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Chilean soldiers carry sand bags to protect the tents set up outside the San Jose hospital to carry out Covid-19 tests, in Santiago on Saturday. Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty

Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has now infected more than 7.6 million people worldwide, and killed more than 425,000, according to the Johns Hop(...)

Workers wearing protective suit walk next to Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan on March 30th. Photograph:   Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

The Huanan seafood wholesale market in central Wuhan was the kind of place where people often catch colds. Vendors started setting up as early as 3am,(...)

Continuing protests in Hong Kong have been among several threats to the Chinese economy. Photograph: Bloomberg

China’s economic growth slowed to its lowest levels in almost three decades last year, but the overriding sentiment in the corridors of power of Beij(...)

Fifteen-year-olds in Ireland are among the best in the world at reading and are significantly above average for maths and science, according to the latest Pisa results. Photograph: iStock

The release of the OECD’s Pisa rankings every three years is a revealing moment for twitchy politicians and policy-makers. It’s a two-hour test under(...)

Irish 15 year olds perform strongly in reading literacy, according to the latest Pisa rankings.

Teenagers in Ireland are among the top performers in the world in reading literacy, according to latest international standardised test scores. Irish(...)

A Dublin City Council image of how the Yi Garden could look in Herbert Park.

The planned installation of a Chinese “friendship garden” in Dublin’s Herbert Park will not go ahead next month, due to the decision of the Chinese sp(...)

Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday, where thousands of protesters sought to (...)

People perform a lion dance to bring good luck to tourists during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

China has started pulling mainland-based Taiwanese businesspeople and students into “brainstorming” sessions on the future of the de facto independent(...)

 Chinese actress Fan Bingbing pictured during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in  May. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

China’s most famous actor Fan Bingbing has made a public apology after she was fined hundreds of millions of yuan for tax evasion, her first public pr(...)

A coal-fired power plant in Kaifeng, in central China’s Henan province. China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years. Photograph: AP

Has the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy gone into reverse? The alarming question is being posed by no less an authority than Spenc(...)

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