By Aaron Hagstrom
♦ An isolated village in northeast China has adopted an “eldercare” model, in which the old look after the even older.
♦ Richard Beeston, the courageous Times correspondent who covered the 1991 Kurdish massacres in Halabja, has died of cancer at 50.
♦ Pakistan’s “crumbling” railways have become an emblem of a troubled past.
♦ Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid has returned to the limelight, in the wake of his unpopular austerity budget.
♦ French chefs are turning from fresh to frozen ingredients, in the face of rising costs.
♦ Researchers have shown the invention of the “humble” shipping container in 1956 explains a 790% rise in bilateral trade over 20 years.
♦ Greece shows rising fertility rates, despite rising unemployment.
♦ In the highest level of US-China military talks held for nearly two years, cybersecurity was the focus.
In at number one: Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca (Getty)
Natalie Whittle, of FT Weekend, reports that a gastronomic boom in emerging economies has propelled restaurants from Peru, Brazil and Mexico up the rankings in a prestigious annual list of the best places to eat in the world.
The highest riser in the latest S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, compiled by Restaurant magazine, is Astrid y Gaston from Lima, which jumped 21 paces to number 14. And if you’d never thought of Lima as a gastro-paradise, think on this: it now has the same number of eateries on the list as London.
As for top spot, Copenhagen’s Noma, which has been at number one for three years running, was finally knocked off its perch by the Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, self-styled purveyor of “emotional cuisine” run by the Roca brothers.
Since many of The World’s readers are the jet-setting type – and, dare we say it, the type that likes to chalk off another long lunch at the planet’s finest restaurants – we supply the top 50 below. Bon appétit… Read more