China opened its Silk Road summit Sunday to showcase its ambitious plans to revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa.

Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested.

The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route.

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved 13 new prospective members including two African countries.

Morocco and China's Haite Group signed an agreement to launch an industrial park near Tangiers.

Despite government promises, the roads below are still clogged with traffic 14 months after the light rail system's opening.

Donkeys are being increasingly slaughtered in South Africa to supply smugglers who export the skins to China.

Chinese tourists are slowly returning to Egypt, easing pressure on a key sector battered by years of turmoil.

The China National Petroleum Corporation secured an eight-percent share in an onshore oil concession in Abu Dhabi in a deal worth $1.77 billion.

The annual four-day Mining Indaba in Cape Town takes place as demand in China, one of the world's biggest consumers, begins to stabilise.