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AL JAZEERA (Qatar), CNN (USA), REUTERS

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BAGHDAD - At least 32 people have been killed and scores injured on Monday in a series of car bombs and shootings across Iraqi cities.

Reports are still conflicting as to the number of attacks and casualties in this latest spate of violence plaguing the country.

CNN reports that eight car bombs in mainly Shi'ite districts of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killed at least 20 people on Monday.

Meanwhile, at least nine people were killed and 37 others wounded when two car bombs exploded in the predominantly Shiite Basra neighborhood in southern Iraq.

In another attack, gunmen ambushed two police checkpoints in Haditha on Monday, killing eight officers.

In Samarra, north of Baghdad, a car bomb killed two Sahwa anti-Al-Qaeda fighters and wounded 12, while a roadside bomb wounded three people in Mosul, northern Iraq.

The bodies of eight civilians who were kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday were found dead late Sunday night, officials told CNN.

Dozens of people have been killed in attacks over the past week as tensions between minority Sunni Muslims and Shi'ites who now lead Iraq have reached their highest level since U.S. troops pulled out in December 2011, Al Jazeera reports.

More than 700 people were killed in April by a U.N. count, the highest figure in almost five years, according to Reuters

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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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