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A member of the US secret service wears a surgical mask as  President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference on the  coronavirus in the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

When the history is written of how the United States handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6th will leap out of the timeline. That was (...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference regarding coronavirus at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/ EPA

Australia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove m(...)

Criticism over China’s handling of coronavirus has led Beijing to adopt a prickly and pugnacious approach to diplomacy. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty

“Throw away your illusions and prepare for a fight!” That was the headline of an editorial in a newspaper run by China’s People’s Liberation Army rec(...)

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ten hours into a gruelling bus journey from Tarapoto, a city on the edge of the Amazon in northern Peru, the bus carrying Irish citizens to Lima for a(...)

Studies have suggested that low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets might change bone metabolism.

A low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet could alter bone health in athletes, according to a thought-provoking study of elite race walkers and thei(...)

Aircraft dumps fire retardant behind houses at the foot of Mount Tennant as the Orroral Valley fire creeps through the Namadgi National Park in Canberra, Australia. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images.

Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday, as soaring temperatures and str(...)

 A C-130 Hercules plane from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service dropping fire retardent to protect a property during an operation to douse bushfires on January 10th. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP

A Canadian-owned C-130 Hercules air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia’s alpine region on Thursday, killing all three of its crew, (...)

Tourists are seen taking pictures of Sydney Harbour in the rain on January 17th,  in Sydney. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia’s east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought(...)

The fires could rage in Australia for a couple more months. But the greater fears must be longer term.

The book The Lucky Country was written about Australia in the 1960s, and since then the label has stuck. For anyone slogging their way through a Briti(...)

A tree burns from the inside out hours after the fire front had passed in Bundanoon, Australia. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Today is a wet and cool day in Melbourne, nothing remarkable about this except that it is summer, and we’re in the middle of the most horrific bushfir(...)

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