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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 says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off
Elephants may have ingested toxins produced by bacteria found in waterholes Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to..
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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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Authorities investigate elephant deaths in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Authorities are investigating a series of mysterious elephant deaths in Zimbabwe and Botswana. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta joins CBSN to talk about the latest.
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Zimbabwe is now investigating mystery elephant deaths, too

After more than 250 elephants die in Botswana for unknown reasons, neighboring Zimbabwe reports 11 deaths, and suggests overpopulation could be the cause.
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Nature: Elephants in Botswana

“Sunday Morning” takes us to Chobe National Park in Botswana, and a convention of the GOP … the Grand Old Pachyderms. Videographer: Alex Goetz.
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Botswana finds more dead elephants, says test results due this week

Over 280 dead elephants have been discovered in Botswana with authorities waiting on test results to determine the cause of death.
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Botswana investigating deaths of hundreds of elephants

botswana investigating deaths of hundreds of elephants
Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife..
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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 elephant carcasses discovered in Botswana over the last two months

hundreds of elephant carcasses discovered in botswana over the last two months
As many as 350 elephant carcasses were discovered during aerial surveys of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana since the beginning of May. Officials investigating the sudden spike in the number of..
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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.
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Botswana probes mysterious death of 12 elephants

botswana probes mysterious death of 12 elephants
Botswana is probing the mysterious deaths of a dozen elephants in the country's famed Okavango Delta, the tourism ministry said Tuesday, ruling out poaching because the animals' valuable tusks were not..
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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 auctions permits to hunt elephants to ease human-wildlife conflict

botswana auctions permits to hunt elephants to ease human-wildlife conflict
JOHANNESBURG - Botswana will auction licences on Friday to hunt a total of 70 elephants in seven districts, the first such hunting to take place since President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban..
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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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Second-biggest diamond ever will become Louis Vuitton jewellery

second-biggest diamond ever will become louis vuitton jewellery
The second-biggest diamond in history will be cut, polished and turned into a collection of Louis Vuitton jewellery. Lucara Diamond Corp., which found the 1,758-carat Sewelo diamond at its Botswana..
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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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Mahrez excused from Algeria international for personal reasons

mahrez excused from algeria international for personal reasons
(Reuters) - Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has been excused from travelling to Botswana for their African Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday for personal reasons, his coach said on Friday. ......
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Australian scientists discover the ancestral home of modern humans

Modern 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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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 Democratic Party remains in power under Masisi

botswana democratic party remains in power under masisi
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has been declared the winner of the African country’s general election, overcoming an opposition coalition backed by former president Ian Khama, who recently left..
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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 President Masisi wins hotly contested election

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..
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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 votes in first real challenge to ruling party
GABORONE - Botswana voted on Wednesday in a general election that is expected to provide the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over..
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Botswana heads to polls in tightly contested vote

Polls opened in Botswana on Wednesday as the long-peaceful southern African nation faces what is expected to be its tightest election in history.
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More than 100 elephants die in Botswana in suspected anthrax outbreak

more than 100 elephants die in botswana in suspected anthrax outbreak
GABORONE — More than 100 elephants have died in Botswana in the past two months partly because of a suspected anthrax outbreak, the government said on Tuesday. “Preliminary investigations suggest..
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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 tight 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..
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Botswana, calm for decades, faces surprising election fight

botswana, calm for decades, faces surprising election fight
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana’s ruling party faces the tightest election of its history on Wednesday after former President Ian Khama, annoyed with his hand-picked successor, announced his..
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Prince Harry warns of environmental "emergency" as he visits Botswana

The prince shone a light on African nation's conservancy efforts, and spoke movingly about how the country helped him after his mom's death
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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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Prince Harry continues royal tour in Botswana

One day after bringing baby Archie to a high-profile meeting in South Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have gone their separate ways. Prince Harry is in Botswana, seeing conservation and local..
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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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Conservationists hail global agreement to limit sales of African elephants

Countries that are part of a global agreement on trade in endangered species agreed Tuesday to limit the sale of wild elephants caught in Zimbabwe and Botswana, delighting conservationists but..
France 24 - Published

Wildlife Summit Denies Proposal To Loosen Restrictions On Elephant Ivory Trade

wildlife summit denies proposal to loosen restrictions on elephant ivory trade
Elephant supporters celebrated on Friday after the CITES summit voted down proposals to loosen restrictions on the ivory trade by permitting countries one-off sales of stockpiles, according to Deutsche..
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Doha-Gaborone direct flights to boost Botswana's tourism, president says

doha-gaborone direct flights to boost botswana's tourism, president says
GABORONE, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Botswana's tourism sector will get a boost when Qatar Airways launches direct Doha-Gaborone flights in October, said Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Monday...
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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.
BBC News - Published

Poachers Are Invading Botswana, Last Refuge of African Elephants

New data leaves little doubt that the illegal ivory trade has reached the country, scientists say.
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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.
BBC News - Published

Trump-Biden, Botswana, World Cup: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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LGBT activists in ‘disbelief’ after Botswana strikes down laws criminalising homosexuality

Botswana’s High Court ruled on Tuesday to decriminalise same-sex relations, making it the latest African nation to do so.
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