the Nigerian blood has been sent to Senegal for testing, . The case is unconfirmed but Gazard’s announcement triggered widespread fears in the political capital Cotonou. Many people said they would stock up on food and stop eating at popular roadside food stalls to avoid possible...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • West Africa leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 2:55:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 5-17-14 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS (Reuters) - West African leaders on Saturday agreed to work together to wage "total war" on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al Qaeda that threatened all of them. Nigeria's neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and Western officials, met in Paris to flesh out a plan enabling them for the first time to share intelligence, coordinate action and monitor borders. Although Boko Haram has been fighting for five years, carrying out bombings and attacks on civilians and the security forces, the kidnapping last month of more than 200 girls from a school in...
  • African leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 9:34:33 AM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 17 May 2014 | Staff
    African leaders on Saturday described Boko Haram as an "al Qaeda operation" and promised to wage "total war" on the Islamic extremist group after a summit meeting in Paris. The leaders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin as well as the French president and US and British officials met for talks in the Elysée Palace to discuss strategy for fighting Boko Haram and freeing at least 276 girls it is holding. After the meeting, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the media, “Boko Haram is no longer a local terrorist group, it is operating clearly as an al Qaeda operation,...
  • State Department Begins Work on New $178M Embassy Complex in Benin

    08/21/2013 12:44:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/21/13 | JERYL BIER
    This week, the State Department announced that, in "an important symbol of our enduring friendship with Benin," construction has begun on a new $178 million embassy complex in the small West African nation, a neighbor of Togo and Nigeria. As is often the case in the construction of new U.S. diplomatic facilities, the plans include a number of "sustainable" features including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, and LED lighting. The complex will cover 8.8 acres, and will include: a chancery/office building, a support annex, a residence for the U.S. Marine detachment, a warehouse, a utility building, a recreational facility,...
  • 31 dead on doomed voyage to Italy

    07/28/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | July 28, 2013
    Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy on a dinghy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa island, the reports said.
  • Nigeria discovers 'Hezbollah terrorist cell', weapons trove

    05/31/2013 2:58:00 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | 30/05/2013
    A ‘terrorist cell’ believed to be linked to Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and housing weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets has been discovered in a compound in northern Nigeria, the country’s security services said on Thursday. Nigeria's security services said Thursday they had discovered a home in the northern city of Kano where Lebanese nationals had stored weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria. The Kano state intelligence chief, Bassey Etang, and a separate military statement described the compound as hosting a "terrorist cell" tied to the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. No evidence was...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Clinton: Iran has a right to nuclear power

    09/03/2012 4:54:04 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 4, 2012 2:18 am | Sam Ser
    US Secretary of State’s comments come after meeting with Indonesian foreign minister Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Benin. “Iran has a right to the use of peaceful nuclear energy,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday, “but Iran must abide by its international obligations and cannot be permitted to get a nuclear weapons.” Clinton made the remarks in a press conference in Jakarta following meetings with Indonesia’s foreign minister. She also commented on the fighting in Syria, saying that the United States was committed to “putting an end to the violence, responding to humanitarian need, and...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Siljander pleads guilty in Islamic American Relief Agency lobbying case

    07/09/2010 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 5 replies
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 A former congressman pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as an unregistered agent in Washington for a Missouri-based Islamic charity that the federal government said had ties to international terrorism. It was an odd outcome for Mark D. Siljander, who said he wanted to help bridge the gulf between Muslims and Christians. A Republican who attained one of Michigan's congressional seats from 1981 to 1987 with assistance from the Moral Majority, Siljander was outspoken about conservative social issues. Siljander confirmed in a Kansas City, Mo., court that he contacted members of Congress in an effort to lift...
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • Chinese deal could herald new era for African cotton

    01/13/2012 9:13:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Just-Style ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Wang Fangqing
    A recent Chinese-African cotton agreement could usher in a new era for the African cotton industry -- but not in the short-term, say industry experts. Under the agreement, signed in December with four key cotton-producing African countries -- Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso (known as the C4) - China stated it would provide machinery, expertise and materials in a bid to increase and improve the quality of local production. At the signing ceremony in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming suggested this was a step towards outsourcing production to Africa. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of...
  • Dissemination *_is_" Collection

    01/01/2012 2:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies ^ | 01 January 2012, 11:35 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET - quote: Dissemination *_is_* collection I always get a kick out of people who tell me I give away intelligence for free. What I do is watch how information moves. Keep in mind that the subject covered on this site are pretty darn esoteric by most standards. What kind of people, for example, even know who Oussama Salhab is? Answers include: Oussama Salhab, his family, friends, associates in and out of Hizballah, people he does business with, spies of various nations, etc. Yep. The barn is free, and so is the food.
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Cardinal Arinze predicts lasting legacy for Pope's Benin trip

    11/18/2011 6:32:55 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | November 18, 2011 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, Nov 18, 2011 / 01:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze says Pope Benedict’s upcoming visit to Benin will leave behind a positive and lasting legacy for all Africans. “Catholics, other Christians in Africa and, indeed, those who are not Christian are all concerned in this visit,” the cardinal told Vatican Radio on Nov. 17.Cardinal Arinze, 79, will accompany Pope Benedict on his three day visit to the small West African state which starts tomorrow. The Cardinal served as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship until 2008 when he retired. The primary...
  • Pirates release Halifax oil tanker off Nigeria

    11/06/2011 4:38:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, November 5, 2011 | unattributed
    An oil tanker seized by pirates off the coast of the Niger Delta last week has been released, officials in Nigeria say. The vessel -- the MT Halifax -- was attacked near the oil city of Port Harcourt. The crew of 25, mainly Filipinos, were said to be safe and accounted for. The area has seen an increase in the number of hijackings of tankers as pirates target oil shipments moving out of Nigeria. In most cases the cargo of fuel is taken off before the ship and crew are released unharmed - unlike in Somalia where crews and their...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Africans Want The Gregorian -- Not The Forced Hulahula

    12/22/2010 7:31:11 PM PST · by 0beron · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/22/2010 | Tancred
    (, Benin) Bishop Pascal N’Koué (51) of Natitingou in Benin has led his old Mass already since October 2003 in his Diocese. That can be read in his report on the third anniversary of the historical Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.
  • Ponzi scheme shakes West African nation of Benin

    09/01/2010 3:34:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- More than a hundred thousand people in the tiny West African nation of Benin have lost their savings in a Ponzi scheme run by a now-defunct company that appeared to be publicly endorsed by the country's president. The government said in a statement last month that more than 130,000 people gave their savings to Investment Consultancy and Computering Services. Together they lost more than $130 million, the statement said. The corporation was registered as a nonprofit computer service company and was operating illegally as a banking institution. ICC was forced to close July 1, and more...
  • Pastor in Police net for alleged human trafficking

    07/15/2008 8:34:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 231+ views
    vanguard ^ | 07.14.08 | Gabriel Enogholase
    Officials of the zone 5 police command Benin Edo State have arrested the head of a Christian gospel church in the state over an alleged involvement in human trafficking . The suspect Bishop Nosayaba Agbonavbare of the Messiah Gospel Church of Cherubim and Seraphim was arrested by the police weekend for alleged role in human tarfficking and prostitution of young girls in Italy and other European countries. But the suspect while speaking with journalists in Benin denied his involvement in the crime and attributed his fate to what he called a frame up by some aggrieved members of the church...
  • A Day In The Life of President Bush (in photos) - 2-16-08

    02/16/2008 3:25:45 PM PST · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 3,008+ views
    Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island The President, First Lady and their party are on a five-country African visit, until Feb. 21, 2008. Click on the banner below for further background and details. Press Briefing by Ambassador Jendayi Frazer (aboard Air Force One) Excerpt: I think that it's important to know that our -- that we have a major initiative that's intended to build the capacity of Africans, themselves, to respond to conflict. That's the Global Peace Operations Initiative. It's called GPOI. And that was an initiative that the President pushed the administration to develop. It started in 2005....
  • "Dude, Where's My Pandur?"

    02/11/2006 2:17:01 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 25 replies · 960+ views
    On February 3, 2006, it was reported that 15 of Belgium's Pandur armored personnel carriers were stolen, together with radio equipment and field kitchens. The equipment was meant for a Beninese battalion that is part of the UN force in the Congo.Thanks to some help from DID's Benelux reader David Vandenberghe, DID can bring you the details. In December a ship under the flag of Saint Kitts & Nevis (VRT's report was incorrect) left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge for Congo, chartered by Geodis under the auspices of the UN. The cargo ship never made it to its destination. Four...
  • Benin Seeks To Avert Sea Disaster ( Another New Orleans Type Scenario)

    09/06/2005 7:24:57 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 305+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 Sept 2005 | Karim Okania
    The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the United States has given added urgency to Benin's plans to protect its coastline against erosion. The quick advance of the Atlantic Ocean is visible in the small West African nation. The fury of the sea waves have eaten up many homes, hundreds of beach residents have been forced to pack up and go, and experts are warning of catastrophe if vigorous action is not taken immediately. One great danger is that the country's main city, Cotonou, with a population of more than 500,000, lies below sea level - like New Orleans in...
  • Bitterness, broken dreams for Benin's child slaves

    06/24/2005 7:05:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/24/05 | Paawana Abalo
    COTONOU, Benin (Reuters) - When she was 8, Rachelle Akawe's aunt sent her from Benin to work as a domestic servant in Niger. After 10 years, Akawe finally returned home, her childhood gone and her dreams in tatters. "I wanted to be a lawyer. Now at 26, I am learning to read and write," she said. "When you are a child slave, you do not have a choice ... you always feel abandoned ... you have no future. It stays with you for the rest of your life." Akawe's tale is unfortunately common in Benin, a tiny West African nation...
  • Plame's Input Is Cited on Niger Mission (Joe Wilson lied about EVERYTHING)

    07/10/2004 1:49:22 AM PDT · by thoughtomator · 456 replies · 27,475+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | 7/10/04 | Susan Schmidt
    Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly. -------- snip! ---------- Wilson's assertions -- both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information -- were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report. ...
  • I seek your concept (latest Nigerian scam is Beninian!)

    06/16/2004 9:45:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 663+ views
    "Barrister John" <> | June 16, 2004 | I seek your concept
    Utman & Kokuo Chambers Solicitors & Advocates. 06 BP 1409 Akpakpa Dodomey, Cotonou - Benin Republic. Tel/Fax:+229-601-480. Dear [Tolerance Sucks Rocks], I am Barrister John Kokuo, an attorney at law. First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction.Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. A deceased client of mine, Mr Will Petrie, hereinafter, referred to as my clientele,who was a contractor with Emelite gold mining company here in Benin, a national of your country,...
  • Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery

    02/18/2004 7:08:44 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An official of the Republic of Benin has offered an apology to students at a Mobile school for his country's participation in the slave trade. In 1859, Benin, on Africa's west coast, sold 116 slaves to a Mobile sailor aboard a ship called the Clotilde - the last slave ship to arrive in America. Slavery was still legal in the United States at that time, but importing slaves was not. Simon Pierre Adovelande apologized Tuesday to the students at the Mobile County Training School. Thirty of...
  • How the French Plunder Africa

    02/06/2004 9:59:54 PM PST · by mark_interrupted · 10 replies · 449+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | January 2004 | Sanou Mbaye
    How the French Plunder Africa France's unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries--Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and Chad--maintained the franc zone even after they gained independence decades ago. In exchange for France guaranteeing the CFA franc's convertibility, these countries agreed to deposit 65% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special account within the French Treasury and granted to...
  • French check Benin black boxes

    01/14/2004 2:37:55 AM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 319+ views
    AFP via News24 (SA) ^ | January 14, 2004
    Cotonou - The voice and data recorders from a Boeing 727 that crashed in the west African state of Benin on Christmas Day have been sent to France for examination, police sources said Tuesday. A Boeing 727 operated by Union des Transports Africains (UTA), which is registered in Guinea, crashed into the sea on takeoff from Cotonou, the main city in Benin, killing 139 of the 161 people on board. Most of the passengers were Lebanese expatriates returning home for the holidays. A police source in Cotonou told journalists that the black boxes were sent at the weekend to Paris...
  • Crashed jet in W. Africa could be missing plane

    01/03/2004 4:16:32 PM PST · by KQQL · 7 replies · 160+ views ^ | January 3, 2004 | NAFI DIOUF AND ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    DAKAR, Senegal -- American authorities are investigating whether a Boeing 727 shattered in a deadly crash Dec. 25 off West Africa was the same jet that vanished in Angola in 2003, setting off a worldwide search, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday. Also, a Canadian humanitarian pilot said he saw a 727 with the missing Angola jet's tail number at an airport in Guinea in June, a month after the jet's disappearance. The plane's old tail number was not fully covered, and the plane was reregistered in Guinea and flown by Lebanese-owned Union des Transports Africains, pilot Bob Strothers...
  • Was Plane That Vanished From Angola the Same One That Crashed off Benin on Christmas Day?

    01/02/2004 8:22:13 PM PST · by fiftymegaton · 9 replies · 295+ views
    AP ^ | 1/2/04 | Nafi Diouf
    Was Plane That Vanished From Angola the Same One That Crashed off Benin on Christmas Day? ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press Writ By Nafi Diouf and Published: Jan 2, 2004 DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - American authorities are investigating whether a Boeing 727 shattered in a deadly Christmas Day crash off West Africa was the same jet that vanished in Angola last year, setting off a worldwide search, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday. Also, a Canadian humanitarian-flight pilot told The Associated Press he saw a 727 with the missing Angola jet's tail number at Guinea's airport in June - a...
  • Questions Surface about Benin Jet Crash

    01/02/2004 2:35:14 PM PST · by Solson · 22 replies · 254+ views
    By NAFI DIOUF and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writers DAKAR, Senegal - American authorities are investigating whether a Boeing 727 shattered in a deadly Christmas Day crash off West Africa was the same jet that vanished in Angola last year, setting off a worldwide search, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday. AP Photo   Also, a Canadian humanitarian-flight pilot told The Associated Press he saw a 727 with the missing Angola jet's tail number at Guinea's airport in June — a month after the jet's disappearance. The plane's old tail number was not fully covered, and the plane was...
  • Doomed UTA Flight 141 May Have Been Stolen Angolan Boeing 727

    01/01/2004 2:18:07 AM PST · by L`enn · 44 replies · 578+ views
    The doomed UTA Flight 141 may have been a Boeing 727 that was stolen from Luanda airport in Angola in May, or a U.S.-registered aircraft that had undergone an exterior makeover at Beirut International Airport, where its technical worthiness had been questioned. According to Wednesday's edition of An Nahar, neither of these theories has yet been proven, leaving officials scrambling to distance themselves from Lebanon's worst civil aviation catastrophe, even though it did not occur on its soil. As more intrigues unfolded in the case of the Christmas Day crash of the Beirut-bound flight from Benin, the last batch of...
  • Benin plane crash toll rises to 128: 15 UN peacekeepers among dead

    12/27/2003 10:25:46 AM PST · by cgk · 1 replies · 219+ views
    CNEWS/Canoe ^ | 12-27-03
    15 UN peacekeepers among dead By DULUE MBACHU Benin plane crash toll rises to 128 Lebanese passenger Nabil Hashim laughs with his brother Ali, Saturday in a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. Hashim is one of the more than 20 people who survived Thursday's plane crash into the sea near Benin; 161 people were on board. (AP/Mahmoud Tawil) COTONOU, Benin (AP) - Fifteen army officers from Bangladesh returning from UN peacekeeping duty in West Africa were among at least 138 people killed when a jet clipped a building and crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff on Christmas Day, officials said...
  • 82 people are dead in W. African crash

    12/26/2003 3:36:04 AM PST · by Holly_P · 1 replies · 130+ views
    Phoenix Arizona Republic ^ | 12/26/03 | Virgile Ahissou
    <p>COTONOU, Benin - A jetliner clipped a building during takeoff and crashed into the sea off the West African nation of Benin on Thursday, killing at least 82 people, mostly Lebanese on their way home for the holidays, the transport minister said.</p>
  • More than 90 killed in Benin plane crash

    12/25/2003 6:56:11 PM PST · by I got the rope · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 26 Dec 03 | AFP
    At least 90 people were killed when a Boeing 727 crowded with Lebanese families heading for holiday visits in Beirut crashed into the sea after take off from the tiny west African state of Benin, officials said. The aircraft, operated by Lebanese-owned Union Transport Africaines (UTA), carried 156 passengers and seven crew as it tried to take off from Cotonou airport shortly after its scheduled 2:55 pm (1355 GMT) departure time, a government official said.
  • Passenger Jet Crashes in Benin

    12/25/2003 7:56:05 AM PST · by Dragthor · 122 replies · 410+ views