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 Ecuadorians Julio Cesar Mora Tapia (R), 110, and Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros (L), 104,  have been recorded as the oldest married couple in the world. Jose Jacome/EPA

An Ecuadorian couple aged 110 and 104 have been recognised as the world’s oldest married pair. Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly m(...)

The Olympiastadion in Berlin hosted some of the standout moments of the 2006 World Cup. File photograph: Getty Images

The 2006 World Cup wasn’t even a week old when it began to dawn on the fans that the Germans had organised a tournament that touched on perfection. Y(...)

The 2015 eruption at Wolf Volcano in the Galápagos Archipelago. Photograph: Gabriel Salazar

Some volcanoes are plain boring with a predictable pattern of activity over millions of years; others are more explosive and unpredictable. Scientist(...)

A team of 217 Cuban health professionals arrive in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 27th, to help in the fight against coronavirus. Photograph: Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The mayor of one of Italy’s biggest cities was effusive in her praise for the Cuban medics who spent three months in the country helping fight coronav(...)

Healthcare professionals in Luanda, Angola, doing Covid-19 blood tests in a high-population area. Photograph: Ampe Rogerio/EPA

More than 3,000 healthcare workers are known to have died from Covid-19 around the world but in many cases they face reprisals if they speak out again(...)

Pedestrians in the Pinheiros neighbourhood of São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/The New York Times

By late March, the Mexican government calmly predicted that its coronavirus outbreak would peak in April. A few weeks later, it changed its prediction(...)

US president Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday. It is the first time the president has played golf since the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president Donald Trump has visited one of his golf courses at the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend as he urged states to reopen following (...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

Venezuelan children in a refuge in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Paul Musiol

When Barreto Yasmerys arrived in Peru last year she planned to earn some money before sending for her teenage daughter in Venezuela. The 39-year-old f(...)

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, has dismissed the pandemic as a “fantasy” driven by “a little flu”. Photograph:  Eraldo Peres/AP

As the pandemic hit hard early this month it overwhelmed Ecuador’s business capital, Guayaquil, now the epicentre of coronavirus in Latin America. It (...)

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