JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Botswanan government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation's...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection...
Botswana unveils country’s largest blue diamond find
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A big blue diamond weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled in Botswana, where the gem was discovered.
The government-owned Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday...
Wilson Eduardo's decision to switch allegiance from Portugal to Angola paid off instantly when he scored a debut winner to take his adopted country to the African Cup of Nations.
Africa is divided over ivory trade ahead of wildlife meeting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African countries with some of the world's largest elephant populations will push this year for looser controls on legal ivory trade, while another group of countries on the continent says more restrictions are the best way to curb the illegal killing of elephants for their tusks.
Former Botswana president feuds with government over Trump
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Donald Trump is a contentious topic in Botswana, where the government is uneasy over a former leader's harsh criticism of the American president.
Mauritania qualifies in another African Cup surprise
Mauritania qualified for its first major soccer tournament on Sunday when it beat Botswana to claim a place at next year's African Cup of Nations.
It was the second major surprise of qualifying after Madagascar sealed a spot at the African Cup for the first time last month.
Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa covered almost completely by the Sahara desert, came from behind to beat Botswana 2-1 with two goals by forward Ismael Diakite.
Botswana hits back at critics on anti-poaching policy
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana's president says criticism of his government's anti-poaching policy is "nothing but hysteria," following reports that poachers are killing more elephants in a country with Africa's biggest elephant population.
The remark by President Mokgweetsi Masisi came after some conservationists expressed concern that Botswana's wildlife department had been stripped of weapons required for the sometimes dangerous work of thwarting armed poachers.
Senegal to be 1st African Olympic host at 2022 Youth Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Senegal is set to be the first African host of any Olympic Games.
The IOC says its executive board picked Senegal in a four-nation hosting contest for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
The recommendation is a formality to be approved by International Olympic Committee members. They meet from Oct. 8-9 ahead of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Senegal project is in "Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly," the IOC says.
Botswana, long an elephant refuge, faces poaching threat
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana, long viewed as a rare refuge for African elephants, is coming under increasing threat from poachers.
Poachers are killing elephants in the southern African country in growing numbers after wiping out large numbers of elephants in nearby Zambia and Angola, a conservation group said.
Semenya wins 400 meters at African championships
ASABA, Nigeria (AP) — Caster Semenya won the 400 meters at the African championships on Friday and said she still plans to compete in middle-distance races at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite new IAAF rules starting in November that could prevent her running in her favored events.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A boulder-size asteroid disintegrated harmlessly over Africa, just hours after its weekend discovery.
It's only the third time scientists have spotted an incoming asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. The previous times were in 2008 and 2014.
The asteroid, dubbed 2018 LA, was discovered out near the moon's orbit early Saturday morning, aiming straight for Earth. NASA reported the latest episode Sunday night.
Semenya smashes games 1,500 record, on track for double.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Long after smashing the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter record to set herself up for a middle-distance double, Caster Semenya passed Isaac Makwala under the stadium and gave the Botswana sprinter a congratulatory hug.
They both had convincing wins on a drizzly night at Carrara Stadium, with Makwala dominating the men's 400.
New presidents of Zimbabwe, Botswana meet in Harare
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The presidents of Zimbabwe and Botswana — two leaders who recently took power in contrasting fashions — met in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, Monday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over from long serving former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe following a military intervention in November.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poaching, poisoning and other hazards have taken a heavy toll on Africa's endangered vultures. New research suggests that the scavengers also face another threat — toxic bullet lead that they ingest while eating the carcasses of animals shot by legal hunters.
The Latest: US embassy tries to calm Africa’s Trump outrage
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments on Africa and Haiti (all times local):
The U.S. Embassy in South Africa says the United States "deeply respects the people of Africa" as President Donald Trump's remark about immigrants from Africa causes outrage across the continent.
The U.S. embassy says on Twitter "there has been no change in our dedication to partners and friends across the continent."
Indianapolis civic leader Lacy dies during Africa trip
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prominent Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Andre Lacy has died in motorcycle crash while on a trip to Africa.
Lacy was 78 and the chairman of his family's holding company LDI Ltd. Company vice president Emily Krueger tells The Indianapolis Star that Lacy died Thursday while on a private tour in Botswana.
Kenya male lions seen in intimate act; bonding, experts say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Recent photos taken in a Kenyan wildlife area show a rare sight: a male lion mounting another male lion in what resembles a sexual act but is possibly a way of showing dominance.
The spectacle of two wild male lions in such intimacy was also observed in Botswana last year and has sometimes been interpreted as homosexual behavior, though lion experts say it is a relatively uncommon form of bonding or social interaction.
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana visit because of ‘exhaustion’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Dalai Lama says he is canceling his planned visit to Botswana "due to exhaustion."
A statement on the website of the Tibetan spiritual leader says he has written to the president of the southern African nation expressing "profound regret." The 82-year-old had been expected to visit on Tuesday.
LONDON (AP) — If it seemed as though there were miles between Wayde van Niekerk and his closest competition on Tuesday — well, that wasn't so far from the truth.
On a chilly evening in which the South African sprinter eased up before the finish line and still won his second straight 400-meter world title by .43 seconds, the man who was expected to give him the toughest test wasn't even allowed in the stadium.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana on Friday announced three days of mourning after the death of 91-year-old Ketumile Masire, a former president who led the country for nearly two decades.
Masire died "peacefully" and surrounded by family members at a hospital in Gaborone, the capital, on Thursday night, Masire's family said in a statement. He had been critically ill.
When Sandra Meek finished her fourth book of poems in 2012, she wanted to turn away from the taxing, depressive reflection that went into her writing of "Road Scatter," which came out of the emotional upheaval of losing her mother to cancer in 2007.
"I was hoping to get to something completely different," said the Berry College English professor of 21 years.
Berry Professor Sandra Meek discusses her book, which led to honor as Author of the Year in poetry
When Sandra Meek finished her fourth book of poems in 2012, she wanted to turn away from the taxing, depressive reflection that went into her writing of “Road Scatter,” which came out of the emotional upheaval of losing her mother to cancer in 2007.
“I was hoping to get to something completely different,” said the Berry College English professor of 21 years.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has unveiled an elephant calf born about a month prematurely.
The calf was born at the zoo's International Conservation Center in Somerset County in May. It was unveiled Tuesday.
The female calf was born to Seeni, a 21-year-old elephant that's among three the zoo rescued from Botswana in 2011.
Amnesty says Botswana executed 1 criminal in 2016
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International says Botswana was the only country in southern African to execute a criminal last year.
The rights group, which opposes the death penalty, said in a global report Tuesday that the single execution in Botswana was the country's first since 2013.
Patrick Gabaakanye, 65, was hanged in May for the 2010 axe murder of an elderly man, according to media in Botswana.
George W. Bush, Laura Bush to visit Botswana, Namibia
DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are scheduled to visit Africa in a trip that will highlight their work to improve the lives of women there.
The Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute said Thursday that the Bushes will visit Botswana and Namibia on April 4-6. It's the former president's seventh trip to Africa since leaving office.
NEW YORK — David Oyelowo knows how to pitch a story. Just ask Rosamund Pike.
“David Oyelowo wrote me an email saying, ‘I’m going to send you a script. It’s arguably the greatest love story of the 20th century,’?” the “Gone Girl” actress said with a hoarse whisper at the Peninsula Hotel.
“A United Kingdom” chronicles a legendary real-life interracial romance that began in 1947 London and continued for decades in Africa.
“A United Kingdom” reclaims the history of the colonized
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took a single image for both David Oyelowo and Amma Asante to fall for the true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The cover of Susan Williams' book "Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation" shows a dapper looking couple in the late 1940s walking hand in hand. Ruth is white. Seretse is black. And the mere fact of their decision to marry would rock the social fabric of their respective worlds and result eventually in Seretse's exile from his country.
Botswana says it does not recognize Gambia’s Jammeh
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations have begun stepping away from Gambia's longtime leader, who has refused to accept defeat in a December election.
Botswana said Thursday it does not recognize Yahya Jammeh as Gambia's president. It made the announcement in a Facebook post as Jammeh's mandate expired.
Jammeh has said he will not accept the election results because of alleged irregularities.
African nations seek to get rid of 1st UN LGBT expert
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African nations are seeking to initially suspend and then get rid of the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Global cheetah conservationist speaks at Wildlife Safari about Cheetah Conservation Botswana
WINSTON — Preserving the declining numbers of cheetahs in the world was the topic addressed by conservationist Rebecca Klein at Wildlife Safari Monday.
As executive director of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, an organization that began in 2003, Klein discussed recent accomplishments made in preventing further species decline. Education about cheetahs was at the forefront.
Botswana says to deport US pastor who made anti-gay comments
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A U.S. pastor who has made anti-gay comments is being deported, Botswana's government announced Tuesday, shortly after he spoke on local radio and called the people killed in the June shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando "disgusting."
Zambia’s president sworn in despite court challenge
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday took the oath of office after the nation's top court rejected an opposition petition to block his inauguration.
Lungu, who was re-elected last month in a closely contested vote, was sworn in at a packed stadium ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and traditional dancers. It was attended by regional leaders including Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Ian Khama of Botswana.
Oyelowo brings 2 inspiring tales from Africa to Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — David Oyelowo has two films making gala premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Both are warm, heroic tales from Africa. Both are directed by women. Neither of these things is a coincidence.
Top diplomat backs new South Sudan vice president
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The top monitor of South Sudan's peace deal said he and diplomats support the disputed appointment of a new vice president in order to support the country's shaky peace agreement.
It was the word "extinction" in a 2002 New York Times article that caught Dr. Mark Kline's attention. The president of Botswana feared that would be the fate of his people if the war on AIDS was lost.
Was it possible? Kline considered the countless children he watched die in Houston and beyond. He decided it was. So he flew to Botswana, met with the minister of health and offered help.