2013.02.20

News Headlines - 20 February 2013

Abe to Ask Obama for Shale Exports as Japan’s Gas Bill Soars - Businessweek

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to allow shale gas exports as the world’s third-largest economy grapples with soaring energy costs after 2011’s nuclear disaster closed reactors.

Japan record trade deficit shows cracks in export model | Reuters

Japan's trade deficit widened to a record in January as energy imports jumped, highlighting a risk of trying to revive the country's export engine through policies that could weaken the currency without also pursuing broader economic reforms.

Pound falls as rift over more QE revealed - FT.com

The pound fell on Wednesday morning after it emerged that three of the Bank of England’s rate-setters, including governor Sir Mervyn King, wanted to restart the printing presses and buy more gilts to aid the UK’s economic recovery.

Child poverty in Wales map published with Swansea East and Aberavon high on list | This is South Wales

TWO constituencies in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot have some of the highest child poverty levels in Wales. Today the Campaign to End Child Poverty published the Child Poverty Map of the UK.

Mystery Over 'Weird' Green Slime Solved

A green slime that was thought to resemble a mysterious mythical jelly that appeared after meteor showers has been identified as coming from frogs.


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