African and Asian states reach deal on illegal ivory trade

African and Asian states, including China, reached a deal on Tuesday to tackle the illegal ivory trade, during international talks in Botswana on protecting elephants.

The "urgent measures to halt the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa" were agreed upon by states such as Gabon, Kenya and Zambia that are home to the animals and destination countries like China and Thailand, summit hosts the IUCN and Botswanan government said in a statement.