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Farmers in Southern Iran Protest Rice-Planting Ban

Rice farmers in a southern Iranian province are protesting a local government decision to ban rice planting because of water shortages. Iran’s state-run ILNA news agency said a group of rice farmers denounced the ban at a rally Wednesday outside the Khuzestan provincial governorate building in the city of Ahvaz. It said the farmers have staged several protests at the site in recent days. ILNA quoted the protesters as saying the ban on cultivating rice in the coming year threatens to...

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