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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(...)

Hostelworld forecasts continued improvement in the second half of the year, although bookings will remain at “significantly reduced levels” when compared to 2019

Revenues fell 69 per cent to €12 million at Hostelworld during the first six months of the year due to Covid-19-led travel restrictions. The hotel bo(...)

A newborn baby girl named Danica Camacho, the Philippines’ symbolic “seven billionth baby” who was part of the United Nations’ seven billion global population projection, in Fabella Maternity Hospital Manila on October 31st, 2011. The UN had predicted the world’s population would reach seven billion on October 31st, 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that if we fail to prevent global warming rising by more than 1.5 degrees over pre-industrial wo(...)

The IOC recommended last month that boxing should keep its place at next year’s Games but recognition of AIBA  should be suspended until the issues surrounding its finances and governance are resolved. Photograph:    Kevin  Cox/Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday thrashed out the plan for the boxing qualification and competition for next year’s Tokyo 2020 (...)

More than 8.6 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents lin 2018, up 5.8 per cent on 2017.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People living in Ireland spent almost €5 billion on foreign holidays last year, according to official data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). (...)

Ireland’s Craig Casey in action against France’s Arthur Vincent. “We will back ourselves against any team we come up against.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Noel McNamara affectionately refers to Craig Casey as ‘Le Petit General,’ a ubiquitous phrase coined to describe a succession o(...)

Declining birth rates are no longer confined to the western world. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

The conventional projection by the UN is that world population, currently 7.7 billion, will increase to 11.2 billion in 2100, then stabilise before sl(...)

Since 1970, there has been an average decline of 60 per cent in populations of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians. In people terms, that’s equivalent to the populations of Africa, Europe, China, Oceania and both the Americas Photograph: Tilo Nadler/Conservation International/PA Wire

It has been a depressing month to be a human, and I’m not just talking about the political eutrophication to the east and west of our shores. The Worl(...)

The European Commission has proposed ending the biannual clock changes across the EU. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has confirmed it will carry out a public consultation on whether the State should end the practice of changing the clocks in spring and(...)

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