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I recognise now that I have created several rituals during my day, which give me respite at the strangest of times. Photograph: Getty Images

“You absolute moron.” I scrawled this across the newspaper, threw the pen across the kitchen table and walked to the other side of the kitchen. The ca(...)

Young residents protest after a police operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, left at least 24 suspects and one policeman dead. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP)

The United Nations’ human rights office has joined calls for an independent investigation into a police operation in a slum in Rio de Janeiro that lef(...)

A pharmacist administering a dose of the Moderna  vaccine in Washington, DC. Photograph: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

Moderna reported its first ever quarterly profit as it sold $1.7 billion (€1.4 bn) worth of Covid-19 vaccines in the first three months of the year, a(...)

Italian travel operators have reported a boom in foreign holidaymakers booking holiday apartments this summer. Limone sul Garda, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: iStock

Italy will allow tourists to enter quarantine-free as soon as this month, the prime minister, Mario Draghi, has announced, saying the country is “read(...)

Atmospheric flow is chaotic: a small change in the starting values can lead to a wildly different forecast.

Weather forecasting relies on supercomputers used to solve the mathematical equations that describe atmospheric flow. The accuracy of the forecasts is(...)

The results of the small trial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine suggest that boosters against the variants will be feasible. File photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in lab(...)

A simmering battle over Covid-19 vaccine patents is escalating as overflowing hospital wards in India and Brazil highlight the need to rapidly produce more shots to inoculate the world. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

A long-simmering battle over Covid-19 vaccine patents is reaching boiling point as overflowing hospital wards in India and Brazil have highlighted the(...)

If New York had counted 89 more people than the 20.2 million registered, the state would have held on to all of its 27 its seats in the House of Representatives. Instead, one of its seats when to Minnesota. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty

In the end it came down to a shortage of just 89 residents. As the US Census Bureau reported its first batch of census figures this week, it emerged t(...)

Elderly citizens wait for their turn to get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a centre in Lima this week. Photogrph: Getty

Suffering from a lack of access to vaccines, Latin America is experiencing another surge in coronavirus cases across a region already the hardest hit (...)

An aerial view of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, where people who have died from Covid-19 were buried. Photograph: Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty

Global cases of the coronavirus topped 150 million, with India remaining at the epicentre of the pandemic after reporting record new infections on Fri(...)

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