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The luxury over  water villas, reached by a wooden walkway, at the Kuramathi resort in the Maldives.

“Would madam care for a glass of Champagne?” the charming flight attendant asks. Would I what? After nearly two years of working at home in a cramped (...)

A rainbow congregation of Catholics were joined by Cypriot Orthodox, Anglicans and Evangelicals to welcome Pope Francis, the gentle rock star of the Christian faith in Nicosia. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

The faithful flocked to Nicosia’s stadium on Friday morning not to cheer a football match but to celebrate an open-air papal Mass. A rainbow congregat(...)

Passengers  queue for PCR   at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreign visitors into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in(...)

The family adventure

Sara Banks feels it was her family’s first move, from Wisconsin in the US to England when she was eight years old, and the subsequent realisation the (...)

The ferry was travelling from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kinniya along Sri Lanka’s eastern coast. Photograph: iStock

A ferry capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing at least six people, the Sri Lankan navy has said. Twelve people have been rescued and the (...)

Ireland’s Gareth Delany in action during his innings of 44 against the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Photograph: Pankaj Nangia/Inpho

T20 World Cup: Ireland v Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, Wednesday, 3pm Irish time – Live on Sky Sports After a comprehensive victory over the Netherlands in t(...)

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern  vows  to pass legislation that would criminalise planning a terror attack and tighten other counter-terrorism laws. Photograph: Mark Mitchell /  AFP via Getty

New Zealand tried for years to deport the knife-wielding militant who wounded seven people at a mall in Auckland last week, the government said after (...)

Trauma and loss surface in various ways in Anuk Arudpragasam’s new novel, A Passage North, set during the Sri Lankan civil war

Anuk Arudpragasam’s award-winning debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage was set in a refugee camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil wa(...)

Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin, amid a July heatwave combined with a new  surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another 1,377 cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Saturday by the Department of Health, with 78 persons in hospital and 22 in intensive care. Dr (...)

The tax deal was set to be the biggest fresh policy initiative emerging from the G20 talks in Venice. Photograph: Getty Images

Finance chiefs of the G20 large economies endorsed a landmark move to stop multinationals shifting profits to low-tax havens at talks on Saturday wher(...)

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