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Children attend class while practising social distancing in  France, May 25th. Photograph: Epa/Ian Langsdon

The Irish Times asked readers living abroad if their children had returned to school or childcare after the Covid-19 lockdown. Here is a selection of (...)

One of the problems is that we have very little scientific knowledge about how such a situation might impact upon children

When lockdown ends and life regains some sense of normality, we might reflect with a collective sense of pride at how we as a nation faced the challen(...)

Molly Davies lived and worked on a boat in remote New Zealand.

I left my home in Co Kerry and moved to New Zealand last October. If you’d asked me then what I was most worried about, I can assure you a global pand(...)

A file image showing people looking at  ributes left in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the mosque shootings in 2019. The Australian man accused of killing 51 worshippers  changed his plea to guilty on Thursday.  Photograph: Getty Images

An Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move on Thurs(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern meets members of the Muslim community as they gather for congregational Friday prayers, two days ahead of the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Photograph: John Kirk-Anderson/AFP via Getty Images

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday the country has “fundamentally changed” since last year’s Christchurch shootings, as the cor(...)

Federal police escort a German citizen suspected of terrorism to his arraignment at the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe, Germany. File photograph: EPA

Muslim communities in Germany have called for more police protection following the arrest of right-wing extremists believed to have been plotting larg(...)

 Abandoned refuse in north inner city Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Some of the most disadvantaged parts of towns and cities had the worst litter last year, with Dublin’s north inner city the worst affected, a report p(...)

This was the year of Nancy Pelosi, whose decision finally to bow to internal Democratic Party pressure and pursue Trump for abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine led to only the third impeachment of a president in US history. Pelosi, reinvigorated as House Speaker, marshalled the process with poise and a keen political antenna. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In this age of technological revolution and economic globalisation, it is often taken as given that human agency has been eroded, if not swept away, b(...)

Neurologist Francisco Lopera in Medellín, who has been painstakingly collecting brains, birth and death records from one sprawling Colombian family to study Alzheimer’s. Photograph: Federico Rios/The New York Times

The woman’s genetic profile showed she would develop Alzheimer’s by the time she turned 50. She, like thousands of her relatives, going back generati(...)

The gardaí and the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit attend an incident near Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin on Monday, October 21st. Photograph: Collins

A note praising the September 11th attacks on the United States was found near the scene of a small explosion at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin last(...)

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