A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman, nicknamed Tuna King, paid US$1.8 million for a giant tuna at New Year's auction at Tokyo's main fish market on Sunday. Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a successful sushi restaurant chain, paid 193 million yen (US$1.8 million) to purchase a 276kg bluefin tuna, caught off the Aomori region in northern Japan.
Bulgarian veterinary authorities said on Friday they would cull 24,000 pigs after detecting an outbreak of African swine fever at a pig farm in the northeast of the country.
Britain's navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani by US forces.
About 1,000 people rushed to a New Zealand beach over the weekend to try to save a pod of whales that stranded overnight, overwhelming conservation workers who were appealing for specialist assistance.
Rustling is common in cattle and sheep farming countries, and farmers in Uruguay which is a leading exporter of beef, wool and dairy produce have persistently suffered this sort of crime. Farmers have repeatedly complained to local authorities and police about the lack of protection of herds and flocks, and on occasions even slaughtering in the same fields where the animals grass feed.
President Alberto Fernandez on Friday underlined the significance of Argentina's standing presence in Antarctica, --to defend its sovereignty claims--, and also recalled that 187 years ago the British invaded and usurped the Malvinas Islands, a land which “we will never renounce to, and we will always claim”.
The Executive Council has considered a paper on retirement for members of the Falkland Islands Pension Scheme (FIPS), and approved a move towards greater pension flexibility.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday called for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be released from prison in London, urging an end to what he described as his “torture” in detention.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he is suffering from a hernia, apparently, as a result of being stabbed in the stomach in 2018, local media reported on Friday. “I'm pregnant,” the far-right leader joked with journalists at a hospital in Brasilia on Thursday night. “There's a protraction, and maybe in February I'll have a health check.”
China moved to pump more cash into its financial system, suggesting that Beijing remained concerned about faltering growth despite signs that the world's second-largest economy was stabilizing.