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A Somali baby receives a polio vaccine in Mogadishu, Somalia, back in 2013:  Eradicating polio requires more than 90 per cent of children to be immunised. Photograph: Ben Curtis

Africa was declared free of wild polio on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the highl(...)

France’s  Zinedine Zidane   is surrounded by Brazil players in  the  World Cup quarter-final against  Brazil at Stadium Frankfurt on July 1st, 2006. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Yeah, yeah, Italy won the thing and Germany hosted it for the first time as a reunited nation but there was only one story at the 2006 World Cup and i(...)

The global death toll from coronavirus has risen above 3,400, with more than 100,000 cases now reported.  Photograph: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg

The global death toll from coronavirus has risen above 3,400, with more than 100,000 cases now reported. The Netherlands reported its first virus dea(...)

Firefighters disinfect a shopping centre to help prevent the spread of the  coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on Friday. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

“We are now on the verge of reaching 100,000 confirmed cases” of coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on(...)

Alpha Condé arrives at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  during a recent session of the Assembly of the African Heads of States. Photograph:  Michael Tewelde/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, Guinea’s citizens will vote for a new constitution which could see the country’s first democratically-elected president cement his power an(...)

Togo president Faure Gnassingbé: Protests broke out in 2017 and 2018 when he moved to alter the country’s constitution and allow himself to run again. Photograph: Luc Gnago

President Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth term in power in Togo’s elections, leading to opposition complaints that the vote was rigged. The west Af(...)

A child receives a polio vaccination drop in Nkozi town, about 84 km from Uganda’s  capital city Kampala on October 19th, 2019. Photograph: Badru Katumba/AFP

In another milestone on the long, expensive and sometimes discouraging road to wiping out polio, global health officials have announced that two of th(...)

The kitchen is as underdressed as a room could be. There isn’t a fitted cabinet in the deconstructed space

A touch of Venetian class, cool stone and lofty proportions captured the sartorial imagination of stylist and interior designer Carla Benedetti who tu(...)

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New Zealand is the easiest country in which to do business, according to the latest World Bank report, which ranks 190 economies, taking into account (...)

Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There is a very old joke about King James fleeing the Battle of the Boyne and meeting an old Irishman along the way to whom he shared his woes. “Don’t(...)

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