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A Thai medical technologist works to conduct a test for a Covid-19  vaccine prototype at a laboratory in Chula Vaccine Research Center in Bangkok, Thailand on May 8th. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

The number of lives lost worldwide in the pandemic is nearing 300,000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with 297,197 deaths reported. Th(...)

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lesotho’s high court has been asked to decide whether prime minister Thomas Thabane can be charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife while he(...)

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his second wife, Maesaiah Thabane, at the former’s inauguration in Maseru. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane has denied fleeing to South Africa just hours before he was to be charged in court with murdering his first wife(...)

Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane,  at the State House in Maseru, Lesotho, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his late wife, the deputy police commissioner said on Thursday, the latest (...)

Exterior of the Palace of Justice of Lesotho. -Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP

Lesotho police have charged the prime minister’s wife, Maesaiah Thabane, with the murder of his previous spouse, the South African Broadcasting Corpor(...)

Ireland had a homicide rate of 0.9 per 100,000 people in 2017. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland has the 11th lowest homicide rate in Europe and the 23rd lowest in the world, according to a United Nations (UN) study. The UN’s Global Study(...)

 Annie Waithira, Farah Elle and Patience Moyo at the launch of the programme for Africa Day 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The annual flagship Africa Day event at the Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park will not take place this year. The Department of Foreign Affai(...)

Sr Maura O’Donoghue, a Medical Missionary of Mary from Kilfenora, in Co Clare

Reports last week Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, seem to ha(...)

 A Rastafarian and supporter of the legislation of marijuana light a joint in Johannesburg, as they celebrate after the Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use and growing of marijuana in South Africa is legal. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that it is no longer illegal for adults to cultivate or use marijuana in private. The landmark ruling handed (...)

Shepherds Mothepu Khoisan and Aukose Mokhoro in Semonkong, Lesotho.  At just 16, Mothepu spends almost every waking hour on the slopes, looking after a flock of sheep and a handful of cattle for a farmer. Photograph: Darragh Murphy

Working, often unpaid, in sub-zero temperatures on the slopes: Mothepu Khoisan knows a few things about the trials of St Patrick. Descended from the K(...)

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