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Paramedics push a man with coronavirus symptoms inside an ambulance in the north of Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile healthcare systems across Africa after months of relatively mild impact across t(...)

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On Thursday, the people of Uganda will cast their ballots in that country’s 2021 presidential election. The incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, is a(...)

Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, are assisted by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, after being located sailing adrift on an overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean sea, about 85 miles north of Libya, on Thursday. Photograph: Joan Mateu/AP Photo

Mahdi spent most of this year pleading for urgent evacuation from Libya so his daughter’s life could be saved. The little girl, Mahjah, was just 17 m(...)

Photographs taken from drones showing the extent of widespread flooding in the Shannon river catchment during February 2020, due to 252 per cent of normal rainfall. Photomontage: Paul Scott/Irish Times Graphics Studio

Any notion Ireland in 2020 escaped the effects of global heating that is triggering more extreme weather events does not tally with Met Éireann’s data(...)

People queue up outside the main post office on Mohamed Bouazizi Square, its facade showing a picture of Bouazizi, in the centre of the town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia in October. The spark that set off the Arab Spring was the tragic suicide of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi, who, having long been cheated and humiliated by state officials, set himself on fire. Photograph: Fethi Belaid / AFP via Getty Images

‘Al-Sha’b Yurid Isqat al-Nizam.” “The people demand the overthrow of the regime.” This battle cry of rebellion in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syr(...)

Villagers collect food aid dropped from a plane  onto a drop zone at a village in Ayod county, South Sudan. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty

Famine is likely already happening in parts of South Sudan, according to reports, as aid workers worry that the severity of the situation is not being(...)

The Midnight Sky is directed by George Clooney

The actor-director on his new film, Covid-19 and why he’s not allowed to ride a motorcycle George Clooney has learned a valuable lesson in lockd(...)

Tunisians  gather at Mohamed Bouazizi Square in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17th 2020, during commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Bouazizi’s self-immolation which triggered a wave of protests across the North African country. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

When a Tunisian street vendor set himself alight a decade ago to protest over the confiscation of his handcart and fruit by police, he never imagined (...)

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in the coming year, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI: Morocco established a low-level office in Tel Aviv once peace talks began between Palestinians and Israelis. It closed in 2002 during the second Palestinian uprising.  Photograph: Debbie Hill and Laudes Martial Mbon

Morocco has defended its decision to normalise ties with Israel, saying the kingdom’s bilateral relations with Israel were “already normal” before the(...)

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