China sentenced a former president of state-run energy giant Sinopec to 15 and a half years for corruption. The latest punishment meted out to a prominent figure in the graft-riddled oil sector. Wang Tianpu, the former general manager of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group), was also fined 3.2 million yuan ($470,000), the official Xinhua news agency reported. The Nanchang City Intermediate People's Court in the eastern province of Jiangxi ordered Wang's illicit gains to be confiscated and said that the assets he embezzled should be returned to Sinopec. Wang's sentence came less than a week after Liao Yongyuan, a former executive with Sinopec's parent company CNPC, was jailed for 15 years on similar charges.

In Chinese culture, every year is represented by one of the 12 animals in a set consecutive order, starting with the rat and ending with the pig. In 2017, it is the turn of the rooster.

One young Taiwanese suspect deported from Kenya to Beijing in April said he had simply done it for the money.

Interpol announced a new project that will dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury.

The number of international tourists rose by four percent worldwide to 1.2 billion in 2016 as Asians travelled more, but security fears hit visitor arrivals in Europe and Africa.

The Congolese government has dropped objections to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Lundin Mining Corp.’s $3.8 billion combined sales of one of the country’s biggest mines to Chinese companies, bringing an end to an eight-month dispute. New terms between the parties will allow Freeport and Lundin Mining to exit the copper and cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo without legal challenge according to Bloomberg News Agency.

China said it will ban or closely monitor overseas investments by state-owned firms in certain sectors, the latest move in a government fight to stem capital flight and what it has called "irrational" spending abroad. The government would, however, seek to encourage SOE overseas investment in sectors including high-speed rail, roads, telecommunications, and nuclear power.

A former top official with state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) was sentenced to 12 years for corruption.

After an 18-day, 12,000-kilometre intercontinental journey, the first freight train from China arrived in Britain.

Photo DR: China 2016 growth slides to 26-year low

China's growth slipped to its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century in 2016, as analysts see mounting risks for the world's number two economy.