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A Vacaville firefighter burns a field ahead of a wildfire in Fairfield, California, US. Photograph: Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Two people have been killed fighting lightning-sparked California wildfires, and tens of thousands have evacuated homes as the state scrambles to find(...)

Cars queuing as drivers wait to be tested  at the Covid-19 test site in the Hard Rock Stadium car park in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida’s greater Miami area became the latest US coronavirus hot spot to roll back its reopening, ordering restaurant dining closed on Monday as Covi(...)

Bishop-elect Martin Hayes on his appointment as Bishop of Kilmore at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Cavan. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The newest Catholic bishop in Ireland spent time working at California’s Silicon Valley in a previous life. In 1981 Fr Martin Hayes (60) graduated f(...)

Airbnb is partnering with Safe Ireland and Women’s Aid for the initiative

Airbnb has partnered with Safe Ireland and Women’s Aid to assist those experiencing domestic violence by providing somewhere to stay when emergency ac(...)

St Louis federal reserve chair James Bullard has predicted the US unemployment rate may hit 30 per cent in the second quarter.

More than 22 million American have lost their jobs in the last four weeks as the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the US, according to government(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, during a media update on the confirmed case of coronavirus at Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ten new cases of coronavirus have been reported this evening, the biggest daily increase recorded since the disease was found here at the end of Febru(...)

The Grand Princess: At least 20 people aboard fell ill returning to its home port of San Francisco from a voyage to Hawaii. Photograph: Interpress/AFP via Getty Images

An ocean liner that previously carried two passengers who contracted the coronavirus was barred on Wednesday from returning to its home port of San Fr(...)

Medical members wearing protective gear talk as they check drivers with suspected symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a “drive-through” virus test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Sautrday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Yeon-je/AFP

The first death of a coronavirus patient has occurred in the United States, president Donald Trump has confirmed. The patient was a woman in her lat(...)

Clare Doherty: ‘Christmas on Waiheke is pretty special.’

Thousands of Irish people around the world will be celebrating Christmas far from home. Many are finding ways to keep Irish festive season traditions (...)

Daniel Johnston: the singer-songwriter and visual artist was acclaimed as one of the United States’ most gifted outsider voices. Photograph: Bryan Schutmaat/New York Times

Daniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of the United States’ most gifte(...)

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