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Country in Southern Africa

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Botswana: Country in Southern Africa
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: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Toxins made by algae in water holes caused 330 elephant deaths in Botswana earlier this year.
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Botswana: Lab tests to solve mystery of hundreds of dead elephants

Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana's Okavango Delta since May.
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Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana's Okavango Delta since May.
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Botswana lifts coronavirus lockdown in capital city

Botswana on Monday lifted a recently reinstated coronavirus lockdown on its capital city Gaborone and surrounding areas after most of the cases reported last week turned out to be negative, the health..
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Botswana to end 48-day lockdown at midnight

Botswana 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.
Reuters - Published

Botswana's president, lawmakers out of quarantine after testing negative for coronavirus

President 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 lawmakers in supervised quarantine after breaching isolation order

Some lawmakers in Botswana have been moved to supervised quarantine after failing to observe an instruction to self-isolate as the country tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government..
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Botswana's entire parliament quarantined after coronavirus scare

All Botswana's parliamentarians including President Mokgweetsi Masisi will be quarantined for 14 days and tested for the new coronavirus, after a health worker screening lawmakers for the virus herself..
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Botswana to hold elephant hunting auctions

Seven "packages" of 10 elephants each are on offer after a ban on hunting was lifted last year.
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Botswana court dismisses challenge to October election result

Botswana'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.
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Botswana cancels hunters' licences for killing elephant

The professional hunters had shot dead a collared elephant in Botswana, angering conservationists.
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Botswana opposition challenges election result in court

Botswana's main opposition party is challenging in court the results of 16 parliamentary constituencies won by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in last month's election, party spokesperson..
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Origin of modern humans 'traced to Botswana'

Scientists say the possible homeland of all humans alive today is an area south of the Zambesi River.
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Botswana's Masisi retains presidency as BDP wins election

Mokgweetsi Masisi was declared president of Botswana on Friday, retaining his position and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party's long dominance of power despite a strong opposition challenge in this..
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Botswana's ruling BDP wins general election: Chief Justice

The 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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Botswana votes in first real challenge to ruling party

Botswana holds an election on Wednesday that will present the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over southern Africa's wealthiest..
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Why Botswana's election could be decided by elephants and diamonds

The BDP has won every election in Botswana since independence in 1966, but this year there is a real chance that could change.
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Botswana faces first close election contest since independence

For the first time since it won independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana faces a genuine electoral contest on Wednesday, as a feud between its current and a former president throws one of Africa's..
Reuters - Published

Britain's Prince Harry says 'race against time' on climate change

Britain's Prince Harry warned the world faces "a race against time" and that "no one can deny science" as he arrived in Botswana on Thursday to visit conservation and health projects on the next leg of..
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Britain's Prince Harry travels to Botswana for next leg of Africa tour

Britain's Prince Harry was due to travel to Botswana on Thursday to visit conservation and health projects on the next leg of his family's southern African tour.
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UK's Harry and Meghan arrive in South Africa on first tour since baby's birth

Britain'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..
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Botswana to appeal ruling decriminalising homosexuality

The attorney general says the High Court "erred" in a landmark ruling to decriminalise homosexuality.
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Critically endangered vultures poisoned en masse in Botswana

critically endangered vultures poisoned en masse in botswana
Conservationists say the killing of more than 500 birds is one of the largest slaughters documented.
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Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark ruling

botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark ruling
The High Court decision is a landmark case and contrasts with Kenya's recent ruling against gay sex.
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