Benin. According to countryaah, Porto-Novo is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Benin. The revelation that US telecommunications company Titan had paid more than $ 2.1 million to President Mathieu Kérékou’s reelection campaign in 2001 caused a stir. During the 1990s, Titan had built up a mobile telephone network in Benin and then tried to get more paid for the maintenance of the network, which was also granted after the presidential election. The investigation gave no evidence that the president himself was aware of the bribery business. Titanium was sentenced in the US to $ 28 million in fines.
- Also see abbreviationfinder.org for how the acronym BN stands for the country of Benin and other meanings of this two-letter abbreviation.
A multi-year border dispute was settled by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which granted neighboring Niger the right to most of some twenty islands in the river of the same name.