Ann Derwin moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the countries when the supply of personal protective equipment from Chinese manufacturers is essential to the State’s fight against Covid-19 and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for exports. Above, a shipment of PPE arrives from China to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Former vet and one-time chief economist at the Department of Agriculture Ann Derwin is to become Ireland’s next ambassador to China. Ms Derwin, who (...)

French riot police officers receive projectiles during a protest  for healthcare workers in Paris, France. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

About 8.1 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and 437,340 have died, the latest Reuters tal(...)

NUI Galway rose 21 places in the latest QS World University rankings. Photograph: iStock

Five of Ireland’s top six universities have climbed up the latest set of global rankings with Trinity College Dublin placing just outside the top(...)

Prof Frank Kelly: “Ideally I would like to see any vehicles in our large city centres be either eletric or hydrogen.”

“It was around 2010 onwards that we noticed that pollution with respect to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was getting worse on some of the major roads. We had(...)

 Social distancing sign in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

A debate has been happening in recent days on whether the recommended two metres of physical distancing with others to avoid the spread of the coronav(...)

NHS England medical director Prof Stephen Powis and UK business secretary Alok Sharma at a remote press conference  inside 10 Downing Street on Sunday to update the nation on the  pandemic. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

The British government has announced it is to invest a further £84 million (€94 million) in the development of a potential vaccine for coronavirus – i(...)

Prof Lockdown: the front pages of today’s Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Sun

On Tuesday the UK’s death toll from coronavirus passed 32,000, overtaking that of Italy. But if you were getting your news from certain sections of th(...)

Migrant workers, who were stranded in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India due to the lockdown, huddle to receive biscuit packets distributed by police. Photograph:  Reuters/Jitendra Prakash

Gopal Das has laboured on construction sites in Mumbai for nearly two decades, helping build the office towers of India’s bustling financial capital. (...)

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock attending a remote press conference to update the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Andrew Parsons/AFP via Getty Images

British ministers have denied an assertion by the country’s most senior diplomat that they made a “political decision” to stay out of a European Union(...)

Vaccines doses in bottles prepared by a team of experts at the University of Oxford. Photograph:  Sean Elias/PA Wire

This is a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment & Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and developments on c(...)

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