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Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich at  a foreign ministry  press conference on June 14th. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

Belarus has moved dissident blogger Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega to house arrest a month after President Alexander Lukashenko’s r(...)

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel spray water on a fire at the collapse site on Friday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Families and friends of the 159 people missing after the collapse of a condo building in a Miami suburb were clinging to hope on Friday as rescue work(...)

 Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals in the victory over Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/Pool/Getty Images

Hands up: how many of you thought Patrik Schick’s shot was heading for the Shetland Islands? Same here. Just the 49.7 metres from goal, if the fella d(...)

 Bridget Cassidy (94) receives a visit from her daughter Angela, who is fully vaccinated and travelled from Wexford to the Plunkett Home in  Boyle,  Co Roscommon. Photograph:  Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

The sound of children’s voices in nursing homes throughout the country is set to mark another key milestone in the lightening of the Covid-19 burden f(...)

People queue at the entrance of a Covid-19 testing lab at the Polish-German border in Slubice, western Poland. Photograph: Lech Muszynski/EPA

Poland could face a second successive Easter under lockdown after its government said restrictions would need to be tightened to quell a record surge (...)

Marcus Stewart and Sue Wrafter with their daughter Sofia (2). The couple caught Covid-19 early in the pandemic and have been suffering bouts of extreme fatigue due to  long Covid since. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

On March 3rd last year Marcus Stewart and Susan Wrafter found themselves among thousands of travellers at Innsbruck Airport. Austria had just confir(...)

Hristo Stoitchkov: regarded as Bulgaria’s greatest ever player, the striker’s six goles won him the  Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup and he also became the only Bulgarian to be named  European Footballer of the Year.

At first glance the Nations League clash between Ireland and Bulgaria seems like the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. Tw(...)

Ireland’s captain Shane Duffy (centre) celebrates his late equaliser  against Bulgaria with  Conor Hourihane and  Enda Stevens  during the Nations League clash  in Sofia. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Conor Hourihane has had to work a little harder and wait a little longer for just about everything that has come his way in football. But the day aft(...)

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph at Republic of Ireland squad training at  Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After one team meeting and a training session, Darren Randolph admits that many of the Irish players are still in the very early stages of getting to (...)

Bulgaria’s prime minister Boyko Borissov: “It is time not only to change the political system but to restart the country.” Photograph: Francisco Seco

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov has called for an overhaul of the constitution in an apparent effort to defuse weeks of anti-government protes(...)

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