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US president Joe Biden: Foreign affairs are where a president really is as powerful as the job’s outward grandeur suggests. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

It is the zebra-shirted guitarist in the background who completes the tableau. A video is doing the rounds that shows Donald Trump taking to post-pres(...)

Florida governor Ron DeSantis runs one of America’s largest and most complex states to some, if not unanimous, acclaim. File photograph: Getty

If US liberalism’s nightmare is a competent populist, Ron DeSantis might be the one to give it corporeal form. Florida’s governor is Trump-ish in styl(...)

 Cuban first secretary of the Communist Party Raúl Castro speaks during the opening session  of the party’s congress, in Havana. Photograph: Ariel Ley Royero/ACN/AFP via Getty Images

Raúl Castro confirmed he was stepping down as leader of the all-powerful Cuban Communist Party at its congress that kicked off on Friday, ending six d(...)

 Ukrainian health minister Maksym Stepanov speaks with Anna Ilina, a member of the Ukrainian Olympic shooting team as she receives a dose of Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine in Kiev. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov

The Olympic Games and IOC are rarely far from controversy. Rio had its fair share and from the polluted water and the doping scandals to the US swimme(...)

Tahar Rahim in The Mauritanian

Watching Kevin Macdonald’s gripping, righteous, shocking, insufficiently committed Guantánamo drama, one is again reminded that the subject – so appal(...)

 Shane Ryan: is now selected for the 100m backstroke for Tokyo, a place in the final certainly within reach of the 27-year-old. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The world is very different now. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to the Tokyo Olympics will light our country and all who serve it.(...)

Karin Strenz (right),  who has died in Limerick after collapsing on a flight, represented the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag for the CDU, the party of  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). File photograph: AFP/Getty

A flight from Cuba to Germany was forced to make an emergency stop at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, after a German politician on board lost consciousness(...)

 Lola Montez: her surname was pure invention, part of a rebranding in which she became an exotic dancer from Andalusia

She was a certainly a showgirl, like the one in Barry Manilow’s song. But her first name was not Lola, nor her surname Montez, when she was born 200 y(...)

Lives Lost: James Cross 1921-2021. Photograph: Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. You can read more of them here. If you (...)

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó in Caracas on February 2nd. Two years ago, Guaidó was a national hero who seemingly posed a serious threat to the deeply unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro.  Photograph: Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/The New York Times

From an unremarkable apartment in a quiet residential area of Venezuela’s capital, a slender young man in a tie wages an increasingly lonely battle ag(...)

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