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A sign with a portrait of Anders Tegnell, the face of the country’s response to the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, is hanged at an entrance to a restaurant to instruct people to wash their hands in Sodermalm, Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

At the start of this year, Anders Tegnell was just a low-profile bureaucrat in a country of 10 million people, heading a department that collects and (...)

A Somali baby receives a polio vaccine in Mogadishu, Somalia, back in 2013:  Eradicating polio requires more than 90 per cent of children to be immunised. Photograph: Ben Curtis

Africa was declared free of wild polio on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the highl(...)

The PC-12 was acquired through a fast-track process to aid in the State’s response to the virus, including transporting Covid-19 tests to Germany when there was not enough HSE capacity. File photograph: Military.ie

The Air Corps’ newest plane, acquired to aid in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, was used over the weekend to repatriate Irish troops from we(...)

Captain  Charles O’Rourke (retired): “Up until 1960 we were a garrison army. Our whole environment was parades and inspections, and all the routine of barrack life. It was a pretty unexciting thing.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The ambush of an Irish Army patrol in Niemba in November 1960 shocked the nation, not least Marie O’Rourke whose husband Charles was serving as a lieu(...)

Acayo Rose (74) stands in front of one of her family’s malaria nets with a neighbour and her baby in Gulu. Photograph: Sally Hayden/Thomson Reuters Foundation

In her small home in northern Uganda surrounded by the six children she cares for, Acayo Rose (74) sleeps under a mosquito net she inherited from a de(...)

Bulelani Mfaco. Photograph: Alan Place

As the new Government commits to ending Ireland’s inhumane system of accommodating asylum seekers, it has a chance to create a far better, far chea(...)

King Philippe of Belgium expressed his ‘deepest regrets’ for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images.

Belgium’s monarch has expressed his “deepest regrets” to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the brutal 23-year rule of his ancestor Leopold II, in a(...)

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation: ‘We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives.’ Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Tracing contacts of people with coronavirus infections is the most important step in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and countries that are failing to(...)

European shares closed at a near one-week low on Monday. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

European shares closed at a near one-week low on Monday as signs of a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Germany and elsewhere unnerved investors hopi(...)

A protective barrier is seen around the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London in anticipation of protests on Friday. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

The commemoration of the 1912-22 decade of revolution has been striking for what it has not been. Apart from a few notable recriminations, including c(...)

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