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October 1, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Wilson left his secure job in South Africa a few months ago and trekked 1,500 miles into deepest Angola to make his fortune in diamonds. Arriving in the remote province of Lunda Norte, he found an African version of the Wild West. More than 50,000 ragged prospectors with shovels and big dreams were digging up some of the best-quality diamonds in the world. They slaked their thirst in makeshift taverns, told tall tales by campfire and guarded their booty with AK-47 rifles.
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October 1, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Wilson left his secure job in South Africa a few months ago and trekked 1,500 miles into deepest Angola to make his fortune in diamonds. Arriving in the remote province of Lunda Norte, he found an African version of the Wild West. More than 50,000 ragged prospectors with shovels and big dreams were digging up some of the best-quality diamonds in the world. They slaked their thirst in makeshift taverns, told tall tales by campfire and guarded their booty with AK-47 rifles.
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July 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The international diamond industry announced strict new measures Wednesday to clamp down on the trade in "conflict diamonds" used to pay for wars in Africa. The measures include a certification system to closely track rough diamonds from the time they're mined, as well as tough penalties for dealers who break U.N. embargoes on diamond sales by rebels in Angola and Sierra Leone.
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