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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.

Dust cloud rises as people run from the scene of a building collapse on the edge of downtown Philadelphia

Philadelphia building collapses: Six killed and 13 injured

Six people have been killed in a building collapse in Philadelphia.

A shale gas energy boom in the UK? Fracking company IGas ups its estimate of gas reserves tenfold

Fracking company IGas today ramped up the estimate of its shale gas reserves in the North-West by more than 10 times.

Cancer rates not expected to rise after Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident

Cancer rates are not expected to rise after Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident as people quickly left the area hit by the world's worst such disaster in 25 years, a UN scientific committee said on Friday.

The epicentre was 13km north west of the town of Abersoch

North Wales earthquake: Tremors felt as far away as Merseyside and Ireland

An earthquake on the North Wales shoreline has been felt over an area of 140km.

Huge earthquake hits east of Russia with tremors felt as far away as Moscow

The magnitude 8.2 quake was located in the Sea of Okhotsk, just to the west of the Kamchatka Peninsula

Flighty: Martha Leebolt as Daisy in David Nixon’s Great Gatsby

Dance review: The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells: The Roaring Twenties, by the book

You can't fault Northern Ballet for timing, as its new stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby drops on London the same week as Baz Luhrmann's film remake is shown in Cannes. The first night even mustered a red carpet and a posse of paparazzi at the door. But what works on stage is not what works on screen. There can be no panoramic camerawork to establish Jay Gatsby's palatial estate, no text with which to convey "the exhilarating ripple" of Daisy Buchanan's voice. What's more, the characters must identify themselves without being named. So, it's a credit to David Nixon as both director and choreographer that he not only succeeds in telling the story clearly, and pacily, but with a depth of visual detail that sends you scurrying back to F Scott Fitzgerald's prose to verify the exact descriptive phrase. And it's all there. For once, no one goes home muttering "that's not how I remember the book".

The News Matrix: Friday 17 May 2013

Google is ‘evil’ for its approach to taxation

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More people choose to donate organs

Ecotricity boss Dale Vince built the UK’s first solar-power park

Green energy boss Dale Vince accuses Government of risking energy security by cutting subsidies and changing agenda

The founder of Britain’s first green electricity provider has accused the Coalition of risking the UK’s future energy security through a “disastrous” inconsistency in policies. Ecotricity boss Dale Vince accused the Government of hugely undermining confidence among potential investors, who are desperately needed to finance an essential overhaul of the UK’s energy infrastructure at a cost of around about £200bn over the next decade.

The remains of the fertilizer plant burn after the explosion at the plant in the town of West in Texas

Criminal probe opened into Texas fertiliser plant explosion

Paramedic who was among the first responders to blast that killed 14 people and wounded 200 is arrested for allegedly possessing a pipe bomb 

A scene from 'The Impossible'

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Britain's biggest fracking company has warned that any production of shale gas would involve “flaring off” leakages

Coming to sites across the UK soon – fracking flares

IGas chief warns that any production of shale gas would involve 'flaring off' leakages

Giulio Andreotti

Understandably, because it was but a minor episode in Giulio Andreotti's long life, in the course of his fascinating and insightful obituary (7 May), Rupert Cornwell did not refer to his brief membership of the indirectly elected European Parliament in the late 1970s, writes Tam Dalyell.

Hiscox gets off to a storming start

Hiscox, the Lloyd's of London insurer that specialises in the finer things in life, posted a revenue rise after a catastrophe-free start to the year.

The British Horseracing Authority are to quiz Gerard Butler over his steroid injections

British Horseracing Authority to quiz Gerard Butler's vet over steroid injections

Trainer believes 100 Newmarket horses may have been treated with the same drug

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker