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Tulips Bloom in Kashmir as Indian Farmers Discover Flower Power

By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, June 1 – As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. “I knew it would be a waste of time for him to search for a

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Disability No Barrier for Palestinian Harvest Volunteer

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 11 – Nine years ago, Louy al-Najar’s life was changed forever by an Israeli missile that exploded as he rushed to rescue wounded neighbours during a Gaza war between Palestinian militants and Israel. He lost both legs below the knee, a crushing blow that has not dented his spirit. Now,

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Farming Without Soil Seen as Solution in Land Without Water

By Seham El Oraby CAIRO, Dec 14 –  Growing lettuce in the desert is not most people’s idea of how to make a success of farming, but Amr Bassiouny believes he is on to something. The 30-year-old chief executive of Egyptian Hydrofarms says he is growing salad greens at his farm on the outskirts of

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Armed Guards Protect Last Water in Drought-Parched Indian City

By Shuriah Niazi TIKAMGARH, India, May 9 – Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation. With rainfall in Tikamgarh district this year 52 percent below average – the second dry year for the area

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