U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa inauguration address honors Mugabe legacy

Emmerson Mnangagwa was inaugurated as president Friday in Zimbabwe, before packed crowds at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Mnangagwa replaces the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, whose resignation after 37 years in power was forced by a political crisis within his Zanu PF party and backed by the nation’s military last…

Botswana: Nine elephants electrocuted while seeking water

In Botswana, nine elephants have died from electrocution that happened when they were trying to reach a pond, but accidentally knocked down a utility pole while trying to get past it to get to the water. Authorities with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) say they went to the Dukwi community…

Study: African wild dogs use sneezing to make group decisions

African wild dogs in Botswana arrive at consensus about when the pack will hunt by sneezing, according to scientists who studied the dogs and reported their “sneeze to leave” findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The international research team studied the endangered wild dogs at Botswana Predator Conservation…

Warming climate poses a threat to African painted dog survival

Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) say their new study results demonstrate a clear link between climate change and impacts on endangered African wild dogs who have fewer surviving pups in hotter temperatures. “When most people think about wildlife in a changing climate, they think of polar bears…

Botswana helps to fund investigation into Syria war crimes

Botswana is the only African nation among the 26 countries so far making financial contributions to support an investigation into serious crimes committed during the Syrian conflict. The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) will be led by Catherine Marchi-Uhel, a French judge appointed this week to lead the IIIM….

Botswana: 5.0-magnitude aftershock rattles region hit by quake

An aftershock earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Botswana shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the quake at a 5.0 magnitude, with an epicenter in the same location as Monday night’s…