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.

Britain blocks export of aircraft parts and communication equipment to Egypt

More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence sparked by the deaths of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Morsi

Manufacturing firms report stronger order books in August

The outlook for the battered manufacturing sector is brightening according to the latest survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

Rupee slumps amid capital outflow fears

The rupee was routed yesterday, as traders placed bets that the Indian currency would continue to slide in value against the US dollar.

Container shipping line Maersk's shares jump 7%

Shares in the world’s biggest container shipping line jumped more than 7% today as it reported a sharp improvement in world trade in the latest quarter.

North and South Korea hold talks on reopening joint factory park in Kaesong

North and South Korea have moved closer to reopening a jointly run industrial park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that in the spring were threatening to go to war.

North and South Korea close to reopening Kaesong factory park

North and South Korea today moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring.

Gearing up for future exports: Workers at DP World London Gateway Port in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. The port is due to open towards the end of the year, and will be Europe's largest

More upbeat economic news: UK exports hit record high of £78bn

'Encouraging for hopes that growth is not only strengthening but becoming more broadly based'

Not a single penny has been lent so far under a £5 billion scheme to support British exporters

Exports Refinancing Facility: The £5bn export scheme which has spent £0 since it began last year

Labour says Government's 'failure is letting down businesses across Britain'

Manager David Moyes of Manchester United speaks to Assistant Manager Steve Round, Ryan Giggs and Coach Phil Neville

Former Everton coach Steve Round shocked by 'enormity' of Manchester United after joining David Moyes

The assistant-manager is on the club's pre-season tour

Belgian king abdicates to make way for son Philippe

Belgium is set to welcome a new king as the current monarch, Albert, abdicates following a 20-year reign, handing over the throne to his son Philippe.

Why America is winning the modern Great Game

The US borrows in its own currency, benefiting from a ready market for its securities, both at home and abroad

Recovery hopes hit by shrinking factory output

The worst month for Britain’s manufacturers since January and a widening trade deficit gave a reality check to recovery hopes today following a raft of upbeat news.

Satyajit Das: Rise of economic nationalism is threat to global prosperity

Midweek View: In a virtuous circle, globalisation both created and relied on strong economic growth

Youngest and the best paid: Report shows teachers in UK earn one of the highest salaries

Teachers have the sixth highest salaries in the developing world

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee