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Sales of Nintendo’s Wii U console have been weaker than expected, leading to slashed profits

'Suicide squads' paid huge sums amid fresh fears for nuclear site

The radioactive core in one reactor at Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear power plant appeared to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel, an expert warned yesterday, sparking fears that workers would not be able to save the reactor and that radioactive gases could soon be released into the atmosphere.

Stephen King: Events in Libya and the Middle East will shape prospects, not those in Japan

What if a no-fly zone is needed in other parts of the region?

Stephen Foley: G7's intervention to halt the soaring yen was more than just an act of charity

The co-ordinated response to the surge in the yen was needed to curb speculation and correct perversity in the world’s foreign exchange markets

G7's Japan intervention eases panic in markets

The decision by G7 finance ministers to make a rare co-ordinated intervention in the foreign exchange markets paid off yesterday, as the value of crisis-hit Japan's currency fell and tensions on stock exchanges around the world eased.

Emergency G7 meeting called as yen hits record high

At the worst possible moment for Japan's economy, the yen has surged to all-time highs against the US dollar and other currencies, making life for its hard-pressed exporters, already battling with disruptions to supply chains and power, even more difficult.

Sean O'Grady: For now this is a natural disaster. If it becomes nuclear, the economic fallout will affect us all

Serious nuclear contamination might make the Japanese – already inclined to save rather than spend – more fearful

Japan eases monetary policy as stocks plunge

Japan's central bank injected a record 15 trillion yen (£114.4 billion) into money markets and eased monetary policy, while the Tokyo stock market nosedived today after the devastating earthquake and tsunami raised dire worries about the economy.

Nintendo posts first-half loss

The woes are piling up at Nintendo as it sank into its first loss for seven years during the last quarter on slowing sales, the strong yen and an increasingly competitive gaming market.

Japan returns to zero rates

The Bank of Japan pledged to pump ¥5 trillion (£38bn) into the struggling economy and returned to a zero interest-rate policy yesterday, surprising markets with a fresh dose of economic stimulus.

Nintendo 3DS delay casts gloom over games giant

Nintendo's struggle to bring its hotly anticipated 3D-capable player to the market has sparked concerns over the outlook for the company, with sales of its existing products sliding in key US and European markets.

Geithner pledges to press China on currency

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner yesterday promised to continue pressing China on foreign exchange as the increasingly fraught global row over the value of national currencies intensified.

Japan steps in to weaken the yen for first time in six years

Japan has poured more than 1 trillion yen into the foreign exchange markets to pull down the value of its currency, whose strength has threatened to undermine the country's economy.

Japanese PM survives party leadership vote

The Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, will keep his job after an unexpectedly decisive victory in his party's leadership vote.

Japan tries to curb sharp rise of yen

The Japanese government is putting together a Y920bn (£7bn) stimulus package and the Bank of Japan is increasing its bank lending programme by Y10,000 trillion in an effort to curb the steep rise of the yen and support the country's fragile economic recovery.

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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