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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 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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Australian scientists discover the ancestral home of modern humansModern humans emerged 200,000 years ago in a region of northern Botswana, scientists have Monday, in what appeared to be the most precise location of mankind's "ancestral homeland" yet discovered.
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