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Drought sent hungry Zimbabweans in search of gold. Now they face a new threat: Machete-wielding gangs.
Zimbabwe has said it was seizing diamond companies that were operating without licences and had spurned an offer to join a state conglomerate.
Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone's civil war, a victims' association says.
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.
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.
Sanctions don't help ordinary Zimbabweans, says Malcom Sharara.
The Israel diamond bourse has expelled a trader for allegedly dealing in blood diamonds from Zimbabwe.
A major gem trading group has banned the sale of diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange mines because they may be "blood diamonds".
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 Francis has urged global action against illegal trafficking of blood diamonds, ivory and other natural resources, saying it causes political instability and "terrorism".
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 is tightening border security to halt the illegal flow of diamonds from neighbouring, conflict-torn Central African Republic.
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”.
Ivory Coast is calling on the United Nations to lift the ban on its diamond exports. Watch.
Zimbabwe has shrugged off a ban by a major diamond trading network, saying it was sure to find buyers in Russia and Asia.
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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