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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.

The tsunami hits the coast of Fukushima prefecture after the earthquake on 11 March 2011

A Fukushima fisherman’s tale: Radioactive water from the Daiichi plant is flowing into the ocean at a rate of 300 tons a day

Old habits die hard among fishermen. Yoshio Ichida still rises for work every day at 3am and checks the engine of his five-ton boat. Then, as the sun rises over the Pacific and the trawler bobs gently in Soma wharf, he switches off the engine and gazes out at a sea too poisoned to fish.

As tensions with China grow, Japan unveils largest warship since Second World War

Pacific nations fear new $1.2bn destroyer could be part of efforts to boost country's military profile

Residents honour those killed in of the world’s first atomic attack by holding hold a lantern parade near Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome

Japan calls for nuclear disarmament at 68th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Tens of thousands assemble for ceremony at 'peace park' near epicentre of blast that killed 140,000 people

Mr Fallon's comments came as exploratory drilling began at a site in Balcombe, West Sussex, despite anti-fracking protests by local people and activists from across the UK.

Government minister Michael Fallon in alleged fracking 'shakes' jokes

A government minister with responsibility for fracking suggested in a private meeting that the innovative gas drilling process could cause houses' walls to shake, it is reported.

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Balcombe Fracking: Two arrested as Caudrilla begins test drilling despite nine days of protests

Drilling began at 11.15am at the West Sussex site as demonstrations entered their ninth day

Cricket World Cup brings old adversaries together again

As if England and Australia won't have seen enough of each other over the previous two years with back-to-back Ashes tours, the old adversaries have been drawn in the same group for the next World Cup in 2015. They meet in Melbourne on the opening day, 14 February.

England captain Alastair Cook (left) and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (right) pose with the Cricket World Cup Trophy

England drawn against hosts Australia for 2015 Cricket World Cup

New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qualifying nations will join the Ashes rivals in Pool A of the 14-team tournament

Spanish rail disaster: Prime Minister's condolence note 'copied and pasted'

The Spanish government has been criticised for “cutting and pasting” a message of condolence to the families of victims of the train crash in Garcia that has left at least 80 dead.

Derailed cars at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela

'A scene from Dante': Galicia festival becomes a national day of mourning

After one of the worst train crashes for decades, some residents in the Galicia region now wait anxiously for news of loved ones, whilst others grieve for those they have lost

This damaged reactor crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant

With Fukushima nuclear plant still leaking, Japan clean-up bill soars to $50bn

Many are sceptical that government-led effort will make area habitable again

General views of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire, pictured here in 2012

Fracking controls 'removed in dash for unconventional energy resources'

Councils no longer able to investigate issues such as seismic activity, venting and potential impact on ground water supplies

At least 89 dead as China's Gansu region is hit by powerful earthquakes

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province

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New Zealand rattled by 6.9 magnitude earthquake

New Zealand's capital Wellington has been rattled by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that ruptured water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.

The UK Space Agency, based in Swindon, aims to capture 10 per cent of the space industry

From Swindon to the Solar System: UK Space Agency aims to capture 10 per cent of the industry

It’s easy to laugh, but Britain is making steady progress in the space race. And with £40bn up for grabs, we should take it seriously

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