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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

New film starring DiCaprio rattles diamond industry - Yahoo! News - TEL AVIV (Reuters) - "The Blood Diamond," a film in production starring


Leonardo DiCaprio, could hurt diamond sales and the livelihoods of people in
Africa, industry leaders warned on Tuesday.

The Warner Brothers film being shot in Africa shows how "conflict diamonds"
financed bloody civil wars. DiCaprio portrays a mercenary jailed for
smuggling in Sierra Leone, where a civil war lasting until 2002 killed
50,000 people.
Industry officials attending the opening of the World Diamond Congress said
the situation with conflict diamonds had dramatically improved in recent
years and expressed concern that the movie would not reflect this.

"The problem of conflict diamonds is practically over," Shmuel Schnitzer,
outgoing president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), told
Reuters at the conference in Tel Aviv, among the world's top diamond cutting
and trading centers.

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more...New film starring DiCaprio rattles diamond industry - Yahoo! News

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