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US president Joe Biden: “Will we allow the backward slide of . . . democracy to continue unchecked, or will we together have a vision . . . and courage to once more lead the march of human progress and human freedom forward?” Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The Biden administration has said it is working with the US Congress on a new presidential initiative valued at up to $424.4 million (€376 million) to(...)

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(...)

Founder of the Dyson company, designer James Dyson. The company has  cut ties with supplier ATA  following an audit of the Malaysian company’s labour practices. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

High-tech home appliance maker Dyson has cut ties with supplier ATA IMS Bhd following an audit of the Malaysian company’s labour practices and allegat(...)

‘Trafficking in Ireland remains a pervasive crime. Its victims are often hidden but should not be faceless,’ says chief commissioner of the IHREC. Photograph: iStock

Victims of trafficking in Ireland urgently need the State to introduce a new national referral mechanism so they can be identified, released from thei(...)

A  street in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photograph: Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times

Seventeen people, including three children, associated with an American Christian aid group, were kidnapped on Saturday by a gang in Port-au-Prince, H(...)

A woman in a camp for internally displaced people in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 29th. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

US officials will meet with senior Taliban leaders for talks aimed at easing the evacuations of foreign citizens and at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan,(...)

Michael O’Brien, fisheries campaign lead for the ITF in Ireland said a ‘significant cohort of men’ who came to Ireland documented through the Atypical Work Scheme have since lost their employment. Photograph: iStock

Some migrant fishermen risk not being able to qualify for the Government’s proposed regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants, the International(...)

Multiple rockets fired from a car landed near Kabul airport. Photograph: EPA

The Pentagon has said it is investigating reports of civilian casualties from a drone strike on Sunday in Kabul, but is “not in a position to dispute”(...)

US president Joe Biden delivers remarks on the worsening crisis in Afghanistan from the  White House. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

US president Joe Biden has said he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, and that the government’s collapse wa(...)

Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty

One of the US’s top healthcare officials has warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as parts of the United States experience a surge in Covid-19 i(...)

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