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.

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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