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Coffee importers in some of the largest consuming countries are stockpiling, bringing forward orders by up to a month to avoid shortages if supply cha(...)

Person wearing a protective face mask and gloves offers a prayer outside the Palacio de Hielo ice rink, temporarily converted into a morgue for victims of Covid-19. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg

Spain has become the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy. With only a population of 47 million(...)

Fintan died sadly young in a car crash but when I think of him I instinctively remember the 1970 World Cup final and the two of us as kids, definitively on the wrong side of history. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

When required to reduce his 2014 concerts at Croke Park from five to three, Garth Brooks declined saying – somewhat controversially, you’d imagine, ba(...)

France’s  Zinedine Zidane   is surrounded by Brazil players in  the  World Cup quarter-final against  Brazil at Stadium Frankfurt on July 1st, 2006. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Yeah, yeah, Italy won the thing and Germany hosted it for the first time as a reunited nation but there was only one story at the 2006 World Cup and i(...)

South Bank in London on Sunday. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

It will be at least six months before Britain gets “back to normal” by lifting the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus, the country’s deputy c(...)

Author and journalist Christina Lamb. Photograph: David Levenson/ Getty Images

In Rwanda six years ago, I watched a grown man wail and realised I knew little about the horrors humans inflict on each other. He was a prominent memb(...)

A patient with Covid-19 wears a transparent plastic helmet filled with oxygen at a hospital in Bergamo, Italy. Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli/The New York Times

Crucial medical supplies for Covid-19 patients in Ireland have been held back by a major supplier, citing restrictions on exports imposed by Italian a(...)

Health secretary Matt Hancock, who has tested positive for coronavirus, and chief medical officer Chris Whitty, who is self-isolating with symptoms. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

The news that Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock have tested positive for coronavirus will have no immediate impact on Britain’s response(...)

An empty Westmoreland St in Dublin city centre during the week. Photograph: Conor Pope

I have an Italian friend who, when she calls her elderly grandmother, often hears news of the “lo spread.” This is not something placed on toast. The(...)

In the last week, British ear, nose and throat doctors  called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days. Photograph: iStock

A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full nappy. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t(...)

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