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A Botswana member of cabinet holds a gem diamond in Gaborone, Botswana, on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

A 1,098 carat diamond believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, has been discovered in Botswana, according to a joint ventu(...)

In his National Rifle Association biography, chief executive Wayne LaPierre boasts of his prowess as ‘a skilled hunter’. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

In his National Rifle Association (NRA) biography, Wayne LaPierre boasts of his prowess as “a skilled hunter”, but a newly surfaced video of the grues(...)

The European Medicines Agency says unusual blood clots in the brain are a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but benefits of the jab greatly outweigh the risks – especially in older people. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Republic became the latest country to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid concern over blood clots. The Department of Health(...)

Refugees seek shelter at a centre in Afungi, Mozambique after fleeing attacks in Palma. Photograph: AP Photo

Southern African leaders have vowed to deliver a “proportionate” response to jihadists who attacked a northern Mozambican town last month, following a(...)

Pregnant women and their babies are suffering worse outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research

Pregnant women and their babies are suffering worse outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic, and researchers are sounding the alarm for immediate action(...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

Don Letts: “Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a beautiful world”

“I’m as old as rock’n’roll,” Donovan Letts, who turned 65 in January, says with a laugh. Don Letts documents his remarkable life in an entertaini(...)

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou with his French counterpart,  Emmanuel Macron, in Paris in 2019. Photograph: Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou has been awarded the $5 million (€4.2 million) Ibrahim African leadership prize in recognition of what the judgin(...)

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group a Covid -19 update on Thursday. Phtograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 23 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Friday. Two of the deaths occurred in (...)

The Helix mass Covid-19 vaccination centre in DCU. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme across Ireland’s nursing homes is almost complete with the scheme now expanded to included congregat(...)

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