A Chinese metal trading firm said it is investigating whether children are toiling in Congolese mines that supply it with cobalt.

The second edition of the China-Africa Investment Forum, to be held in Marrakesh on 27 and 28 November.

US officials had arrested Hong Kong's former home affairs secretary and the ex-foreign minister of Senegal.

The "One Belt, One Road" initiative envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

Sub-Saharan Africa nations are growing more dependent on China as an export market, putting them at greater risk.

Nigeria's government urged militants not to resume attacks on pipelines in the country's oil-rich south but to give peace talks another chance.

President Alassane Ouattara inaugurated a huge Chinese-funded dam in southern Ivory Coast.

Developing economies such as Nigeria, India, Thailand and El Salvador have made the largest strides in improving their business climates while New Zealand and Singapore retained their top ranks for ease of doing business, the World Bank said Tuesday.
In an annual report on 190 countries' efforts to encourage investment and job creation by cutting red tape and reforming regulations, the global lender also said Sub-Saharan Africa was again the region which saw the most progress -- but countries there varied widely in performance.
"It is particularly gratifying to see that many of the reforms are being carried out in economies and sectors where they are most needed," Rita Ramalho, acting head of the bank's Global Indicators Group, said in a statement.

The stolen copper is usually trafficked to China and India for manufacturing electronic components.

Africa must double its spending on infrastructure over the coming years said the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA). Does China can help?