Gold mine blast

Smoke rises after a blast in a quarry at a gold mining area at Ariab. Sudan's largest single gold mining operation is run by Ariab, a partnership between Sudan's government and Canada's La Mancha, in east Sudan's Red Sea state. Sudan plans to more than double its gold output in two years partly to help make up for a possible fall in oil revenues if its crude-producing south chooses to secede in a looming referendum, the minerals minister said early this month.
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