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Travellers wear face masks as they walk outside  Beijing Railway Station amid a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus. The outbreak coincides with China’s  busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP.

Confirmation that a new coronavirus can be transmitted directly from person to person has significantly increased the possibility of a Sars-like illne(...)

Travellers wear face masks as they sit in a waiting room at the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

European stocks dropped alongside US equity futures on Tuesday, tracking broad declines across Asia amid a series of negative developments in Hong Kon(...)

 Chinese residents wear masks while waiting at a bus station near the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has been linked to cases of a new strain of Coronavirus. Photograph: EPA

An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a four(...)

Horse geneticist Emmeline Hill said if inbreeding is unchecked, it would continue to increase, given the high demand in the business for particular bloodlines of successful sires. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

A significant rise in inbreeding in the thoroughbred horse sector poses threats for Ireland’s valuable breeding business, according to a new study. (...)

Ambassador Harry Harris defended his choice to wear a moustache on Thursday, saying  that those who criticised it were “cherry-picking history.” Photograph:  Kat Wade/Getty Images

At a time of growing unease in the alliance between the United States and South Korea, a hairy diplomatic issue has surfaced: the American ambassador’(...)

 The story of how Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the “final solution”, was brought to justice features in the film The People vs Fritz Bauer. Photograph: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Just back from Japan last autumn and full of renewed admiration for that extraordinary country, with its endless resilience, efficiency, and decorum, (...)

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  in Brussels, Belgium, last week. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has arrived in Washington for his first visit to the US capital as Europe’s top trade official, amid ongoing tensions(...)

Yamaha asked followers on Twitter not to try to get into its musical instrument cases. File photograph: iStock

Yamaha Corporation has warned people not to try to squeeze inside musical instrument cases after reports former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn fl(...)

Former Renault boss Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut on January 10th.  Ghosn is taking Renault to court in an attempt to claim a €250,000 pension payment, in the first of several legal cases the fugitive former car boss hopes to use to recoup money forfeited since his arrest in 2018. Photograph: Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP

Carlos Ghosn is taking Renault to court in an attempt to claim a €250,000 pension payment, in the first of several legal cases the fugitive former car(...)

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