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Dr Lucy McCourt receives the Covid-19 vaccine from clinical nurse manager Leona Malone at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin on Tuesday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach tells us that mass vaccinations are being rolled out and that we will be in a “very different position” by the summer. That is the begin(...)

A man looks at an electric quotation board flashing numbers of the world’s stock markets, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange

The S&P 500 and the Dow were set to open at a record high in the first trading session of the year on Monday, building on a rally that has been po(...)

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan is ready to have ‘meaningful’ talks with China as equals as long as they are willing to put aside confrontation.  File photograph: EPA

China has rebuffed the latest offer of talks from Taiwan, saying the government was engaging in a “cheap trick” and provocation by seeking confrontati(...)

Shoppers wearing protective masks crowd Ameyoko Street in Tokyo, Japan, on December 28th. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Most of the global crises of the last century or so were at least instructive. The first World War discredited empires in favour of national self-dete(...)

 People wearing protective masks receive hand sanitizer upon entering the Bangkok Railway Station in Thailand. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

German authorities have reported more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths in one day for the first time since the pandemic began. The national dise(...)

A man wearing a medical gown makes sure all visitors wear face masks in the lobby of a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan on December 11th. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

The change in Taipei was subtle but apparent. Within hours of authorities announcing Taiwan’s first community transmission of Covid-19 since April, mo(...)

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Makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells about a global shortage of chips, which is causing manufacturin(...)

Kazuo Odachi at his home in Tokyo. “Of course, death was a certainty if this happened, but at least we would take the enemy with us.”  Photograph:  Noriko Hayashi/The New York Times

For more than six decades, Kazuo Odachi had a secret: At the age of 17, he became a kamikaze pilot, one of thousands of young Japanese men tasked to g(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2017.  Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A dissident once branded Enemy No 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the US presidential election(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping waits for US president Donald Trump in Japan in 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times.

China’s president Xi Jinping has publicly congratulated Joe Biden on being elected US president, leaving Russia’s Vladimir Putin among a handful of wo(...)

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