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The Confucius Institute at Abomey-Calavi University in Benin has celebrated the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese festival that falls on June 9 this year. On the occasion, four mixed teams of the Confucius Institute learners competed their talent on Monday in activities such as tug of war, picking up ping-pong balls with chopsticks as well as games with prizes that attracted also people from neighboring communities. Comment?
Voters in Benin cast ballots on Sunday in a run-off election that pitted outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi's hand-picked successor against his former ally turned political rival in a highly competitive race. By relinquishing power after serving two terms in office, Boni Yayi stands in contrast to leaders in other African nations, including Burundi, Rwanda and Congo Republic, who have altered their constitutions in order to extend their rule. Comment?
Benin is an independent republic, with a democratic government, which lies on the Gulf of Guinea and forms part of the West African Region. The capital city is Porto-Novo although the commercial capital is Cotonou. Comment?
Met's bill to translate an extinct language: Staff were brought in for 11 suspects who claimed they were from country that ceased to exist in 1975 Scotland Yard has arrested 11 people claiming to be from Dahomey - a West African nation which ceased to exist from 1975 Britain's biggest police force spent A 7million on interpreters in a year - including translators for suspects claiming to be from an extinct African kingdom. Scotland Yard has arrested 11 people claiming to be from Dahomey - a West African nation which ceased to exist from 1975. Comment?
UN experts voiced alarm on Monday 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. After making a surprise visit there, the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture said Benin had made some progress since its previous visit in 2008, but warned conditions remained dire. Comment?
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