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UN Experts Want Better Gold Data as Trade Fuels Congo Violence

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A miner pans for gold near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

A miner pans for gold near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photographer: Guerchom Ndebo/AFP/Getty Images

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Governments need to improve and make public their gold trade data to help stem smuggling and violence around mines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations independent group of experts on Congo said in their annual report Friday.