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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