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Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin, amid a July heatwave combined with a new  surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another 1,377 cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Saturday by the Department of Health, with 78 persons in hospital and 22 in intensive care. Dr (...)

In the News is presented by reporters Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.

Irish MEPs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were recently formally sanctioned by the European Parliament’s Democracy Support and Election Coordination Grou(...)

Clare Daly, above, and Mick Wallace  have repeatedly travelled abroad despite the ban on  European Parliament overseas trips during Covid. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have been penalised in the European Parliament for undermining its work to promote democracy by travelling to V(...)

Yonhy Lescano Ancieta, presidential candidate of the Popular Action party,  during a final campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s   election. Photograph: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg

Given Peru’s recent past it would be understandable if few people were willing to put their names forward for Sunday’s presidential election. The pre(...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

Demonstrators in  Asunción, Paraguay,  protesting  at surging coronavirus cases and the country’s weak  healthcare system. Photograph: Maria Magdalena Arrellaga/The New York Times

For nearly a year Paraguay was a leader in keeping the Covid pandemic at bay, and despite its persistent troubles the country remained fairly calm. No(...)

A young Shuar boy fills a water gourd in the river. When children gain excess weight, the culprit is more likely to be eating too much than moving too little, according to a fascinating new study of children in Ecuador. Photograph: Samuel S Urlacher/New York Times

When children gain excess weight, the culprit is more likely to be eating too much than moving too little, according to a fascinating new study of chi(...)

Former Argentinian president from 1989-1999 Carlos Menem. Photograph: Ali Burafi/AFP via Getty Images

Flamboyant Argentinian ex-president Carlos Menem died on Sunday at age 90 after battling long-term health problems, the country’s current president Al(...)

The Government has proposed tighter travel restriction as  the Level 5 lockdown is extended until the beginning of March. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Visa-free travel from South Africa and most South American countries has been banned, except for in exceptional circumstances, due to the emergence of(...)

A man wearing a face mask looks over a barricade set up to keep people out of a residential compound in Wuhan,  China in April. Photograph:   Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

The mild-mannered German scientist never anticipated becoming a Chinese propaganda star. But Alexander Kekulé, director of the Institute for Biosecuri(...)

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