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American 1,500m and 5,000m record holder Shelby Houlihan returned a positive test for nandrolone that resulted in a four-year ban. File photograph: Getty

We were standing in the line of duty and suitably disguised behind dark sunglasses when our order arrived in two green-striped boxes decorated with th(...)

In Beijing, people sit on a bench overlooked by Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen (left) and Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP

Image of the week: Beijing bound In just a hint that staging the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing might not have been the best of the I(...)

Chief executive of Gowen Group Mick Dwan: ‘If I was in a pure electric car – and I drive around the country – I would be a little nervous about the car going to Cork or to Belfast.’ Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/ The Irish Times

Why have heads not rolled in the global motor trade over the current supply mess? It’s a perceptive point raised by Mick Dwan, boss of one of Ireland’(...)

The  Doomsday Clock’s time for 2022 is unveiled  in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: The Hastings Group/AFP via Getty Images

While the past year offered glimmers of hope that humankind might reverse its march toward global catastrophe, the Doomsday Clock was set on Thursday (...)

Shadow banking –  non-bank financial activities – includes activity in investment and money market funds. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland is home to the world’s fifth-largest “shadow banking” industry, with some €3.45 trillion of assets as of the end of 2020, mainly in IFSC-based(...)

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European stocks fell on Thursday as cautious investors continued to assess how far and fast the US Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates t(...)

The US embassy in Havana, Cuba, where reports of mysterious symptoms emerged in 2016.  Photograph: Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

The CIA has found that most cases of the mysterious ailments known as Havana syndrome are unlikely to have been caused by Russia or another foreign ad(...)

The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics (Jason McLellan  pictured).  Photograph: Sergio Flores/The New York Times

Thousands of miles from Dr Barney Graham’s lab in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, a frightening new coronavirus had jumped from camels to humans in the Middl(...)

Concerns remain over freedom of speech and athlete safety at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Photograph:  Noel Celis/Getty Images

Competitors at the Beijing Winter Olympics will face an “Orwellian surveillance state” in China and could put themselves in danger if they speak out i(...)

Hong Kong is following mainland China’s zero-tolerance approach to control Covid-19. Photograph: Bertha Wang/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong police said they have arrested and charged two former flight attendants over allegations they broke the city’s coronavirus rules. The state(...)

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