GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts are threatening another part of Africa, with up to 7 million people in the southern region facing further food insecurity, the United Nations said Friday.
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana’s government says it still doesn’t know what caused the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent weeks, but testing continues.
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in...
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe have started publicly naming people who have escaped from quarantine centers and urging the public to report them to prevent the spread of the...
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Judges in Botswana have dismissed more than a dozen opposition challenges to the recent parliamentary elections, saying they failed to prove allegations of...
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — An opposition coalition in Botswana has begun filing court challenges to the recent election alleging fraud and arguing that its candidate should be...
WASHINGTON (AP) — When babies are born with HIV, starting treatment within hours to days is better than waiting even the few weeks to months that’s the norm in many countries, researchers reported...
RADES, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia beat Libya 4-1 to start African Cup of Nations qualifying with a resounding win on Friday.
Saif-Eddine Khaoui and Wahbi Khazri each scored twice to take Tunisia...
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been sworn in after an election that saw the previous president break with the ruling party and back the...
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi will remain in office after his ruling party easily won enough parliament seats in this week's election, authorities announced...
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana faced its tightest election in history on Wednesday as the long-peaceful southern African nation wondered if the ruling party would be toppled for the first time...
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...
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana (AP) — Prince Harry says "no one can deny science" when it comes to climate change.
He spoke Thursday during his visit to Botswana, the latest stop on his...
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, have visited South Africa's oldest mosque as their first official tour as a family continues for a...
LONDON (AP) — Representatives for the British royal family say Prince Harry will get to see the legacy of his late mother's humanitarian work in Angola during a fall trip to southern...
GENEVA (AP) — Countries that are part of an international agreement on trade in endangered species agreed Tuesday to limit the sale of wild elephants caught in Zimbabwe and Botswana, delighting...
GENEVA (AP) — International trade in elephant ivory will remain banned, according to a vote at the World Wildlife Conference, known as CITES, in Switzerland.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says its ethics judges have banned a soccer official from Botswana for life for taking bribes linked to convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.