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Runway (Runaway?) Dog Diverts Yemeni Airplane

A small dog on an airport runway last month reportedly caused quite a problem for a Yemeni plane attempting to land at Ta'izz airport, near the Red Sea in the Yemeni Highlands.

While preparing to land, the Yemeni Airways pilot suddenly spotted the small dog walking along the runway. He immediately decided to divert the aircraft to the nearby southern port town of Aden, landing there instead.

All 130 passengers, however, refused to disembark at Aden and demanded the pilot return them to the Ta'izz Airport. He complied.

Arabic news sources noted that this was not the first time an animal had blocked a Yemeni runway. Two months ago, a herd of camels reportedly also prevented planes from landing.

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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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