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Botswana court hears bid to scrap anti-gay laws

Gaborone - The High Court in Botswana on Thursday started hearing an application seeking to decriminalise homosexuality, in a landmark case for Africa's legal response to same-sex relationships.

President and predecessor feud in proudly stable Botswana

Gaborone - Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has used his first state-of-the-nation address to openly attack his predecessor Ian Khama in an unprecedented clash in a nation that prides itself on stability.

China pressures Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

Gaborone - China piled pressure on Botswana on Saturday over a scheduled visit to the southern African country by the Dalai Lama, who it considers a dissident separatist threat.

Chinese man arrested in Botswana over donkey skin trade

Gaborone - A Chinese man alleged to be involved in Botswana's illegal donkey skin trade has been arrested after being found with 500 animals suffering in dire conditions, police said Thursday.

Mobile AI technology boosts African healthcare

The healthcare system in parts of Africa has received a boost with the implementation of a new artificial intelligence platforms on mobile devices. The platform helps screen for cervical cancer.

Zimbabwe's plan to sell 34 baby elephants outrages activists

Maputo - Zimbabwe's Hwangwe National Park plans to sell elephants for as much as $40,000 each because it needs the money to run the park, officials say. The park plans to sell more than 60 elephants to buyers in China, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

Botswana president wins second term in power

Gaborone - Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official announced Sunday.

Botswana's ruling party leads in early election results

Gaborone - Early results from Botswana's general elections showed the ruling party in the lead but opposition parties making inroads in the diamond-rich southern African state, according to preliminary figures released by the electoral commission.

Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

- Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

Adoption war between white and black mothers

Anna Kopo now wants the girl back that she gave up for adoption in 2009, tearing the heart out of Deborah Kirsten-Mey, the mother who adopted the child as a baby.

Earth Hour 2013: Coming soon to a light bulb near you

Singapore - Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, launched its campaign for 2013 in Singapore on February 27. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in time zones throughout the world.

Google Maps Street View: Did they kill a donkey in Botswana?

A Google Maps Street View image is doing the rounds on the Internet, as it appears that the vehicle used by Google may have literally hit a donkey and run.

82 million doses of illegal medicine seized

A Customs enforcement operation spanning 16 African countries has led to the seizure of more than 82 million doses of illicit medicines.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos asked to quit WWF over elephant hunting

Madrid - King Juan Carlos of Spain is being widely criticized by environmental organizations after suffering a hip injury in an accident in Botswana where he went to hunt elephants, a species which conservation status is deemed “vulnerable”.

Unique Roadshow Highlights Climate Change in Africa Special

With the UN Climate Summit barely two weeks away, Africa is abuzz with its biggest and most colorful road show ever to highlight the continent’s climate change woes: the ‘Trans African Caravan of Hope.’

Botswana's Central Bank maintains benchmark rate at 9.5 percent

Gaborone - The Bank of Botswana announced that it is leaving its benchmark rate unchanged at 9.5 percent for the fifth straight meeting. The African central bank noted that the inflation rate would drop between three and six percent next year.

Rampaging Elephants Threaten Zimbabwe Farms

Beitbridge - A herd of stray elephants have destroyed fences and crops at the Shashe irrigation scheme close to the borders of Botswana and South Africa in Zimbabwe.

Op-Ed: NGOs: The Parasitic Altruists

Some NGOs genuinely contribute to enhancing welfare, to the mitigation of hunger, the furtherance of human and civil rights, or the curbing of disease. Others are ideologically biased, religiously-committed and, often, at the service of special interests.

UN Report: Increase in African manufacturing will reduce poverty

New York - The United Nations has published the Economic Development in Africa Report 2011 in which it urges African nations to step up its manufacturing sector in order to reduce widespread poverty on the continent.

Experts: Lions could be extinct in 15 years Special

National Geographic Society's explorers-in-residence believe lions could become extinct in 15 years. Award-winning film-makers and conservationists Beverly and Dereck Joubert have been studying threatened big cats in Africa for 30 years.
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