From Bhutan to Botswana, LGBTQ rights advanced in unexpected places in 2021
29 December 2021 | 8:10 am
From accepting a transgender mayor in Bangladesh, restoring gay rights in the US to decriminalizing homosexuality in Botswana, several countries have offered glimmers of hope this year in advancing LGBTQ rights.
9 Nov 2018
Around 400 buffaloes drown after stampeding into the Chobe River along the Botswana-Namibia border.
25 Feb 2019
Botswana is mulling lifting a ban on big game hunting following recommendations from a government committee. The committee said lifting the ban on hunting animals, such as elephants, would "promote conservationism."
2 Mar 2019
Diamond-rich Botswana has offered to lend neighboring Zimbabwe $95 million in private sector loans to help ease its economic crisis. It's rare for an African country to offer such a deal.
26 May 2019
Botswana government fends off criticism over its decision to end a five year ban on elephant hunting saying it was only a suspension to see what was happening in their ecosystem, whilst assuring that the move will not reduce the animals' population.
13 Jun 2019
Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark case.
14 Jun 2019
Scenes of joy fill the High Court of Botswana and surrounding areas following a ruling in favour of decriminalising homosexuality. The High Court had been petitioned by an anonymous person, identified only by initials LM for security reasons, who had challenged sections 164 and 167 of the penal code.
22 Jun 2019
Botswana has just announced the lifting of the ban on elephant hunting, a highly criticized international measure rooted in the many human-animal conflicts in this rural southern African country.
23 Jul 2019
Mooketsi Kgotlele, the former head of the Botswana Football Association, has been banned for life for accepting bribes in relation to international matches. Which games were concerned remains a mystery.
9 Sep 2019
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said global economic slowdown is affecting both diamond sales and prices negatively. It is also having a knock-on effect on Botswana’s economy, but the government expects the downturn to be temporary. Masisi was speaking with Bloomberg Television's Manus Cranny at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.
22 Oct 2019
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party could see its first defeat at the polls since independence in 1966. What would a changeover of power mean for Africa's model democracy?
25 Oct 2019
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the general election after securing 29 national assembly seats, representing 51 percent of the vote, the chief justice announced on Friday.
10 Nov 2019
A new study that pinpoints Botswana as the origin of modern humans some 200,000 years ago has caused a flurry of debate among scientists, with some dismissing the research as deeply flawed.
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Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led the country until he was ousted in a 2020 coup, has died at the age of 76.
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The Serbian tennis star has left Australia on a flight to Dubai after a court upheld a visa cancelation. Authorities said that his decision not to be vaccinated against coronavirus posed a risk to the Australian public.
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Richard Leakey, a world-renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter has died aged 77. His groundbreaking work contributed to the recognition of Africa as the birthplace of humankind. He also spearheaded campaigns to stop poaching in Kenya, famously burning the country's stockpile of poached ivory.
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With a 3-1 victory over Sudan, Nigeria's Super Eagles secure their slot in the knockout stages and gain status as a tournament frontrunner. Favorites Egypt meanwhile gets their first win thanks to star striker Mohamed Salah and after a goal from Guinea-Bissau was disallowed after VAR review. Alison Sargent is joined by France 24's James Vasina and African journalist Usher Komugisha to discuss all the action.
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Brown hyenas are valuable, social animals. But they are being hunted relentlessly. Now, there are more and more protected zones and wildlife reserves where they can live in safety.