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Japan trade deficit worsens on back of weak yen

<b>Japan's trade deficit worsened in July, almost doubling from a year ago, as a weak yen boosted import costs.</b><p>The deficit for the month rose to 1.02tn yen ($10.5bn; £6.7bn), as imports surged 19.6% from a year ago.<p>The yen has fallen nearly 25% against the US dollar since November 2012, as …

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Mexico's foreign relations secretary says the relationship with the United States today is "more fluid, it's closer than it was with previous...<p>The …

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Amnesty International condemns detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner

Questioning at Heathrow of Guardian journalist's partner shows terrorism law 'can be abused for petty, vindictive reasons'<p>Amnesty International has condemned the detention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner at a London airport as "unwarranted revenge tactics" based solely on his …

Oscar Pistorius South Africa murder trial set for March

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Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

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JPMorgan's China Hires Underscore Power Of State Enterprises

Anyone versed in China’s political economy will be unmoved by the news that Western investment banks court the children of the well-connected. But it’s still worth paying attention to how privilege is parlayed into hard cash and what it says about the challenge of making over China’s state-directed …

Five road trips from airports worldwide

London, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney: all great cities. But let's say you've just landed and want to get away from their urban sprawl as quickly as possible; get out into the surrounding region where you can explore towns and natural treasures at your own pace without hassles of traffic, …

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Journeying through Jordan by car

Jordan is probably not the first country to spring to mind if you’re thinking about taking a road trip, but there’s a multitude of reasons why this Middle Eastern gem is worth exploring by car. The country has all the key ingredients: dramatic landscapes, decent roads and off-the-beaten-track …

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The 11 best street foods worth blowing your diet over

You’re on holiday abroad exploring a local market. Suddenly an enticing aroma encircles you and makes you turn your head to find the source. There’s a long queue of hungry people looking jealously at people walking away munching on something delicious-looking. What are they eating? Maybe you should …

The best beaches of the Philippines

For serious beach bums, the Philippines is a less-discovered alternative to Southeast Asian hotspots like Bali and southern Thailand.<p>But with more than 7000 islands, it can be tricky to pick your spot. Here are a few areas to home in on in search of your own slice of paradise.<p>El Nido<p>The dramatic …

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Tanzania’s overlooked coastline

Zanzibar -- the very name brings to mind salty sea breezes that carry the taste of exotic spices. Floating in electric blue waters off the east coast of Tanzania, this island has become synonymous with divine honeymoon hideaways. So wide is the appeal of this beach paradise that few people ever …

Steal away: hidden coastlines of the Mediterranean

If lying elbow-to-elbow with sunbathing strangers on a French Riviera beach doesn't fit your criteria for a relaxing seaside getaway, 1) you're not alone and 2) never fear: there are still stretches of uncrowded, undeveloped, and untrampled coastline along the Mediterranean. Some spots are remote, …

Exploring Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts

When people think Mexico, many see golden sand, blue water and green palms. Hundreds of beaches fit this bill: some near-empty with a few palm-thatched eateries and cabañas; others busy urban beaches. Most of the best are on the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.<p>Right, got your bathers and a …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

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How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

Remote South Pacific islands you can visit (without a sailboat)

Have you ever wanted to get way, way - and perhaps even one extra 'way' - off the beaten path? The vast Pacific ocean presents no shortage of opportunities for those seeking isolation. If you don't know your aft from your starboard, these five island nations are about as far as you can go - no …

An island of sweet surprises: Maui for honeymooners

A Hawaiian honeymoon has all the storybook ingredients to make couples swoon: sherbet-colored sunsets, songbird serenades and palm-tree hammocks shimmying in the trade winds. But the island of Maui has more than a few surprises up its aloha-shirted sleeve, with something unique to offer every type …

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10 wild regions saved from certain death

Having been snatched from the very jaws of environmental disaster lends a certain added drama to these wilderness regions.<p>1. Franklin and Gordon Rivers, Australia<p>The intense battle to save Tasmania’s Franklin and Gordon Rivers from a hydroelectric dam, fought all the way to Australia’s High Court, …

Top 10 places to go skinny-dipping

Loosen your buttons & shake off your inhibitions with this extract from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>: our rundown of the world’s best nude bathing.<p>1. Formentera, Spain<p>Tan lines? What tan lines? As the smallest and most southerly of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Formentera boasts some of the …