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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, right, and Shigeru Omi, president of the the country’s community healthcare organisation, during a news conference in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Bloomberg

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe on Monday extended a nationwide state of emergency to May 31st, saying the new coronavirus infection rate had yet to(...)

A street  in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan: People have been urged to stay at home, although there are no penalties for non-compliance. Photograph: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg

As Japan nears three weeks under a state of emergency to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, reports indicate that the government is weighing the ne(...)

Japan’s prime minister,  Shinzo Abe, prepares to speak to reporters in Tokyo on Monday ahead of a meeting about the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is set to declare a month-long state of emergency to deal with the coronavirus, effectively acknowledging that his (...)

Italy is experiencing a continued slowdown in the rate of its new confirmed coronavirus cases. Photograph: Reuters

Spain has become the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy. With a population of only 47 million(...)

Firefighters disinfect a shopping centre to help prevent the spread of the  coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on Friday. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

“We are now on the verge of reaching 100,000 confirmed cases” of coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on(...)

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Life on the run is proving expensive for Carlos Ghosn.The cost of his escape included $14 million (€12.6 million) in forfeited bail money while the op(...)

A file photograph of Carlos Ghosn. Photograph: Getty Images

Despite being one of the world’s most-recognisable executives, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn probably embarked onto a private jet from a quiet l(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Chris Farrell takes a picture with fans before the opening ceremony in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Can you go a week without a spud? How much is a beer going to cost? Do I have to use chopsticks? What’s it like for vegans? How am I going to cope wit(...)

A carriage passes by the St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Vienna has held off Melbourne to retain the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for 2019, further strengthening its(...)

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