Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq to Divert Most Kirkuk Oilfield Output to Iraqi Refineries, Says Official

27 December 2017 | Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters

Iraq is preparing to divert most future output from Kirkuk oilfield to local refineries as a conflict with Kurdish regional authorities over the use of an export pipeline to Turkey continues, an Iraqi...

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Myanmar: Parliament Approves Proposal to Ensure Transparency in Extractive Industries

27 December 2017 | Htet Naing Zaw, Irrawaddy

Myanmar Lower House of Parliament on Thursday approved a proposal to ensure transparency in the country’s extractive industries and transfer back the gross revenues of the enterprises under the Mini...

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Afghanistan: Mining Revenue Witnesses Hike, Reaches 6b Afghanis

15 December 2017 | Middle East North Africa Financial Network

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) says the mining revenue has risen to more than six billion afghanis this year, showing a considerable increase over 2016. Abdul Qadir Motafi, spokesman for t...

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Sierra Leone: Huge 'Peace Diamond' Fetches a Disappointing $6.5 Million

6 December 2017 | Michelle Toh, CNN

One of the world's largest diamonds has been sold for $6.5 million. The stone has been dubbed the "peace diamond" because much of the proceeds will go to help the village in Sierra Leone where it was...

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Niger: UN Environment, Niger Sign Pact to Assess Impacts of Armed Conflict on Environment

6 December 2017 | Xinhua

The UN Environment and the government of Niger on Wednesday signed an agreement to assess environmental and human impacts caused by the armed conflict and terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin. The agreeme...

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World Experts Gather to Review Progress on Climate and Security in 2017

6 December 2017 | ANP Pers Support

Governments and experts are being urged to use the shifting geopolitical landscape to cement action on the climate and security agenda at a major conference in The Hague on December 12 and 13. Being p...

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DRC: Investors out in Force Following DRC Lithium Deals

6 December 2017 | Michael Quinn,

With its shares up nearly 500% since June, Force Commodities has today unveiled a lithium joint venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo comprising ground 5km from AVZ Minerals’ “world class”...

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South Sudan: South Sudan Hopes Higher Oil Prices Will Restore Ravaged Economy

5 December 2017 | Tsvetana Paraskova,

Rising oil prices are vital for South Sudan to revitalize its battered economy, as oil revenues are almost all of the country’s hard currency export income, according to South Sudan Oil Minister Eze...

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Sudan/South Sudan: South Sudan Owes Sudan $1.3 Billion from 2012 Oil Deal: Official

5 December 2017 | Denis Dumo, Reuters

South Sudan still owes neighboring Sudan $1.3 billion from a 2012 deal that ended a dispute over oil payments between the two nations, the deputy finance minister told Reuters before he was sacked las...

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Farming Innovations Improve Livelihoods and Incomes in Afghanistan’s Balkh Province

5 December 2017 | Ahmad Fahim Jabari

Every working day, I work closely with my colleagues and coordinate with other stakeholders. I am happy with my job as a member of the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) because we w...

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