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A medical worker prepares a dose of AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, at Max hospital in New Delhi on May 1st, 2021. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/ AFP/ via Getty Images

Australian residents and citizens who have been in India within 14 days of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering Australia as(...)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the  2019 US Gymnastics Championships at the Sprint Center  in Kansas City, Missouri. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

So much has changed in the five years since Simone Biles lit up the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, affirming her presumptive status as the greatest (...)

Mandatory quarantine on Monday as passengers arrive from Dublin Airport at the Dublin Airport Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Photograph: Collins

There has been a scramble for tickets on flights into Ireland from countries to be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list later this week. The(...)

A man cycles past garbage containers set on fire by protesters blocking access to the Lebanese Central Bank in Beirut, Lebanon in  March. Photograph: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Lebanon has survived two civil wars, two major Israeli invasions, and decades of mismanagement and corruption, but now, bankrupt, it is on the brink o(...)

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion: Before the solitary figure on the cross, we come face to face with ourselves and our world, our fragility, division and woundedness.

This time last year, Covid-19 entered our world like a bolt. As I concluded a packed Confirmation ceremony I was told new restrictions were coming int(...)

Ireland is an attractive transit location as the Government has not yet fully implemented mandatory quarantine so people ‘can get out and about, and have walks’. Above, Dublin city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

British travellers returning to Far East countries such as Singapore are using Ireland for short stays to work around Covid-19 bans in foreign countri(...)

Roger Federer has won the event in Doha three times in the past with the upcoming edition scheduled from March 8th-13th. Photograph:   Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Roger Federer will make his return to the tennis circuit from a double knee surgery at an ATP 250 tournament in Qatar in March, having not played sinc(...)

The coffin of an as yet unnamed murdered supreme court judge is  carried in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Epa/Hedayatullah Amid

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Ka(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Bandar Alajaloud/Saudi royal court/EPA

Qatar’s return to the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) after 3½ years of blockade by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is a major diplomati(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Some  believe the prince’s push to repair relations with Qatar are partly motivated by efforts to improve his standing with US president-elect Joe Biden. Handout photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen its land, air and sea borders with Qatar in a move to end a dispute lasting more than three years that triggered an (...)

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