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American author Paul Theroux on the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia in 1991. Photograph:  Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images

Where books are concerned, I believe in being evangelical. Preach that they may read, is my motto. The latest book to excite my missionary zeal is Pa(...)

The holy grail is getting young customers in – for a gap year, for example – and who go on to use Hostelworld every summer while at college and into the early years of their working lives. Photograph: iStock

Gary Morrison, the chief executive of Hostelworld who spends his days flogging the company’s hostel-booking services to millennial and Gen-Z backpacke(...)

Ten thousand positive cases among those aged five to 12 were reported in the last fortnight. This translates to some 15,000 children self-isolating if you allow for siblings. Significant numbers of teachers are also either sick or self-isolating.

Masks are not necessary, except for medical workers. Masks are an important element of the fight against Covid-19. Masks are definitely not needed for(...)

Pope Francis during a synod in 2018. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

The number of Catholics worldwide is increasing everywhere but Europe, according to a census published by the Vatican. As of December 31th, 2019, Ca(...)

Dublin-born Oxford professor, Adrian Hill. Photograph: John Cairns

Vaccinating the world out of a pandemic is a prodigious and unparalleled feat made possible by a small number of vaccinologists including Oxford-based(...)

Marvel mischief: Tom Hiddleston as Loki

In the first episode of Loki (Wednesday, Disney+) we take up where the eponymous anti-hero’s story left off in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster film Jus(...)

The average length of stay on outbound trips was 7.2 nights. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish residents took more than 21 million overnight trips last year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The number of(...)

Health officials disinfect streets around Sarang Jeil Church in Seongbuk, Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

More than 21.77 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and at least 770,091 have died from the (...)

A visitor at the German Historical Museum  stands in front of a painting by  Anton von Werner. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

More than 20.98 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and at least 759,053 have died from the(...)

A view of a Covid-19 testing station set up at Hannover Airport in Germany. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

More than 20.72 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 749,629 have died, according to a Re(...)

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