Despite letting its economy run unimpeded, Sweden still suffered business-destroying, prosperity-diminishing damage and at nearly the same magnitude of its neighbours. File photograph: Getty Images

Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has all(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photograph: Thet Aung/AFP via Getty

China has defended the World Health Organisation (WHO) and criticised the Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the body. Foreign ministry (...)

Wall Street’s major indexes edged higher in choppy trading on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Abramson/New York Times

HSBC and Nokia dragged European shares lower on Wednesday as a surge in coronavirus cases appeared to threaten a recovery in the global economy, while(...)

Protester holds flare as Serbian police fires tear gas in front of the National Assembly building in Belgrade. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Serbian police said 23 people were detained and scores of police officers and demonstrators injured in clashes that erupted after the country’s presid(...)

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Markets rose last Wednesday on fresh hopes of the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Investors may be getting ahead of themselves, cautioned OANDA (...)

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Marcos Correa/AFP/ Getty

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro confirmed on Tuesday he has caught Covid-19. Since the beginning of the global health emergency Mr Bolsonaro has so(...)

For many Icap clients, anxieties about contracting the virus are amplified by age, existing health conditions or both. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Describing wartime London, Elizabeth Bowen wrote of bomb ravaged streets as “islands of exalted if stricken silence”. As we live through the most sign(...)

Sunday was the fifth day of no reported daily deaths in Ireland since the wave of infections peaked in mid-April. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Department of Health reported no additional deaths from coronavirus and 18 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday. This is the fifth day of no(...)

 People out in Dublin on Saturday evening after pubs reopened earlier in the week.  Photograph: Gaillot et Gray/PA Wire

Ireland can eliminate Covid-19 over the course of the summer but repeatedly imposing, lifting and reimposing restrictions is a dangerous gamble, accor(...)

The World Health Organisation said the decision did not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients.  File photograph: PA Wire

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV d(...)

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