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Death Toll Rises to 6 in Italian Cruise Ship Accident, captain 'commited errors'

At least six people have died after a cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany. The owners of the cruise ship say there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship's captain, an allegation he denies.

(BBC NEWS) Giglio - The CEO of Costa Cruises, the owner of the ship that ran aground off Italy, says the captain made an "unapproved, unauthorized" deviation in course.

Capt Francesco Schettino is suspected of manslaughter, but denies wrongdoing.

Six people were killed and about 15 remain missing after the hull of the Costa Concordia was torn open by rocks late on Friday off the Tuscan coast.

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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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