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$70 million diamond – Lesedi la Rona

The diamond is about the size of a tennis ball. It measures 65 millimeters by 56 millimeters by 40 millimeters

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One of the world’s largest brokers of fine arts and jewelry is preparing to sell the largest gem-quality diamond found in more than a century.

Sotheby’s auction house showed off the diamond last weekend at the company’s New York City headquarters. The term gem-quality means it can be made into jewelry.

The diamond is believed to be about three billion years old. It was discovered at a mine in Botswana last November. The mine is owned by a Canadian company.

The diamond is about the size of a tennis ball. It measures 65 millimeters by 56 millimeters by 40 millimeters. Experts say the diamond has 1,109 carats.

Sotheby’s will be accepting offers for the diamond at an auction in London at the end of June. Experts believe someone will pay at least $70 million for it.

David Bennett is the head of Sotheby’s jewelry division.

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“And it’s a simply dramatically beautiful stone. I mean it’s unbelievable. Just look at it. It’s an extraordinary thing. The sheer size is difficult to comprehend.”

The diamond has been named “Lesedi la Rona.” That means “our light” in the national language of Botswana.

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To the untrained eye, the lovely big jewel looks like something you might show off. The diamond is of the very highest quality, and light can shine through it. Experts praise rough diamonds such as this one for their natural beauty. Yet it could become the largest top-quality diamond ever to be cut and polished.

This stone is just amazing. You can imagine the extraordinary stones that can be cut off out it.

The Lesedi la Rona is not the biggest gem-quality diamond ever found. The Cullinan diamond, discovered in South Africa in 1905, was 3,106 carats — almost three times larger. It was cut into nine pieces. The largest piece is part of Britain’s crown jewels. (VOA)

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    THREE BILLION YEARS OLD 😮

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Three billion years and $70 million is a huge amount!

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A Canadian accused of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 data breach at Yahoo was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.

Karim Baratov, who pleaded guilty in November 2017 in San Francisco, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Baratov, a Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan, was arrested in Canada in March 2017 at the request of U.S. prosecutors. He later waived his right to fight a request for his extradition to the United States.

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Karim Baratov, who pleaded guilty in November 2017 in San Francisco, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Pixabay

Lawyers for Baratov in a court filing had urged a sentence of 45 months in prison, while prosecutors had sought 94 months.

“This case is about a young man, younger than most of the defendants in hacking cases throughout this country, who hacked emails, one at a time, for $100 a hack,” the defense lawyers wrote in a May 19 court filing.

Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless operator, acquired most of Yahoo’s assets in June 2017.

The U.S. Justice Department announced charges in March 2017 against Baratov and three others, including two officers in Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), for their roles in the 2014 hacking of 500 million Yahoo accounts. Baratov is the only one of the four who has been arrested. Yahoo in 2016 said cyberthieves might have stolen names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords.

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When FSB officers learned that a target had a non-Yahoo webmail account, including through information obtained from the Yahoo hack, they worked with Baratov, who was paid to break into at least 80 email accounts, prosecutors said, including numerous Alphabet Inc. Gmail accounts.

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Federal prosecutors said in a court filing “the targeted victims were of interest to Russian intelligence” and included “prominent leaders in the commercial industries and senior government officials (and their counselors) of Russia and countries bordering Russia.”

Prosecutors said FSB officers Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin directed and paid hackers to obtain information and used Alexsey Belan, who is among the FBI’s most-wanted cybercriminals, to breach Yahoo. (VOA)