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Amnesty International in Portugal has is calling on Angola to ensure a free trial for Angolan activist and journalist Rafael Marques.

The local branch of Amnesty International gave in a petition to the Angolan embassy in Lisbon with the signatures of more than 38,000 people calling on Angola to give “all the guarantees of a fair trial”.

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Stephen Lussier, the chief executive of De Beers' Forevermark brand has been appointed as chairman of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA).

He takes over from Jean-Marc Lieberherr who stepped down from the role after leaving his post as managing director of Rio Tinto's diamond unit.

He was appointed DPA chairman last October a few months after the organization was set up.

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Panama Diamond Exchange President Erez Akerman will end his term at the head of Latin America's only WFDB-recognized diamond bourse on October 30.

He will then become managing director of the World Jewelry Hub, and at the same time will be devoted to managing his own company at PDE, Akerman Diamonds.

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Shmuel Schnitzer, President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) and Marcel Pruwer, President of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, have issued a joint statement expressing support for the marketing efforts the two bourses are developing.

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Addressing a Sightholder reception during the first De Beers Sight of 2015, Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group, said that maintaining success in the diamond industry is dependent upon investment to sustain supply, finance and demand.
 

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Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) President Shmuel Schnitzer has denounced the terrorist attack that took place at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, and the murder of four innocent visitors to the museum.

“The members and the board of the Israel Diamond Exchange are shocked and appalled by the horrific terrorist attack that claimed the innocent lives of four visitors to the museum on Saturday,” Schnitzer wrote.

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HRD Antwerp announced the names of the winners of the HRD Awards contemporary diamond jewelry contest at a gala event in Beijing in late October. The HRD Awards contest, organised by HRD Antwerp and held every two years, was co-organised by the Gem & Jewellery Trade Association of China (GAC) and sponsored by Tesiro. 

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White Pine Trading LLC, a recycled diamonds firm, is increasing its diamond liquidation services for the pawnbroking industry by providing a cash-advance system that could enable sellers to raise cash flows while White Pine looks for the best price through its international sales events and brokerage.
 
White Pine has tested the service over the past year, with more than 10 pawnbrokers in the United States.
 

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The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) presented the Stanley Schechter Award to Brad Brooks-Rubin for his work as the Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds while serving at the US State Department.
 
The award was made at the JVC's annual luncheon event. It brought together industry members from the jewelry trade.
 
The keynote speaker was former Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez.
 

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Online sales in the U.S. for the Christmas season, November 1-December 31, jumped 10 percent on the year to $46.6 billion, according to e-commerce tracking firm comScore Inc.
 
The firm had predicted a 14-percent  rise in sales to $48 billion.
 

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