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The Long March 5B rocket, carrying China’s Tianhe space station core module, lifting off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China’s Hainan province. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

China’s space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, most of(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

EM Forster’s classic 1924 novel A Passage to India concerns racial tensions between Indians and the British who then ruled them. Almost a century lat(...)

Summer holidays: the Seychelles and Maldives want to welcome tourists back. Source photograph: Romolo Tavani/iStock/Getty

Did I hear that foreign holidays are on the horizon? Where’s my passport? Steady on. You’re still not allowed to leave your county, never mind your co(...)

The Maldives was one of the first countries to fully reopen to tourists and its tourism authorities have set a goal of 1.5 million arrivals this year.

At the start of the year vaccine tourism was an ugly concept that saw the rich and well-connected exploiting their positions to get Covid-19 inoculati(...)

DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has ‘apologised unreservedly’ for failing to register a luxury family holiday to the Maldives in 2016 with a parliamentary watchdog. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has “apologised unreservedly” for failing to register a luxury family holiday to the Maldives in 2016 with a parliamen(...)

Estelle Mossely gets the verdict against Katie Taylor in 2016. Photograph:  Inpho

A peculiar place Astana. A bling city in the strangest of places. Its eccentric buildings are splashed around like Christmas decorations, gussied up a(...)

Daniel Ordoñez reads in his room on the 24th floor of the W Hotel in Barcelona. Ordoñez has lived there since March, the sole occupant in the luxury hotel.  Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

Every five days, Daniel Ordoñez opens 1,400 pipe taps in a waterfront hotel in Barcelona that locals call “The Sail” because of its shape. Each tap h(...)

Dubliner Caoimhe Ryan at home  in Brisbane on Australia’s Gold Coast.

During her career in finance, Dubliner Caoimhe Ryan got to do her fair share of globetrotting living in London, New York and Hong Kong before settling(...)

Anantara Dhigu in the Maldives. “Everywhere you turn is perfect. Coconut trees shade views of the ocean. The coconuts themselves are delicious.”

It’s like we’re in a film: the waters are turquoise, the sky pure blue. Our little boat is resting at anchor and, in the distance, we can see powder w(...)

Emirates carried 29.6 million passengers in the six months to the end of September.

Emirates has grown its passenger numbers between Dublin and Dubai by more than 9 per cent so far this year, with customers using the hub to fly on to (...)

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