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Dr John Cuddihy, director of the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, and  Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer at the department, during a media  update on the confirmed cases  of Covid-19 in Ireland on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Things move fast in coronavirus-land. Ten days ago, Ireland was feeling pretty satisfied with itself as the disease remained a faraway threat, oversea(...)

Visitors queue outside the  Louvre museum in Paris after staff ended coronavirus walkout following  two days of closure.  Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP

The Republic’s second confirmed case of coronavirus, announced on Tuesday night, has focused minds on the measures that might have to be taken to limi(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (3rd left) and Palestine Liberation Organisation  secretary-general Saeb Erekat (2nd left) look on as Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit (left) reads a statement during an Arab League emergency meeting, at the league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Dersouki/AFP via Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the US and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan pres(...)

Polar bears in the the Arctic which is warming more rapidly than other parts of the world, experienced extraordinary conditions last year. Photograph: iStock

The evidence mounted all year. All-time temperature records were broken in France, Germany and elsewhere; the Greenland ice sheet experienced exceptio(...)

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has again intervened with global leaders meeting in Madrid in an effort to forge a meaningful outcome to two weeks of talks on climate change. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI.

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has again intervened with global leaders meeting in Madrid in an effort to forge a meaningful outcom(...)

Jim O’Hara, chair of the Irish Cutural Centre in Hammersmith for 13 years. ‘During the 1970s and 80s it was a difficult time for the Irish community here in Britain. One felt self-conscious reading an Irish newspaper.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Walking around the bright and airy Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, Jim O’Hara still holds the strong strains of the accent he brought with him i(...)

Members of Cultúr Club Hong Kong trying out the new Irish language workbooks.

Learning the Irish language is not easy at the best of times, but that task can be much harder for children abroad whose Irish parents want them to gr(...)

Latest WHO report shows most European countries are on track to reach Health 2020 inititiative targets Photograph: iStock

Smoking, drinking, obesity and “under-vaccination” are hindering progress in the field of health in some European countries but there has been a susta(...)

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub speaks during a news conference in Ramallah on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israel has demanded that soccer’s governing body investigate what it said were threats against Argentinian players that forced them to cancel a match (...)

Mexico bound: all inclusive tips to resorts in Cancun are expected to be in demand from Irish holidaymakers

More than 38,000 people streamed into the RDS Simmonscourt over the weekend for the annual Holiday World Show which was home to more than 1,000 travel(...)

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