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.

Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk talks about Tesla's new battery swapping program in Hawthorne, California June 20, 2013. Tesla Motors Inc on Thursday unveiled a system to swap battery packs in its electric cars in about 90 seconds, a service Musk said will help overcome fears about their driving range. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Elon Musk to reveal 'fifth form' of transport on August 12 known as the Hyperloop

SpaceX CEO described the system as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table”

Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province

Devastating floods in China trigger huge landslide, burying 40

Rescue workers have been called to the scene in a bid to find survivors

Masao Yoshida: Nuclear engineer who fought the tsunami meltdowns

Masao Yoshida, who led the life-risking battle at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant when it was spiralling into meltdown following the 2011 tsunami, died yesterday of cancer of the oesophagus at the age of 58. Officials at the Tokyo Electric Power Company said his illness was unrelated to radioactive exposure.

Masao Yoshida, a heavy smoker, had oesophageal cancer

Japanese ‘hero’ who saved Fukushima plant from total meltdown dies of cancer

Yoshida was widely praised for staying in post and limiting the impact of the nuclear disaster

Tepco head Naomi Hirose, left, with a local mayor yesterday

Japan's nuclear boss apologises for 'sloppy decisions'

Local mayors furious at application to restart reactors two years after Fukushima disaster

Residents carry the body of their relatives for funeral in Blang Mancung village after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Aceh province

Indonesia earthquake: 24 dead and over 200 injured as 6.1 magnitude quake hits Aceh province

Soldiers and police are leading rescue operations in Indonesia after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Aceh province leaving 24 dead and over 200 injured.

Jim Armitage: Don't expect shale gas to cause economic explosions on this side of the Pond

Outlook Sorry to deflate your balloon, Mr Osborne, but I fear much of the excitement about UK shale gas will prove to be so much fracking hot air.

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking ‘sticks in your mind because it is such a horrible word’: Malton has mixed feelings about its new prospects

On the British Geological Survey map published today, Malton in North Yorkshire is slap bang in the middle of a large blue shaded area.

A Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancs

Where do we dig? The trouble with fracking

It's not so easy to exploit shale gas reserves found in the UK

Sian Williams has claimed she would be happy to present her TV show naked

Ex-BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams stops watching the show

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams has revealed that she stopped watching the show because she became too critical.

Plant at Oi is unsafe in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima

Japan finalises new nuclear safety regulations

Nuclear power plants plan to reopen by the end of year

A bulldozer starts to tear its way through the 'ecomonster' at Scala dei Turchi near Agrigento, Sicily

'Ecomonster' tamed: Environmentalists celebrate as unfinished hotel is demolished on Sicilian beach

20 year-battle to remove huge complex became ugly symbol of Italy's problem with illegal building 

A million children grow up without fathers, report warns

More than a million children are growing up in the UK without a father, a report on family breakdown has found.

British Gas owner poised for role in UK fracking

Centrica, British Gas’s owner, is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by the former BP chief executive Lord Browne, in a move that could boost the UK’s nascent shale gas industry.

British Gas owner Centrica sets sights on shale gas drilling licences

News that British Gas owner Centrica is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by former BP boss Lord Browne, could prove a major boost to the UK's nascent shale gas industry.

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain