News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

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

Paul Walker, star of the Fast and Furious movie franchise

Paul Walker death: Fast and Furious 6 DVD proceeds to go to actor's charity

Universal will donate profits to Reach Out Worldwide after his death

Tight end Zach Miller #86 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field

NFL fans 'cause earthquake' during game in Seattle

The Seahawks fans registered with seismic activity detectors on Monday night

Paul Auster: Pays no heed to reviews

Report from the Interior, By Paul Auster - Review

If there were an award for the strangest book of 2013, it might go to Here And Now – Letters: 2008-2011, by Paul Auster and J M Coetzee. Who would have thought that, while the rest of us worried about money, emails and cricket, these two giants of contemporary fiction were discussing the same subjects? With Auster playing curmudgeon to Coetzee’s mystic, their unexpected, occasionally bizarre, correspondence intrigued readers of their novels when it appeared in the spring. By calling Here And Now “strange”, I don’t mean that it was weird or incoherent; rather that it achieved the quality of unfamiliarity which makes a book linger in your mind. 

Newly qualified lawyers are now charged out at up to £425 an hour

Justice costs: Fury as lawyers’ fees top £850 an hour

Rates charged at leading legal practices have doubled in 10 years, survey show

Technology will never replace the people who look after the elderly

Predictions of economic disaster are always with us

Britain was meant to have sunk by now – and the developed world along with it. But the good thing about the future is you don’t know what it will bring

China company Sinopec 'sorry' for Qingdao oil pipeline blasts that kills 47

China's largest oil refiner Sinopec has apologised for explosions from a ruptured oil pipeline that killed 47 people and injured 136 others in one of the country's worst industrial accidents this year.

Typhoon Haiyan: Death toll now over 5,000, authorities say

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 in the Philippines and is likely to climb further.

Volcano raises new island off the coast of Japan

Remarkable pictures show the new islet, which is about 200 metres (660 feet) in diameter, appearing in the water

Fukushima nuclear plant: Delicate operation underway to remove uranium fuel rods from ‘unstable’ storage facility

Unprecedented and delicate task faces many hazards as workers try to secure large quantities of nuclear material

Dr Jo Lusi is here to address the British government high level meeting on sexual violence in emergencies

Doctor tells of fight to stop rape being used as a weapon

The head of a Congo hospital offering surgery to survivors of sexual assault has come to London

Super Typhoon Haiyan: DEC Philippines Appeal raises £13m in one day

In just 24 hours, the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal has raised £13 million as Britons band together to help the disaster-ravaged country.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Review - multiplayer may still be thriving, but is this veteran past it?

Activision; Xbox 360 (tested), PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC; £39.85

Francis Bacon's triptych of Lucian Freud portraits sells for record price at $142m

The 1969 triptych sells for $142.4m (£89.6m) at Christie's in New York, breaking record set by Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'

Survivors sift through debris between two cargo ships washed up by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: 'Every single building. Every single house. Destroyed' - Governments pledge millions, but the ruined city of Tacloban still waits

Displaced and destitute survivors scatter the  streets of the ruined city of Tacloban – but the  aid they crave remains critically slow in coming

People walk amongst debris next to a ship washed ashore in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan at Anibong in Tacloban

Typhoon Haiyan: British expats and tourists join aid efforts

10,000 people are estimated to have been killed by super storm

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital