Saturday, January 7, 2012

[] Startling News around the World in Pictures


Take a look at the Surprising Stories that too have been making headlines around the world:

Vietnamese man 'stable' after giant tumour removed

Vietnamese Nguyen Duy Hai, 31 lies on a bed with his 90-kilogram tumour next to his mother at FV hospital (France-Vietnam hospital) in Ho Chi Minh City. Hai went under the knife on January 5 to have the tumour removed from his right leg

Surgeons in ho-chi-minh-city prepare to remove giant Tumor fromNguyen Duy Hai's right Leg -
A Vietnamese man was in a stable condition in hospital Friday after doctors removed a giant tumour from his right leg that weighed more than the rest of his body, hospital officials said

First mixed-embryo monkeys are born in US

world's first mixed-embryomonkeysby merging cells from up to six different embryos, in what could be a big advance formedical research -A baby rhesus macaque monkey looks out from the arms of its mother in Hong Kong in July 2011. US researchers said they have created the world's first mixed-embryo monkeys by merging cells from up to six different embryos, in what could be a big advance for medical research.

Single tuna fetches record $736k at Japan auction

Shoppers look at a bluefin tuna in front of a restaurant near Tsukiji fish market after it fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, in the first auction of the year at the fish market in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. The bluefin tuna was caught off Oma, in Aomori prefecture and just north of the coast that was battered by the March 11 tsunami in northeastern Japan

Kiyoshi Kimura (R), the owner of restuarant chain Sushi-Zanmai, poses next to a 269-kilogramme bluefin tuna he purchased on the first trading day of the new year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on January 5. The bluefin tuna was traded at 56.5 million yen ($736,500) at the wholesale market auction

chef cuts the bluefin tuna at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo January 5, 2012. The 269-kilogram (593 lbs) tuna caught off the coast of northern Japan

Pastor opens tattoo parlor inside Michigan church

A Michigan pastor has opened a tattoo parlor inside his church. Rev. Steve Bentley says he's doing everything he can to reach out to people who have never felt comfortable at a traditional house of worship.

Bentley's church, The Bridge, occupies 3,000 square feet inside a Flint Township shopping center. Serenity Tattoo is located not far from his office as well as a galvanized watering trough that he uses for baptisms. Two tattoo artists work at the county-licensed shop that is open every day except Sunday.Bentley rejects criticism that a church is the wrong place for a tattoo parlor, calling it a "morally neutral" practice akin to having your ears pierced. He has two tattoos.

No surgery for now on Brazilian cojoined twins

Doctors in Brazil said on Wednesday said they are unsure whether they can operate on a baby born with two heads, although the newborn boy is in stable condition. The "twins", named Jesus and Emanuel, have two brains, two backbones and a single heart
A two-headed born baby is pictured in Anajas, northern Brazil

Qatar's next big purchase "a farming sector"

Qatar's energy resources have given it one of the world's highest per capita incomes, a futuristic urban skyline and enough clout to host the 2022 soccer World Cup. But its wealth may not be enough for the arid state to achieve an even more ambitious goal: becoming largely self-sufficient in food.

Like other oil-rich, water-poor Gulf states, Qatar has been investing in large areas of farmland overseas to ensure access to food supplies. The agricultural arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, Hassad Food, has bought land in Sudan and Australia, and has announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on agricultural projects in countries including Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Abdullah Sulaiteen, chairman of the agriculture company SAIC, poses for a photograph in one of his greenhouses on his farm project in Umm Salal Mohammed, north of the capital Doha

But in contrast to the other Gulf states, Qatar also aims to produce most of its food domestically, by spending massively to boost crop yields and convert semi-desert into agricultural land.

Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani issued a decree this year to organize the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP), tackling "one of the most pressing challenges that Qatar is facing."

"Today, there are 1,400 farms in Qatar and they will increase to 3,000 farms with the new plan," said Fahad Bin Mohammed al-Attiya, the QNFSP's chairman.

Thanks & Regards, Raj. Kumar(courtesy to AFP/AP/Yahoo/Reuterswebsites)

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