British soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures during a raid on the then separate Kingdom of Benin in 1897.
The CFA Franc has always seen as a vestige of colonialism, but now eight West African countries are aiming to decolonise and start their own currency.
In an escalating tit-for-tat trade war, the Ghana Union of Traders Association shut down almost 70 Nigerian-owned businesses because of Nigeria’s closure of its border to imports and exports.
The remaining crew on the MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the vessel docked at the port city of Cotonou, following the incident.
Tunisia and South Africa filled the final two places for the round of 16 after a tense finish to the group stage in Egypt.
In a ceremony held at Pakistan's embassy in Paris, 445 artifacts were handed back to Pakistan on Tuesday, with an estimated value of $157,000 (139,000 euros).
Two soldiers were killed in an overnight raid in northern Burkina Faso to free two French, an American and a South Korean hostage, French presidency says.
Gambian President Adama Barrow, who took charge last year after defeating Yahyah Jammeh, said the death penalty had been kept in place to create fear in people.
The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel.
At least five migrants died off the Libyan coast after their boat capsized in a rescue operation. A German NGO and the Libyan coast guard are arguing over the deaths.
Togo is a sliver of land in West Africa that is drawing attention for its current political upheaval, which has been long in the making.
The downturn in Nigeria's economy is having a some nasty side-effects. The poverty sees many attempt the trip to Europe, but then end up in prostitution.
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