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Cotonou

(Encyclopedia) Cotonou kōtōno͞o´, city (1992 pop. 536,827), capital of Atlantique prov., S Benin, on the Gulf of Guinea. It is Benin's chief seaport and commercial center. Cotonou's airport…

Parakou

(Encyclopedia) Parakou pâr˝əko͞o´, town (1992 pop. 103,577), central Benin. It is the trade center for a cotton, grain, and livestock-raising area. Located at the head of the railroad from Cotonou,…

European Investment Bank

(Encyclopedia) European Investment Bank, nonprofit bank created in 1958 by the six founding countries of the European Economic Community (now part of the European Union [EU]). The bank makes or…

Abomey

(Encyclopedia) Abomey ăbōmā´, əbō´mē, town (1992 pop. 66,595), S Benin. It is the trade center for an agricultural region where grain, peanuts, and palm products are processed. The town is linked by…

Porto-Novo

(Encyclopedia) Porto-Novo pôr´tō nō´vō, city (1992 pop. 179,138), capital of Benin, S Benin, a port on Porto-Novo lagoon, an arm of the Gulf of Guinea. It is Benin's second largest city and an…

Benin

(Encyclopedia) Benin bĕnēn´, officially Republic of Benin, republic (2015 est. pop. 10,576,000), 43,483 sq mi (112,622 sq km), W Africa, bordering on Togo in the west, on Burkina Faso and Niger in…

December 2003 Disasters

Dec. 2–3, southeastern France: Floods, resulting from three days of rain and winds, killed 7 and left thousands homeless in the Rhone River and its tributaries in southeast France.Dec. 5,…

2012 Piracy Prone Areas and Warnings

The International Maritime Bureau warns mariners to be extra cautious and to take necessary precautions when transiting the following areas: Southeast Asia Bangladesh…

Benin Department of State Background

U.S. Department of State Background Note Benin Index: Geography People History Economy Foreign Relations U.S.-Beninese Relations GEOGRAPHY Benin, a narrow, north-south strip of land in…

Modern Slavery

Human bondage in Africa, Asia, and the Dominican Republic by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco This article was posted on April 18, 2001. Sudanese slaves await redemption in Madhol, Sudan, in…