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.

Bodies are taken out of Tacloban

Typhoon Haiyan: National state of calamity declared in Philippines as international relief workers struggle to reach survivors

Authorities say at least 9.7 million people across 41 provinces have been affected

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: David Cameron pledges £6m in aid to Philippines after millions left homeless

The Prime Minister has offered the Philippines president the UK’s full support in dealing with the aftermath.

One-tonne satellite hurtling towards earth - but don't panic just yet

Debris from the European Space Agency spacecraft is most likely to fall harmlessly in oceans

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Tourists in Vietnam braced for arrival of Typhoon Haiyan

Tourists in northern areas of Vietnam are bracing themselves as one of the most powerful storms on record makes its way towards them after devastating the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead as extent of devastation in the Philippines is revealed and monster storm heads towards Vietnam

Pictures emerged showing the widespread destruction in the Philippines amid reports of survivors 'walking like zombies'

An official monitors radiation levels outside reactor four during a media tour of the Fukushima nuclear plant

Inside Fukushima – for the most delicate stage of the clean-up yet

It has been dubbed a catastrophe in the making and even the potential trigger for mankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. But it was hard to reconcile those fears with the banal sight of a murky pool of water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

A Philippine Airlines jet stands on the tarmac at Manila's International airport as one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded tore into the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Monster storm batters optimism over improved Manila tourism links

Philippines is profoundly vulnerable to both tropical tempests and seismic hyperactivity

A satellite image shows Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Most powerful storm to ever hit land batters Philippines with 235mph winds

Based on satellite images meteorologists have said the super-typhoon could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall on earth

The 'toxic monster' is coming! Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk from Japan tsunami drifting towards US

The most concentrated stretch of rubbish- dubbed the 'toxic monster' - is currently sitting between Hawaii and California

Vehicles damaged by falling debris after an earthquake struck Cebu city

Philippines earthquake: Death toll rises in tourist islands Bohol and Cebu

Markets and buildings collapsed in Bohol and in the nearby Cebu province when the 7.2 magnitude quake struck

Greek island Crete rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck west of the Greek island of Crete, with early reports citing minor damage.

Green MP Caroline Lucas was arrested near Balcombe during the anti-fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas given fracking arrest court date

MP for Brighton Pavilion was arrested in August during protests outside the exploratory Cuadrilla drilling site in Balcombe

Japan has called for help to prevent the ever-increasing seepage of contaminated water into the sea

Japan appeals for foreign help to stop leaks at crippled nuclear plant

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, has appealed for overseas help to contain the ever-increasing leaks of radioactive water at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima.

Robbie the robot in a Japanese adventure: British firm's creation sent to Fukushima

British group's prototype will work in the Fukushima disaster zone, says Mark Leftly

A vessel navigates near a platform, part of the Castor Project, located in the Ebro Delta off the coast of Alcanar

Spanish coast hit by waves of earth tremors linked to huge offshore gas storage plant

Thousands of Spanish homeowners on a 200km stretch of Mediterranean coastline have suffered a month of sleepless nights after a wave of minor earthquakes. Many people, including the country’s Minister of Industry, say a massive offshore gas storage plant could be to blame.

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