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Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

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Sichuan earthquake: Hong Kong urges aid veto over corruption fears

Politicians in Hong Kong have fiercely opposed a plan to donate money to Sichuan to help with earthquake relief efforts, citing concerns that the local government would misuse the funds.

Journalist Chen Ying reports dressed in her wedding gown after an earthquake hit Ya'an, Sichuan province. Chen was having make-up applied before her wedding ceremony when the earthquake struck, and carried on with the ceremony after a quick report on the street

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When an earthquake hit Sichuan province on Saturday, news reporter Chen Ying was having her make up applied in preparation for her wedding.

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Resident Chen Biying sits in front of her house after being injured during the earthquake in Ya'an

Chinese aid workers battle landslides and narrow roads to boost rescue efforts after earthquake leaves thousands injured

Chinese aid workers managed to reach remote areas of south-western China today giving a much-needed boost to rescue efforts following a powerful earthquake on Saturday which has left more than 200 people dead and thousands badly injured.

Disaster zone: A rescuer carries a child to safety after she was pulled out of her collapsed home after an earthquake hit Ya'an City

Rescuers struggle to reach China quake zones as death toll rises

Rescuers struggled to reach a remote, rural corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 203 with almost 1,000 serious injuries.

At least 156 dead after earthquake and landslides in south-west China

More than 5,500 have been killed, according to authorities

The News Matrix: Saturday 20 April 2013

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Graeme Smith of Surrey is out for two as he edges a ball from Peter Trego of Somerset to James Hildreth in the slips

Just half an over and out: Graeme Smith fails on Surrey bow

Somerset 384 Surrey 98-4

The Branch Davidian compound in flames in 1993 after a shootout following a 51-day siege: 76 sect members died inside

Texas explosion: Apocalypse returns 20 years later to site of deadly raid on messianic sect holed up in Waco

Coincidences, coincidences. First, letters containing deadly poisons mailed to the mighty in Washington, days after a deadly terrorist attack. In 2001, it was 9/11 and the anthrax scare; this week the Boston Marathon, followed by the ricin letters to President Obama and a Mississippi senator. And now a place called Waco.

Doctor warns against dementia screening

The routine screening of all elderly patients for dementia would be a “disaster” as the stigma and anxiety caused by being diagnosed before symptoms appear could greatly outweigh any benefits, an expert  has warned.

Pakistani troops aid in Iranian earthquake rescue

Members of Pakistan’s armed forces, including doctors and engineers, have been sent to remote areas in the south-west of the country to help evacuate the injured following the quake across the border in Iran.

George Galloway plans to oppose cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions for Margaret Thatcher's funeral and attacks 'canonisation of wicked woman'

Respect MP also plans to disrupt plans to cancel PMQ's to allow MPs and peers to attend service

Lost legends are back in the reel world for Warner Bros' 90th anniversary

Warner Bros celebrates its 90th anniversary this month with an exhibition of items from its best known titles at its studio lot in LA. As Mastering Vice-President, it is Ned Price's job is to maintain the archive.

My fracking study was fully independent, says professor - as campaigners say universities have been hijacked by PR machine

The lead author of a report which compared seismic activity caused by fracking to the energy produced by someone jumping off a ladder insisted today that his study was fully independent of big energy companies.

Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake stricken town of Bushehr in Iran

Dozens killed and hundreds injured as earthquake hits near Iran's nuclear city Bushehr

At least 30 people were killed and 800 injured today when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Iran’s only nuclear power plant.

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