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A shopping district in Wuhan on January 23rd last, the first anniversary of the city’s lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

A fast-spreading outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant in China has caused rare infections among the country’s vaccinated individuals, spurring au(...)

Members of  public  tested at pop-up Covid-19 clinic in Sydney, Australia. The stay-at-home orders for coronavirus-hit Greater Sydney and the surrounding area have been tightened. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Sydney’s poorest neighbourhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city’s toughest and longest lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic as the (...)

Russia’s Soyuz MS-09 rocket: Russia and China intend to build a permanent moon base by 2030. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Sixty-three years ago, the Soviet Union put the first satellite in space. Nearly four years later, it sent the first man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. It (...)

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(...)

Fred Arment, head of International Cities of Peace, speaks with visiting Bosnian students. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Ever since the peace accord that ended the Bosnian war was penned in his hometown of Dayton 25 years ago, Fred Arment has been moved to action. By 20(...)

Shanghai is China’s biggest city and the world’s fifth biggest financial centre.  Photograph: iStock

Chinese carrier Juneyao Air plans to launch the Republic’s first service to Shanghai next year. Juneyao confirmed on Wednesday that it will begin fly(...)

The Chinese government says the national social credit system is a way of keeping people honest and making people good. Photograph: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

When booking a cab in Beijing the other day using Didi, the Chinese version of Uber, I accidentally booked twice. I was chastised by text message on W(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sets off for Hawaii where he will visit Pearl Harbor with US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

With $12.50 – half a month’s salary – in his pocket, Harold Mainer was about to go ashore to celebrate his friend’s birthday. Then, just before 8am, c(...)

Generation Emigration: Beijing GAA senior men’s team

There are shouts as Gaeilge, a rattle of hurleys and the sound of a whistle as a ball flies over the bar. On a warm day in Beijing, Irish people livi(...)

Chinese tourists capturing the stature of Oscar Wilde on Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chen Xian from Beijing was returning to the US to continue her studies when she heard a fellow Chinese passenger shouting at the flight crew. She expe(...)

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