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Diamonds are in the rough

(April 14th, 2009)

Lower U.S. demand for diamonds is affecting the chain that produce and sell the mineral, from jewelry stores to polishers. Gretchen Wilson explores how dire the situation is for the industry.

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IMF boosting its loans to Africa

(March 12th, 2009)

After a two-day meeting with African leaders in Tanzania, The International Monetary Fund says it will boost loans to Africa and loosen its lending requirements. Gretchen Wilson reports what Africa may need to protect itself from crisis.

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Charcoal use burns up Africa’s forests

(March 11th, 2009)

Many African businesses and homes use charcoal for heating and cooking. But producing the long-burning fuel could be warming the rest of the world. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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African art that’s Made in China

(February 27th, 2009)

African craft artists pump about $300 million to the economy. But the locals are finding it tougher to compete with factories in China making replicas of their crafts. Gretchen Wilson explores how this is a form of identity theft.

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The Oprah School on Trial

(October 29th, 2008)

The Daily Beast An exclusive report on the sexual abuse case that tarnished Oprah’s South African School—and an interview with the dorm matron at the center of the scandal. In the moments before her trial resumes, Tiny Makopo, a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is sending text messages and […]

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South African economy feels jitters too

(September 24th, 2008)

The African National Congress has run South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994. But a power struggle among ANC leaders is shaking the nation’s economy. Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

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Staying positive amid violence

(June 22nd, 2008)

Last month, groups of South Africans attacked poor immigrants from other African countries who had fled to South Africa to escape war or economic hardship in their home countries. The locals blamed the migrants for taking away jobs and housing, and for an increase in crime. At least 65 immigrants were killed in the violence. Hundreds more were injured. Small businesses were looted, and shacks were torched. As many as 80 thousand immigrants fled their homes.

Reporter Gretchen Wilson was in Johannesburg at the time and offers a Reporter’s Notebook on something she did not expect to see — people helping people.

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Xenophobia only hurts South Africa

(June 3rd, 2008)

South Africa’s economy relies on as many as 5 million foreign nationals. But when mobs attacked these foreigners last month, more than 50,000 of the migrants fled. Gretchen Wilson reports how that could hurt the country.

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An ‘Africa 101′ for U.S. businesses

(June 2nd, 2008)

Some prominent African-Americans and representatives from major U.S. companies have journeyed to Africa for a summit to help lift the world’s poorest continent. Gretchen Wilson reports on the meeting’s educational benefits.

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Violence spurs humanitarian crisis

(May 30th, 2008)

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has forced tens of thousands from their homes and could have a long-lasting economic impact on the region. Gretchen Wilson reports from outside Johannesburg.

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