Quick resolution over Kurile unlikely: Kremlin
MOSCOW • A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tomorrow is unlikely to result in serious progress over the disputed Kurile Islands, the Kremlin said yesterday.
"It is hardly possible to expect imminent and serious progress because this topic is pretty sensitive and it demands a very scrupulous, long and, what is more important, consistent work at the level of experts," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The dispute over the islands, known as the Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, has strained ties between the two countries since WWII, such that Russia and Japan still have not signed a formal peace treaty.
Drought-hit Zimbabwe's wild animals up for sale
HARARE • Drought-hit Zimbabwe has invited farmers and private game rangers to buy wild animals so it can destock its national game reserves to save fauna from starvation, the wildlife authority said yesterday.
Parks and wildlife authority spokesman Caroline Washaya said individuals and private game keepers were asked to step in and buy wild animals "in the light of the drought".
She did not have details of the species or numbers of the animals up for sale.
The cash-strapped country has been battling to reduce animal numbers, especially elephants, whose population is more than twice what the parks can accommodate.