FILE -- This Nov. 1, 2006 file photo shows miners digging for diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe. The international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diam

 

              FILE -- This Nov. 1, 2006 file photo shows miners digging for diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe. The international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diam
FILE -- This Nov. 1, 2006 file photo shows miners digging for diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe. The international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds on Friday made it easier for Zimbabwe to export diamonds that are certified as conflict free. At the same time, the group was unable to reach agreement on a new definition for “conflict diamonds” that would have expanded its current mandate. Meeting in Washington, the members of the so-called “Kimberley Process” let lapse a requirement that mining at Zimbabwe's notorious Marange diamond fields be monitored. Allegations of violence and worker mistreatment at Marange led the group to first ban sales and then impose monitoring on operations at the fields last year to ensure that no abuses were taking place. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)