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.

Devonport dockyard, Plymouth, repairs and refuels Royal Navy nuclear submarines

Nuclear scare at Navy submarine base after 'unbelievable' failures

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World Championships: Christine Ohuruogu turns on the afterburners to rocket into final

The US women's 400 metres champion Natasha Hastings happens to be a cousin of Shaka Hislop, the former West Ham goalkeeper who spent time working on the Space Station Freedom project at Nasa while studying mechanical engineering at Howard University, Washington. In the second semi-final of the women's 400m at the World Championships last night she blasted off at a frightening speed – only to find herself overtaken by a rocket in the shape of the Great Britain team captain.

World Championships: Christine Ohuruogu and Shara Proctor heat up their medal prospects

As captain's runs go, it was not bad for starters. Appointed skipper of the British team for the World Championships, Christine Ohuruogu got her campaign to reclaim the 400 metres title off to an impressively assured start yesterday, winning her first-round heat with ease – and with the fastest time of the day.

Train passengers and railway staff push a train car in their effort to rescue a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform while getting off at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo

Mind the gap! Commuters in Japan push 30,000kg train carriage off trapped woman

She escaped serious injury and train left station just eight minutes after the incident

Shinji Kagawa poses for a photograph on Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia

Trio join up with Manchester United squad on pre-season tour

Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling have all joined the trip

Japan 23 Wales 8 match report: Wales wilt in historic Japan victory

Eddie Jones’ emerging side leave second-stringers with shattered egos and one broken nose

Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa looks to impress David Moyes by signalling intention to be part of Manchester United tour in Japan

The Japanese midfielder is entitled to be on holiday during United's time in his home country

Get me out of here: UK cruise, Japan's cherry blossom, Easter in the Algarve

Now... Spend Easter in the Algarve. Thomas Cook is offering a week at the four-star Aqua Pedra Bicos Hotel, on the outskirts of Albufeira, for £252pp. It includes flights from Manchester on Saturday 30 March and a week's B&B at this contemporary hotel. thomascook.com

Wasteful Torres lets world crown slip

One minute they had dreams of being world No 1, the next they were facing up to the reality of Capital One – and a cup-tie with Leeds that may not be entirely dissimilar to this gruelling final against Corinthians.

Sepp Blatter has called on his Uefa counterpart, Michel Platini, to consider imposing tougher sanctions on the Serbian FA for racist chanting and violence

Blatter demands Uefa get tough

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, has called on his Uefa counterpart, Michel Platini, to consider imposing tougher sanctions on the Serbian FA for the racist chanting and violence that marred an Under-21 fixture against England in Krusevac two months ago. Blatter, speaking in Tokyo ahead of today's Club World Cup final, said he would contact Platini following growing criticism of an independent panel's decision on Thursday to hand out a fine of just £65,000 to the Serbians and order that they play only one match behind closed doors.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez

Monterrey manager targets historic victory over Chelsea

Mexican side face European champions in semi-final of Club World Cup

Beijing attacks Dalai Lama over islands dispute

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of allying with Japanese right-wingers over a disputed archipelago.

Heather Watson shows her delight as she triumphs

Heather Watson the warrior becomes first Briton to win WTA title in 24 years

Gutsy 20-year-old saves four match points to triumph at Japan Open and take place among the world's elite

Phil Strongman: Hiroshima is a war crime that haunts my family, 67 years on

The US intentionally prolonged the war for the sole purpose of testing the atomic bomb on real cities

At least 25 dead following floods in Japan

At least 25 people have died and thousands of others remain cut off by floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains in southern Japan, officials said.

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