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Diamond Development Initiative Releases Standards, Guidelines for Sierra Leone

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RAPAPORT…  The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) announced today the release of its standards and guidelines for Sierra Leone’s…

Political Groups in Sierra Leone Commit to Peaceful Local Elections in July

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RAPAPORT…  Political parties across diamond-rich Sierra Leone have underscored their commitment to holding peaceful local council elections in July…

U.N. Group Reports on Progress in Sierra Leone

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RAPAPORT…  Sierra Leone’s economic prospects are “hopeful,” a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council yesterday.…

UN Offers to Help Resolve Zimbabwe’s Problems

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RAPAPORT…   The United Nations was ready to support regional diplomacy to help end the political crisis in Zimbabwe, according to …

Ki-moon Praises Post-conflict Efforts in Liberia

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RAPAPORT… U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia’s progress in recovering from a brutal decade-long civil war and assured…

Russia: News Broadcast Tells of How Diamonds Funded Weapons in Chechnya

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RAPAPORT…  In excerpts from Novosti television news in Russia, the journalists reported on how foreign services attempted to…

Zimbabwe to Mark Independence as Pres. Election Returns Remain Secret

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RAPAPORT…  IRIN: Zimbabweans will commemorate independence day on Friday as a deeply divided and uncertain nation, shaken by…

CIBJO Creates Foundation for CSR Educational Program

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RAPAPORT…  Dubai: CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, has wrapped up its annual congress at the Grosvenor House hotel…

UN Welcomes Election Date in Cote d’Ivoire

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RAPAPORT…  The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) welcomed a date for the war-torn country’s much…