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Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has been a representative republic, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and the lowest perceived corruption ranking in Africa since at least 1998. It is currently Africa's oldest continuous democracy. Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but is, at most, a few hundred metres long.
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Botswana to end 48-day lockdown at midnightBotswana will end a 48-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, allowing all businesses and schools to reopen under strict conditions as it tries to restart an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Botswana's president, lawmakers out of quarantine after testing negative for coronavirusPresident Mokgweetsi Masisi and all of Botswana's lawmakers have been released from two weeks in quarantine after testing negative for the coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday.
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Botswana court dismisses challenge to October election resultBotswana's high court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by the main opposition parties against the election result that returned the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to a parliamentary majority.
Botswana cancels hunters' licences for killing elephantThe professional hunters had shot dead a collared elephant in Botswana, angering conservationists.
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Botswana's ruling BDP wins general election: Chief JusticeThe ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the general election after securing 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote, the chief justice announced on Friday.
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UK's Harry and Meghan arrive in South Africa on first tour since baby's birthBritain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan begin their first overseas tour on Monday since the birth of their first child, starting in South Africa, with Harry then rekindling memories of their..
Botswana to appeal ruling decriminalising homosexualityThe attorney general says the High Court "erred" in a landmark ruling to decriminalise homosexuality.
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Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark rulingThe High Court decision is a landmark case and contrasts with Kenya's recent ruling against gay sex.