New threat haunts Zimbabweans panning for gold: Machete wielding gangs

2020-01-04 15:23

Drought sent hungry Zimbabweans in search of gold. Now they face a new threat: Machete-wielding gangs.

Zimbabwe seizes unlicensed diamond mines

2016-02-22 20:37

Zimbabwe has said it was seizing diamond companies that were operating without licences and had spurned an offer to join a state conglomerate.

US man arrested on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges

2015-08-30 08:47

Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone's civil war, a victims' association says.

US: Gems disclosure violates free speech

2014-04-15 12:00

A US appeals court has struck down a ruling forcing firms to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from Africa, saying it violates free speech.

UN lavishes rare praise on Sierra Leone

2014-03-27 11:06

The UN Security Council has lavished rare praise on Sierra Leone, a country once known for "blood diamonds" and rebels chopping limbs off innocent civilians.

Lift blood diamond curbs

2012-11-14 10:29

Sanctions don't help ordinary Zimbabweans, says Malcom Sharara.

Israeli trader banned over Zim gems

2010-12-29 20:09

The Israel diamond bourse has expelled a trader for allegedly dealing in blood diamonds from Zimbabwe.

US gem trade group bans Zim diamonds

2010-08-16 17:35

A major gem trading group has banned the sale of diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange mines because they may be "blood diamonds".


Clarke: Message to MRC shareholders. Xolobeni mining: Blood titanium.

2016-05-22 14:29

No one has been arrested for the assassination of an activist opposed to the Xolobeni mining scheme. The company's shareholders must play their part, says a social worker.

Pope: Blood diamonds fuel terrorism

2015-11-26 21:08

Pope Francis has urged global action against illegal trafficking of blood diamonds, ivory and other natural resources, saying it causes political instability and "terrorism".

UN blacklists CAR diamond firm

2015-08-21 08:32

The United Nations has slapped sanctions on a diamond firm from the Central African Republic and three militia leaders for undermining security in the troubled country.

Cameroon tightens border over diamonds

2014-03-31 20:33

Cameroon is tightening border security to halt the illegal flow of diamonds from neighbouring, conflict-torn Central African Republic.

Ex-US rep vows to expose Zim illegal gem deals

2014-03-05 11:43

Former US congressman Mel Reynolds says he believes he is being pursued by a secret Zimbabwean death squad because he threatened to disclose information involving “blood diamonds”.

Lift diamond ban - Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is calling on the United Nations to lift the ban on its diamond exports. Watch.

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Zim 'looks east' for diamond sales

2010-08-16 22:42

Zimbabwe has shrugged off a ban by a major diamond trading network, saying it was sure to find buyers in Russia and Asia.

Zim diamonds: Group queries report

2010-06-09 22:47

The international campaign group Global Witness has queried the credibility of a report by a diamond monitor which says Zimbabwe has met standards to resume trade in gems.

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