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Nearly 50 rhinos killed in Botswana in 10 months as poaching surges

Gaborone - At least 46 rhinos have been slaughtered in Botswana in 10 months, a government official said on Monday as the southern African wildlife haven reported a surge in poaching of the endangered species.

Botswana to start auctions of elephant hunting licences

Gaborone - Botswana on Friday will hold its first major auction for trophy elephant hunting quotas since controversially scrapping a hunting ban last year, a wildlife official said.

Botswana opposition wins right to challenge election result

Gaborone - Botswana's court of appeal on Wednesday ruled in favour of hearing an opposition bid to throw out general election results after a lower court rejected their petition for lack of evidence.

Botswana animal groups outraged at elephant killing

Gaborone - Animal campaigners demanded on Friday that a Botswana hunter's licence be revoked after an elephant was killed despite being protected, raising tensions over the country's new hunting rules.

Botswana to start issuing trophy hunting licences in December

Gaborone - Botswana's president announced on Monday the government will by December start issuing trophy hunting licences after it controversially scrapped a five-year ban on the practice, and angered international conservationists.

Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana

Paris - Modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago in a region of northern Botswana, scientists claimed Monday, in what appeared to be the most precise location of mankind's "ancestral homeland" yet discovered.

Botswana's President Masisi wins hotly-contested election

Gaborone - Incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi on Friday won a five-year term in Botswana's elections which saw his ruling party secure more than 51 percent of parliamentary votes, the chief justice said. "Dr.

Botswana holds its breath as election results trickle in

Gaborone - Partial results from Botswana's elections started to trickle in on Thursday, a day after a ballot seen as the first real political test for a country ruled by the same party since independence.

Botswana begins voting in test of a stable democracy

Gaborone - Voting opened on Wednesday in Botswana for a hotly contested general election that could test the country's traditionally stable politics, as the ruling party faces its toughest challenge yet.

Botswana votes in tight election testing its stable democracy

Gaborone - Botswana goes to the polls on Wednesday in a hotly contested general election that could test the country's traditionally stable politics, as the ruling party faces its toughest challenge yet.

Stable Botswana to vote in rare cliffhanger

Gaborone - Botswana votes on Wednesday in the most closely fought general election in the history of the southern African country, long known as one of the continent's most stable democracies.

Botswana opposition leader confident after ruling party divisions

Gaborone - Botswana's main opposition candidate on Saturday said his party would win more than 50% in next week's parliamentary elections, as the ruling party struggled with the fallout from a damaging split.

Climate change 'race against time', Prince Harry says in Botswana

Declaring climate change a "race against time," Prince Harry on Thursday planted a baobab tree in Botswana and highlighted the campaign work of teen activist Greta Thunberg."There’s an emergency.

'Hundreds' of elephants being poached each year in Botswana: report

Johanesburg - A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns.

Botswana High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Gaborone - Botswana's High Court, in a highly-anticipated verdict, on Tuesday ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, which is outlawed under the country's 1965 penal code.

Botswana scraps anti-gay laws in landmark decision

Gaborone - Botswana's High Court ruled Tuesday in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, handing down a landmark verdict greeted with joy by gay rights campaigners.

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Gaborone - Botswana could decriminalise gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Gaborone - Botswana on Wednesday lifted its ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted, in a move set to trigger outrage from conservationists.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Gaborone - Botswana on Wednesday lifted its ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted, in a move set to trigger outrage from conservationists.

Botswana revokes visa-free entry for South African VIP

Gaborone - Botswana has banned the wife of a South African minister, who is also a sister of a powerful mining tycoon and the president's sister-in-law, from entering the country visa-free, according to documents seen by AFP on Tuesday.

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.

Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of "exhaustion" after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit.

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.

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Johanesburg - Leaders of 15 southern African countries will gather for an annual summit on Monday as the region grapples with serious food shortages that have left a record number of people needing aid.

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.

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.
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Bushman mother and child, Kaudwane, Botswana.
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Four years later  the Botswana government continues
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Four years later, the Botswana government continues to reject the High Court ruling. © Survival
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Visitors to Wilderness Safaris' CKGR lodge bathe in this pool – but the government bans Bushmen living nearby from using a water borehole. ©Survival
The Bushmen rely on donkeys to bring water into the
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The Bushmen rely on donkeys to bring water into the reserve. ©Survival
Gana Bushman at Molapo in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve  Botswana
Gana Bushman at Molapo in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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The Bushmen will have to wait to hear the result of their court case.
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The Bushmen will have to wait to hear the result of their court case. © 2004 Stephen Corry/Survival
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Bushman mother and children at Gope, before their eviction to a resettlement camp. ©Survival
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Survival is calling for a boycott of Botswana diamonds until the Bushmen are allowed water. © Survival
Caravan of Hope is a roadshow that aims to draw world leaders  attention to climate change in Africa
Caravan of Hope is a roadshow that aims to draw world leaders' attention to climate change in Africa
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Big cats, Botswana.
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Survival is calling for a boycott of Botswana diamonds
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Survival is calling for a boycott of Botswana diamonds until the Bushmen are allowed water. © Survival
The Kalahari Bushmen are going to court over their right to access water. 
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The Kalahari Bushmen are going to court over their right to access water. © Survival
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Donkey seen standing on the side of the road staring at the Google vehicle.
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The Bushmen of the CKGR were largely self-sufficient
before the government evicted them. ©Survival
The Bushmen of the CKGR were largely self-sufficient before the government evicted them. ©Survival
Bushmen children in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve  Botswana
Bushmen children in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta  Botswana
An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Donkey in Botswana caught on the Google Maps Street View camera.
Donkey in Botswana caught on the Google Maps Street View camera.
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Demonstrators protest against tourism to Botswana

at FITUR. © Iñaki Luis/Survival
Demonstrators protest against tourism to Botswana at FITUR. © Iñaki Luis/Survival
Bushman mother and child
© Alexandra Bagge/Survival
Bushman mother and child © Alexandra Bagge/Survival
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Maude Barlow's attack comes a week after the UN declared water a fundamental human right ©IISD

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