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US president Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump, posing for a picture with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology “Etidal” in Riyadh in May 2017. Saudi Arabia was defeated in its attempt to win election to the UN Human Rights Council last week. Photograph:   Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

The UN’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace a widely discredited predecessor which had been tarnished by the poor ri(...)

Pedestrians stand in line for Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a mobile test station at the main station in Cologne, Germany, October 15th 2020. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a re(...)

 Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on an official visit to Paris in  April, 2018. (Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s failure to secure membership of the UN human rights council is a rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a social reformer who is a(...)

An Iranian-made missile is fired during war games in June. Photograph: Wana News Agency/Reuters

A decade-long UN arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired on Sunday as planned under it(...)

US president Donald Trump: US military and economic predominance was so complete through much of the 20th century that relative decline was always inevitable. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski

American fear about loss of supremacy is almost as old as the republic itself. If its people were to be believed, Dickens wrote, the country “is alway(...)

US president Donald Trump: “I know nothing about Q Anon. I do know they are very much against paedophilia, they fight it very hard.”   Photograph: Brendan Smialowski

US president Donald Trump told older Americans that he would “protect . . . defend . . . and fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction t(...)

The study, published by the Royal Society, also found that being exposed to information about the novel coronavirus on social media is associated with higher susceptibility to misinformation in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Photo-illustration: iStock

Misinformation about Covid-19 remains a threat to public health guidance, according to a new study from psychologists at the University of Cambridge. (...)

The Pfizer vaccine is being tested on  38,000 people worldwide. Photograph: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pfizer will apply for emergency US approval of the Covid-19 vaccine it is developing with Germany’s BioNTech in the third week of November, the pharma(...)

A man wearing a face mask walks past an entrance to Belfast City Hospital, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Covid-19 testing and tracing systems in the North and the Republic have come under increased strain due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in recen(...)

File photograph of an undocumented migrant in front of the mural at the Migrant Rights Centre. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

More than a quarter of undocumented migrants working in Ireland earn below the minimum wage while nearly half are working more than 40 hours a week, a(...)

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