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The difficulty for vaccine makers is that even clinical trials involving 30,000 people – such as AstraZeneca’s current phase 3 trial – may not pick up rare, but potentially devastating, reactions. Photograph: iStock

When AstraZeneca confirmed on Tuesday evening that it had temporarily halted trials of its coronavirus vaccine, the news disconcerted millions around(...)

Deceptively radical? Former US vice-president and now candidate for the presideny Joe Biden. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Soviet Union used to alternate between bald leaders and ones with formidable hair. The US, which is seldom ruled by the smooth of pate, swings aro(...)

Boris Johnson  said Britain’s “long national hibernation” was over and the country could start going back out to enjoy itself again. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

Slapping the despatch box, joking about his urgent need of a haircut and promising to visit pubs and hostelries all over the country, Boris Johnson wa(...)

Justice John Paul Stevens in his chambers at the US supreme court in Washington in  April 2014. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the US supreme court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of t(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday night. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump, fresh off what he claims was “total vindication” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has told supporters he has (...)

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump is a ‘white supremacist’.  Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale, Corbis via Getty Images

Here, with Orson Welles and Spike Lee on the walls, and James Dean and Natalie Wood on the doors to the toilets, is where Robert De Niro might have di(...)

After he resigned as taoiseach in 1994, Albert Reynolds signed up to the Harry Walker Agency of New York. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

An announcement that former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was to start a lecture tour after he left office was met with “deep gloom” by a British diplomat(...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

US president Donald Trump salutes supporters after speaking at a political rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In June, US president Donald Trump claimed “an absolute right” to pardon himself. What was then a matter of scholarly conjecture is now a question of (...)

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