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A tempting iron ore deposit on the Liberian border triggers fierce rivalries, national and international

The shock must have been great when mining giant Rio Tinto was told on 4 August that it had just lost its greatest potential asset, the gigantic Simandou iron ore concession. The letter was signed by Sam Mamady Soumah, the all-powerful Presidency Secretary General.

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Sam Mamady Soumah, Australian, Alpha Ibrahima Keïra, Sam Walsh, Lansana Conté, David Smith, Swiss, Henriette Conté, Kadiatou Seth Conté, Indian, French, Brazil, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Chad-Cameroon, Ore and infrastructure, Beny Steinmetz, Israeli, Congo-Kinshasa, Dan Gertler, Joseph Kabila, Lutundula, China, Ousmane Doré, Vale, Forbes, passim

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