URGENT ¥¥¥ Benin says it has thwarted attempted coup

Benin said Sunday that authorities have thwarted an attempt to oust President Thomas Boni Yayi and install a military regime in the west African nation.

In a statement read to journalists, state prosecutor Justin Gbenameto said a colonel and businessman have been arrested for plotting "to block the head of state from returning to Cotonou after his trip and to institute a military regime."