The reclusive pangolin has become the most trafficked mammal on earth due to soaring demand in China.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa named hundreds of mines, Chinese businesses and individuals who had illegally transferred foreign currency abroad during Robert Mugabe's rule and warned they would be prosecuted.

The announcement came after the expiry of a three month amnesty for the return of funds including export proceeds, payments for phantom imports and "funds transferred to foreign banks in cash or under spurious circumstances".

China will build a train line connecting the Iranian port of Bushehr to the rest of the country's railway network.

Washington's top diplomat set off for Africa to tour countries that form a new theater for competition with America's ambitious great power rival China.

Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows.

Beijing has sought to rein in conglomerates whose splashy overseas investments have taken billions out of the country.

For China, the project to stop Lake Chad from drying up is an opportunity to deepen its already strong ties with Africa.

China's Lunar New Year television extravaganza was hit by accusations of racism over a sketch in which a Chinese actress appeared made up as an African woman.

65 % of South African abalone imported to Hong Kong in 2015 was illicitly harvested and trafficked.

"Some people are jealous of China-Africa cooperation" said Moussa Faki Mahamat in Beijing.