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From hummus to high-tech: Israel CEOs seek 'friends', deals in UAE

Dubai - If you had asked Israeli businessman Yehonatan Ben Hamozeg earlier this year where he'd be pitching his palm tree saving technology in October, there was no chance he would have said the United Arab Emirates.

Unsung heroes? How hoverflies play key pollination role

Apo - That bee you see buzzing from flower to flower might actually be an undercover operator: a hoverfly. And a team of scientists wants you to stop taking them for granted.

Bayer shareholders vote against board over Monsanto merger

Bonn - Bayer chief executive Werner Baumann was dealt a blow Friday at the German chemical giant's annual general meeting, amid tensions over last year's decision to buy US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, as disgruntled shareholders voted against managem...

Guns and roses: Afghan farmers enjoy sweet smell of success

Jalalabad - Standing in a field of roses in eastern Afghanistan, former poppy grower Mohammad Din Sapai quickly but carefully plucks the delicate petals that will be turned into rose water and oils for sale around the world.

Bayer-Monsanto merger creates agrichemical juggernaut

Frankfurt Am Main - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will seal a $63-billion merger with US-based Monsanto Thursday, creating an agrichemical behemoth with lofty ambitions to feed the world but lambasted by environmentalists.

Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger

Frankfurt Am Main - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will discard the name Monsanto when it takes over the controversial US seeds and pesticides producer this week, it said Monday.

Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops

Paris - Could we soon be forced to do without a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit at breakfast? The answer is unfortunately yes.

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