mining

Three strongboxes of diamonds, weighing 29kg, have been taken from the central bank by police, violating orders from the country’s Supreme Court.

The removal is the latest in a long-running dispute between mines minister Obert Mpofu and British-registered mining company, African Consolidated Resources, over ownership of Chiadzwa claims. Chiadzwa is considered the world’s biggest diamond discovery in a century and could yield more than $1bn annually. In 2006, ACR was forced from its property at gunpoint; the courts later ruled this illegal. Read more

“Investors view this as shockingly bad news”: one assessment of Dubai’s request for a freeze on all financing to Dubai World, the government’s heavily indebted flagship holding company. The requested freeze would last till May 30, and would cover DW’s troubled property unit Nakheel, which is due to pay back $4bn on an Islamic bond on December 14. Dubai sovereign CDS spreads rose 130bps from an overnight level of 318 and LSE shares fell – the exchange has a 20 per cent stake in Borse Dubai.

Meanwhile the “gold up, dollar down” trends continue. Sri Lanka has bought 10 tonnes of gold from the IMF Read more