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Scientists still debate over why bats seem to harbour so many viruses.  Photograph: Olivier Farcy

The 2011 film Contagion seems strangely prescient when viewed in light of Covid-19. The disturbing movie features quarantines, face masks, Gwyneth Pal(...)

According to Irish fuel retailer Applegreen, you can now have your hydrocarbon cake and eat it

Imagine that you could pull into a fuel forecourt, pump your tank full of liquid hydrocarbons, and drive away secure in the knowledge that you have no(...)

Maureen Bartee, associate director for global health security within the Center for Global Health at the CDC,  in Kazakhstan in 2007

Maureen Bartee has seen a lot during her two decades with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) in the United States, but when news sta(...)

The car park at St Brendan’s church in  Coolock, Dublin, stands empty last March as Fr Paddy Stanley celebrates Sunday Mass broadcast live via webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There have been further calls for churches to be allowed open for public worship as Level 5 restrictions advise otherwise across Ireland. These state (...)

Palestinian demonstrators lift placards protesting the Sudan normalisation agreement with Israel, in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip last Saturday. Photograph:  Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan and Israel are set to discuss trade, aviation, agriculture and migration agreements in coming weeks in an effort to implement the third “normali(...)

A group of 70 pastors attached to evangelical Christian denominations  have written to the Government warning of ‘severe’ consequences if their churches are not opened up.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A group of 70 pastors attached to evangelical Christian denominations in Ireland have written to the Government warning of “severe” consequences if th(...)

A patrol car of the Lagos state security drives through Nigerian protesters demonstrating in the streets of Alausa Ikeja after the authorities declared an open-ended lockdown in Lagos. Photograph: Benson Ibeabuchi/AFP via Getty

“Don’t run! Sit down!” yelled the young woman on the stage at the hundreds of impassioned protesters in front of her. “Hold your flag? . . . Nobody wi(...)

Protesters chant and sing solidarity songs as they barricade an expressway to protest against police brutality, at Magboro, Ogun state, Nigeria. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for an end to street protests in his country, as authorities in Nigeria’s commercial capital La(...)

Fernando Vicario: he has worked for Bank of America  for the past 25 years

Bank of America has named company veteran Fernando Vicario as the next chief executive of its EU banking hub in Dublin as financial firms prepare for(...)

The future of third-level education will rely less on cramming hundreds of students into lecture halls to hear a Powerpoint presentation. Photograph: iStock

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 crisis has impacted hugely on education, especially at primary and secondary levels. The third-level sector, howev(...)

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