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Mozambiques president Filipe Nyusi (left) and Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema (right) at the Southern African Development Community Heads of State Extraordinary summit on the state of security in Mozambique at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on January 12th.  Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP via Getty

The two international forces helping Mozambique to tackle an Islamist insurgency in its northern provinces need to better co-ordinate their operations(...)

France also announced 290 new Covid deaths, the highest one-day toll since early May. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France reported a record high of 179,807 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, one of the highest one-day tallies worldwide (...)

Dublin airport. Passengers to Ireland who arrive without a negative or not-detected Covid test result are required to home quarantine and take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.   Photograph: Getty Images

Enhanced travel restrictions applying to people arriving in Ireland from seven “high risk” countries linked to the Omicron variant have been lifted. (...)

Gabrielius Landsbergis, foreign minister of Lithuania: ‘We are convinced that Russia is actually preparing for all-out war against Ukraine.’ Photograph: Gints Ivuskans/Pool/AFP via Getty

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russian private military contractor the Wagner Group on Monday, accusing it of covert activities, killings and(...)

 Covid signage in Terminal 2  at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ireland cannot be “completely sealed off” and international travel will continue to be monitored in the face of surging Omicron infections, Minister f(...)

The Department of Justice says the Border Management Unit at Dublin Airport has significantly increased the level of spot-checking of arriving passengers in recent days. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many airline passengers have recounted their experiences this week of travelling through Irish airports without being asked for documentation relating(...)

Patients queue prior to being vaccinated in Uganda, one of the countries which received aid from Ireland in 2020. File photograph: Luke Dray/Getty

Ireland contributed over €150million to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic in developing countries, as part of a global response to Covid-19 in(...)

A sign for a Covid-19 testing centre at  Heathrow Airport. All passengers arriving into the State will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test result. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Happy Restrictmas, everyone! A second Covid Christmas beckons. Up and down the country people are trying to negotiate the obstacle course of socialisi(...)

The emergence last week of the Omicron variant prompted the Government to impose travel restrictions on passengers from seven southern African countries. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s first confirmed case of the Omicron variant was identified through “blind luck”, according to public health officials. The case involved a (...)

Unused check-in counters due to cancelled flights at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport as restrictions on international flights from the country start to take effect. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

A World Health Organisation official has said 24 countries may have reported cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, which was first identified (...)

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