Diamonds

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    Video caption: In case you missed it

    From diamonds to mammoth bones: some gems you may not have seen this week.

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    Video caption: Banjarmasin Diamond: Solving the mystery of the 'ugly, dirty' gem

    The Banjarmasin Diamond was taken from an Indonesian sultan almost 200 years ago.

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    Video caption: 'Priceless' diamond heist captured on CCTV

    The moments thieves break into a German museum and steal diamonds worth up to a billion euro.

  4. Zimbabwe anger over US diamond ban

    A file photo taken on December 14, 2011 shows a private security employee guarding a diamond processing plant in the diamond-rich eastern Marange region
    Image caption: The Marange fields have long been at the centre of controversy

    Zimbabwe's government has condemned the US' decision to ban its diamonds from entering the country on the grounds that they had been produced through forced labour.

    The US's claim was a "shameless lie", and amounted to new sanctions against Zimbabwe's dfiamond industry, Information Minister Nick Mangwana was quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying.

    The US embassy tweeted on Tuesday that the US Customs and Border Protection agency had issued a "Withhold Release Order" for artisanal rough cut diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange fields due to evidence of forced labour.

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    Zimbabwe is in deep financial crisis, and the ban comes at a time when President Emmerson Mnangagwa is trying to improve relations with Western powers in a bid to boost the economy.

    The industry's global watchdog body, the Kimberley Process, lifted a ban on Zimbabwean diamond sales in 2011, with the backing of the US and European Union.

    The ban was imposed in 2009 following reports that Zimbabwean military officials were benefiting from the diamond trade and there had been killings and human rights abuses at the Marange fields.

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    Video caption: Mining diamonds in Botswana

    De Beers is investing to communities in Botswana as part of a diamond joint venture with its government.