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.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

Owen Paterson echoes David Cameron’s claim that fracking boom can bring down energy bills

Respected economist dismissed similar comment by PM as 'baseless economics'

Japanese government will spend $470 million (£301 million) on a subterranean ice wall in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water

Nuclear crisis: Japan announces £301m 'ice wall' in desperate attempt to stop Fukushima leaks

Decision seen as an attempt to show that the accident won't be a safety concern as IOC chooses host of 2020 Olympics

A police officer mans the perimeter around Fukushima's nuclear facility

Radiation levels at Fukushima '18 times higher than previously thought'

Radiation levels at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, according to officials.

Seamus Heaney poses with the Nobel Prize for Literature he received during the Nobel ceremonies in Stockholm on 10 December 1995

Seamus Heaney dead at 74: The Independent's literary editor pays tribute

'No poet of the past century has voiced dilemmas of the individual conscience torn between anguish at injustice and horror of violence better, or more profoundly'

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Irish Sea aftershocks could be felt for days

Aftershocks expected after two earthquakes shake Blackpool

The tremors shook homes in holiday resort

The decision to raise threat level at nuclear plant is seen as another sign that engineers are losing control over the leaks

Radiation crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant deepens as threat level raised to 'serious'

Decision seen as another sign that engineers are losing control over the leaks

An estimated 300 tonnes of radioactive water is believed to have leaked from a tank at the crippled nuclear plant, the operator said

Nuclear crisis: Fukushima threat level raised to 'serious' as plant leaks 300 tonnes of radioactive water from storage tank

Masked workers found puddles with radiation readings of 100 millisieverts an hour – enough to induce radiation sickness in less than 12 hours

Hundreds converge on Balcombe as fracking protests continue

Protesters have vowed to continue after Caudrilla announces plans to scale back their operation

Vivienne Westwood joined the protesters today at Balcombe

Vivienne Westwood joins anti-fracking protest camp as 1,000-strong crowd descends on Balcombe

'I'm anti-fracking and I'm here to protest. There has been no debate,' she says

Aftershocks rattle New Zealand after strong earthquake

At least six aftershocks hit after magnitude 6.5 South Island tremor

Placards at the entrance of the drill site operated by Cuadrilla in Balcombe

After all the Balcombe protests, energy firm reveals fracking is unlikely there anyway

Cuadrilla says there are likely to be other more suitable sites

Survivors among the rubble look at the destroyed trawler after the tsunami devastated Kesennuma

Rusting trawler is too painful a reminder of Japan’s 2011 tsunami

City of Kesennuma decides 360-ton tuna boat that was washed a kilometre inshore is not a fitting memorial to the 19,000 victims

Engineers working on the drilling platform of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking: American dream, Chinese pipe-dream, global nightmare

Energy policy should instead focus on renewables

A photo taken today from the Maurole district of East Nusa Tenggara province with a camera phone

At least six killed in Indonesia volcano erupts

Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated on the remote island

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