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An LGBT activist attends a court hearing in the Milimani high court in Nairobi, Kenya in February. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

High court judges in Botswana have ruled that laws criminalising same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. The ruling is a m(...)

A group of elephants in  the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The country is home to around 130,000 elephants. Photograph: Gernot Hensel/EPA

Botswana, which has the world’s highest number of elephants, has lifted its ban on big game hunting in a decision that has brought anger from wildlif(...)

Swift populations are free falling; in the last 15 years, they’ve gone down by 46 per cent. ‘My notebook goes back 40 years,’ says bird expert Eric Dempsey. ‘Their decline has been very dramatic.’

Last summer, ornithologist Will Hayes of Birdwatch Ireland spent four months walking the streets of Tipperary’s towns and villages in search of swift (...)

Kashimbo Musonda outside a fitness to practise hearing in  Dublin last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer

The president of the High Court has struck off a radiographer after being satisfied she is “a danger to the public” due to her “substandard” knowledge(...)

A Tullow Oil drilling block in Kenya. Photograph: Tony Karumbatony/Getty Images

Tullow Oil has appointed two new directors to its board, with Sheila Khama and Genevieve Sangudi set to join as non-executive directors from April 26t(...)

The government says there is growing conflict between humans and wildlife. Photograph: iStock

Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, is considering lifting a ban on big game hunting, to combat what the government says is growi(...)

Sr Maura O’Donoghue, a Medical Missionary of Mary from Kilfenora, in Co Clare

Reports last week Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, seem to ha(...)

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

De Beers reported a big drop in diamond sales, dragged down by waning demand for smaller and cheaper stones. De Beers sold just $505 million (€441 mi(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, with  Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on January 15th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/Reuters

As protests raged in Zimbabwe’s cities last week, with police firing live ammunition at crowds who barricaded roads with burning tyres, the target of (...)

Tierra Whack’s new album Whack World comprises 15 tracks, all one minute each

What 15 songs and 15 minutes makes for one of 2018’s most acclaimed new artists. Where Philadelphia. Why The artist that follows dear reader is the (...)

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