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Blast baby blast

Smoke rises after a blast in a quarry at the Ariab mine. The Ariab mine in east Sudan's Red Sea state, the country's largest single gold mining operation, is run by a partnership between Sudan's government and Canada's La Mancha. Sudan plans to more than double its gold output in two years partly to help make up for a possible fall in oil revenues after the independence of its crude-oil producing south Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters