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Elderly citizens wait for their turn to get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a centre in Lima this week. Photogrph: Getty

Suffering from a lack of access to vaccines, Latin America is experiencing another surge in coronavirus cases across a region already the hardest hit (...)

 Pedro Castillo of the Peru Libre party celebrates as the first results, according to an exit poll published as the polling stations closed on Sunday, indicated he received the most votes. Photograph: Francisco Vigo/EPA

A far-left activist who advocates widespread nationalisation snatched first place in Peru’s presidential election on Sunday and is likely to face a st(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

Yonhy Lescano Ancieta, presidential candidate of the Popular Action party,  during a final campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s   election. Photograph: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg

Given Peru’s recent past it would be understandable if few people were willing to put their names forward for Sunday’s presidential election. The pre(...)

A health worker injects a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Casernes Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

AstraZeneca has reported a slightly lower efficacy rate for its Covid-19 vaccine after the results of an US clinical trial were criticised as outdated(...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine  was 79 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic illness, the trial found. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in th(...)

Morning glory has short-lived but spectacularly decorative, trumpet-shaped flowers.

If you enjoy fast gardening, try sowing seeds for sweet pea, morning glory and black-eyed susan this spring In much the same way I enjoy th(...)

Demonstrators in  Asunción, Paraguay,  protesting  at surging coronavirus cases and the country’s weak  healthcare system. Photograph: Maria Magdalena Arrellaga/The New York Times

For nearly a year Paraguay was a leader in keeping the Covid pandemic at bay, and despite its persistent troubles the country remained fairly calm. No(...)

It was bad enough for Andy that he had been dropped from the school football team, but that he’d been replaced in the side by, of all things . . . a g(...)

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