Benin Holds Presidential Election After Week of Violence

Benin voters are casting their ballots Sunday in a presidential election after a week of deadly violence against President Patrice Talon, who is seeking reelection. Opposition parties accuse Talon, who is expected to win a second term, of manipulating the race in his favor by sidelining opposition leaders, most of whom are living in exile. Although he points to strong economic growth while he has been in power, Talon has been accused by opponents of undermining the country‚Äôs standing as one of the most stable democracies in West Africa. Freedom…

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Sudan to Receive $400 Million from Saudi Arabia, UAE for Agriculture, State Media Says

CAIRO/KHARTOUM – Sudan will receive $400 million from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to fund agricultural production inputs for this year’s summer and winter seasons, the state-news agency SUNA said Sunday. Saudi Arabia has committed to contributing $3 billion in a joint fund for investments in Sudan, and to encouraging other parties to participate, Sudanese minister of Cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif told Reuters in March. Earlier in March, Sudan also said it had secured a recommitment from Saudi Arabia to a $1.5 billion grant it had first…

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