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Russia’s invasion has left Germany  dangerously dependent on Russian energy supplies, in particular natural gas.

In 1957, writer Heinrich Böll passed on to German readers of his Irish Journal a piece of mindful wisdom he picked up while living on Achill: when God(...)

For practical purposes, experts may recommend breaking 150 minutes into 30-minute sessions of speedy walking, or a similar activity, five times a week. Photograph: iStock

For anyone interested in the relationship between exercise and living longer, one of the most pressing questions is how much we really need to stay he(...)

Sara Hayden: ‘Norwegians are not known to be the world’s chattiest, but when you speak their language they do talk’

From a commuter town to a ski commute, Sara Hayden travelled the world before finding the perfect work-life balance in Norway. Originally from Ashb(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (L)  with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday. Photograph: PPO/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will this week enter his 17th year in office, although he was elected by popular vote in January 2005 for only one(...)

A mural in Moscow  shows members of Yunarmiya, or Youth Army. Photograph:  Sergey Ponomarev/ The New York Times

Stepping on to a podium in heavy boots and military fatigues at a ceremony outside Moscow, six teenagers accepted awards for an increasingly important(...)

Boy in blue: Desmond Tutu at the Leinster Senior Football Championship match between Meath and Dublin at Croke Park in 2005. File photograph: The Irish Times

Archbishops were not the typical clientele of the Abbey Mooney pub on Dublin’s north side in the 1980s; much less senior clerics leading the struggle (...)

Osteoarthritis is not a normal part of aging, there’s a lot you can control. Photograph: iStock

January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throughout the month, in print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to (...)

People wearing protective face masks on a tram in Oslo, Norway. As Covid cases soar, Norway’s centre-left government on Monday evening introduced a range of new restrictions including a ban on serving alcohol in bars and restaurants. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Omicron will become the dominant coronavirus variant in Denmark this week, epidemiologists say, driving a rise in cases to record levels and offering (...)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen celebrates as he wins the gold medal from Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya and Josh Kerr of Britain during the final of the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

“And then there is Jakob. When he was around 11, he told me, ‘I want to be the best runner in the world’. He’d already worked it all out in his mind. (...)

A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Johannesburg. A South African study has found that the risk of reinfection from the Omicron coronavirus variant is three times higher than for any previous strain.  Photograph: Joao Silva/New York Times

South Africa South Africa’s daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases almost quadrupled since Tuesday as the Omicron variant spread across the country(...)

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