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Police shot and killed two gunmen after they opened fire outside a building in Garland, Texas, where a contest for cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was being held, The Dallas Morning Newsreports. The attackers’ identities haven’t been released.

  • The controversial event was organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center considers an anti-Muslim hate group. According to The Daily Telegraph, the group’s founder Pamela Geller “has a long history of generating anti-Islam controversy” and is banned from entering Britain. Dutch far-right and anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was attending the event and delivered a keynote speech.
  • Before being killed, the gunmen wounded a security officer, who was treated in has since been released from the hospital.


Funchu Tamang, a 101-year-old man, was pulled from the rubble of his home in Nepal with only minor injuries Saturday, a full week after the earthquake that destroyed significant parts of the country, including the capital Kathmandu. The death toll continued to rise over the weekend and now stands at 7,250, with over 14,000 injured.


Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Sunni Arab coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen have been using banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in their airstrike campaign over Yemen, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Cluster munitions contain anywhere from dozens to hundreds of submunitions, which are spread out over a wide area and are designed to explode like landmines. Their use poses threats to civilians and is therefore banned by a treaty signed by 116 countries. The United States, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are not among the signatories.


Britain’s new princess “has artistic talent and does not like to stick with the status quo, unlike her brother who will be more disciplined and reserved,” Chinese fortune tellers predict. Born Saturday morning, the daughter of Prince William and Kate is fourth in line to the throne, after her brother George. The baby’s name is expected to be announced later today.


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Masseuses perform facial massages for volunteers at the Shandong Provincial Sports Center in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province. At least 1,000 volunteers received 30-minute facial massages today in the interest of creating a world record.


As Britain braces for Thursday’s election, which could be the tightest general election in recent years, incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron is already preparing to initiate coalition talks with his current governing partner, the Liberal Democrats, within hours of the election, the Financial Times reports. The latest polls suggest that neither the Conservatives nor their Labour opponents will win an outright majority, meaning the two main parties will need to find partners if they are to govern effectively. For Labour leader Ed Miliband, that would mean relying on Scottish nationalists.


An estimated 5,800 migrants have been rescued from boats off the Libyan coast and transported to Sicily during what Corriere Della Sera describes as “a black weekend.” Rescue teams recovered 10 dead bodies.


Dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” Saturday's welterweight title boxing match in which American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Filipino Manny Pacquiao failed to live up to the hype. Pacquiao is "still the people's champ," the Philippine Daily Inquirer writes in its Monday edition, which features a picture of Pacquiao on its front page. The newspaper quotes the Filipino fighter as saying, “It was a good fight. I thought I won the fight,” before an unimpressed crowd at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena.


Margaret Thatcher, also known as the “Iron Lady,” took office as British Prime Minister 36 years ago today. Learn more about May 4 in your 57-second shot of history.


Israeli police arrested 43 people after violent clashes erupted between security forces and Ethiopian Israeli demonstrators in Tel Aviv yesterday, Haaretz reports. Protesters were denouncing police brutality after the release of a video showing two policemen beating up an Ethiopian Israeli soldier. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin admitted “mistakes” with regard to the Ethiopian community. A protest march is planned for later today in front of the government’s Jerusalem headquarters.



As Die Welt’s Freia Peters reports, doctors in Germany have noted an alarming rise in psychotic episodes linked to excessive marijuana use among young people, which follows other studies around the world raising similar concerns. “Those who start smoking marijuana on a regular basis before the age of 15 are six times more likely to suffer from psychosis in later years,” Peters reports, citing experts. “Adolescent cannabis consumers suffer from more anxiety and depression than their non-consuming counterparts. Cognitive performance is diminished, and the loss of concentration is a common side effect. Quite often, these adolescents are unable to recall the content of a text they read only a few days before.”

Read the full article, Teen Marijuana Use And The Risks Of Psychosis.


Here’s a May the Fourth (as in, "May the Force be with you") scoop that will make most die-hard Star Wars fans rejoice: Director J.J. Abrams told Vanity Fair he has considered killing off the widely despised Jar Jar Binks character.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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